This course is a practical survey of the song as a genre, from John Dowland to Franz Schubert to The Beatles to Lady Ga-Ga, with a particular focus on text setting, harmony, and arranging. Practical assignments include analysis, composition, and performance, both in group and individually. The final project comprises the individual composition and performance of an original song.

Music Literacy for Actors and Dancers is a course for the performer who has not yet developed a connection between his or her musical experience and standard aspects of musical performance, with a special focus on the acquisition of fluency reading the notated score and the development of effective study and practice habits. Music materials used in class or assigned for homework will be spoken, clapped, sung, and played. FNAR 1743 Music Literacy for Actors and Dancers is a co-requisite of FNAR 1733 Intro to Musical Theatre.

Tonal Music, Harmony and Counterpoint I-II, is a hands-on study of the grammar of tonal music. Assignments include exercises in four-voice harmony in choral and keyboard styles, exercises in two- and three-voice species counterpoint, the composition of original pieces for small chamber combinations, frequent formal analysis of standard masterpieces from the literature, and formally written responses to secondary sources. Students are expected to sing and/or play their assignments in class. Prerequisites: FNAR 1023, or permission by the instructor. For this class, it is assumed that students can recognize notes on the staff and on the instrument in real time; match pitch and sing in tune; possess basic ear training; and recognize, write, transpose, and perform basic theoretical elements, such as intervals, scales, chords, and key signatures. 

In this course we will look at “art” as something that has necessarily entered our consciousness from the realm of “things” and think about why this may be so. We will approach art as a method of communication that is both physical and cognitive. By examining the art work and its history during the twentieth century, one that was rife with movements and manifestos, we will find out what the fundamentals of art have become for our time. The course is formatted with alternating lecture and laboratory classes where students can put into practice the ideas we encounter.