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Topics Courses: Winter 2022

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”

Further Study in Contemporary Dance 

Advanced study of the practice and use of technology in the theatre. 

The emergence of modernism in theatre, drama, and performance both reflected and contributed to the transformation of gender roles and the emergence of modern sexual identities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This “advanced topics” seminar will investigate the intersection of gender, sexuality, modernism, and performance.

Special Prob Costume Res & Design 

This course will introduce students to a variety of topics within the field of music technology as they relate to teaching and learning in education. Topics may include but are not limited to contemporary music production, remixing, podcasting, music for other media, electronic instrument design, technologically-mediated performance practices, and programming.

This course will introduce students to a variety of topics within the field of music technology as they relate to teaching and learning in education. Topics may include but are not limited to contemporary music production, remixing, podcasting, music for other media, electronic instrument design, technologically-mediated performance practices, and programming.

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.

Through selected readings, analysis, seminar presentations and discussions, students will investigate polyphony, with a special emphasis upon selected compositions from the late 20th and early 21st century. Beginning with a review of fundamental voice leading and polyphonic concepts (independence, multiplicity, polychronicity, imitation), their scientific foundations and the intellectual controversies they have generated, the course will proceed to an investigation of the means through which contemporary composers have generated new approaches to polyphony, creating new intellectual challenges for musicians and listeners.

This course is intended for the third and fourth year undergraduate students (and graduate students). The course will consist of the study of chamber music from about 1760 to about 1900, and will be presented through an analytical and historical perspective and divided into three sub-units of study, each of which will conclude with a short test (listening and other questions). The course will be organized around in-class presentations on different chamber works for the time period under study. Following presentations in-class on selected works from the listening list, the presentations will be written up as short analytical term papers. The course will be include selected readings and a listening list. A detailed syllabus of weekly lectures, readings, and listening assignments will be provided.

Through selected readings, analysis, seminar presentations and discussions, students will investigate polyphony, with a special emphasis upon selected compositions from the late 20th and early 21st century. Beginning with a review of fundamental voice leading and polyphonic concepts (independence, multiplicity, polychronicity, imitation), their scientific foundations and the intellectual controversies they have generated, the course will proceed to an investigation of the means through which contemporary composers have generated new approaches to polyphony, creating new intellectual challenges for musicians and listeners.

This course is intended for the third and fourth year undergraduate students (and graduate students).  The course will consist of the study of chamber music from about 1760 to about 1900, and will be presented through an analytical and historical perspective and divided into three sub-units of study, each of which will conclude with a short test (listening and other questions). The course will be organized around in-class presentations on different chamber works for the time period under study. Following presentations in-class on selected works from the listening list, the presentations will be written up as short analytical term papers. The course will be include selected readings and a listening list. A detailed syllabus of weekly lectures, readings, and listening assignments will be provided.

Topics in Inter-Arts Collaboration 

Did you know World Stage Design is coming to SCPA in August 2022.?!?! The exhibition, conference, and festival is held every four years on a different continent – UCalgary is the next host!

 

This course will focus primarily on the themes pf World Stage Design 2022, The course will investigate topics around ecology, economics, and community building in performance conceptualization and creation from a global perspective. We will also discuss the other topics of WSD: Indigenous storytelling, VR, MMR, conventional theatre, site-specific performance, and operatic traditions. Students will participate in the planning of a large scale event/conference.

Topics Courses: Spring 2022

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”

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.  

This course will introduce writers at any levels to the essentials of writing for the stage, screen or radio. Students will explore character, dramatic action, dialogue and structure. Students will support each other from initial idea to finding the structure that best suits their chosen form.

This course will offer students an introduction to contemporary Black Canadian plays and playwrights. Students will explore the historical and cultural context of the plays, as well as performance styles and structures that are unique to the Black diaspora. The course will also give students the opportunity to seek out Black theatre companies and other theatre artists in Canada.

This course will use theatre techniques to help sharpen your presentation and communication skills.  You will learn how to warm up for a presentation, how to connect to your audience, persuade them to your side of the argument and confidently communicate in any setting.  Physical practices for engaging your voice, combined with tone, pace and resonance, will make your presentations dynamic and engaging for both you and your listener. Everyone has a story to tell – learn how to communicate your message in a memorable way!

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 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.

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.

Topics Courses: Summer 2022

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”

This course offers an intense immersion in creating dance and dance theatre for the camera. The course will focus on developing technical experience, exploring creative process, and experimenting with the potential of editing, camera movement, sound, and their relationships to movement, choreography, and staging. Students will also be introduced to the possibilities of the Canon FX100, the Atlas Slider, the Go-Pro, and the e-image tripod with dolly. Open to all students with an interest in exploring the use of video-making for movement and sound.

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.

The history of funk music from its roots in rhythm and blues through its classic formulation in the 1970s to its urban transformation and revival, with an examination of its cultural and social milieu, as well as its evolving musical characteristics. This course does not require previous training in music.

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