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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 will explore the African diasporic roots as the founding parent of Tap Dance - a pioneering and uniquely African American art form.  Students will learn rhythmic fundamentals of tap dance vocabulary explored in call and response tradition. Students will embark on the exploration of the simultaneous history and evolution of jazz music.  Studies will include improvisation, body percussion, moving image and textual research, choreography, lectures leading to group discussions. A focus on research via suggested articles, albums, books, and documentary style resources will be embedded into course.

The objectives of this course are to familiarize the student with some traditional/authentic dances of West Africa. The dances are mostly from the traditions of Guinea, Senegal, Mali and The Gambia. Other countries of the African Diaspora will be investigated to provide context and deeper understanding. Rich contemporary Afro-centric music will accompany class as well as live drumming. The goal is to embody the dances that reflect some of the contemporary party dances as well as folkloric traditions and stage presentations of West African culture. Some of these dances have a long history some are more contemporary expressions found in nightclubs or are presented on any number of global stages by national companies of the African continent. Exploration of the creative process will range from call and response, improvisation, to creation. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of an Africanist aesthetic and how cultural dance can function as an important manifestation of the human spirit. Issue related to EDI as well as appropriation, nationhood and will be unpacked. Class begins with warm-up exercises that condition the body for the rigors of this form by developing muscle strength, aerobic stamina, coordination, flexibility, and rhythmic awareness. Second part of class is devoted to learning authentic stories, dances and songs from West Africa, as well as their historical and cultural contexts. Students will explore the history and culture of Africa through video viewing, readings, and the completion of a written assignment. A brief introduction to drumming will be incorporated. Music appreciation will be an important component/aspect of the activities.

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 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

The music, cultural and political events of the past can be read on the dancing bodies in a variety of different spaces and places.
The urban dance practices of USA and Canada tell a vivid story related to our collective lived experiences, popular culture, politics, economics, interpersonal issues and struggles of all kind. The stories are embedded in the music and dance of specific neighborhoods of the South Bronx NY, Oakland CA, T.O or YYC. Any number of dance styles, phenomena or traditions have reached the public realm by exploding in the mainstream of American/Canadian dance, television or film culture. There are many authentic stories of breaking, house dance culture or the moonwalk that are overshadowed by Hollywood tales. From West African shores to early jazz roots and the social dance floors of North America we can see how urban tradition flourished and gained popularity. SYTYCD and the StepUp franchise tell one story while gang warfare and disenfranchisement and The Electric Boogaloo’s tell another. Students will research and discuss the history of hip hop and streetdance – what we have come to know as urban dance practices. By exploring the history from a cultural perspective, a movement perspective and a political perspective, students will come to know what it is and where it might go from here. In the spirit of inquiry-based learning, students will connect, reflect/wonder, create, investigate and construct thoughts in order to enliven the research. 

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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