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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.

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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. 

Selected topics examining popular music from a critical perspective. Examines the meaning and messages of popular music and its impact on present-day culture. Topics may include the examination of the work of specific creators or performers, the recording industry, the impact of specific instruments (e.g. guitar, percussion, electronic media, etc.), or cross-cultural influences. Attendance at relevant musical concerts and lectures may be required.

Topics Courses: Fall 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:

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2. Go to your Schedule Builder and find the course
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Advanced Studies, Contemporary Dance 

Advanced Topics in Theater Practice 

This Advanced Topics seminar will focus on playwriting by women from the 1990s to the present, identifying key concerns and theatrical/dramaturgical strategies that distinguish their work, as well as critical perspectives that illuminate their plays.

This course explores the life and music of Mozart. It will examine the man behind the legends and introduce students to a representative selection of his music, which will be examined in both its original 18th- and current 21st-century performance contexts. This course is designed for a non-music undergraduate student.

This course is intended for the third- or fourth-year B. Mus. student and will examine the role of nationalism in European music from approximately 1800 to 1918. Emphasis will be placed upon a listening knowledge of a representative sample of the music of this historical period. The classes will discuss the major composers and ideas involved in the development of romantic nationalism and will include the analysis of selected musical works. These works will be discussed against the backdrop of relevent issues in social and political history.

This course is intended for the third- or fourth-year B. Mus. student and will examine the role of nationalism in European music from approximately 1800 to 1918. Emphasis will be placed upon a listening knowledge of a representative sample of the music of this historical period. The classes will discuss the major composers and ideas involved in the development of romantic nationalism and will include the analysis of selected musical works. These works will be discussed against the backdrop of relevant issues in social and political history. A detailed syllabus of weekly lectures, readings, and listening assignments will be provided. One term paper is required; details will be provided in class.

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:

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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 investigate to provide context and deeper understanding. be visited in terms of embodied practices as well as choreographic and compositional elements in ensemble dance creations. Rich contemporary Afro-centric music will accompany class as well as live drummers. 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

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.

Spec Prof 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.

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