The history of Western art music from 1750 to the present. The course focuses on musical styles, genres, and composers, as well as historical and social contextual considerations.
This course teaches students the basics of vocal composition in the Western Art Music tradition with a strong emphasis on creativity and class participation.
An introduction to the study of woodwind instruments through class instruction on selected instruments. Fundamental playing techniques and diagnostics will be emphasized. Includes the study of ranges, fingerings, transpositions, basic instrument maintenance, method books and teaching techniques.
An introduction to the orchestral strings through class instruction. Fundamental playing techniques will be emphasized. Includes the study of ranges, fingerings, bowings, transpositions, tunings, basic instrument maintenance, method books and teaching techniques.
Semiotics is the discipline that studies signs and how these participate in creating meaning and communication. This course focuses on the theoretical system on which semiotic analyses is based and will be devoted to various subject areas such as literature, art, film, theatre, and other fields.
An introduction to the study of Western music, theatre, fine art, and literature in historical and global perspective. Using drama and music as a focal point, this interdisciplinary course will place artistic creation in a social, philosophical, and political chronological framework.
This course is structured around a series of case studies of particular moments in the history of the representation of sex and violence in dramatic and musical performances. Twelve modules covering drama and comedy, musicals, opera, ballet and popular music, drawn from across the centuries, 405 BCE to 2017.
This course is an examination of the styles, genres, and composers of Western art music between 1750 and the present. Exploring the historical trajectory of Western music in global context, we will build skills to critically analyze musical works and connect their production with social and cultural contexts.
A study of applied dramatic literature, including structure, genre, and staging techniques. Students will analyze several plays from various points of view, embracing both theatrical and literary concerns.
An examination of the major trends in musical theatre production and theory since the 19th century, exploring the work of important composers and lyricists and the structure of musical theatre works.
A practical introduction to the fundamental skills and techniques of acting, involving an appreciation of the interdependence of the actor’s body, voice, intellect, feeling, and cultural context.
Students will assess the increasing importance of creativity skills in the 21st century, and engage in practical assignments to increase their own creative confidence.
This course offers an introduction to set and costume design. Class time will be used for lecture, group discussion, and studio work.
Students will be introduced to the nature of technical production, its many areas, its specific jobs, as well as its integral connection to the creation of theatre.
A survey of a specific topic in (ethno)musicology, music and society, and/or music and its interactions within a particular cultural context.
An introduction to basic principles of conducting, baton and rehearsal techniques.
A laboratory course emphasizing weekly field-based observations and supervised practice teaching experiences in music within schools and/or community organizations in conjunction with music education theory.
Introduction to the study of music in culture, based on world music traditions. The course focuses on a selection of Native North American, African, European, Eastern and Middle Eastern, as well as other musical contexts.
Chromatic voice-leading and harmony, large-scale and expanded formal structures, including sonata, rondo, and expanded 19th-century forms, through part-writing and analysis.
An applied course focused on the integration of advanced-level singing and dancing techniques in the rehearsal and performance of musical theatre scenes. Through written assignments and performance, students prepare and perform scenes that integrate the work of the composer, lyricist, and book writer.
The course focuses on the intersections between what it means to listen from critical race, Indigenous, feminist, LGBTQ2 perspectives.
An intermediate study that examines how performance shapes our social experiences and lived identities. From the daily acts of self-performance on social media to the ‘once in a life time’ performances in the Olympic Games, performance binds contemporary cultural practices, small and large.
An introduction to the principles and skills necessary for a successful career in the arts centered around business aspects as well as important facets of professionalism required in today’s arts fields. Topics may include deportment, business practices, concert planning, promotion and publicity, and the role of supporting professionals.
The course examines research and research methodologies that underpin the discipline.
Through rule-based writing, of 16th century modal counterpoint, from two-part species exercises to free counterpoint in Renaissance style.
Intensive study of a particular style or method of analysis, usually of a specific musical genre.
Advanced supervised study in a specific area of musicology/ethnomusicology, music theory/analysis or music education.