2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 18, 2022  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Music

  
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    MSC243: Instrumental Methods

    2 Credit(s)
    The goal of this course is to develop student’s knowledge of the philosophies, practices and methods of teaching instrumental playing in the elementary grades through grade 12.  Students gain practical experience through classroom participation, field observation and visits to local elementary, middle and high schools.  Research provides students with a strong foundation in state and national standards, curriculum design and in rehearsal/classroom management skills.
  
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    MSC244: Choral Methods

    2 Credit(s)
    The goal of this course is to develop student’s knowledge of the philosophies, practices and methods of teaching choral singing in the elementary grades through grade 12.  Students gain practical experience through classroom participation, field observations and visits to local elementary, middle and high schools.  Research provides students with a strong foundation in state and national standards, curriculum design, and in rehearsal/classroom management skills.
  
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    MSC300: Theory III

    3 Credit(s)
    Advanced harmony, counterpoint, and ear-training for the music major; chromaticism; work in composition.
    Prerequisite(s): MSC212 , music major.
  
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    MSC301: Analysis

    3 Credit(s)
    A study of musical forms from the medieval period to the 20th century.
    Prerequisite(s): MSC300 , music major.
  
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    MSC399: Special Topics

    1-3 Credit(s)
    Special Topics courses are offered to supplement the educational experience with unique courses that are not part of the normal course offerings.
  
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    MSC400: Major Recital

    0 Credit(s)
  
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    MSC401: Orchestration

    3 Credit(s)
    This course is a study in techniques for orchestra, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, chamber and choral ensembles. Instruction is included in idiomatic writing for instruments and score reading.
    Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.
  
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    MSC403: Composition

    3 Credit(s)
    This course is a study in the various styles and techniques of musical composition, culminating in the final project which is an original student work.
    Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.
  
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    MSC405: Conducting

    3 Credit(s)
    A study of techniques for directing choral and instrumental ensembles. Includes experience in score reading and conducting for Chorus, Chamber Chorus, Orchestra,Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and Mixed Ensemble.
    Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.
  
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    MSC432: Student Teaching Seminar

    1 Credit(s)
    A seminar designed to guide students through the student teaching experience by assisting in the refinement of teaching practices at both the elementary and high school placement.  Students will prepare a portfolio necessary for recommendation to the Rhode Island Department of Education for initial licensure.
    Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: Senior standing in the Music Education program.
  
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    MSC440: Practicum in Secondary Education

    3 Credit(s)
    This course provides a 60-hour practicum experience prior to student teaching. Extensive experience in the classroom is critical to the professional development of teachers.  The goal of this course is to help music educator candidates integrate formal course work, educational theory, and the Professional Teaching Standards with real teaching experiences in music.  The practicum provides an opportunity for music educator candidates to become familiar with their cooperating teachers, the students, the classroom environment, and school policies prior to the student teaching experience.  Students will apply teaching skills specific to placement level and develop a unit of study to implement during the student teaching experience.  This course will also address candidates’ concerns regarding school policies and procedures, lesson planning and classroom management.
  
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    MSC441: Secondary Student Teaching

    12 Credit(s)
    This 15-week experience is a full-time assignment under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor. Opportunities are provided for considerable responsibility within the full range of teaching duties at both the elementary and secondary level. During this time, the experience component continues to be balanced by periods of analysis and evaluation of the teaching-learning process in a weekly seminar, as well as in individualized conferences with the cooperating teacher and university supervisor. Candidates will produce a licensure portfolio by the end of the semester and will be interviewed for recommendation for initial licensure.
    Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to Student Teaching.
  
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    MSC490: Music and the Human Experience Capstone

    3 Credit(s)
    This course is an integration of the knowledge and skills that students have developed as music majors, along with what they have learned in other courses in the humanities,and that which they have experienced through study abroad and community service.  Student will explore the role of music in western and non-western societies
    through research methodologies, class presentations and in writing.
  
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    MSC491: Internship

    1-3 Credit(s)
  
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    MSC499: Independent Study

    1-3 Credit(s)
    Supervised study. Advanced work in music.
    Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

Music Performance

  
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    MSP153: University Chorus

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Fulfills Core Requirement for Visual and Performing Arts
    A diverse group of singers, this course is open to all students at the University. Musical selections include traditional as well as lesser known works in a variety of styles ranging from classical to contemporary. No audition required.
    Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
  
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    MSP235: Opera/Musical Theater Scenes Workshop

    0-1 Credit(s)
    This workshop presents a musical approach to help prepare students for work on the concert and musical theater stage. Emphasis is on practice techniques for effective interpretation of scenes involving constant or intermittent singing. Includes preparation of group scenes, research on selected scenes and discussion of audition and concert-style techniques. Final public performance of prepared scenes is required.
  
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    MSP236: Percussion Ensemble

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Provides performing experience with a percussion ensemble. Open to all students.
    Prerequisite(s): Interview.
  
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    MSP240: Jazz Combo

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Provides performing experience with a jazz combo. Open to all students.
    Prerequisite(s): Interview.
  
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    MSP241: Jazz Ensemble

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Fulfills Core Requirement for Visual and Performing Arts
    Provides performing experience in a full jazz ensemble. Open to all students.
    Prerequisite(s): Interview.
    Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
  
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    MSP242: Rock, Rhythm and Blues

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Interview.
  
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    MSP243: Symphonic Band

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Fulfills Core Requirement for Visual and Performing Arts
    Rehearsal and performance of symphonic band and wind ensemble repertoire. Open to all students.
    Course Fee
    Prerequisite(s): Interview.
    Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
  
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    MSP244: Guitar Ensemble

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Interview.
  
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    MSP245: Woodwind Ensemble

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Chamber ensemble for woodwind instruments.
    Prerequisite(s): Interview.
  
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    MSP246: Flute Ensemble

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Interview.
  
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    MSP247: Brass Ensemble

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Interview.
  
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    MSP248: Chamber Ensemble

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Interview.
  
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    MSP249: Orchestra

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Fulfills Core Requirement for Visual and Performing Arts
    Rehearsal and performance of repertoire for orchestral ensemble. Open to all students.
    Prerequisite(s): Interview.
    Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
  
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    MSP363: Madrigal Chorus

    0-1 Credit(s)
    Fulfills Core Requirement for Visual and Performing Arts
    A small group of experienced men and women singers who perform literature of the 15th and 16th centuries, as well as contemporary art works, Jazz and Popular arrangements.
    Prerequisite(s): Interview. 
    Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
  
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    MSP364: A Cappella

    0-1 Credit(s)
    A small group of singers exploring, through performance, the uniquely American art form of jazz and popular music, including its stylistic differences and modern harmonies.
    Prerequisite(s): .
    Co-requisite(s): MSP 153  
    Audition required.

Music Instruction

  
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    MSI149-167: Applied Music Instruction

    1 Credit(s)
    Fulfills Core Requirement for Visual and Performing Arts
    The University offers private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass guitar, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, percussion and organ.  See the list for the specific course number and instrument.  Individual instruction may be taken more than once, with permission.
    Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
  
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    MSI150: Applied Music Instruction (Voice)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI151: Applied Music Instruction (Piano)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI152: Applied Music Instruction (Guitar)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI153: Applied Music Instruction (Flute)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI154: Applied Music Instruction (Clarinet)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI155: Applied Music Instruction (Oboe)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI156: Applied Music Instruction (Bassoon)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI157: Applied Music Instruction (Saxophone)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI158: Applied Music Instruction (Violin)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI159: Applied Music Instruction (Viola)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI160: Applied Music Instruction (Violoncello)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI161: Applied Music Instruction (Double Bass)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI162: Applied Music Instruction (Trumpet)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI163: Applied Music Instruction (French Horn)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI164: Applied Music Instruction (Trombone)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI165: Applied Music Instruction (Tuba)

    1 Credit(s)
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    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI166: Applied Music Instruction (Percussion)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI167: Applied Music Instruction (Organ)

    1 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI249-267: Applied Music Instruction - Intermediate

    2 Credit(s)
    The University offers private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass guitar, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, percussion and organ.  See the list for the specific course number and instrument.  Individual instruction may be taken more than once, with permission.
  
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    MSI250: Applied Music Instruction (Voice)

    2 Credit(s)


     

     

     
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.

  
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    MSI251: Applied Music Instruction (Piano-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI252: Applied Music Instruction (Guitar-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI253: Applied Music Instruction (Flute-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI254: Applied Music Instruction (Clarinet-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI255: Applied Music Instruction (Oboe-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI256: Applied Music Instruction (Bassoon-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
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    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI257: Applied Music Instruction (Saxophone-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI258: Applied Music Instruction (Violin-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI259: Applied Music Instruction (Viola-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
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    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI260: Applied Music Instruction (Violoncello-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI261: Applied Music Instruction (Double Bass-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI262: Applied Music Instruction (Trumpet-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI263: Applied Music Instruction (French Horn-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI264: Applied Music Instruction (Trombone-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI265: Applied Music Instruction (Tuba-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI266: Applied Music Instruction (Percussion-Intermediate))

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI267: Applied Music Instruction (Organ-Intermediate)

    2 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI349-367: Applied Music Instruction - Advanced

    3 Credit(s)
    The University offers private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass guitar, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, percussion and organ.  See the list for the specific course number and instrument.  Individual instruction may be taken more than once, with permission.
  
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    MSI350: Applied Music Instruction (Voice-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI351: Applied Music Instruction (Piano-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI352: Applied Music Instruction (Guitar-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI353: Applied Music Instruction (Flute-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI354: Applied Music Instruction (Clarinet-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI355: Applied Music Instruction (Oboe-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI356: Applied Music Instruction (Bassoon-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI357: Applied Music Instruction (Saxophone-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI358: Applied Music Instruction (Violin-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI359: Applied Music Instruction (Viola-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI360: Applied Music Instruction (Violoncello-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI361: Applied Music Instruction (Double Bass-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI362: Applied Music Instruction (Trumpet-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI363: Applied Music Instruction (French Horn-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI364: Applied Music Instruction (Trombone-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI365: Applied Music Instruction (Tuba-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI366: Applied Music Instruction (Percussion-Advanced))

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.
  
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    MSI367: Applied Music Instruction (Organ-Advanced)

    3 Credit(s)
    Prerequisite(s): Department Permission.
    Course fee.

Theatre Arts

  
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    THE004: New York Theatre

    1 Credit(s)
    Fulfills Core Requirement for Visual and Performing Arts
    Students will read contemporary Broadway and Off-Broadway scripts. Productions will be discussed through videos, visiting lectures and field trips. Course is repeatable.
    Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
  
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    THE101: Introduction to Theatre Arts

    3 Credit(s)
    Fulfills Core Requirement in Visual and Performing Arts
    This course offers students an overview of how theatre is created in contemporary America. Explanation of how each of the elements of theatre - acting, directing, playwriting, design - fit together to make a theatrical production. Videos, visiting lectures and field trips.
    Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
  
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    THE102: Beginning Acting

    3 Credit(s)
    Fulfills Core Requirement in Visual and Performing Arts
    A foundation course in acting technique focusing on the Stanislavsky’s system includes physical, vocal and emotional approaches to the actor’s craft. No prior acting experience is required. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
    Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
  
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    THE110: Movement I

    1 Credit(s)
    This course is for students with little to no dance experience. Students will begin to learn the basic concepts of bodily coordination and counting in-time through explorations of movements of ballet and jazz forms in a nurturing and engaging environment. Through the use of games and a traditional dance class setting, students will be introduced to the vocabulary and movement of dance at the beginning level.
  
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    THE111: Movement II

    1-3 Credit(s)
    This class is for students with little or no dance experience.  Students will begin to learn the basic concepts of bodily coordination and counting in-time through explorations of movements of ballet and jazz forms in a nurturing and engaging environment.  Through the use of games and a traditional dance class setting, students will be introduced to the vocabulary and movement of dance at the beginning level.
  
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    THE135: Stagecraft

    3 Credit(s)
    Fulfills Core Requirement for Visual and Performing Arts
    This is a practical foundation course in stage technology, lighting sound and scenery. The course is designed as a studio course in which students work on individual projects and as crew for the semester’s scheduled productions
    Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
  
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    THE201: Voice and Diction

    3 Credit(s)
    Breathing, projection, enunciation, resonance and phonetics are studied with the goal of freeing the voice so it may serve as a direct expression of thought and feeling and to develop clear and articulate Standard American Speech and beginning dialect work.
  
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    THE202: Intermediate Acting

    3 Credit(s)
    This course focuses on script analysis, character development and performance of monologues and scenes from the late 19th and 10th century theatrical canon.  Extensive rehearsal time outside of class is required.  Enrollment limited to 16 students.
    Prerequisite(s): THE 102  or permission of the instructor.
  
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    THE211: Theatre History I

    3 Credit(s)
    Fulfills Core Curriculum in Visual and Performing Arts
    The course surveys the theatre from its classical beginning to the Restoration era emphasizing the development of the physical theatre and dramatic forms.
    Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
  
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    THE212: Theatre History II

    3 Credit(s)
    This course surveys the theatre from the 18th century to the present emphasizing the development of the American theatre scene.
  
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    THE231: Makeup for Stage and Film

    3 Credit(s)
    This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of makeup as an illusionary technique in the performing arts. A combination of character study, painting, lighting, and three-dimensional form as it applies to facial anatomy will be emphasized. An historical perspective of makeup styles and fashions will also be studied. Students will be required to work as makeup crew on the semester’s scheduled productions. Enrollment limited to 12 students.
    Lab hours required, plus lab fee.
  
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    THE240: Playwriting

    3 Credit(s)
    Students create weekly 10-minute plays through in-class exercises. Work is read aloud and developed in longer scripts over the semester. The course culminates in an open reading of student plays.
  
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    THE241: Script Analysis

    3 Credit(s)
    Students will learn how to evaluate a script as preparation for production as actors, directors and designers. Selected plays from classical to contemporary will be studied as well as new work.
 

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