Music & Theatre

The Department of Music and Theatre is a leader in western Kansas for the arts, and offers several distinct programs leading to the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music in Education, Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music in Composition, Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology and Bachelor of General Studies in Theatre Studies.

Through a wide selection of ensembles, troupes, and courses, the department provides diverse opportunities for majors and non-majors. Through its productions, recitals, and concerts, the department serves as a center of musical and dramatic activity for Hays and the region.

An integral unit in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Music and Theatre embraces its mission to provide opportunities for students to become creative, analytical, and expressive artists in teaching and performance through a liberal-arts foundation. This mission supports and enhances the purpose and direction of Fort Hays State University.

The department is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Department of Music and Theater

Courses

When offered, enrollment is required of full-time undergraduate music majors. (0) credit hours.

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Focus on music fundamentals used in music theory.

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For performance majors, recital must be full length; for music education majors, 20 minutes. (0) credit hours.

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Development of piano techniques, sight reading, and improvisation; acquisition of standard piano repertory.

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Fundamentals of vocal performance.

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The first course in performance for undergraduate students. Special fees: lab fees.

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Principles of pronunciation in English, Italian, and Latin as applied to singing, emphasis on IPA.

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Designed to develop competence in listening to music. The elements of music are discussed and demonstrated, and specific musical forms are studied.

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Theory and application of fundamental musical skills through written exercises, aural drills, and group piano realizations. The course is designed: (1) to develop the ability to read music and understand muscial notation, (2) to be an opportunity for non-music majors to learn fundamental musical skills. Does not count toward the music major.

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Study of fundamentals of notation and introduction to voice leading.

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Development of skills in sight singing, ear training, and basic musicianship.

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A study of European classical music in its historical and cultural contexts, and stylistic development.

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A continuation of Group Piano II. Also includes development of elementary score reading. Special fees: lab fees.

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A continuation of Group Piano III.

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Emphasis on using the guitar to accompany songs; learning the basic chords and several basic folk strums; some note-reading. Student provides guitar.

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Development of ability to improvise in the various jazz idioms.

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Lower-division performance. Special fees: lab fees.

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Principles of pronunciation in German and French as applied to singing, emphasis on IPA.

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Students enrolled may acquire experience in teaching music at any level in the public schools.

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Continuation of principles covered in Theory II, with an emphasis on chromaticism.

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Continuation of principles covered in Theory III, with an emphasis on contemporary techniques.

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Development of basic ability in melodic harmonization, harmonic improvisation, clef reading, and elementary score reading.

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Basic principles of conducting technique: study, marking, reading, and interpretation of musical scores.

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Continuation of MUS 287 but with emphasis on rehearsal procedure.

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A continuation of MUS 288 with an emphasis on laboratory experiences in conducting in the student's area of musical emphasis (Choral, orchestral, or instrumental).

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A study of the development of American popular music and its leading figures from its origins in Tin Pan Alley (American musical theater), the African-American tradition (minstrel shows, blues, jazz, swing), country music and the Anglo-American tradition (folk, country, western, and bluegrass), rock music, to the current diverse American popular musical landscape.

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The development of music history and style from ancient Greece to the early eighteenth century.

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The development of music history and style in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.

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For non-music majors. Designed to equip the classroom teacher with skills, methods, and content of the elementary school music program.

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Students are introduced to music technologies needed for the 21st century musician.

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An exploration of technological techniques used in composition and/or performance of experimental/ electronic music.

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An introduction to various components of jazz, such as style periods, musicians, and compositions, for those with an interest but no previous knowledge in this field. A very important aspect of the course is listening to examples. These are intended to enhance the students' listening ability and make them better consumers of all kinds of music.

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Organization and administration of the public school band program.

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A continuation of MUS 401. Study of instrumental literature and advanced rehearsal techniques for public schools.

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Instruction and practice in the methods of directing public school choral groups at the secondary level.

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Designed to teach knowledge of and functional performance ability on string instruments sufficient to teach beginning students effectively in groups.

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Designed to teach knowledge of and functional performance ability on woodwind instruments sufficient to teach beginning students effectively in groups.

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Designed to teach knowledge of and functional performance ability on brass instruments sufficient to teach beginning students effectively in groups.

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Designed to teach knowledge of and functional perormance ability on percussion instruments sufficient to teach beginning students effectively in groups.

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Examination, analysis, and discussion of problems related to orchestral music in the public schools.

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Designed to equip the beginning teacher with skills needed to establish, rehearse, and maintain the jazz ensemble program in the public school.

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For the Bachelor of Music Education/Bachelor of Arts music major.

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For the Bachelor of Music: Performance music major.

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Intensive, short-term, courses in various areas of music and music teaching.

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This course is a review of analytical procedures commonly found in music composed between 1650 and 1900 AD. This course cannot taken in lieu of other theory courses (MUS 183, MUS 281, MUS 283) by students pursuing Bachelor of Music degrees.

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This course continues to explore digital audio production techniques developed in MUS 688. The focus of the course is advanced digital editing, mixing, and mastering techniques for all musical genres/styles.

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Advanced study in conducting technique and score preparation. Emphasis on expressiveness, styles and schools of thought in choral music. Practical experience in rehearsing choral ensembles.

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Advanced study in conducting technique and score preparation. Emphasis on expressiveness, styles and schools of thought in choral music. Practical experience in rehearsing choral ensembles.

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Advanced work in the study and conducting of scores, with emphasis on instrumental works.

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Advanced work in the study and conducting of scores, with emphasis on instrumental works.

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Approaches to performing roles in musical stage productions. Preparation and performance of scenes from opera repertoire by members of the class.

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Approaches to performing roles in musical stage productions. Preparation and performance of scenes from opera repertoire by members of the class.

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Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to teach general music at the elementary level in the public schools.

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Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to teach general music at the elementary level in the public schools.

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Continuation of MUS 612. Application of basic techniques and skills of teaching singing, rhythmic activities, movement activities, instrumental activities, music reading activities, and ear training activities within a comprehensive teaching framework of performance, analysis, and composition.

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Continuation of MUS 612. Application of basic techniques and skills of teaching singing, rhythmic activities, movement activities, instrumental activities, music reading activities, and ear training activities within a comprehensive teaching framework of performance, analysis, and composition.

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Methods of teaching history and appreciation, music reading, and basic theory in the middle school and junior high school levels.

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Methods of teaching history and appreciation, music reading, and basic theory in the middle school and junior high school levels.

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A study of methods in the teaching of singing. Emphasis on literature suitable for the voice student of high school age.

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A study of methods in the teaching of singing. Emphasis on literature suitable for the voice student of high school age.

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A general survey of the materials and methods of piano teaching.

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A general survey of the materials and methods of piano teaching.

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Techniques and materials for specialized instruction in performance. A music fee is charged to part-time students. Special fees: lab fees.

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Techniques and materials for specialized instruction in performance. A music fee is charged to part-time students. Special fees: lab fees.

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Students will learn instrumental and vocal repertoire, as well as the essential skills of collaboration ensemble performance, balance and team work ethic. Piano proficiency sufficient to perform standard repertoire is required.

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Students will learn instrumental and vocal repertoire, as well as the essential skills of collaboration ensemble performance, balance and team work ethic. Piano proficiency sufficient to perform standard repertoire is required.

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Development of ability to improvise in the various jazz idioms.

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Development of ability to improvise in the various jazz idioms.

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Scoring for separate string, woodwind, brass, percussion and vocal choirs, with particular emphasis on scoring for groups of less than superior quality and technical proficiency.

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Scoring for separate string, woodwind, brass, percussion and vocal choirs, with particular emphasis on scoring for groups of less than superior quality and technical proficiency.

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Scoring for separate string, woodwind, and brass choirs, with particular emphasis on scoring for groups of less than superior quality and technical proficiency.

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Scoring for separate string, woodwind, and brass choirs, with particular emphasis on scoring for groups of less than superior quality and technical proficiency.

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A study of musical forms from Baroque to present, including an emphasis on the stylistic analysis of music.

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A study of musical forms from Baroque to present, including an emphasis on the stylistic analysis of music.

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Study of the polyphonic style of the mature Baroque period with emphasis on the works of J.S. Bach.

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Study of the polyphonic style of the mature Baroque period with emphasis on the works of J.S. Bach.

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Music composition techniques for beginning composition student. Writing in sample forms and introduction of contemporary techniques.

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Music composition techniques for beginning composition student. Writing in sample forms and introduction of contemporary techniques.

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Continuation of Applied Composition I, emphasis on expanding forms and contemporary techniques.

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Continuation of Applied Composition I, emphasis on expanding forms and contemporary techniques.

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Students enrolled may acquire experience in teaching music at the college level.

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Students enrolled may acquire experience in teaching music at the college level.

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Continuation of Applied Composition III, emphasis on writing in larger forms and for larger ensembles.

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Continuation of Applied Composition III, emphasis on writing in larger forms and for larger ensembles.

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Students enrolled may acquire experience in teaching music at any level in the public schools.

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Students enrolled may acquire experience in teaching music at any level in the public schools.

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Specialized topics of narrow scope which lend themselves to presentation as short courses in music education, music theory, music literature, and music history.

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Specialized topics of narrow scope which lend themselves to presentation as short courses in music education, music theory, music literature, and music history.

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A survey of piano repertoire from 1700 to the present.

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A survey of piano repertoire from 1700 to the present.

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Historical and analytical study of organ literature from the Renaissance to the present.

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Historical and analytical study of organ literature from the Renaissance to the present.

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A study of solo song from 1600 to the present, concentrating on representative composers and works of German, French, Italian, English and American origin.

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A study of solo song from 1600 to the present, concentrating on representative composers and works of German, French, Italian, English and American origin.

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Performance for graduate students in a secondary performing medium. Special fees: lab fees.

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Performance for graduate students in a principal performing medium. Special fees: lab fees.

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Intensive, short-term courses in various areas of music and music teaching.

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Intensive study of special problems and topics in various areas of music, music theory, music history, music literature, music education, and pedagogy.

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Investigation of problems in musicology, music theory, and music education. Stress is placed on formation of broad areas and articulation of ideas. Final comprehensive examination requirement is included as a part of the seminar activity.

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An introduction to the principles of research in music. An overview of systems of musical analysis, conventions of music literacy, and historical approaches to musical synthesis.

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Composition in larger instrumental and vocal media.

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Advanced composition in larger instrumental and vocal media.

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(Candidates with a major in theory/composition may elect to write an original composition designed for a large vocal and/or instrumental ensemble. This shall be performed by a departmental ensemble when practicable.)

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Overview of theatre. Students will be exposed to theatre history, playscripts and the process of producing plays. Co-requisite COMM 120L required only for communication majors.

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Vocal and physical techniques necessary for the effective interpretation of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature. Students analyze and perform literature in all three areas.

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Introduction to skills necessary for development of individual acting tools. Vocal and physical work, script analysis, freeing the imagination, and getting acquainted with the concept of "performance."

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The student will learn the process of designing and executing stage makeup with emphasis on character analysis and its relationship to the actor.

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Basic techniques of scenery construction and painting. Includes lab work.

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Analysis and production of a dramatic work. Involves rehearsal of play and participation in the final production.

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Contents vary. Examples: (A) minicourses in various aspects of theatrical skills (B) repertory company (C) touring children's theatre production. Maximum for credit: two summers.

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(A) Survey of costuming ancient Egypt to modern times (B) principles of designing costumes. Some work with construction techniques. May be repeated if subject matter differs.

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Practical experience and application of skills through working on university theatre productions.

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Theory and practice in the basic skills of staging dramatic scripts for the theatre. Students will analyze and direct scenes from contemporary and classic plays.

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Contents vary. Examples: (A) advanced scene work (B) production of a period play. May be repeated for credit if subject matter is different each time.

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Contents vary. Examples: (A) advanced scene work (B) production of a period play. May be repeated for credit if subject matter is different each time.

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Creative dramatics and improvisational games used to develop imaginative sensitivity and theatrical ability in young people. Should be of particular interest to students intending to teach.

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Creative dramatics and improvisational games used to develop imaginative sensitivity and theatrical ability in young people. Should be of particular interest to students intending to teach.

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A theoretical and practical workshop in producing and directing plays. Students will stage one-act plays for public performance.

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A theoretical and practical workshop in producing and directing plays. Students will stage one-act plays for public performance.

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Provides knowledge of and practical experience with activities involved in managing a theatre: season ticket campaigns, publicity, box office procedures, and house management.

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Provides knowledge of and practical experience with activities involved in managing a theatre: season ticket campaigns, publicity, box office procedures, and house management.

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A survey of theatre history and plays representing the major trends of classical theatre from the Greeks through the 18th century.

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A survey of theatre history and plays representing the major trends of classical theatre from the Greeks through the 18th century.

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A survey of theatre history and plays representing the major trends of theatre from the 19th century to the present.

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A survey of theatre history and plays representing the major trends of theatre from the 19th century to the present.

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Contents vary. Practical solving of staging problems specific to particular theatrical genres, periods of history, and types of playscripts.

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Contents vary. Practical solving of staging problems specific to particular theatrical genres, periods of history, and types of playscripts.

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The mechanics of stage lighting; electricity, instruments, control; and the design process: color, light plots, cue sheets, and theories. Includes lab work.

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The mechanics of stage lighting; electricity, instruments, control; and the design process: color, light plots, cue sheets, and theories. Includes lab work.

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Interpretation of plays in scenic terms and the study of principles of designing for the stage.

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Interpretation of plays in scenic terms and the study of principles of designing for the stage.

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An opportunity to learn and practice the craft of writing dramatic scripts for the theatre and motion pictures. Dramas developed in this course may receive production in department's directing program.

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An opportunity to learn and practice the craft of writing dramatic scripts for the theatre and motion pictures. Dramas developed in this course may receive production in department's directing program.

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Last updated: 09/04/2019