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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Modern Dance I (SDA 140)

Basic elements of movement and dance composition as techniques for achieving artistic expression as well as muscular strength and flexibility. Development of aesthetic appreciation for modern dance forms. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. Permission required for 2 credit version. 2-3 credits.

2 Credits.

Tap I (SDA 141)

An introduction to basic tap steps, rhythms, and terminology. Students practice technical accuracy and correct body placement. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. Permission required for 2 credit version. 2-3 credits.

2 Credits.

Ballet I (SDA 142)

Basic principles of classical ballet technique explored and developed through barre exercises and centre floor work. Awareness of ballet history through selected videos and discussions. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. Permission required for 2 credit version. 2-3 credits.

2 Credits.

Jazz I (SDA 144)

An introduction to the concepts and vocabulary of jazz dance technique. Students explore fundamental concepts of alignments and coordination. Dance styles include hip-hop, contemporary, and classical jazz. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. Permission required for 2 credit version. 2-3 credits.

2 Credits.

Modern Dance II (SDA 240)

Intermediate technique in modern dance continuing from SDA140. This course is designed for the dance student who has mastered the beginning level of modern dance study. Focus on clarity and adaptability of modern dance movement. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SDA140. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Permission required for 2 credit version. 2-3 credits.

Tap II (SDA 241)

Develops tap technique and accuracy continuing from SDA141. Class work includes intermediate combinations and projects for students who have mastered the basic techniques of tap. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SDA141. Fall semester, even years and spring semester, odd-numbered years. Permission required for 2 credit version. 2-3 credits.

Ballet II (SDA 242)

Intermediate technique in ballet continuing from SDA142. Study involves strengthening stability in various turns while performing exercises on half-toe, further developing the smooth connection of movements of the arms and body. This course is designed for the student who has mastered the beginning techniques of classical ballet. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SDA142. Spring semester. Permission required for 2 credit version. 2-3 credits.

Jazz II (SDA 244)

Intermediate technique in jazz continuing from SDA144. The continued study of alignment while in motion, enhancing skills of musicality, rhythm, and phrasing. This course continues to develop increased strength and stamina while effectively applying technical and artistic corrections. This course is designed for the student who has mastered the introductory skills of jazz dance technique. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SDA144. Fall semester. Permission required for 2 credit version. 2-3 credits.

3 Credits.

Musical Theatre Dance (SDA 247)

This course is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of musical theatre dance through an historical timeline of movement styles associated with musical theatre. This course requires students to participate in movement techniques combined with classroom lecture. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SDA244. Spring semester, even-numbered years. Permission required. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Ballet Technique (SDA 400)

This course is designed to build the strength, flexibility, endurance, and control necessary for performance of intermediate-level ballet barre exercises, adagio sequences, and allegro combinations. An understanding of proper body mechanics and the classical ballet vocabulary is emphasized. Prerequisite: SDA142. Fall semester. Repeatable for credit. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Dance Technique (SDA 405)

This course teaches the student to build the strength, flexibility, endurance, and control necessary for performance of intermediate-level dance movement. The class comprises floor-work and complex movement combinations from the side and corners of the room. An understanding of proper body mechanics and terminology are emphasized. Prerequisite: SDA140. Repeatable for credit. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Class Piano I (SMU 128)

Designed to service the non-piano music major and the non-music major. This course introduces students to basic piano skills through scales, chords, and elementary repertoire. Non-music majors must demonstrate basic music reading knowledge or take SMU127 as a pre- or co-requisite. Repeatable for credit. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Class Piano II (SMU 228)

This course is designed to develop piano performance skills begun in SMU128 (repertoire, scales, chords, harmonization, sightreading), at a more advanced level. Prerequisite: SMU128. Repeatable for credit. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Performance (sec) Voice (SMU 241)

Private instruction in secondary voice for music majors and musical theatre majors. Prerequisite: Demonstration of sufficient skill level or completion of SMU229. 1 credit for each one-half hour of weekly private instruction. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. Permission required. 1 or 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Performance (mjr) Voice (SMU 341)

Private instruction in voice for music majors as well as BFA students in musical theatre. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 2, 3, or 4 credits. Permission required. Fee.

10 Credits.

Introduction to Theatre (STR 110)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of theatre for students who are seeking careers in the profession. Topics include the role of theatre in society, theatre history, play analysis, working relationships among theatre artists, writing for and about the theatre, and the connection between theatre and the liberal arts. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Scenic Technology I (STR 115)

An introduction to techniques, procedures, and equipment employed in constructing the scenery of a theatrical production; including practical experience in creation and reading of drafting, stage and finish carpentry, metalworking and welding, basic theatre rigging, scenery movement and handling, stage properties, scenery finishing, and concepts in structural design. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Costume Technology I (STR 122)

An introduction to the materials and techniques of creating the visual elements of character through costuming. Practical experience in construction of costumes and basic pattern drafting. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Production Lab (STR 130)

This semester-long course engages the student in behind-the-scenes work to learn theatre processes and production. Participation in shop and production run crews helps the student to realize the design and technical processes that transform text-based versions of directors and designers into reality on stage for audiences. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. 0-1 credit. Fee.

Technology for Performing Arts I (STR 135)

An introductory exploration of techniques, procedures, and equipment employed in creating and implementing the lighting, sound, and media for performing arts events, including practical experience in creation and reading of drafting/plans, hands-on electrical practice, sound reinforcement, console programming, basic theatre rigging, equipment movement and handling, and concepts in theatrical design. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Voice and Speech I (STR 150)

Acquisition of techniques for improved projection, placement, articulation, and resonance in the practice of general American speech. Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet for transcription purposes and as a tool for speaking in dialects. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Acting I (STR 154)

Introduction to theories and techniques of acting through improvisation, theatre games, and scene preparation. Workshop approach emphasizes experiential learning. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

American Musical Theatre (STR 214)

Exploration into the development of a uniquely American form of performance, the musical, from its origins to the present day. Looking to exemplary musicals as case studies, students read cultural and social history, musical theatre history, and criticism. The course examines musicals as a unique cultural form, particularly focusing on the musicals’ constituent elements and the relationship of musicals to democratic U.S. culture(s). Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Stage Makeup I (STR 235)

An introduction to the materials and techniques of interpreting and actualizing the visual elements of character using stage makeup. Practical experience in the application of stage makeup and the styling of hair and facial appliances. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Stage Movement (STR 250)

Investigation and training for the development of a responsive, communicative, flexible, and expressive body for the actor’s stage work. Develops processes of translating feeling and thought into physical action and structuring the moving image. Includes units on clowning and cartooning, unarmed combat, and mask work. Prerequisite: STR154. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Acting II (STR 254)

A continuing exploration of the acting process integrating physical expression and vocal life with truthful, purposeful stage acting. Includes shaping and pacing scene action, beginning character study, and audition preparation. Introduces students to the Sanford Meisner acting technique. Prerequisite: STR154. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Musicianship for Musical Theatre I (STR 261)

A skill-building course in sight-singing, ear-training, and music analysis. While focusing on the literature of musical theatre, students develop the aural and analytical skills most pertinent to professional musical theatre performers. Prerequisite: Entrance exam or SMU127 (may be taken as pre- or co-requisite). Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Musicianship for Musical Theatre II (STR 263)

Further development of sight-singing, ear-training, and music analysis skills as applied to musical theatre repertoire. Building on the work in STR261, students continue their aural and analytical training with an added investigation into the major influences that shaped the sound of American music theatre. Prerequisite: STR261. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre History-Ancients to Renaiss (STR 305)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from ancient civilizations through the sixteenth century. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre History-Renaissance to Mod (STR 306)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from the sixteenth through the late nineteenth centuries. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre History-Modern to Contemp (STR 307)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Musical Theatre Workshop (STR 314)

Synthesis of key elements of musical theatre training to create a professional-level workshop and performance experience. Students spend the semester researching, rehearsing, and presenting a final performance of a musical revue that focuses on a particular composer or style of musical theatre. Prerequisites: STR154 and SMU241. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. 2 credits. Fee.

6 Credits.

Musical Theatre Vocal Performance (STR 315)

Focus on the literature and repertoire of musical theatre. Students develop and refine their ability to musically and dramatically interpret solo songs from the diverse canon of musical theatre composers. Emphasis given to creating the circumstances for each piece and performance with increasing professionalism and mastery of acting techniques. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. 1 credit. Fee.

4 Credits.

Acting III (STR 353)

Continued study in the acting process, with an emphasis on textual analysis, the use of heightened language and verse, and the embodiment of physical characterization to prepare the actor with the movement and vocal skills necessary for auditioning and performing classical, stylized, and displaced dramatic texts. Prerequisites: STR150 and STR254. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Professional Practices (STR 445)

This capstone course for all theatre and dance majors is focused on skill building, self-reflection, and entrepreneurship. Topics covered include arts management, starting up a theatre or dance company, and self-marketing in the field. It is also a course that requires students to demonstrate proficiency in writing for theatre or dance. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisites: STR110, STR154, and STR215. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Acting IV (STR 454)

An advanced exploration of various acting techniques including methods developed by Stanislavski, Meisner, Hagen, Morrison, Spolin, Johnstone, Linklater, and Rodenburg. Advanced scene and monologue work includes Chekhov, but is otherwise highly individualized to each student, utilizing all periods and styles from Greek tragedy forward. Prerequisite: STR353. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Cabaret/Recital Prep (STR 455)

This course prepares BFA musical theatre students to present roughly 30 minutes of a cabaret or vocal recital utilizing appropriate material for the genre. It builds on previous instruction in theatre and music classes and culminates with the actual performance. Prerequisites: SMU241 (2 credits), SMU341 (8 credits), and STR315 (2 credits). Fall and spring semesters. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

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