FA 1301 - 1306 The Royal Chorale (0.5 Cr. per semester, a max of 3 Cr. may be applied to degree requirements):
A performing and touring Chorale. Fall semester expect up to 2.5 hours of rehearsal per week. Spring semester expect about 1.5 hours of rehearsal per week. A number of performances (up to 5) are given each semester. (Prerequisites: Normally the student will be expected to have previous group singing experience. An audition may also be requested. Permission of director.)
FA 2310 Introduction to Art Appreciation (3 Cr.):
A survey of the visual arts from the ancient Greeks to the present, with primary emphasis on painting styles and trends of the past 600 years. Through slides and videos students with no prior background learn to recognize art periods and artists though critical analysis and classroom participation, as well as to expand the scope of their personal tastes. Liberal Arts elective.
FA 2320 Introduction to Music Appreciation (2 Cr.):
A chronological approach to both vocal and instrumental music beginning with the Greeks and moving through the 20th century. Students learn about the major composers, but there is heavy emphasis on listening as well as critical analysis to enable even the beginner to enjoy and appreciate fine music. Liberal Arts elective.
FA 2330 Introduction to Theatre and Film (3 Cr.):
The course introduces students to the world of theater, types of stages, works of playwrights, producers, directors, actors, designers of costume, scenery and lighting. Students can act, direct and/or design if they wish. Looks at origin and development of moving pictures and analyzes styles of notable actors, directors and films. Students see a live play, plays on video and films for analysis, appreciation and enjoyment. Teaching methods include discussion, lecture and activities. Liberal Arts elective.
FA 2340 Music of The Romantic Period (2 Cr.):
All forms of 19th century Romantic music, both vocal and instrumental, are studied with emphasis on listening and critical analysis. Since there is no prerequisite, sufficient background is given so that the most inexperienced listener is able to appreciate the style of each composer. Liberal Arts elective.
FA 2350 20th Century Music (2 Cr.):
A topical survey of the major trends in concert music of the 20th century including Impressionism, Primitivism, Serial techniques, aleatoric music, jazz and minimalism. Composers discussed include Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Ellington, Boulez and Glass. Some knowledge of 19th century music is desirable. Liberal Arts elective.
FA 2360 History of Jazz (2 Cr.):
A study of the rich history of jazz and related American vernacular styles in the context of the social forces, which influence their development. Develops critical skills needed to evaluate music in a rational and thoughtful fashion. Liberal Arts elective.