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Topics Courses: Spring 2021

Students are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of their registration. Additional information about a specific course (pre-requisites, co-requisites, restrictions etc.) can be found in the university calendar or through myucalgary. Courses with insufficient enrolment may be cancelled at the school’s discretion.

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This course invites undergraduate students to begin to understand the fundamentals of the process of video design for live performance. We will build foundational knowledge of the technical requirements and the creative process of video design from concept to realization. The course will include engaging with the theory and history of multi-media Mixed Multiple Reality (MMR) integration in the performing arts through readings, discussion, and case studies of practitioners. We will engage with a wide range of MMR and practices for live performance including video/projection design, world building for Virtual Reality (VR), 360 video, and augmented reality (AR). Acknowledging that we are in shifting times and seeking means of digital performance, the course will also look at the ways digital design is informing the innovations in online performances being created during the COVID 19 pandemic. Looking towards the near and far future, we will explore the possibilities of the emerging technology of Virtual Reality (VR) from a theatre creation perspective, in our rapidly changing world.

This course will combine performance training with voice for the actor technique to create a more dynamic presence when presenting, be it for the stage, conference, boardroom or classroom. Using techniques that engage with vocal and physical energy, rhythm, pace, tone, pitch and range, as well as how to choose the words and move through the phrase of the thought, the student/speaker will build confidence in their ability to captivate an audience. Skills on mic technique, improvisation, filling a large auditorium [like for a TED talk] and a more intimate setting will be covered. This work uses the individual’s natural sense of presence and builds on regaining their authentic voice.

This interactive and engaging course will provide a general overview into music therapy. Participants will learn about current research and clinical examples in music therapy across the lifespan. Experiential and hands-on interventions will underpin this knowledge through practical activities for example improvisation, lyric analysis or song writing. We will explore how music therapy is used within mental health, educational or community based settings.

A multimedia survey course exploring the genre of popular music known as Progressive Rock. The course will include an examination of Progressive Rock’s early history from its psychedelic beginnings, through its heyday in the 1970s, and its legacy in the 1980s and beyond. Discussions will center on a survey of some of Progressive Rock’s most well-known icons and will include detailed analyses and in depth discussions of their works. All lectures will be presented online in video format.

Detailed ethno-musicological examination of non-Western traditions. This course is designed to investigate the music of several of the world’s cultures. Students will develop an understanding of musical structure, style, the differing cultures’ aesthetic viewpoints, and the music's function and context within those diverse societies. Students will encounter new musical expressions as well as the corresponding world views and philosophies that accompany them.

Detailed ethno-musicological examination of non-Western traditions. This course is designed to investigate the drumming traditions of several of the world’s cultures. Students will develop an understanding of musical structure, style, the differing cultures’ aesthetic viewpoints, and the music's function and context within those diverse societies. By playing various rhythms students will develop drumming skills and will become familiar with the rhythms and techniques of selected drumming traditions including African, Arabic, Brazilian, Cuban, Indian, Japanese and Middle Eastern traditions.

Topics Courses: Summer 2021

Students are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of their registration. Additional information about a specific course (pre-requisites, co-requisites, restrictions etc.) can be found in the university calendar or through myucalgary. Courses with insufficient enrolment may be cancelled at the school’s discretion.

How to view detailed course descriptions through myucalgary:

1. Log in to your Student Centre
2. Go to your Schedule Builder and find the course
3. View the “Results” panel for more details”

Embodied Musical Theatre dance practice enriched through historical, musical, and theatrical analysis

Students will research and discuss the history of Hip Hop and Street Dance – what we have come to know of as Urban Dance. We will explore the history from a cultural perspective, a movement perspective and a political perspective as we seek to understand what is Urban Dance and where do we go from here.

A multimedia survey course exploring the music of Led Zeppelin, including an examination of the band’s history from their pre-Zeppelin beginnings through their rise to superstardom. Discussions will center on an album-by-album survey of the band’s music and will include detailed analyses of significant works.

A survey of popular music and culture from 1950 to 1977 within an historical and sociological context. This course examines popular music trends during these decades, from the blues to the beginning of hip-hop, with a particular emphasis on the origins and development of rock music. The course will examine the meaning and messages of popular music during this period, and its impact on present-day culture. 

A continuation of MUSI 306.8: The Rise of Rock (1950-77), this course examines popular musics of the late 1970s, starting with punk, up until the present time. In particular, this course will examine the rise of rap and hip-hop culture through the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and its gradual takeover of rock music as the best-selling genre/style worldwide. 

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