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Courses at the 300-level

DANC 302: Musical Resources for Dance

Study includes taking rhythmic dictation, composing rhythmic scores, and analyzing musical forms. Criteria are developed for the selection of music to support, supplement, or contrast with dance.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 215
DANC 303: Dance Production

The fundamentals of technical production are studied. Emphasis is on scenic design for dance and the technical aspects of lighting design. A minimum of twenty hours of laboratory work in a production is required. Lecture and laboratory.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 181 (one year in dance company)
DANC 304: Choreography I

Binary and ternary dance forms are reviewed. Rondo, theme and variations, sonata, and other forms are choreographed. Dance history is summarized and exemplary performing artists are introduced.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of instructor
DANC 306: Dance for Children

Experiences include planning and supervising dance activities for children of different ages in various settings, including dance studios and classrooms. Exercises include creative movement and choreography for children. (Formerly Dance 316.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 215
  • DANC 304
DANC 309: Dance History

The development of dance as a performing art in Europe, Russia, and America is examined. Attention is given to the cultural context of dance events. (Formerly DANC 319.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 215
  • or consent of dance director
DANC 316: Advanced Modern Dance

Advanced modern dance technique is provided in a studio experience. Emphasis is on the refinement of technique and elements of performance through the mastery of complex movement sequences. (Formerly DANC 307.)
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 216
DANC 320: Touring Dance

Students participate in all aspects of the creation of a touring program for children. Programming includes repertory selection, analysis, rehearsal, performance, script development, and assessment of and responsibility for technical support.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 216
DANC 321: Dance for Musical Theatre

The performance of dance for musical theatre is studied in its theatrical context. Emphasis is on performance techniques and the characteristics of style. This course may be taken twice for credit.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 9 credit hours of dance technique courses and consent of department chair
DANC 322: Repertory Performance

Performance and style is examined through repertory experience. New or existing dance works are prepared for formal and informal performances. (Formerly DANC 317: Dance Performance.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 9 credit hours of dance technique courses and consent of department chair
DANC 324: Improvisation/Performance

Students refine their facility for generating dance as a spontaneous response to movement structures and various stimuli. Included are frequent informal and occasional formal performances. This course may be taken twice for credit.
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 216
DANC 360: Seminar in Dance

This course builds on the student’s experiences in dance. Topics are announced in advance and allow the student to pursue investigations into select theories and problems.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 6 credit hours of dance courses and consent of instructor
DANC 381: Dance Company III

Credit is available to all qualified students who participate for the full academic year.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Membership in Rhode Island College Dance Company and consent of instructor
MUS 305: Form and Analysis

A detailed study of the design and style of musical structure is presented. The small and large forms covered include binary and ternary design, song form, variations, rondo, sonata form, and various hybrid forms.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 232 or consent of instructor.
MUS 307: Composition

Techniques of musical composition in the smaller forms are studied. Extensive experience in form and analysis is required to complete original compositions.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 232 and either 305 or 306, or consent of instructor.
MUS 308: Fundamentals of Conducting

Basic instrumental- and choral-conducting techniques and score reading are presented. Study includes practical experience with ensembles. (Formerly MUS 108.)
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 236
  • MUS 205
  • MUS 206
MUS 310: Medieval and Renaissance Music

Music literature from its ancient beginnings through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is studied. Included are plainchant, polyphony, sacred and secular music, and problems in early notation.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 205
  • MUS 206
  • either MUS 203 or 230, or consent of instructor
MUS 311: Music of the Baroque

Music literature from the last decade of the sixteenth century to the middle of the eighteenth century is presented. Included is the development of instrumental and vocal music, culminating in the music of J. S. Bach and Handel.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 205
  • MUS 206
  • either MUS 203 or 230, or consent of instructor
MUS 312: Music of the Classical Era

Music literature from the mid–eighteenth century to about 1825 is studied, including precedents in the rococo period. Representative works are analyzed.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 205
  • MUS 206
  • either MUS 203 or 230, or consent of instructor
MUS 313: Music of the Romantic Period

Music literature during the nineteenth century is studied, including the late romantic composers. Representative works in various forms are analyzed.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • either MUS 203 or 230, or consent of instructor
  • MUS 206
  • MUS 205
MUS 314: Twentieth-Century Music

Music literature since 1900 is studied, with emphasis on major contemporary developments as seen in the music of Schoenberg, Bartok, Stravinsky, Webern, Berg, and Hindemith.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 205
  • MUS 206
  • either MUS 203 or 230, or consent of instructor
MUS 321: Orchestration

The range, tonal quality, and characteristics of various orchestral and band instruments are studied. Included are problems and projects in scoring for various ensembles.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 232 or consent of instructor.
MUS 323: Counterpoint

Contrapuntal practices, including species counterpoint through twentieth-century styles, are studied. Forms include canon, invention, fugue, passacaglia, and others. Extensive writing and special projects are included.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 236
MUS 360: Seminar in Music Literature

Students concentrate on a selected topic and engage in intensive study and discussion of a major composer or an important historical development. Emphasis is on research techniques.
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 205
  • MUS 206
  • MUS 232
  • One course from MUS 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, or consent of instructor.
MUS 366: Accompanying

Practical experience is provided in accompanying for instrumental and vocal soloists. This course may be repeated for elective or degree-required credit hours. Open to pianists, organists, and guitarists.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of instructor
MUS 370-388: Applied Music

Advanced private study is given in voice or any one of the instruments listed below. A fee is charged in addition to the regular college fees.

370 Violin
371 Viola
372 Cello
373 String Bass
374 Voice
375 Clarinet-Saxophone
376 Flute
377 Oboe–English Horn
378 Bassoon
379 Trumpet
380 French Horn
381 Trombone-Baritone
382 Tuba
383 Organ
384 Piano
385 Classic Guitar
386 Percussion
388 Harp
389 Harpsichord

3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • concurrent enrollment in MUS 091
  • acceptance into the B.M. in music with concentration in performance program
MUS 370-389: Applied Music

Advanced private study is given in voice or any one of the instruments listed below. A fee is charged in addition to the regular college fees.

370 Violin
371 Viola
372 Cello
373 String Bass
374 Voice
375 Clarinet-Saxophone
376 Flute
377 Oboe–English Horn
378 Bassoon
379 Trumpet
380 French Horn
381 Trombone-Baritone
382 Tuba
383 Organ
384 Piano
385 Classic Guitar
386 Percussion
388 Harp
389 Harpsichord

3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Concurrent enrollment in concurrent enrollment in MUS 091 and acceptance into the B.M. in music with concentration in performance program.
MUS 390: Independent Study

Students select a topic and undertake concentrated research under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • consent of department chair.
MUS 391: Junior Recital

This is a half-hour solo recital of appropriate literature. Students must be enrolled in Applied Music in the semester in which the recital is performed. Graded H, S, U.
0 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • 15 credit hours (five semesters) of Applied Music in the appropriate instrument
MUSE 341: Methods and Materials in Music Education

The theory and pedagogy of teaching music in grades one through six are studied. Not for music education majors. (Formerly Education 341.)
2 credit hours

THTR 302: Oral Interpretation

The analysis, preparation, and performance of a variety of literary forms are examined, including drama, prose, and poetry.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 220
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 320: Character Study: Psychological Realism

The actor is introduced to the basic elements of characterization. Play structure, the function of characters within the structure, and individual characters are analyzed. (Formerly Character Study I.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 220
  • Either THTR 221 or 222
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 321: Character Study: Transformation

Through scene studies, students prepare complex and eccentric characterizations as found in the plays of Albee, Brecht, Ionesco, and others. (Formerly Character Study II.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 220
  • Either THTR 221 or 222
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 330: Theatrical Design Concepts

The differences and similarities within the design disciplines are explored. Students create multiple designs for a single production.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 228
  • THTR 231
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 346: Musical Theatre Performance

The performance of music for musical theatre is studied in its theatrical context. Emphasis is on performance techniques and stylistic characteristics unique to the genre in solo and ensemble performance.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 220
  • THTR 221
  • Consent of instructor(s) and department chair
THTR 378: Theatre Production III

Students work on RIC theatre productions under faculty supervision (in performance, technical theatre, costumes/ makeup, or stage/theatre management). This course must be taken twice. Grading is S or U. (Formerly Theatre Production.)
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 278
  • or consent of department chair

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