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Class Descriptions

Ear Training I

MUSC 1415 – This course is an introduction to sight singing tonal music in commonly used clefs. Topics include aural study (including dictation) of the commercial aspects of melody and diatonic harmony. The student will learn to sing tonal music in treble, bass, tenor, and alto clefs; demonstrate improved sight singing abilities; and dictate rhythms, melodies, and basic harmony.

Credit hours – 4.0

Ballet I

DANC 1341 – This course explores basic ballet structure and terminology. Included are posture, balance, coordination, rhythm, and flow of physical energy through the art form. Instruction in beginning adagio, petit allegro, grand allegro, inside and outside turns and various jumps are studied.

Credit hours – 3.0

Jazz Dance I

DANC 1247 – This course explores basic jazz techniques and terminology. Included are posture, balance, coordination, rhythm and style through this dance form. A variety of techniques will be explored in order to create a well rounded training for Musical Theatre Dance.

Credit hours – 1.0

INTRODUCTION
TO ACTING

DRAM 1351 – Through improvisation, script analysis and the study of monologue materials, students are introduced to the fundamentals of performance. Special emphasis is placed on interpretation and translation of the dramatic script as the basis for exploration of characterization, motivation and transition.

Credit hours – 4.0

Introduction to Musical Theatre

DRAM 1100 – The primary focus of this class is to introduce the student to the basic Elements of a Musical. Topics will include song structure, song types, song placement and lyric construction. It will also cover all the key players in the creation of a Musical, as well as, the audition process. The very beginnings of book musicals will be studied from the Greeks through the operetta. The history of the book musical will be continued in the third semester.

Credit hours – 1.0

Piano Class I

MUSI 1181 – This course is a class instruction in the fundamentals of keyboard technique for beginning piano students. Learning the basics of piano technique allows the student to learn new music for musical theatre performance independently and implement vocal exercises.

Credit hours – 1.0

Introduction
To Voice

DRAM 1351 – Freeing the voice is the primary focus of this class, which includes developing breathing techniques for the actor, all aspects of tone production and vocal flexibility for voice and speech.

Credit hours – 3.0

Dance Performance – Tap

The student will learn to execute basic tap steps and participate in tap dance performance. This course explores basic tap techniques.  Emphasis on technique, development and familiarity  with traditional tap rhythms and steps will be covered.

Credit hours – 1.0

Ballet II

DANC 1342 – This course is a continuation of Ballet I. Emphasis is on body directions and stamina. More complex barre and combinations using advanced patterning will be studied.

Credit hours – 3.0

History of Musical Theatre

DRAM 2363 – The student will learn the development of the musical theatre form of art from the earliest times through the 20th century.

Credit hours – 3.0

Dance Performance II – Tap

DANC 1148 – This course is instruction and participation in tap dance performance. This course continues and further develops an exploration of Tap Dance performance on an intermediate level.

Credit hours – 1.0

ACTING II

DRAM 1352 – Special emphasis is placed on developing the student’s listening and reacting skills as they begin to work with scene partners. Using the works of contemporary playwrights, students will focus on discovering elements in the script that serve as the basis for characterization.

Credit hours – 4.0

Musical Theatre Performance I – Style Study

DRAM 1210 – Using techniques acquired in the first semester, the student is guided to develop further musical theatre skills through preparation, research and solo performance in class. The history and styles of musical theatre are explored through assignments that include Gilbert and Sullivan, operettas, vaudeville, the roaring twenties, the jazzy thirties, and the golden age of integrated book musicals.

Credit hours – 2.0

Human Biology

BIOL 2301 – This course is designed to provide an introduction to the building blocks and components of human life and how they function together to support the organism. Emphasis is on the functions of the human body including anatomy, nutrition and the nervous, circulatory and reproductive systems.

Credit hours – 3.0

Speech and Phonetics

SPCH 1342 – Using the International Phonetic Alphabet as a tool, this course focuses on neutralizing regional sounds and dialects. Using drills and exercises, in combination with the IPA, students work to increase their vocal flexibility and ability to approach new dialects for the stage and screen.

Credit hours – 3.0

Acting III

DRAM 2351 – This advanced scene study class allows the student to build on the tools they gained in Intro to Acting and Acting II to stretch their abilities as they attack more difficult acting problems through situations that are foreign and unfamiliar. Recognizing and understanding the subtext of a scene is explored as students examine the texture, tone and timing found in plays of contemporary and classic writers to bring subtle nuances to their performances.

Credit hours – 4.0

Ballet III

DANC 2341 – This course is instruction and participation in ballet technique on an immediate level. The development of ballet technique is continued . More complicated exercises  at the barre and center floor are included. Emphasis is on log series of movements, adagio and jumps. Precision of movement is stressed.

Credit hours – 3.0

Jazz Dance II

DANC 2147 – This course is instruction and participation in jazz dance technique on an intermediate level.

Credit hours – 1.0

Social Psychology

PSYC 2319 – An introduction to psychological theories and their application to understanding human behavior. The course covers the psychology of learning, language, developmental personality and altered states of awareness and social psychology.

Credits – 3.0

Musical Theatre Performance II – Scene Study

DRAM 2300 – The student explores a series of assigned scenes in which the book of a musical is integrated with its score, focusing on the skills needed to perform in a musical. Duets, trios, and small group scenes are assigned. Solo work continues throughout the semester with the addition and emphasis on ensemble work. The student will prepare a final project that integrates skill areas including choral singing, harmony, sight singing, staging, choreography, and character study.

Credit hours – 3.0

Dance Performance III –Tap

DANC 1152 – This course is instruction and participation in tap dance performance on an intermediate level.

Credits – 1.0

Advanced Acting the Song

DRAM 2461 – This course is designed as a culmination of the students’ musical theatre acting training and as preparation for entry into the professional community. Special emphasis is placed on recognizing character types, the choice of suitable audition material and interacting with partners’ song presentations. Under the supervision of the instructor, students will focus on selecting and rehearsing monologues and songs for theatre auditions and on partnered scenes and songs to be performed in the graduation showcase, utilizing the school library and online resources.

Credit hours – 4.0

Ballet IV

DANC 2242 – This course is instruction and participation in ballet technique on an intermediate level. The development of ballet techniques is continued. More complicated exercises at the barre and center floor are included. Emphasis is on log series of movements, adagio and jumps. Precision of movement stressed. Choreography projects are introduced.

Credit hours – 2.0

Jazz Dance III

DANC 2151 – This course is instruction and participation in jazz dance technique on an immediate level.

Credit hours – 1.0

Audition Technique

MUSI 2260 – The focus of this course is on perfecting cold reading technique for commercial, industrial and film auditions, with emphasis placed on identifying and using personal qualities, developing spontaneity, improving concentration and listening skills. Students also work on the preparation, organization and presentation of resumes, headshots and other marketing materials for their graduation showcase.

Credit hours – 2.0

Musical Theatre I

DRAM 1408 – This course is a presentation of literature from the musical theatre including operetta, revues, and musical comedy with emphasis on vocal and movement skills. The student will prepare and rehearse a musical theatre production; present a musical theatre production as part of the cast or technical crew; memorize a musical theatre role; and prepare vocal and/or dance performances.

Credit hours – 4.0

Musical Theatre Performance III – Capstone Performance Project

DRAM 2200 – In the final semester, the student will prepare, audition for, and rehearse a final performance project of a full-length musical. Under the guidance of a director, the student experiences a professional rehearsal process and participates in a musical produced at a theatre.

Credit hours – 2.0

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