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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.

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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.

Topics Courses: Fall 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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2. Go to your Schedule Builder and find the course
3. View the “Results” panel for more details”

Theory and technique of scene painting for a variety of theatre genres. Students will study scenic art from the point of view of a designer. In so doing, they will be encouraged to understand the history of various artistic techniques and consider the place of these techniques in current scenographic practice. Through practical assignments students will demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the elements and principles of design.

A block-week course focusing on the key principals of Clown suitable for all performing artists and public speakers. Though the week students will focus on: self-research, connections, presence, humanity, self-expression, play, authenticity, honesty, risk talking, intuition, listening, sensitivity to the audience, flow and freedom on stage, and humour.

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 is intended to prepare students to teach music at the elementary level both in schools and community contexts. The instructors will facilitate learning experiences with students that are designed to help them design play-based lessons with a strong emphasis on music making appropriate for young learners.

Teaching Methods and materials for elementary and secondary classrooms, focusing on vocal and choral methods and techniques

Teaching methods and materials for elementary music classrooms, including Kodaly, Orff, and other methods

Musical concepts related to the jazz idiom, such as scales, harmony, rhythm, melody and styles

An active course in the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), with an introduction to the basic rules of pronunciation and transcription of Italian, German, and French as practiced through spoken and lyric diction.

A study of the music of Schubert and Schumann, focusing upon selected major works, considered in their social and political context, and with an emphasis upon musical analysis—all in light of modern academic studies of the music of these two composers.

A study of current practices in live electronic music including laptop performance, mobile music, computer music programming for performance, performance environment design and live coding. The course will involve applied design and performance exploration as well as a survey of current and historical artists, repertoire and practices of the discipline

Musical concepts related to the jazz idiom, such as scales, harmony, rhythm, melody and styles

A study of the music of Schubert and Schumann, focusing upon selected major works, considered in their social and political context, and with an emphasis upon musical analysis—all in light of modern academic studies of the music of these two composers.

A study of current practices in live electronic music including laptop performance, mobile music, computer music programming for performance, performance environment design and live coding. The course will involve applied design and performance exploration as well as a survey of current and historical artists, repertoire and practices of the discipline

Topics Courses: Winter 2023

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 both deconstruct and reconstruct jazz dance aesthetic essences in order to create something of the moment; it is a quick study of the 21st century. This approach will give weight to the relevant history, but will also require interpretation, reflection and bold creative action. Through kinesthetic embodied and experiential learning, students will research and investigate historical styles and practice while considering the characteristics, stories and luminaries of jazz—both music and dance. Emphasis is placed on improvisation and rhythm, along with other creation tools. This block course intensive will examine the unique elements of jazz dance and music, including a rich history, diverse spirit and many possible futures.

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.

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 survey of key readings in music education philosophy, this course examines fundamental questions in the field such as, "Why is music important in life and worth teaching?" In addition, the course will examine philosophical considerations of what, how, when, and where to teach, as well as to whom

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 survey of key readings in music education philosophy, this course examines fundamental questions in the field such as, "Why is music important in life and worth teaching?" In addition, the course will examine philosophical considerations of what, how, when, and where to teach, as well as to whom

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.

Development of jazz improvisation skills through the analysis, performance and evaluation of jazz standards. Other topics will include digital patterns, licks, riffs, scale and chord theory/application, contrafacts and identification of chord progressions.

This course is intended for the third or fourth year music major. The course will cover the music and culture of Vienna between 1870 and 1914 to the purpose of examining the collapse of Romanticism and the birth of modernism as aesthetic concepts. In terms of music, this task will be accomplished through the close study of representative works by Brahms, Bruckner, Johann Strauss II, Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, and Berg. In terms of the wider culture, the course will consider the art of the Viennese Seccession (Klimt and others), as well as literature (Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hoffmanstahl).

Development of jazz improvisation skills through the analysis, performance and evaluation of jazz standards. Other topics will include digital patterns, licks, riffs, scale and chord theory/application, contrafacts and identification of chord progressions.

This course is intended for students in the M.A./M. Mus. programs. The course will cover the music and culture of Vienna between 1870 and 1914 to the purpose of examining the collapse of Romanticism and the birth of modernism as aesthetic concepts. In terms of music, this task will be accomplished through the close study of representative works by Brahms, Bruckner, Johann Strauss II, Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, and Berg. In terms of the wider culture, the course will consider the art of the Viennese Seccession (Klimt and others), as well as literature (Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hoffmanstahl).

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