Department of Performance Studies

Performance Studies is an inquiry-based humanities field that examines relationships between performance and culture. Students study music and theatre performance as practice and use performance as a method of inquiry. Performance Studies investigates traditional art forms such as music, theatre, and dance as well as a range of cultural expressions such as ritual, festivals, games and sports, parades, storytelling, clothing, social arts, and mass media. Students learn performance skills that enhance intellectual inquiry. Through performance, students learn to engage creatively with the world around them in an on-going process of inquiry and meaning-making. In the course of their work in the Performance Studies BA, students will develop a perspective on artistic practice that crosses genres, the ability to think independently and creatively, and a commitment to the performing arts as socially engaged practice.

The BA in Performance Studies provides a foundation for careers that combine skills and knowledge gained in the study, practice, and critical analysis of performance. A comprehensive BA in Performance Studies can prepare students for a variety of careers, including arts administration, education, journalism, art criticism, entertainment management, public sector arts advocacy, museum administration, corporate or nonprofit communications, community development, arts therapy, marketing and market research, public relations, media production, gallery management, social and public service, international and non-governmental organization work, and sonic/scenic design as well as advanced study or professional work in music or theatre.

Music

MUSC 102 Fundamentals of Music

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(MUSI 1300, 1301, 1030, 1304) Fundamentals of Music. Introduction to the basic elements of music (pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals and triads) and how these elements interrelate to form musical compositions; the application of musical understanding to particular instruments such as the guitar, keyboard, recorder and voice.

MUSC 200 Topics in Music

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

The study of a circumscribed musical topic in its sociohistorical context; emphasis on the aesthetic, social and cultural issues affecting music rather than on technical analysis. May be repeated for credit.

MUSC 201 Music and the Human Experience

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(MUSI 1306) Music and the Human Experience. An introduction to music and related issues; designed to enhance the student's knowledge and perception of music; selected works in various styles within historical, psychological and aesthetic contexts.

MUSC 204 Music Theory I

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours. 1 Lab Hour.

(MUSI 1211) Music Theory I. Basic concepts of harmonic and contrapuntal structures in diatonic tonal music, musical analysis of these structures, and musical composition; using these structures for piano solo, voice and piano and other small ensembles; includes harmonic progression, root/first/second inversion harmonies, cadences and 2v 1st-, 2nd-, and 4th-species counterpoint.
Prerequisites: MUSC 102 or placement exam and music major or minor status; concurrent enrollment in MUSC 208.

MUSC 205 Music Theory II

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours. 1 Lab Hour.

(MUSI 1212) Music Theory II. Continuation of harmonic and contrapuntal principles in chromatic tonal music, musical analysis of these structures, and musical composition using these structures for small ensembles; includes secondary functions, common-chord modulation, basic reductive techniques and compound melody, phrase structure, 2v imitative counterpoint, and 2v 3rd- and 5th-species.
Prerequisites: MUSC 204 and 208 and music major or minor status; concurrent enrollment in MUSC 210.

MUSC 206 Music Theory III

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours. 1 Lab Hour.

(MUSI 2211, 2212, 2311, 2312) Music Theory III. Continued study of harmonic, contrapuntal and set-theoretical principles, composition and analysis of highly chromatic tonal music and twentieth-century music; includes mode mixture, Neapolitans, augmented sixths, "tall" chords, substitute chords, passing harmonies, enharmonicism, extended chromaticism, modes, artificial scales, impressionism, pandiatonicism, atonality, serialism, aleatory, sound mass, minimalism and electronic music.
Prerequisites: MUSC 205 and MUSC 210, and music major or minor status; concurrent enrollment in MUSC 212.

MUSC 207 Form and Analysis

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours. 1 Lab Hour.

Focus on phrase structure, traditional small and large forms in full score, Baroque compositional procedures, reductive (pre-Shenkerian) analytical techniques and Schoenbergian composition theory; extensive listening, reading and analysis; includes binary, ternary, rondo, variation, sonata and fugue; musicianship studies from earlier courses.
Prerequisites: MUSC 206 and MUSC 212 and music major or minor status.

MUSC 208 Musicianship I

Credit 1. 2 Other Hours.

(MUSI 1116, 1216) Musicianship I. Application of concepts taught in MUSC 204; focus on ear training, aural analysis, sight singing, rhythm and rudimentary keyboard skills.
Prerequisites: MUSC 102, and music major or minor status; concurrent enrollment in MUSC 204.

MUSC 210 Musicianship II

Credit 1. 2 Other Hours.

(MUSI 1117, 1217) Musicianship II. Application of concepts taught in
corequisite course MUSC 205; focus on ear training, aural analysis, sight singing, rhythm and rudimentary keyboard skills.
Prerequisites: MUSC 204 and MUSC 208 and music major or minor status; concurrent enrollment in MUSC 205.

MUSC 212 Musicianship III

Credit 1. 2 Other Hours.

Application of concepts taught in MUSC 206; focus on ear training, aural analysis, sight singing, rhythm and rudimentary keyboard skills.
Prerequisites: MUSC 205 and MUSC 210 and music major or minor status; concurrent enrollment in MUSC 206.

MUSC 214 Perspectives on World Music

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

A thematic overview of basic issues in ethnomusicology; provides an appreciation for the diversity of ways in which music sound and music making are organized in world cultures; includes music making and the performance event, music and identity, music and nationalism, and music and globalization.
Prerequisites: MUSC 204, ENGL 104 and ANTH 201, or approval of instructor.

MUSC 215 Fieldwork in World Music

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Hands-on experience with readings in and critical analysis of ethnographic musical research; philosophies and practices of fieldwork on the world's music.
Prerequisite: MUSC 214 or approval of instructor.

MUSC 221 Guitar Heroes

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Survey of social, cultural and aesthetic transformations of music history centered on important classical guitarists; exploration of their performance and compositional/musical styles; analysis of how their contributions gave rise to and revived the guitar’s popularity as a concert-level instrument in both the classical and folk idioms.

MUSC 222 Music of the Americas

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Evolution of music of the Americas and the Caribbean; influence of natives, people of forced relocation and people from European communities; the syncretic process of music making.

MUSC 225 History of Jazz

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Non-technical survey of jazz as America’s classical music, from the earliest recorded blues through the most recent trends; examination of how jazz has broadly expressed issues of modern life.

MUSC 226 History of Rock

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of the development of rock music; emphasis on how the sounds and meaning of music reflects culture, ideology and history.

MUSC 227 Popular Music of India

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to Indian popular musics and society; focus on musical, cultural and aesthetic features of “Bollywood” films and film songs; overview of Indian social, cultural and religious expression.

MUSC 228 History of Electronic Music

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Historical survey of electronic music, including key technological advancements, people and musical works; exploration of electronic music from different genres and countries.

MUSC 235 Introduction to Composition

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Significant styles and techniques in contemporary music including classical, jazz and popular trends; contemporary sonic design achieved through written exercises, reading and critical listening.
Prerequisite: MUSC 204.

MUSC 245 Composition I

Credit 1. 2 Other Hours.

(MUSI 1286) Composition I. Instruction in composition; the writing of small-form musical compositions employing contemporary styles; techniques in writing for instrumental, vocal, electronic and mixed-media resources. May be taken 2 times for credit.
Prerequisite: MUSC 207 or approval of instructor.

MUSC 253 Individual Performance: Guitar I

Credit 1. 0 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

(MUSI 1192) Individual Performance: Guitar I. Instruction in guitar performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be taken six times for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUSC 254 Individual Performance--Voice I

Credit 1. 2 Other Hours.

(MUSI 1183, 1184, 2183, 2184) Individual Performance--Voice I. Instruction in vocal performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUSC 255 Individual Performance—Keyboard I

Credit 1. 2 Other Hours.

(MUSI 1114, 1115, 1181, 1182, 2115, 2181, 2182) Individual Performance—Keyboard I. Instruction in keyboard performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUSC 256 Individual Performance: String I

Credit 1. 0 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

(MUSI 1195) Individual Performance: String I. Instruction in string performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be taken six times for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUSC 259 Individual Performance via Classroom Instruction

Credit 1. 0 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Individual performance skills studied in a classroom setting; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods. May be taken six times for credit.

MUSC 270 Individual Performance: Woodwind I

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

(MUSI 1166) Individual Performance: Woodwind I. Instruction in woodwind performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specifics periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be taken six times for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUSC 271 Individual Performance: Brass I

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

(MUSI 1178) Individual Performance: Brass I. Instruction in brass performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be taken six times for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUSC 272 Individual Performance: Percussion I

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

(MUSI 1188) Individual Performance: Percussion I. Instruction in percussion performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be taken six times for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUSC 280 Ensemble Performance--Symphonic Band

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

Three select musical performing ensembles (symphonic, concert and campus bands) composed of 65 to 100 members each and devoted to learning the extensive literature written for wind band; activities include at least two concerts per semester; annual tours during spring for the symphonic band. Students may register in up to but no more than two different sections of this course. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory audition.

MUSC 281 Ensemble Performance--Small Ensembles

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

Participation in small ensemble performance; the study and performance of small ensemble repertory from all historical periods and styles. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory audition.

MUSC 282 Ensemble Performance--Jazz Ensemble

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

A select musical performing ensemble of 18 to 25 members devoted to performing all styles and periods of jazz music from big band to modern jazz; activities include at least 2 performances each semester. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory audition.

MUSC 283 University Student Orchestra

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

The rehearsal and performance of orchestra literature of various historical backgrounds; full ensemble rehearsal, individual practice, and public performances; development of knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for aspects of music ranging from the Renaissance to the Modern Era. May be repeated 10 times for credit.
Prerequisites: Previous orchestral experience; successful audition with Conductor.

MUSC 285 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 9. 0 to 9 Other Hours.

Directed Studies in specific problems in identified areas of music. May be taken for credit up to 9 hours.
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor and department head; MUSC majors and minors only.

MUSC 286 Ensemble Performance--Symphony Orchestra

Credit 1. 3 Other Hours.

Participation in the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, a community/university ensemble; includes rehearsals off campus and varying course requirements depending on the setting and needs of the student. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory audition.

MUSC 289 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of music. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUSC 290 Ensemble Performance--Choir

Credit 1. 1 Other Hour.

A select musical performing ensemble composed of 40 to 70 members devoted to learning and performing works from the vast repertory of choral music from all historical periods and styles; several performances, occasionally with orchestra, each semester on and off campus. Students may register in up to but no more than two different sections of this course. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory audition.

MUSC 291 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of a faculty member in music. May be taken up to two times for credit.
Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

MUSC 301 Performance in World Cultures

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Application of the tools of performance studies to explore the enactment of the arts in world cultures and the ways the people of every society express themselves in performance; examination of different genres of performance through music, theatre, verbal art and dress.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: PERF 301 and THAR 301.

MUSC 311 Music in Early Western Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Survey of styles, genres, and forms in Western music, focusing on the lives and works of the principal composers from Greek antiquity to the end of the Baroque period within the context of political, social and cultural developments.
Prerequisite: MUSC 205 or approval of instructor.

MUSC 312 Music in Modern Western Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Survey of styles, genres, and forms in Western music, focusing on the lives and works of the principal composers from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present within the context of political, social and cultural developments.
Prerequisite: MUSC 205 or approval of instructor.

MUSC 315 Music in the 20th Century

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

The understanding and enjoyment of twentieth century music; survey of the broad panorama of the contemporary scene and an assessment of the forces that have shaped the musical climate we inhabit.
Prerequisite: MUSC 206 or approval of instructor.

MUSC 316 Music and Technology

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours. 1 Lab Hour.

Study of music produced with the aid of electronic and computer technologies; critical listening and analysis of music literature; understanding of technical concepts; required laboratory provides creative practical experience in studio and live performance applications.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification and MUSC 206, PERF 202, or approval of instructor.

MUSC 317 Recording and the Producer

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Tools and techniques of studio recording; the studio as compositional tool; recorded literature examining the creative and ideological impact of the producer; recording projects applying course techniques and exploring aesthetic concepts.
Prerequisite: MUSC 316 or approval of instructor.

MUSC 318/PERF 318 Electronic Composition

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Project-based study of techniques for creating electronic and mixed-media performance; critical analysis of important electronic and interactive works; interactive media programming techniques for sound and video synthesis, sampling, digital signal processing.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and MUSC 316, PERF 202, or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: PERF 318/MUSC 318.

MUSC 321 The Symphony Orchestra and Its Music

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

The development of the symphony orchestra with particular attention to its vast musical repertory, and the colorful personalities associated with it; the organization and management of this musical institution including local arts support and volunteerism.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUSC 324/ANTH 324 Music in World Cultures

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of music from an ethnomusicological perspective focusing on musical performance and the complex interrelationship of music to culture, society and daily life; examination of music from a variety of cultures through a series of case studies.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: ANTH 324/MUSC 324.

MUSC 325/PERF 325 Dance and World Cultures

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of international relationships between dance, culture, identity, gender, youth and politics; relationships between dancing, gender and politics in specific cultures and in globalization; variety of dance practices around the globe.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: PERF 325/MUSC 325.

MUSC 326 Dance and Identity in the United States

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Analysis of dance events as complex sites for social action; examines dances performed by diverse groups of people; considers such issues as identity, community, diversity, gender and representation in the United States.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

MUSC 327 Popular Musics in the African Diaspora

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of a range of popular musics from the twentieth century that have emerged in conjunction with the historical global spread of peoples and cultures from the African continent; technical knowledge about music is not required; focus on social and cultural contexts for popular music.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: AFST 327 and PERF 327.

MUSC 328/THAR 328 Japanese Traditional Performing Arts

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Study of various genres of Japanese performing arts from the 7th century to the present; understanding the genres in their historical and cultural contexts and recognizing shared aesthetic values.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: THAR 328/MUSC 328.

MUSC 345 Composition II

Credit 1. 2 Other Hours.

Advanced instruction in composition; the writing of large-form musical compositions employing contemporary styles; techniques in writing for instrumental, vocal, electronic and mixed-media resources. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: MUSC 245 or approval of instructor.

MUSC 352

Credit 1. 2 Other Hours.

MUSC 353 Individual Performance: Guitar II

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

Advanced instruction in guitar performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be taken six times for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

MUSC 354 Individual Performance--Voice II

Credit 1. 2 Lab Hours.

Advanced instruction in voice performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

MUSC 355 Individual Performance—Keyboard II

Credit 1. 2 Lab Hours.

Advanced instruction in keyboard performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

MUSC 356 Individual Performance: String II

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

Advanced instruction in string performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be taken six times for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

MUSC 370 Individual Performance: Woodwind II

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

Advanced instruction in woodwind performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be taken six times for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

MUSC 371 Individual Performance: Brass II

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

Advanced instruction in brass performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be taken six times for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

MUSC 372 Individual Performance: Percussion II

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

Advanced instruction in percussion performance; broad range of literature with special emphasis on the historical and theoretical aspects that reveal the performance practices of specific periods; individual and group laboratory instruction. May be taken six times for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

MUSC 386/THAR 386 Evolution of the American Musical

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of the American musical from its heterogeneous origins to a thriving and diverse expression of the human condition; analysis and critical discourse on the development of the American musical through text, audio and visual recordings.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: THAR 386/MUSC 386.

MUSC 400 Senior Seminar and Project

Credits 3. 3 Other Hours.

Culminating senior project on an individually-chosen research topic, presentation of a recital, or lecture-demonstration.
Prerequisites: Senior classification (completion of all 300- and 400-level coursework required for the B.A. in Music); music major status; approval of instructor, advisor, and department head.

MUSC 402 Intermedia Performance

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Study of theory, history, literature and techniques of intermedia composition and design for film, theatre, dance, interactive media, and other forms of performance; examination of the collaborative creative process; projects in interdisciplinary performance.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and MUSC 316, PERF 202, or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: FILM 402 and PERF 402.

MUSC 424

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Topics in Ethnomusicology. Study and application of ethnomusicological theory, method, and literature in a variety of historical and geographical contexts. May be taken four times for credit.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

MUSC 485 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Advanced directed study of identified topic in music. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credit hours.
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor and department head; 24 hours of music; MUSC majors and minors only.

MUSC 489 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of music. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUSC 491 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of a faculty member in music. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

Performance Studies

PERF 101 Introduction to Performance Studies

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Survey of topics in the interdisciplinary field of performance studies, including forms of performance, performance in everyday life and performance in global and intercultural contexts; in-class performance exercises and discussions; major writing component.

PERF 202 Introduction to Performance Technology

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours. 1 Lab Hour.

Basic hardware, software, and aesthetic concepts of technology-based artistic performance; basic electricity, electronics, troubleshooting, audio and video design software, study of significant works, and participation in a departmental production.

PERF 284 Performance Studies Internship

Credits 0 to 4. 0 to 4 Lecture Hours.

Supervised experience program conducted in the area of the student’s interest in performance studies. May be taken three times for credit.
Prerequisite: PERF 101.

PERF 285 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Directed Studies in specific problems in identified areas of performance studies. May be taken for credit up to 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor and department head; PERF majors and minors only.

PERF 289 Special Topics in...

Credits 3. 3 Other Hours.

Selected topics in performance studies. May be taken for credit seven times.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

PERF 291 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in performance studies. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

PERF 292 Cooperative Education in Performance Studies

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Educational work assignment by a student in the field of his or her career interest and course of study; supervision of the student by the cooperating employer and the instructor; technical report on a related subject area approved by the instructor. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisite: PERF 101.

PERF 301 Performance in World Cultures

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Application of the tools of performance studies to explore the enactment of the arts in world cultures and the ways the people of every society express themselves in performance; examination of different genres of performance through music, theatre, verbal art and dress.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: MUSC 301 and THAR 301.

PERF 318/MUSC 318 Electronic Composition

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Project-based study of techniques for creating electronic and mixed-media performance; critical analysis of important electronic and interactive works; interactive media programming techniques for sound and video synthesis, sampling, digital signal processing.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and MUSC 316, PERF 202, or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: MUSC 318/PERF 318.

PERF 325/MUSC 325 Dance and World Cultures

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of international relationships between dance, culture, identity, gender, youth and politics; relationships between dancing, gender and politics in specific cultures and in globalization; variety of dance practices around the globe.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: MUSC 325/PERF 325.

PERF 326 Dance and Identity in the United States

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Analysis of dance events as complex sites for social action; examines dances performed by diverse groups of people; considers such issues as identity, community, diversity, gender and representation in the United States.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

PERF 327 Popular Musics in the African Diaspora

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of a range of popular musics from the twentieth century that have emerged in conjunction with the historical global spread of peoples and cultures from the African continent; technical knowledge about music is not required; focus on social and cultural contexts for popular music.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: AFST 327 and MUSC 327.

PERF 402 Intermedia Performance

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Study of theory, history, literature and techniques of intermedia composition and design for film, theatre, dance, interactive media, and other forms of performance; examination of the collaborative creative process; projects in interdisciplinary performance.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and MUSC 316, PERF 202, or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: FILM 402 and MUSC 402.

PERF 481 Senior Project

Credits 3. 1 Lecture Hour. 5 Lab Hours.

Capstone senior project on an individually-chosen research topic, presentation of a performance or interdisciplinary project; major writing and oral communication components.
Prerequisites: Performance studies major; completion of all performance studies coursework or taken concurrently with this course; approval of instructor, advisor and department head.

PERF 483 Performance Practicum

Credits 1 to 3. 1 to 3 Other Hours.

Faculty-supervised performance experience in a public setting as part of a department production or an approved external production. May be taken four times for credit.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

PERF 484 Performance Studies Internship

Credits 0 to 4. 0 to 4 Other Hours.

Supervised experience program conducted in the area of the student’s interest in performance studies. May be taken three times for credit.
Prerequisites: PERF 101; junior or senior classification.

PERF 485 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Directed Studies in specific problems in identified areas of performance studies. May be taken for credit up to 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor and department head; PERF majors and minors only.

PERF 489 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours. 0 to 4 Lab Hours.

Selected topics in performance studies. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

PERF 491 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in performance studies. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

PERF 492 Cooperative Education in Performance Studies

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Educational work assignment by a student in the field of his or her career interest and course of study; supervision of the student by the cooperating employer and the instructor; technical report on a related subject area approved by the instructor. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisites: PERF 101; junior or senior classification.

Theater Arts

THAR 101 Introduction to Western Theatre and Drama

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

(DRAM 1310) Introduction to Western Theatre and Drama. Survey of the styles and genres of dramatic literature, theatrical production and tasks of the actor, director and designer.

THAR 102 Script Analysis

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction in analyzing dramatic structure as represented in European and American plays; focus on the art of the playwright.

THAR 110 Acting I: Fundamentals

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

(DRAM 1351) Acting I: Fundamentals. A Stanislavsky-based approach to the fundamentals of acting, which may include sensory exercises, relaxation, concentration, imagination, improvisation, character analysis and scene work.

THAR 115 Voice and Articulation

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(SPCH 1342, 2336) Voice and Articulation. Voice mechanism and use of phonetic alphabet to determine sound placement and production for speech and voice improvement. Analysis and practice of relaxation, pitch, rate, resonance, quality, and volume through class exercise and performance.

THAR 135 Theatre Technology I

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

(DRAM 1330) Theatre Technology I. Survey of theatre performance spaces, basic tools and set construction, basic scenic, lighting, sound and properties design and construction; participation on departmental production crews required.

THAR 155 History of Western Dress

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Evolution of dress in Western civilization; consideration of influences of politics, religion, economics, visual arts and social mores on choices of dress.

THAR 156 Dress, Culture and Society

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Relationship of dress to humans as biological, aesthetic and social beings; dress as cultural performance.

THAR 201 Introduction to World Theatre

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Non-Western theatre, its origins and continuing influence on society and Western theater; emphasis on the theaters of India, China, Japan, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

THAR 210 Acting II: Characterization

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

(DRAM 1352) Acting II: Characterization. Continuation of THAR 110; intermediate course which focuses on improvisation, voice, movement, scene study, ensemble, with emphasis on character development and analysis.
Prerequisite: THAR 110. Majors and minors only or approval of instructor.

THAR 245 Basic Theatrical Design

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Elements and principles of design for the theatre; role of the designer within the production team, theoretical and practical applications in the visual interpretation of plays; participation in departmental productions.

THAR 250 Stage Makeup

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

(DRAM 1341) Stage Makeup. An analytical approach to the visualization of characters focusing on research and design, application techniques and media.
Prerequisites: THAR 102, THAR 110 or approval of instructor.

THAR 255 Costume Technology I

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

(DRAM 1342) Costume Technology I. Survey of the costume process from concept to realization; basic hand and sewing machine techniques; basic patterning and fitting methods; and crafts techniques; participation on departmental production crews required.

THAR 280 History of the Theatre I

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(DRAM 2361) History of the Theatre I. Survey of the history of Western theatre from primitive times to the closing of the theatres in England in 1642. For non-theatre majors and minors only.

THAR 281 History of the Theatre II

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(DRAM 2362) History of the Theatre II. Survey of the history of Western theatre from the closing of the theatres in England in 1642 to the present; brief introduction to the theatre of the East. For non-theatre majors and minors only.

THAR 282 American Theatre

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Surveys American theatrical production and drama from colonial times to the present; focus on various theatre artists and movements which have shaped, and been shaped by, American culture.

THAR 285 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 4. 0 to 4 Other Hours.

Individual study of identified topics in the theatre for specific needs of theatre arts majors; formal report required.
Prerequisites: Six hours of theatre arts and approval of instructor and department head; THAR majors and minors only.

THAR 289 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of theatre production, technology, history or criticism. May be repeated for credit.

THAR 290 Theatre Practicum: Crew

Credit 1. 4 Other Hours.

(DRAM 1120, 1121, 1220, 1221, 1320, 1321, 2120, 2121, 2220) Theatre Practicum: Crew. Participation in the run crew for a departmental theatre production under supervision of theatre arts faculty; audition or application may be required. May be taken two times for credit.

THAR 291 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of a faculty member in theatre arts. May be taken up to two times for credit.
Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

THAR 301 Performance in World Cultures

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Application of the tools of performance studies to explore the enactment of the arts in world cultures and the ways the people of every society express themselves in performance; examination of different genres of performance through music, theatre, verbal art and dress.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: MUSC 301 and PERF 301.

THAR 302 Dramaturgy

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Exploration of literary, production and theoretical dramaturgy in a classroom setting; script analysis, theatre criticism, theories of theatre, research techniques and dramaturgy in the production process, advancing thought about the art form in all its complexity; research methods for theatre.
Prerequisites: THAR 102; majors and minors only or approval of instructor.

THAR 308 Stage Management and Arts Administration

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Planning and managing artistic events and performances; basic concepts of management theories, creating budgets, stage and production management, and grant applications; attendance of departmental events required.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

THAR 310 Acting III: Period Styles

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

Exploration of acting techniques associated with various periods and non-realistic styles of theatre; scene work emphasized.
Prerequisites: THAR 110 and THAR 210 or approval of instructor.

THAR 328/MUSC 328 Japanese Traditional Performing Arts

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Study of various genres of Japanese performing arts from the 7th century to the present; understanding the genres in their historical and cultural contexts and recognizing shared aesthetic values.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: MUSC 328/THAR 328.

THAR 335 Theatre Technology II

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

Planning, design and execution of scenic, lighting, sound and properties design construction; participation in departmental crews required. May be repeated once for credit.
Prerequisites: THAR 135; participation in departmental productions.

THAR 345 Scene Design

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

Drafting techniques as applied to scenic design; scenic construction techniques; design projects to include perspective rendering, ground plans, elevations, working drawings and models.
Prerequisites: THAR 102, THAR 135 and THAR 245, or approval of the instructor.

THAR 355 Costume Design

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

Role and responsibilities of costume designer; design projects to include rendering techniques, stylistic choices and alternative analytical approaches.
Prerequisites: THAR 102, THAR 245, or approval of instructor.

THAR 360 Lighting Design

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

Basic electricity; theatre lighting instrumentation and maintenance; color theory and color media; stage lighting theory and technique; preparation of light plot, instrumentation schedule and cue sheets; operation of lighting equipment; laboratory practice and participation on departmental productions crews is required.
Prerequisites: THAR 102, THAR 135 and THAR 245, or approval of instructor.

THAR 381 Theatre History and Dramatic Literature I

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Survey of the history of theatre and drama from ancient times to c. 1700; examination of the evolution of theatre and drama from primitive rituals to highly stylized writing and performance in Europe and Asia.
Prerequisites: THAR 102; majors and minors only; junior or senior classification.

THAR 382 Theatre History and Dramatic Literature II

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Continuation of THAR 381. Survey of the history of theatre and drama from 1700 to the present; examines the evolution of theatre and drama in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Prerequisites: THAR 381; majors and minors only; junior or senior classification.

THAR 386/MUSC 386 Evolution of the American Musical

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of the American musical from its heterogeneous origins to a thriving and diverse expression of the human condition; analysis and critical discourse on the development of the American musical through text, audio and visual recordings.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: MUSC 386/THAR 386.

THAR 390 Theatre Practicum: Performance

Credit 1. 4 Other Hours.

Participation as a performer in a departmental theatre production under supervision of theatre arts faculty; audition or application may be required. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

THAR 391 Theatre Practicum: Production

Credit 1. 4 Other Hours.

Participation in the production team for a departmental theatre production under supervision of theatre arts faculty; audition or application may be required. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

THAR 392 Theatre Practicum: Design

Credit 1. 4 Other Hours.

Participation in the design team for a departmental theatre production under supervision of theatre arts faculty; audition or application may be required. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

THAR 407 Performing Literature.

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Analysis and performance of poetry, prose and drama; emphasis on translating analytical decisions into performance; solo performance, readers theatre, chamber theatre, and technology in/as performance.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

THAR 410 Acting IV - Advanced Problems in Acting

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Solving advanced dramatic problems using acting, voice, movement, and style techniques; writing, development and performance of an autobiographical monologue; includes audition preparation and rehearsal techniques.
Prerequisites: THAR 310; junior or senior classification.

THAR 420 Directing

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

Theatre forms and styles; director's function and responsibility in producing plays; script analysis; directing laboratory scenes; participation in departmental productions.
Prerequisites: THAR 102, THAR 110, THAR 245, THAR 381, or approval of instructor.

THAR 435 New Technology for Designers

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Fundamentals of design software including sound editing, video editing, and rendering for theatre; multi-media installation.
Prerequisites: PEFR 202 or THAR 135; THAR 245; junior or senior classification; or approval of instructor.

THAR 445 Design as Performance

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Design as performance using research methods and the production of new work; disciplines of design, performance, installation and performance as research.
Prerequisites: THAR 245 and junior or senior classification; or approval of instructor.

THAR 482 Topics in American Theatre and Performance

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Exploration of significant issues in American theatre and performance; emphasis on the aesthetic, social, and cultural issues affecting theatre and performance. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisites: THAR 102 and THAR 382 or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification.

THAR 485 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

I, II, S Advanced individual study of identified topics in theatre for specific needs of theatre arts majors; formal report required. May be repeated for credit up to 6 hours.
Prerequisites: 24 hours of theatre arts; THAR majors and minors only or permission of instructor.

THAR 489 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of theatre production, technology, history, or criticism. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

THAR 491 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of a faculty member in theatre arts. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.