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PERF-102: Modern Dance I (3) 

Students learn interrelationships between dance and society, which form the context for movement expression. Skill development is accompanied by a study of twentieth century choreographers and the social conditions shaping their artistry. Readings, videos, concerts, classwork, written work, and work in technique enhance participants' knowledge. Usually offered every term.


PERF-103: Beginning Jazz Dance (3) 

Study of jazz as a form emerging from African immigrant encounters with American society. The development of jazz dance in America covers the history of minstrelsy, vaudeville, and music theater. Technique development is augmented by readings, videos, readings, concerts, and written papers. Usually offered every term.

 

PERF-104: Beginning Ballet (3)

Study of ballet from the sixteenth century European courts, as a form expressing the power and hierarchy of various monarchs, to its contemporary manifestations. Readings, videos, and concerts provide a social context while development of technical skill helps cultivate proficiency and understanding. Usually offered every term.


PERF-108: Beginning Tap Dance (3) 

Study of tap's emergence as a cross-cultural integration of Irish and African forms in the United States and of its development as a creative expression for urban African Americans. Technical development is augmented by readings, videos, concerts and written papers. Usually offered every term.


PERF-109: Dance Practicum (1) 

May be repeated for credit; dance technique must be different for each credit hour. Provides the student with the opportunity to continue his/her current level of dance technique course. Student may register for practicum only if he/she has completed the 3 credit dance course at the 100 level. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: completion of equivalent 3 credit dance technique course and permission of the director of dance.


PERF-110: Understanding Music 1:1 (3) 

An introduction to musical language through listening and comprehension. The fundamentals of acoustics, melody, harmony, form, texture, and color in a wide range of music from ancient and global music to European concert music. Includes listening and concert attendance requirements. Usually offered every term.


PERF-111: Class Piano Level I (1) 

Beginning study in piano. Prepares the beginning student for private study as well as basic keyboard musicianship skill essential to all musicians regardless of discipline.


PERF-112: Class Piano Level II (1) 

Prepares the beginning student for private study as well as expansion of basic keyboard musicianship skill essential to all musicians regardless of discipline. Prerequisite: PERF-111 or permission of instructor.


PERF-113: Class Guitar (1) 

Beginning study of guitar. Prepares the beginning student for private study and instrumental music study. May be repeated for credit at a more advanced level.


PERF-114: Class Voice (1) 

Basic principles of singing. Prepares the beginning student for private study and more effective choral singing, etc. May be repeated for credit at a more advanced level.


PERF-115: Theatre: Principles, Plays, and Performance 1:1 (3) 

An overview of the principles of drama from the ancient Greeks to contemporary society. The class draws on theatre history and social context, the reading of great literature, critical analyses, and artistic exploration to culminate in the experience which is the essential element of the art itself—performance. Usually offered every term.


PERF-120: Music Fundamentals (3) 

Introductory study of musical notation and theory including rhythm, intervals, scales, keys, chords, and musical forms. Usually offered every fall.


PERF-124: Harmony I (3) 

The principles of part-writing and harmonic progression through compositional and analytical work in which students harmonize given melodies or basses. Materials are limited to tonal music, triads and seventh chords with their inversions, cadences, harmonic progression, and simple modulations. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PERF-120 or equivalent experience in music.


PERF-125: Harmony II (3)
 

A continuation of part-writing and harmonic progression through compositional and analytical work. Materials include more complex structures, chromatically altered chords, and modulation to distant keys. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PERF-124.


PERF-142: University Chorus (1) 

Prepares and presents major works of the choral and choral-orchestral literature. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.


PERF-143: University Singers (2) 

Small, highly select choral ensemble which prepares and presents advanced literature appropriate to a chamber ensemble. Rehearsals are also dedicated to appropriate pre-professional training of ensemble vocalists. Includes occasional tours and off-campus performances. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.


PERF-144: University Orchestra (1) 

Prepares and presents works of orchestral literature, occasionally in collaboration with the AU Chorus and other Department of Performing Arts ensembles. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.


PERF-145: Chamber Ensembles (1) 

String, mixed, and wind ensembles which prepare and present selected chamber music literature. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.


PERF-145.002: Wind Ensemble (1) 

Symphonic Wind Ensemble for woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists, rehearses and performs original works and transcriptions for the symphonic wind band from all musical periods. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.


PERF-146: Jazz Ensemble (1) 

Prepares and performs selected jazz works including standards, traditional big band era arrangements, and charts of more progressive, international, and fusion styles. Ensemble works in both big band and small combo format. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.


PERF-147 Symphonic Band

Prepares and presents works of the symphonic band literature. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.


PERF-150: Pep Band (1) 

May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.

 

PERF-161: Gospel Choir (1)

Prepares and presents woks of gospel vocal and choral literature. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.


PERF-200: Dance and Society 1:2 (3) 

Students learn about the cultural importance of dance throughout history, including its ritual, social, and theatrical functions. Students discover the diverse ways and cultural contexts in which people express fundamental experiences and emotions through dance. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite for General Education credit: ARTS-100 or LIT-105 or PERF-110 or PERF-115.


PERF-202: Modern Dance II (3) 

Continuation of PERF-102. Study of additional choreographers and the social context of their work. Skill development is augmented by readings, videos, concerts and written papers, promoting and understanding of the role of dance as a form of creative expression that gives insight into society. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PERF-102 or permission of instructor.


PERF-203: Intermediate Jazz Dance (3)

Continuation of PERF-103. Analysis of jazz as an integral part of a creative expression in America and as developed by choreographers in a variety of twentieth century dances. Technical work is augmented by readings, videos, concerts, and written papers. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: PERF-103 or permission of instructor.


PERF-204: Intermediate Ballet (3) 

Development of technical skills and performance ability in classical ballet vocabulary. Usually offered alternate years. Prerequisite: PERF-104 or permission of instructor.


PERF-205: Masterpieces of Music 1:2 (3) 

Listening to and analyzing masterpieces of Western music from the Middle Ages to the present day. The course includes a variety of genres and styles with background study into the historical era and particular composers. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite for General Education credit: ARTS-100 or LIT-105 or PERF-110 or PERF-115.


PERF-208: Intermediate Tap Dance (3)

Study of the impact of segregation on the development of tap and the form's resurgence in the 1970s as a corollary to the civil rights movement. Also, the use of tap by contemporary artists. Technical development is augmented by readings, videos, concerts, and papers. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: PERF-108 or permission of instructor.


PERF-209: Dance Practicum (1) 

May be repeated for credit; dance technique must be different for each credit hour. Provides the student with the opportunity to continue his/her current level of dance technique course. Student may register for practicum only if he/she has completed the 3 credit course at the 200 level. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: completion of equivalent 3 credit dance technique course and permission of the director of dance.


PERF-210: Greatness in Music 1:2 (3) 

Study of the concept and meaning of greatness in music through the Western classical canon, world music, vernacular and popular music, and performance. Readings and lectures examine the aesthetic criteria for greatness in each area and offer students an opportunity to evaluate and critique diverse genres of music. Course readings are drawn not only from music but also other arts. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite for General Education credit: ARTS-100 or LIT-105 or PERF-110 or PERF-115.


PERF-215: Opera on Stage and Film 1:2 (3) 

Classics of operatic repertoire. Through readings, viewing videotapes, and attending live productions, students confront the literary sources, dramatic and musical structures, cultural forces, and the social, political, and historical environments that shaped the works and gave them life. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite for General Education credit: ARTH-105 or COMM-105 or LIT-120 or LIT-135.


PERF-220: Reflections of American Society on Stage and Screen 1:2 (3) 

Artistic and cultural developments and societal phenomena as reflected in stage, film, and television performance in the twentieth century United States. By reading the written versions and viewing the productions, students investigate and analyze the relationships between the creative artists, their produced works, and the societal contexts within which they originated. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite for General Education credit: ARTH-105 or COMM-105 or LIT-120 or LIT-135.


PERF-225: The African American Experience in the Performing Arts 1:2 (3) 

African American contributions to uniquely American forms and institutions in the performing arts. The course examines the artistic and cultural implications of these forms—from minstrelsy, vaudeville, and tap dance to jazz, blues, and gospel—set against the societal phenomena that shaped them, as well as the influence of African Americans on the broad range of performing arts genres, including musical theatre, drama, comedy, dance, and film. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite for General Education credit: ARTS-100 or LIT-105 or PERF-110 or PERF-115.


PERF-226: Improvisation (3) 

Introduction to the basic proficiency and technique of improvising on literature of jazz standards. Prerequisite: music major or minor, or permission of instructor.


PERF-227: Musicianship I (3) 

The practical techniques of reading, hearing, sight singing, playing, and conducting simple (diatonic) musical materials and the methods by which those tasks are accomplished. Includes lab work in keyboard skills, conducting, score reading, and improvisation. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: PERF-120 or equivalent musical experience.


PERF-228: Musicianship II (3) 

The continuation of reading, sight singing, playing, and conducting scores into chromatic and modal materials. Includes lab work in keyboard skills, conducting, score reading, and improvisation. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PERF-227 or equivalent musical experience.


PERF-251: Fundamentals of Acting I (3) 

Beginning performance skills for actors, including elementary scene study, stage movement, and role analysis. Usually offered every term.


PERF-252: Fundamentals of Acting II (3) 

A continuation of study in beginning performance skills for actors. Includes scene study, textual analysis, and character exploration. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: PERF-251 or permission of instructor.


PERF-260: Production I: Stagecraft (3) 

Techniques of stagecraft including scenery, properties, lighting, sound, and makeup, along with theatrical production philosophy and organization and an overview of the process of design. Mandatory lab sessions provide experience in scenic construction, basic electricity, stage lighting, makeup, and live-performance support. Usually offered every fall.


PERF-261: Production II: Introduction to Design (3) 

Continuation of PERF-260. Concentrates on the artistic concepts of design and technical production and how concepts are realized in stage performance. Usually offered every spring.


PERF-265: Theatre Practicum (1) 

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Provides the student with practical experience in designated areas of technical theatre: set construction and lighting, costume, public relations, and stage management. Usually offered every term.


PERF-302: Modern Dance III (3) 

Continuation of PERF-202. Study of choreographers and their social context augmented by readings, videos, concerts, and written papers. Advanced technical development and artistry emphasized. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: PERF-202 or permission of instructor.


PERF-303: Modern Dance IV (3) 

Continuation of PERF-302. Study of choreographers and their social context augmented by readings, videos, concerts, and written papers. Advanced technical development and artistry emphasized. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: PERF-302 or permission of instructor.


PERF-307: Principles of Movement (3) 

An introduction to human anatomy, kinesiology, and somatics in relation to dance technique, performance, conditioning, and injury prevention. Students develop movement observation and analysis skills as applied to the structure and function of the dancing body. Usually offered every term.


PERF-309: Dance Practicum (1) 

May be repeated for credit; dance technique must be different for each credit hour. Provides the student with the opportunity to continue his/her current level of dance technique course. Student may register for practicum only if he/she has completed the three credit dance course at the 300 level. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: completion of equivalent 3 credit dance technique course and permission of the director of dance.


PERF-320: History of Rock Music (3) 

A stylistic examination of rock music from its origins to the present. Movements studied within a context of culture and society include blues, R&B, rockabilly, the folk revival, soul, doowop, the Motown sound, beach music, British rock, acid rock, hard rock, metal, disco, punk, grunge, and hip-hop. Usually offered every fall.


PERF-321: Evolution of Jazz and Blues (3) 

Cultural sources and growth of divergent stylistic characteristics of jazz and blues through the past hundred years. Usually offered every fall.


PERF-322: History of Music I: From Antiquity to 1750 (3) 

Historical survey of music in Western civilization, from antiquity and the Middle Ages, (to c. 1400), through the Renaissance (c.1400-1600) and the baroque era (c. 1600-1700). The course focuses on the origins and evolutions of genres, styles, and forms in which the music is examined within a social and cultural context. Meets with PERF-622. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PERF-125 or permission of instructor.


PERF-323: History of Music II: From 1750 to the Present (3) 

Historical survey of music in Western civilization from the pre-classical and classical (c. 1750-1800), through the romantic (c. 1800-1900) and modern eras (c. 1900-present). The course focuses on the origins and evolutions of genres, styles, and forms in which the music is examined within a social and cultural context. Meets with PERF-623. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PERF-125 or permission of instructor.


PERF-324: Form and Analysis (3) 

Exploration of the structural principles of tonal music from the Baroque to the early twentieth century. Examines the interaction of harmony and melody in form. Includes sonata, rondo, song form, and binaries. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PERF-125.


PERF-325: Counterpoint (3) 

The study of contrapuntal writing from tonal sources including the invention, chorale-prelude, and fugue through analysis and composition of examples. Also includes invertible counterpoint and canon. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PERF-324.


PERF-331: Music Technology I (3) 

Familiarizes students with the creative use of new sound technology (synthesizers, computers, etc.). The course covers, with hands-on experience, the techniques applied in music composition and/or performance on an elementary level. Usually offered alternate falls.

 

PERF-332: Music Technology II (3)

A continuation of PERF-331. Covers the principles of electronic music composition and analysis of performance styles. The course focuses on actual composition and performance of works created by students. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PERF-331.


PERF-340: Musical Theatre Periods and Performance (3) 

Focuses on the theoretical and experiential exploration of the component skills necessary for the music theatre form. Students acquire skills for application to the difficult aesthetic task of vocal delivery combined with a portrayal of a believable character. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PERF-227, PERF-228, and PERF-251. 

 

PERF-346: Survey of Music Theatre (3)

An overview of the historical development of music theatre from its earliest beginnings to the 1980s. Students view films and listen to music, analyzing the work of important composers and librettists. Important operatic milestones are included and their musical influence on the genre analyzed. European roots are studied. Usually offered alternate falls.


PERF-350: Fundamentals of Acting III (3)
 

An intermediate-level acting class focusing on character analysis within the scene and within the play. Class discussion, instructor critique, improvisation, and vocal and physical warm-up are emphasized. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PERF-251 and PERF-252 or permission of instructor.

 

PERF-355: Voice and Speech (3)

For theatre majors concerned with developing effective techniques of voice and diction. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PERF-251.


PERF-356: Diction for Singers (3)

An introduction to the diction rules required for lyric (sung) Italian, French, and German, and application of those rules through practical application in songs, arias, and vocal chamber music. International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is introduced and used to assist students in learning consistent foreign language and as a tool for additional communication among singers, teachers, and coaches when discussing questions of lyric diction. Usually offered alternate springs.

 

PERF-362: Lighting Design (3)

Lighting technology, electrical theory, and the design of lighting as an integral part of the performing arts. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PERF-260 or permission of instructor.

 

PERF-364: Basics of Scene and Costume Design (3)

Introductory course dealing with the technical and artistic aspects of scene and costume design. Draws on the fine arts, architecture, history, critical analysis, and the student's own artistic exploration to facilitate an understanding of how these are applied to stage production. Usually offered every spring.

 

PERF-365: Theatre History I: From the Greeks to the Renaissance (3)

The historical pattern of drama as an art form and the social function of the theatre from its earliest appearance through the Renaissance. Meets with PERF-665. Usually offered every fall.


PERF-366: Theatre History II: From Baroque to the End of the Nineteenth Century (3)

The historical pattern of drama as an art form and the social function of the theatre from the baroque to the present. Meets with PERF-666. Usually offered alternate springs.

 

PERF-385: Music in Twentieth-Century Britain (3)

Offered as part of the AU Abroad London program, this course examines a wide range of contemporary musical styles important in twentieth-century Britain. The nature of the musical material, the forms, and the instrumentation are studied, as well as the cultural, political, and economic context in which it was created..

 

PERF-390: Independent Reading Course in Performing Arts (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

 

PERF-398: Honors, Junior Year (1-6)

May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every fall and spring. Prerequisite: permission of department chair and honors director.


PERF-399: Honors, Junior Year (1-6)

May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every fall and spring. Prerequisite: permission of department chair and honors director.

 

PERF-404: Advanced Ballet (3)

Continuation of PERF-204. Emphasis on development of artistry and complexity of skills and movement combinations. Advanced readings and written work on contemporary ballet as a reflection of society. Meets with PERF-604. Usually offered every fall and spring. Prerequisite: PERF-204 or permission of instructor.

 

PERF-409: Dance Practicum (1)

May be repeated for credit; dance technique must be different for each credit hour. Provides the student with the opportunity to continue his/her current level of dance technique course. Student may register for practicum only if he/she has completed the 3 credit dance course at the 400 level. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: completion of equivalent 3 credit dance technique course and permission of the director of dance.

 

PERF-411: Composition of Dance I (3)

Introduction to the vocabulary and techniques of choreography. Students create their own choreographies. Meets with PERF-611. Usually offered alternate years. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

PERF-412: Composition of Dance II (3)

Continuation of PERF-411. Meets with PERF-612. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PERF-411 or permission of instructor.

 

PERF-415: Psychology of Music (3)

This interdisciplinary course focuses on the cognitive processing of music—how it is sensed, perceived, remembered, and interpreted at both micro and macro levels. Includes music therapy, performance anxiety, developmental and cross-cultural perspectives, and neurological aspects. Meets with PSYC-415. Offered irregularly. Prerequisite: PERF-120 or equivalent music experience and two psychology courses.

PERF-435: Topics in Music (3)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Topics include the study of a stylistic area such as orchestral, chamber, opera, American, folk, and twentieth-century music, or specific studies in analysis, technique, performance practices, music philosophy, and aesthetic theory. Meets with PERF-635. Usually offered every spring.

 

PERF-440: Stage Management (1)

Gives the student a broad overview of stage management and related production management theory, with concentration on rehearsal and performance management techniques. Usually offered every spring.

 

PERF-444: Business and Music Capstone (2)

This course provides Business and Music major with a comprehensive, integrative seminar, which guides students to a summery of their internship experience. It also assists students in leveraging their internship experiences to find success in the for-profit music industry, Usually offered every fall.


PERF-445: Senior Capstone (3)

Provides theatre, musical theatre, and music majors with a comprehensive integrative seminar and guides the student to the realization of a creative capstone project. Builds upon the foundation of theory and experience acquired throughout the undergraduate years. Usually offered every spring for theatre and musical theatre, and every fall for music.

 

PERF-450: Rotating Topics in Theatre (1-3)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Designed for advanced undergraduate students who wish to continue theatre studies. Emphasis on approaches to performance material and preparation techniques for improvisation, advanced acting styles, children's theatre, creative dramatics, Shakespeare, stage management, music theatre, directing methodologies, auditioning and monologue preparation and other selected topics. Meets with PERF-650.Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

PERF-452: Directing Techniques (3)

A studio course providing training in the foundations of directing for the theatre by applying various directorial theories, forms of play analysis and types of staging to particular scripts. Meets with PERF-652. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: PERF-115, PERF-251, and PERF-260 or permission of instructor.

 

PERF-455: Dance Styles for Musical Theatre (3)

This course provides a survey of dance in musical theatre, encompassing a historical perspective, audition techniques, health/nutrition, and movement development, as well as practical workshop experience in a range of musical theatre genres. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

PERF-456: Acting IV: Audition Techniques (3)

Students cultivate an understanding of the realities of the marketplace and necessary techniques for professional acting. The focus is on acquisition of skills for the auditioning process and the development of tools for entering the professional world. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PERF-251, PERF-252, and PERF-350, or permission of instructor.

 

PERF-457: Playwriting (3)

An exploratory course for writers, actors, and directors for study and development of original scripted works and the process inherent in the creation of a dramatic piece. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PERF-115, PERF-251, and PERF-260 or permission of instructor.

 

PERF-490: Independent Study Project in Performing Arts (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

 

PERF-491: Performing Arts: Internship (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

 

PERF-498: Honors, Senior Year (1-6)

May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every fall and spring.

 

PERF-499: Honors, Senior Year (1-6)

May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every fall and spring.

PERF-504: African Dance (3)

Students learn the inter-relationship between movement and sound, creative expression, and community in African dance. Readings, videos, concerts, and class discussions enhance participants' knowledge of traditional African society, while providing a context for cross-cultural understanding. Usually offered every fall.

 

PERF-506: The Moving Body (3)

The practical application of anatomy and kinesiology to performance work in dance, music, and theatre. Warm-up exercises, injury prevention, sports, and everyday activities are also covered. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

PERF-526:Orchestration (3)

Scoring for various chamber ensembles and full orchestra. Analysis of the orchestration of composers from the classical era to the present. Usually offered alternate springs.

 

PERF-542: University Chorus (1)

Prepares and presents major works of the choral and choral-orchestral literature. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.


PERF-543: University Singers (2)

Small, highly select choral ensemble which prepares and presents advanced literature appropriate to a chamber ensemble. Rehearsals are also dedicated to appropriate pre-professional training of ensemble vocalists. Includes occasional tours and off-campus performances. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.

 

PERF-544: University Orchestra (1)

Prepares and presents works of orchestral literature, occasionally in collaboration with the AU Chorus and other Department of Performing Arts ensembles. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.

 

PERF-545: Chamber Ensembles (1)

String, mixed, and wind ensembles which prepare and present selected chamber music literature. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.

 

PERF-546: Jazz Ensemble (1)

Prepares and performs selected jazz works including standards, traditional big band era arrangements, and charts of more progressive, international, and fusion styles. Ensemble works in both big band and small combo format. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.

 

PERF-550: Pep Band (1)

May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.


PERF-556: Acting V: Audition Techniques (3)

Students cultivate an understanding of the realities of the marketplace and necessary techniques for professional acting. The focus is on acquisition of skills for the auditioning process and the development of tools for entering the professional world. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: PERF-251, PERF-252, PERF-350, and PERF-555.

 

PERF-556: Acting IV: Audition Techniques (3)

Students cultivate an understanding of the realities of the marketplace and necessary techniques for professional acting. The focus is on acquisition of skills for the auditioning process and the development of tools for entering the professional world. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PERF-251, PERF-252, and PERF-350, or permission of instructor.

 

PERF-557: Playwriting (3)

An exploratory course for writers, actors, and directors for study and development of original scripted works and the process inherent in the creation of a dramatic piece. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PERF-251 or permission of instructor.

 

PERF-561: Gospel Choir (1)

Prepares and presents woks of gospel vocal and choral literature. May be repeated for credit. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: audition.

 

PERF-570: Survey of Arts Management (3)

Study of various facets of management in the arts: contracts, logistics, organization, etc. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

PERF-571: Promotion and Public Relations for Performing Arts (3)

Examines the techniques for strategic marketing, public relations skills, and the current technologies involved. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

PERF-575: Arts Education (3)

This course introduces students to philosophies and critical issues of arts in education, and explores various models of arts education programs. Through close examination of several different paradigms, students investigate the means to provide children and adults with critical understanding and knowledge of the arts. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PERF-570.

 

PERF-580: Cultural Policy and the Arts (3)

This course studies government and cultural systems and their influences on ands support of the arts. Includes federal, state, and local support of the arts in the United States and the impact of government policy, technology, and globalization on artists and arts organizations. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: admission to the M.A. or graduate certificate in Arts Management.

 

PERF-585: Creative Theories and Criticism in Performing Arts (3)

Aesthetic and critical constructs which apply to the interrelationship between the performing arts and criticism of them. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: permission of instructor for non-majors.

 

PERF-586: Performing Arts Programming (3)

This course examines the diverse issues of arts programming, from planning and implementation to collaboration and evaluation, and identifies best practices for nonprofit organizations. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

PERF-590: Independent Reading Course in Performing Arts (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

 

PERF-622: History of Music I: From Antiquity to 1750 (3)

Historical survey of music in Western civilization, from antiquity and the Middle Ages (to c.1400), through the Renaissance (c.1400-1600) and the baroque era (c.1600-1700). The course focuses on the origins and evolutions of genres, styles, and forms in which the music is examined within a social and cultural context. Meets with PERF-322. Usually offered alternate springs.

 

PERF-623: History of Music II: From 1750 to the Present (3)

Historical survey of music in Western civilization, from the pre-classical and classical (c. 1750-1800), through the romantic (c. 1800-1900) and modern eras (c. 1900-present). The course focuses on the origins and evolutions of genres, styles, and forms in which the music is examined within a social and cultural context. Meets with PERFF-323. Usually offered alternate springs.

PERF-635: Topics in Music (3)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Topics include the study of a stylistic area such as orchestral, chamber, opera, American, folk, and twentieth-century music, or specific studies in analysis, technique, performance practices, music philosophy, and aesthetic theory. Meets with PERF-435. Usually offered every spring.

 

PERF-650: Rotating Topics in Theatre (1-3)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Designed for advanced graduate students who wish to continue theatre studies. Emphasis on approaches to performance material and preparation techniques in improvisation, advanced acting styles, children's theatre, Shakespeare, stage management, music theatre, directing methodologies, auditioning and monologue preparation, and other selected topics. Meets with PERF-450. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

PERF-652: Directing Techniques (3)

A studio course providing training in the foundations of directing for the theatre by applying various directorial theories, forms of play analysis and types of staging to particular scripts. Meets with PERF-452. Usually offered every fall.

 

PERF-656: Acting IV: Audition Techniques (3)

Students cultivate an understanding of the realities of the marketplace and necessary techniques for professional acting. The focus is on acquisition of skills for the auditioning process and the development of tools for entering the professional world. Usually offered every spring.

 

PERF-657: Playwriting (3)

An exploratory course for writers, actors, and directors for study and development of original scripted works and the process inherent in the creation of a dramatic piece. Usually offered every spring.

 

PERF-665: Theatre History I: From the Greeks to the Seventeenth Century (3)

The historical pattern of drama as an art form and the social function of the theatre from its earliest appearance through the seventeenth century. Meets with PERF-365. Usually offered every fall.

 

PERF-666: Theatre History II: From Baroque to the End of the Nineteenth Century (3)

The historical pattern of drama as an art form and the social function of the theatre from the baroque to the present. Meets with PERF-366. Usually offered alternate springs.

 

PERF-672: Rotating Topics in Arts Management (3)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. An exploration of major areas of arts management: grants and fund raising; box office, income, and general administration; and arts in education. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: PERF-570 or permission of instructor.

 

PERF-673: Fund-Raising Management for the Arts (3)

Examines the factors most conducive to the financial health of institutions and ways of obtaining and maintaining funding. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: PERF-570 or permission of instructor.

 

PERF-674: Financial Management in the Arts (3)

An exploration of major areas of financial management in the arts including financial planning, grants management, contributed and earned income, and general administration. Covers specific case studies and emphasizes interaction with other functional areas such as finance and production. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PERF-570.

 

PERF-675: Governance and Board Development (3)

This course provides conceptual and practical grounding in the legal, human, and administrative aspects of nonprofit boards. Students explore the board/CEO relationship, different governance structures, and the best practices of good governance. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PERF-570.

 

PERF-690: Independent Study Project in Performing Arts (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

 

PERF-691: Performing Arts: Internship (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.

 

PERF-702: Master's Portfolio Seminar (1-6)

Independent creative work toward a project in lieu of thesis for students in the arts management or dance graduate programs. Prerequisite: M.A. in dance or arts management candidate with 12 credit hours with a B or better average, and permission of the program director. 

 

PERF-793: Directed Research in the Arts (1-6)

Independent research project in lieu of thesis for students in the arts management or dance graduate programs. Prerequisite: M.A. in dance or arts management candidate with 12 credit hours with a B or better average, and permission of program director.

 

PERF-794: Literature and Proposal Writing (2)

This course helps MA in Arts Management students formulate and execute their capstone project. It introduces students to strategies around problem formulation, basic research design, literature review development, proposal formulation, and capstone defense strategies. Usually offered every summer. Prerequisite: M.A. in Arts Management student and permission of instructor.

 

PERF-795: Research and Writing (1)

This course is for MA in Arts Management students who have progressed beyond the proposal and literature review stages for their capstone project and are pursuing field work and analysis. Students also learn effective presentation techniques. Usually offered every summer. Prerequisite: MA in Arts Management student and permission of instructor.

 

PERF-797: Master's Thesis Seminar (1-6)