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Please see the section on Course Description Symbols and Terms in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

Music and Theatre Course Offerings

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Knowledge of the fundamentals of music and its notation to be determined by diagnostic exam. Music majors, minors and Music Industry & Technology majors only.
Corequisites: Keyboard proficiency or MUSC 103, MUSC 105.
Fundamental concepts and basic notation of music. Introduction to chord symbols, voice leading, part writing, harmonic progression, and basic principals of form. 3 hours discussion. (005935)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101 with a minimum grade of C-. Music majors, minors, and Music Industry & Technology majors only.
Corequisites: Keyboard proficiency or MUSC 104, MUSC 106.
Further study of voice leading, part writing, and principals of form. Introduction to chromaticism and modulation. 3 hours discussion. (005936)
Prerequisite: Open to Music majors, minors, and Music Industry & Technology majors only.
Corequisites: MUSC 101, MUSC 105.
Development of listening skills through sightsinging and dictation. 2 hours activity. (005954)
Prerequisites: MUSC 103 with a minimum grade of C-.
Corequisites: MUSC 102, MUSC 106.
Further development of listening skills through sightsinging and dictation. 2 hours activity. (005955)
Corequisite: MUSC 101, MUSC 103.
2 hours activity. (005976)
Prerequisites: MUSC 105 with a grade of C- or higher, faculty permission.
Corequisites: MUSC 102, MUSC 104.
2 hours activity. (005977)
A study of the operation of microcomputers. Special emphasis will be placed on musical computer applications, including ear training, theory, sequencing, notation, and sound design. 2 hours activity. (005978)
Theory and practice of recording, including audio theory and the use of synthesizers, samplers, computers, microphones, recording consoles, and tape machines. 3 hours discussion. (006072)
Prerequisites: Departmental permission by audition.
MUSC 110A - MUSC 110G: Specialized individual instruction for music majors in their major performing media. A weekly private lesson. Study of technique, music literature, and problems of performance. A jury examination is required each semester. Students who perform in a departmental recital may be excused from the jury at the discretion of the instructor. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005987)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005995)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005992)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005988)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005989)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005991)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005990)
Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 110 or MUSC 310 is recommended. Designed for music majors who wish to study music literature through performance. Selected repertoire is analyzed stylistically and placed in historical context. Performance problems are also considered. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (006020)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours supervision. (006065)
Prerequisites: MUSC 102 with a minimum grade of C-.
Further study of chromaticism and more advanced modulation. Introduction to twentieth-century practices. 3 hours discussion. (005937)
Prerequisites: MUSC 201 with a minimum grade of C-.
An overview and chronology of the compositional techniques in twentieth-century music literature. 3 hours discussion. (005938)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Basic principles of singing. Correct breathing, posture, and tone production appropriate for musical theatre and other popular music genres. Repertoire and recital performance stressed as pupil progresses. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006033)
Students are given instruction in basic music theory, ear training, sight singing, piano skills, and rhythm. The fundamentals of music theory are translated to basic score reading/playing. 3 hours discussion. (006063)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101 or faculty permission.
Explore the theory and practice of teaching music in a variety of settings. Discuss teaching philosophy, history, music development, learning theories, curriculum and planning, classroom management, assessment and evaluation, and current trends. Portfolio development and directed observation. 3 hours discussion. (006155)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101, MUSC 102, MUSC 103, MUSC 104, MUSC 220 or faculty permission.
Corequisite: MUSC 335.
Music teaching methods for the elementary music classroom with an emphasis on skill development, musical development of children, performance-based assessment, technology, and classroom management. Includes peer teaching, practical experience, oral critiques, continued portfolio development, and directed observation. 3 hours discussion. (006156)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101, MUSC 102, MUSC 103, MUSC 104, MUSC 201.
Fundamental skills and techniques essential to conducting instrumental and vocal ensembles. 2 hours discussion. (006148)
Prerequisites: MUSC 109, faculty permission.
A study in the fundamentals of digital audio. Emphasis will be on the application of stereo editing, multi-channel recording, digital sequencing, audio for the Web, and time-code. 3 hours discussion. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (006074)
Prerequisites: MUSC 106 or faculty permission.
Continuation of MUSC 105 and MUSC 106 at the intermediate level. 2 hours activity. (006005)
Prerequisites: MUSC 266 or faculty permission.
Performance of piano literature from all periods. Elements of harmony and analysis. May be taken four semesters. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006117)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101 and MUSC 102 recommended.
This course offers students the opportunities to gain skills and knowledge at the fundamental levels of theory and performance pertaining to jazz improvisation. This course is designed to provide a foundation allowing students to gain experience and performance strategy pertaining to beginning jazz improvisation skills. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (020685)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Teaching of class or private piano, organ, and harpsichord, to include approach to teaching children and adults, teaching materials and methods, technique, sight-reading, use of pedals, improvisation, memorization, chording, transposition, registration, and style interpretation. 2 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (006248)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Teaching of class or private piano, organ, and harpsichord, to include approach to teaching children and adults, teaching materials and methods, technique, sight-reading, use of pedals, improvisation, memorization, chording, transposition, registration, and style interpretation. 2 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (006249)
Prerequisites: Moderate piano and sight reading skills; audition or faculty permission required.
Study of skills, basic repertoire and bibliography related to the craft of accompanying. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006031)
A survey of the elements of music and diverse cultures and values in relation to music. Representative examples are drawn from the traditions of Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia, including classical, folk, and popular idioms. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (006053)
A survey of the development of music in the United States from colonial days to the present. Includes African American, Indian, folk, sacred, country, blues, rock, Broadway show, jazz, and art music traditions. 3 hours lecture. (006182)
A survey of seminal compositions and composers from western art music history. Musical traditions, compositional techniques, performance mediums, and the compositional background of individual works and composers, and the effects of political, social and philosophical issues upon the compositions and composers studies are explored. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (006183)
The historical and philosophical study of jazz from its African origins to the various forms in which it exists today. 3 hours lecture. (006184)
An in-depth study of Rock and Roll music and culture as it relates to the development and changes in American and world social orders. A study of the impact of Rock and Roll on social, economic, cultural and political structures. 3 hours lecture. (006186)
This course is also offered as AFAM 296 .
A historical survey from the African heritage and Colonial times to the present. The types, forms, and styles of African American music are studied in relation to the African American experience. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000141)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, MUSC 102.
This course covers the chronological development of Western music from antiquity to the mid-19th century through a study of literature, scores, recordings, films and live performances. Course content focuses primarily on the Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic periods. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (006152)
Prerequisites: MUSC 102 and faculty permission.
This course covers the chronological development of Western music from 1850 to the present through a study of the literature, scores, recordings, films, and live performances. 3 hours lecture. (006153)
Prerequisites: MUSC 102.
A survey of world traditions concentrating on Africa, Asia, and the Americas. For students with a background in music. 3 hours discussion. (006170)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE Arts (C1) requirement or faculty permission.
This course is also offered as LAST 305 .
This is a survey of the diverse musical cultures of Latin America. Representative examples are drawn from the traditions of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Brazil, including both folk and popular idioms. This an upper division course and is intended for students who have had an introductory course in music or fine arts and have some vocabulary that enables them to discuss musical expression. 3 hours lecture. (021709)
The study of music as an industry, including copyrights, publishing, licensing, merchandising, and an overview of the record industry. 3 hours discussion. (006176)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006092)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006100)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006097)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006093)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006094)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006096)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006095)
Preparation and performance of a recital program. The public performance is evaluated by a faculty committee. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006103)
Designed for music majors who wish to study music literature through performance. Selected repertoire is analyzed stylistically and placed in historical context. Performance problems are also considered. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (015562)
Prerequisites: MUSC 222, faculty permission.
Conducting, score study, and stylistic interpretation of choral works or master composers. Develop the fundamental skills for planning, organizing, and implementing a secondary school coral music program. Requires field study in a secondary school vocal ensemble setting. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (006256)
Prerequisites: MUSC 222, faculty permission.
Conducting, score study, and stylistic interpretation of instrumental works of master composers. Develop the fundamental skills and strategies for planning, organizing, and implementing a secondary school instrumental music program. Requires field study in a secondary school instrumental ensemble setting. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (006258)
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MUSC 202, MUSC 220, MUSC 221, and MUSC 222.
Study and application of concepts, program materials, and techniques of teaching general and choral music in middle school and junior high school setting. Special consideration is given to music for the changing-voice choir. Includes peer teaching, practical experience, oral critiques, continued portfolio development, and directed observation. 4 hours activity. (006173)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101, MUSC 102, MUSC 103, MUSC 104, MUSC 220.
Fundamentals for planning, organizing and implementing a successful school instrumental music program. 2 hours discussion. (006174)
Analysis of sequential concepts necessary for understanding the structural elements of music. Development of skills needed to promote musicality in children. 3 hours discussion. (006136)
Group instruction in the pedagogy of woodwind instruments with a focus on how to teach proper tone, technique, and approach to the instruments. Includes peer teaching, observation, and/or field training. 2 hours activity. (006158)
Group instruction in the pedagogy of brass instruments with a focus on how to teach proper tone, technique, and approach to the instruments. Includes peer teaching, observation, and/or field teaching. 2 hours activity. (006159)
Group instruction in the pedagogy of string instruments with a focus on how to teach proper tone, technique, and approach to the instruments. Includes peer teaching, observation, and/or field teaching. 2 hours activity. (006160)
Group instruction in the pedagogy of percussion instruments with a focus on how to teach proper tone, technique, and approach to the instruments. Includes peer teaching, observation, and/or field teaching. 2 hours activity. (006161)
Corequisite: MUSC 221.
Group instruction in the pedagogy of wind, percussion, and stringed instruments with a focus on the appropriate use in the classroom. Includes peer teaching, observation, and/or field teaching. 2 hours activity. (006162)
Group instruction in the pedagogy of voice with a focus on how to demonstrate and teach proper tone techniques and approach to the instrument. Includes peer teaching observation and/or field teaching. 2 hours activity. (021053)
Prerequisites: MUSC 102, MUSC 109, MUSC 241, faculty permission.
Creative projects in electronic media. Emphasis on digital techniques, including computer control of digital instruments. 3 hours seminar. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (006194)
Prerequisites: MUSC 342 with a minimum grade of C-, faculty permission.
Creative projects in electronic media. Emphasis on digital techniques, including sampling and computer control of digital instruments. 3 hours seminar. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (006195)
Prerequisites: EECE 110, MUSC 102, MUSC 109, faculty permission.
An in-depth study of audio recording systems, components, and philosophies. Emphasis will be on the day-to-day workings of a recording studio, with experience in microphone placement, mixing techniques, and tape machine alignment. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (006073)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, MUSC 241, MUSC 344 with a minimum grade of C-, faculty permission.
An in-depth study of audio recording systems and components. Emphasis will be placed on signal processing equipment, synchronization, and multi-tracking, with continuing experience in microphone placement, mixing, and editing techniques. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (006075)
Prerequisites: MUSC 309 or faculty permission.
School of the Arts (SOTA) Productions is for Music Industry majors to develop real-world skills in concert production, promotion, and marketing. Students gain valuable skills in the A&R process by selecting an artist to develop, record, and market throughout the year. 3 hours lecture. (006264)
Prerequisites: MUSC 309, MUSC 350, and faculty permission.
A continuation of the year-long experiential component for the Music Industry majors running SOTA Productions. Musical releases are prepared, marketing strategies aligned, and concert promotions continue. 3 hours lecture. (006265)
Prerequisites: MUSC 201.
Study of the capacities of the various orchestral and band instruments, including arranging projects for small ensembles. 3 hours discussion. (006069)
Prerequisite: MUSC 201.
Independent creative projects. Exercises in analytical and compositional techniques designed to increase technical facility. 3 hours lecture. (006200)
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, MUSC 361, faculty permission.
Independent creative projects. Exercises in analytical and compositional techniques designed to increase technical facility. 3 hours lecture. (006203)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Concentrated study of a specific historical period or genre specific to the keyboard. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006276)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Concentrated study of a specific historical period or genre specific to the vocal pattern. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006277)
3 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006145)
Prerequisites: One or more semesters of studio instruction or faculty permission.
MUSC 373 - MUSC 374: The study of lyric diction and performance of literature for singers in English, Italian (A), German and French (B). Although emphasis is placed on correct pronunciation through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, students also acquire basic ability to translate songs in foreign languages. Each semester may be repeated once for credit. 3 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006146)
Designed to allow students of singing to investigate the science of vocal sound production in connection with the teaching of singing. Emphasis on acoustics, physiology of human voice, history of vocal pedagogy, current medical research regarding the use and abuse of the voice, and practical applications of teaching techniques. 3 hours discussion. (006255)
Prerequisite: MUSC 276.
This course offers students opportunities to gain skills and knowledge at the advanced levels of theory and performance pertaining to jazz improvisation. This course is designed to build on the foundation provided by MUSC 276, allowing students to gain experience and performance strategy pertaining to the more complex and modern jazz repertoire of the post bebop era. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 9.0 units. (020584)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Individual pedagogy project assigned in consultation with a faculty advisor. Projects may be a research paper or a practicum with documentation, e.g. a video-tape and journal. MUSC 377 or MUSC 416 is required for the Option in Keyboard Performance. Not available for graduate students. 6 hours supervision. ABC/no credit grading. (006234)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Study of vocal literature (art songs and arias) through weekly master classes. For singer-pianist duos (pre-formed duos preferred, but not required). Literature studied each semester will vary. 1 hour lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006252)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Focus on large ensemble and recital accompanying skills: vocal diction for pianists, balance techniques, clef-reading, score-reading, following conductors, assisting ensemble rehearsals. This course prepares students for accompanying in Symphonic Wind Ensemble, North State Symphony, vocal program recitals, Opera Workshop, A Cappela Choir, University Chorus, Chamber Singers, music theatre productions. 3 hours supervision. (006253)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
An elective course for upper-division and graduate students offering continued development of keyboard skills. The course allows students to continue to develop necessary skills to become more proficient as performers, accompanists, teachers, and church musicians. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006239)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 9 hours supervision. (006189)
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (006190)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015563)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015572)
Pep Band is intended to give any student who plays a musical instrument (wind, brass, or percussion) an opportunity to perform in a fun, energetic, and exciting band. The Pep Band plays for University events. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015573)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015592)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015575)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015576)
Group performance of jazz ensemble literature for interpretive and creative experiences. Major performance each semester, with emphasis on current musical trends. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015598)
Group performance of jazz ensemble literature for interpretive and creative experience. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015599)
2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015586)
2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015594)
2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (020647)
2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015602)
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.
Music Performance Group Selected small choir to sing madrigal and other chamber literature. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015612)
Open to all students interested in active participation in opera. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015610)
This course provides an opportunity for students to perform therapeutic music for patients at the Enloe Hospital Cancer Center. Each student performs one hour per week under the supervision of the instructor. There are orientation meetings at the beginning of the semester and an assessment meeting at the end of the semester. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (020848)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Preparation and public performance of a full-length recital to be evaluated by a faculty committee. Required of students who have been accepted in the performance options. Not available for graduate students. 6 hours supervision. (006235)
Prerequisites: MUSC 220, MUSC 221, MUSC 322, MUSC 323, MUSC 331, MUSC 332, MUSC 333, MUSC 334, MUSC 335, (may be taken concurrently) or faculty permission.
A comprehensive overview in the principles of teaching, learning, organization, and administration of the music program. Includes peer teaching, practical experience, oral critiques, continued portfolio development, and directed observation. Specific areas include 1) music education, 2) vocal, and 3) instrumental. 2 hours discussion. (006267)
Prerequisites: MUSC 343 with a minimum grade of C-, faculty permission.
Independent creative projects in electronic music. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006197)
Prerequisites: MUSC 345 with a minimum grade of C-, faculty permission.
A study in advanced recording studio production. 3 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (006213)
Prerequisites: MUSC 343 (may be taken concurrently), MUSC 345.
A study of audio production and audio post-production for video. Topics of study include music scoring, automatic dialogue replacement, foley, synchronization, and audio systems in video. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (006226)
Prerequisites: MUSC 343, MUSC 345, faculty permission.
This course provides students a recording experience with a variety of musical ensembles and literature within varying acoustical environments. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 9.0 units. (020223)
Prerequisites: MUSC 351, faculty permission.
This course is for Music Industry majors that can take on a leadership role in the operation of the various productions of SOTA. The course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to utilize his/her music business knowledge and skills in an experiential learning environment, which includes in-class and off-campus activities. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (021414)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, MUSC 309.
Students explore the intricate questions surrounding intellectual property statutes, the musician, and businesses designed to market and sell music as a product. The course covers copyright law, royalties, contracts, publishing and Web technology territory of vital importance to students seeking employment in the music industry. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (001353)
Prerequisites: MUSC 362, faculty permission.
Independent creative projects. Exercises in analytical and compositional techniques to increase technical facility. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006205)
Prerequisites: MUSC 201, faculty permission.
Nomenclature, timbre, technique, and transposition of jazz ensemble instruments. Scoring the rhythm, brass, and woodwind sections for large and small jazz ensembles in various jazz and dance band styles. 3 hours discussion. (006244)
Prerequisites: MUSC 201, faculty permission.
Music and lyric writing; formal, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic analyses of popular songs; collaboration; marketing; demos; publication. 3 hours discussion. (006245)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is a directed field project offered for 1.0-5.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. A project must be commensurate with the student's major curricular and professional goals and must be comparable in substance to work of a similar nature within the University music curriculum. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (006180)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (006289)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is for independent study and is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register with the supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (006290)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A survey of all aspects of theatre arts, including history, production styles and techniques, acting, directing, and stagecraft. Supplemental reading and examination of theatre literature. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009211)
An introduction to the aesthetic principles and practical methods actors use to bring life to characters in plays. Special attention is given to themes of healthy vs. unhealthy personal, family, and social relationships and their critical examination through the active inquiry of rehearsal. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009210)
This course is designed for the theatre or dance student interested in studying representative dance techniques which are used in musical theatre productions. Because musical theatre dance incorporates a wide range of purposes and styles, the dances studied will reflect that diversity. 4 hours activity. (009509)
Prerequisites: Declared Theatre or Musical Theatre major or minor.
This course introduces students to the field of theatre as both art and business. Students engage with inspirational readings about the nature of theatre as well as learning about trends within the industry for jobs and training beyond the BA level. Students develop tools for job seeking as well as engaging with critical explorations on what the nature of theater in the 21st century is. 3 hours lecture. (015862)
Prerequisites: Declared Theatre or Musical Theatre major or minor.
This studio course introduces the basic principles and practices of acting craft in the areas of script analysis, movement, voice/speech, acting technique, and rehearsal methods. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (015858)
Prerequisites: Declared Theatre or Musical Theatre major or minor.
This studio course introduces the basic principles and practices of theatre design in the areas of script analysis, scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (015860)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of script analysis, acting techniques, and other theatre performance skills through preparation and performance of a smaller role in a department production or other approved activity. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009229)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of script analysis, acting, singing, and other musical theatre performance skills through preparation and performance of a smaller role in a department production or other approved activity. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015863)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of dance techniques through preparation and performance of smaller ensemble roles or a single featured role in original choreography for Chico Dance Theatre, department musical productions, or other approved activities. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009525)
Applied study of costume and makeup practices through participaton in costume construction and on wardrobe and makeup crews for department productions or other approved activities. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009230)
Applied study of scenic, lighting, and other technical theatre practices through participation in scenery construction and painting, and on lighting, sound, and stage crews for department productions or other approved activities. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009238)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study of theatre production practices through participation in a department production as an assistant stage manager or as an assistant to the director or designer or other approved activity. 1 hour activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009546)
An introduction to technical theatre production in the areas of scenery, property construction, and painting. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009213)
An introduction to technical theatre production in the areas of stage lighting practices and equipment operation. Class includes lecture/discussion and practical assignments. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (001653)
An introduction to technical theatre production in the construction of stage costumes, accessories, and masks. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009514)
An introduction to technical theatre production by the transformation of the actor by means of paint and plastic application to meet the requirements of theatrical production. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009215)
Prerequisites: THEA 120, THEA 160; THEA 205 or THEA 206.
This course provides a basic background in the history and work of Theatrical Stage Managers. Included are script breakdowns and analysis for rehearsal, preparing the prompt book and other paperwork for technical rehearsals and productions, reading technical drawings, audition and rehearsal processes, scheduling and communications, managing equipment and personnel, working with actors, directors, and designers, as well as creating resumes and job hunting. 3 hours discussion. (021195)
Development of movement techniques for performance. A course for majors in Theatre and Music. Open to interested non-majors. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (009225)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional techniques of ballet in musical theatre, with the possibility of advancing into an intermediate level. 4 hours activity. (009505)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional forms of tap dance in musical theatre, with the possibility of advancing into an intermediate level. 4 hours activity. (009508)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional forms of jazz dance in musical theatre, with the possibility of advancing into an intermediate level. 4 hours activity. (009507)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning basic traditional forms of modern dance in musical theatre. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (009506)
A beginning course in voice and diction, the principal aim of which is to increase the clarity and expressiveness of each student's "natural" speaking voice. An essential program of study and practice for performers, but equally valuable to anyone whose career aspirations require effective vocal communication. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009217)
Prerequisites: For Theatre and Musical Theatre majors: THEA 150; for Theatre minors and all others: THEA 110.
A course in the principles and methods employed by directors, designers, and actors to comprehend dramatic literature as scripts for theatrical performance. 3 hours lecture. (009513)
This is a survey course examining theatrical performance throughout the world focusing primarily on non-western forms. It examines representative examples of theatrical performance within specific cultures or geographic locations and explores the social and cultural connections between performance and society. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021114)
This course serves as an introduction to the connections between theatre and politics, ranging from traditional theatre to performance art. It examines the nature of political theatre and performance and introduces key figures such as Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal, and Guillermo Gomez-Pena. Students see live performance, read theoretical and performance texts, and develop a critical discourse about the nature of politics, power, and performance. Students also engage in performance practice as well as theory, formulating a creative work in response to a contemporary performance issue. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021151)
Prerequisites: THEA 150, THEA 230, THEA 240; either THEA 160 or THEA 112H, or permission of the instructor.
An extension of the work begun in THEA 160 to enhance students' understanding and skill in the areas of analysis, creative imagination and believable theatrical behavior. Through exercises, guided improvisations, discussions, journal writing and scene work, students develop a personal methodology of approach to the problems of acting. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009227)
This course is an introduction and critical exploration to the connections between theatre, gaming, and the digital body of the performer, Students read excerpts from critical theory and performance texts, view live performances, and play digital games to expand on this transforming sense of self. Students engage in digital performance practice as well as theory, formulating a creative work in response to their own sense of the digital body which reflects their postmodern identity. 3 hours lecture. (021152)
Prerequisites: Departmental permission.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-4.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for specific topics being offered. (021456)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of script analysis, acting techniques and other theatre performance skills through preparation and performance of a larger role in a department production or other approved activity. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009516)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of script analysis, acting, singing, and other musical theatre performance skills through preparation and performance of a larger role in a department production or other approved activity. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009517)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of dance techniques through preparation and performance of larger ensemble roles or multiple featured roles in original choreography for Chico Dance Theatre, department musical productions, or other approved activities. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015864)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study of theatre production practices through participation in a department production as a stage manager or as an assistant director or assistant designer or other approved activity. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009547)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Students will spend classroom time learning and rehearsing pieces from the musical theatre canon. In addition, students will be directly involved in a touring company presenting musical theatre selections for interested groups off and on campus. Tour dates will be scheduled as requested, with a concentraton on the spring semester. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (009524)
Development of the skills for effective dramatization of literature in the elementary classroom or children's theatre, including creative dramatics, storytelling, oral interpretation and group readings. 3 hours discussion. (009224)
This course is also offered as MCGS 315 .
A study of identity as expressed through performance in theatre and other media. The course focuses on issues of race, gender, and sexuality. Students see live performances, read classic and contemporary performance texts, and gain exposure to key figures who engage with identity politics in performance in the contemporary consciousness. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (009520)
Prerequisites: THEA 160, THEA 230, THEA 260.
The analytical and physical movement techniques for performance introduced in THEA 130 are refined and expanded; students create solo, duet, and group movement pieces. Rotating topics covered include mime, stage combat, commedia, or mask work. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (002498)
Prerequisites: THEA 231 or permission of instructor.
This course is designed for the musical theatre student who has achieved an intermediate level of technique in ballet and is interested in maintaining a more advanced level. 4 hours activity. (009518)
Prerequisites: THEA 232 or permission of instructor.
This course is for the musical theatre student who has achieved an intermediate level of technique in tap dance and is interested in maintaining a more advanced level. 4 hours activity. (020003)
Prerequisites: THEA 233 or permission of instructor.
This course is designed for the musical theatre student who has achieved an intermediate level of technique in jazz dance and is interested in maintaining a more advanced level. 4 hours activity. (009519)
Prerequisites: THEA 260.
The aim of this course is to help advanced acting students develop the knowledge, sensitivities, and skills needed to act in plays in which dramatic action and thematic content must be carried primarily through an active and richly textured speaking of the text. Classroom and out-of-class activities will include analysis, voice language exercises, and the preparation of scenes and soliloquies. Rotating topics covered include Shakespeare and other classic styles, as well as modern poet-dramatists. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009531)
Prerequisites: THEA 150, THEA 160, THEA 170, THEA 250.
This course is a survey of the theoretical and historical trends in performance from the ancient world to the advent of realism in the 19th century. Students discover key moments in the theatre history as well as signature scripts which represent the theatrical world of antiquity to Western Europe in this time frame. Students focus on the intersections of popular culture, political and social trends, and theatre through antiquity, the medieval period, the Renaissance, Neoclassicism, and Realism. 3 hours lecture. (021169)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, THEA 250
This course is a survey of the theoretical and historical trends in performance from the 19th century to the contemporary period. Students discover key moments in theatre history as well as signature scripts which represent the theatrical world of America and Western Europe in this time frame. Students engage in critical written and oral discourse about the nature of theatres, dramaturgy, and history. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (009232)
Through careful reading and study of major works in the Musical Theatre canon, this course examines this unique art form and the cultural factors that influenced its creation and evolution as well as the aspects of our contemporary society that are influenced by it. 3 hours lecture. (021170)
Prerequisites: THEA 250, THEA 260.
Further classroom study and practice of various approaches to the problems of acting in comedies and dramas. Special emphasis is given to the analysis and physical/vocal acting challenges of texts other than contemporary realism. Topics and focus of the course rotate in alternate years. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009523)
Prerequisites: THEA 250, THEA 260.
Further classroom study and practice of various approaches to the problems of acting in musical theatre. Special emphasis is given to the analysis of music and lyrics and the challenges of acting the song. Topics and focus of this course rotate in alternate years. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009259)
Prerequisites: THEA 360 or THEA 361.
An intensive study of performance techniques for various kinds of plays that require specific manners, gestures, movement, and speech to fulfill the dramatic situation. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009251)
Prerequisites: THEA 120, THEA 170, THEA 250.
A study of the visual interpretation of plays of various theatrical periods and styles through sketches, renderings, and models. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009268)
Prerequisites: THEA 121, THEA 170, THEA 250.
Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in THEA 205 for lighting crew is required.
A study of the visual interpretation and enhancement of plays through the use of light. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009234)
Prerequisites: THEA 170, THEA 222, THEA 250.
A study of the visual interpretation and enhancement of plays through the study of the design and history of costumes for various theatrical forms, including plays, operas, musical theatre, and dance. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009235)
Prerequisites: THEA 120, THEA 170.
This course introduces students to a variety of basic techniques and skills used to produce painted scenery for the stage. These skills are used to create a series of projects that are designed to inform the students how to interpret and understand visual sources then translate these to the stage. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (020855)
This course serves as a basic level technology and design course for theatrical sound design. Combining the basics of audio, equipment, and science with design-focused projects, the student should gain an awareness of audio as a theatrical design element and the process by which sound is designed for live theatrical production. The course combines theoretical knowledge with practical resulting in a blend of technical and artistic projects. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (021159)
This course serves as an introduction to a relatively new design field in theatre, new media. The course introduces criticism as well as practical elements to prepare young artists to work with new media in a performance environment, be it in a traditional theatre or an artistic installation. The course places students in creative positions, sometimes in teams, sometimes solo, to develop installation pieces which involve the use of new media as design and narrative elements. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (021171)
Prerequisites: THEA 170, THEA 250.
A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of directing, including script analysis, blocking, composition, dramatic focus, and actor coaching. A series of staged scenes using outside actors are a central part of the course activities. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009529)
Prerequisites: THEA 120, THEA 250, THEA 380, and permission of instructor.
Practical application of production, acting, and/or directing, with emphasis on staged production. 1 hour seminar, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (009264)
Prerequisites: THEA 112 or THEA 160, THEA 203 or THEA 303, or instructor's permission.
A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of choreography, including historical context, composition and dramatic focus. Practical application of choreographic principles with emphasis on stage productions. 1 hour seminar, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (009536)
Prerequisites: THEA 382 and permission of instructor.
Development of a unique choreographic project for theatrical production, based on choreographic principles taught in THEA 362. This process goes beyond conception, creation, rehearsal, and performance of the dance project, to include new production elements (such as lighting, costuming, and video). 1 hour seminar, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (009537)
Prerequisites: Departmental permission.
This course for special topics is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for specific topics being offered. 3 hours lecture. (009532)
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009247)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Theatre Arts Department Honors in the Major program with junior standing and a GPA in the top 5% of theatre arts majors.
First of two semesters of independent study for theatre arts Honors in the Major students involving creative and scholarly activity. This activity requires substantial research and a public presentation under the direction of one or more theatre arts faculty members. 9 hours supervision. (009543)
Prerequisites: THEA 360 or THEA 361.
Advanced study in special acting problems such as auditioning or mask work, or intensive scene work concentrated on a particular playwright, style, genre, or technique. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009260)
Prerequisites: May take any of the following: THEA 325, THEA 370, THEA 371, THEA 372.
Advanced problems in scene design, lighting design, or technical production. Special attention is given to verbal and visual communication, and folio presentation and presentation. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009266)
Prerequisites: Must be a major or minor in Theatre Arts at no less than junior standing with at least a 2.5 GPA, faculty permission.
This course is an internship offered for 2.0 to 12.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Supervised out-of-classroom work experience in theatre-related activities approved professional theatre companies and/or theatre-related enterprises. No more than 3 units may be applied to the major. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (009539)
Prerequisites: Departmental permission.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-4.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for specific topics being offered. 1 hour lecture. (009541)
Prerequisites: Departmental permission.
This course is an independent study for 1.0-3.0 units for theatre and musical theatre majors. It involves creative and scholarly activity and requires substantial research and public presentation under the direction of one or more theatre arts faculty members. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (009542)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Theatre Arts Department Honors in the Major program with junior standing and a GPA in the top 5% of theatre arts majors.
Second of two semesters of independent study for theatre arts Honors in the Major students involving creative and scholarly activity. This activity requires substantial research and a public presentation under the direction of one or more theatre arts faculty members. 9 hours supervision. (015906)
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