2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

Bodies and Music in Motion


Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 quarters

Andrea Gullickson music , Robert Esposito dance, kinesiology
Fields of Study
cultural studies, dance, history, music and somatic studies
Preparatory for studies or careers in
the performing arts.

How do our experiences in the performing arts impact our understanding of and relationship to our environment?  How can music and dance be used to transform lives?  This two-quarter, core program will focus on the study of music and dance as powerful methods for both exploring and expressing our experiences in the world.  Throughout the program we will examine fundamental concepts of music and dance and consider cultural and historical environments that influence the development of and give meaning to the arts. Our work with progressive skill development will require physical immersion into the practices of listening, moving, dancing and making music.  Theory and literature studies will require the development of a common working vocabulary, writing skills, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.

Weekly activities will include readings, lectures, seminars and interactive workshops, which will provide the basis for focused consideration of the ways in which our relationship with sound and motion impact our daily lives. Weekly in-program performance workshops will provide opportunities to gain first-hand understanding of fundamental skills and concepts as well as the transformative possibilities that exist through honest confrontation of challenging experiences. Weekly writing workshops and assignments will encourage thoughtful consideration of a broad range of program topics with a particular emphasis on developing an understanding of the power and importance of bringing one’s own voice into the conversation.

This balanced approach to the development of physical craft, artistry and intellectual engagement is expected to culminate in a significant written and performance work each quarter.

Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
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Required Fees
$100 per quarter for field trips.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 10th, 2013 This program will accept new enrollment with faculty approval.
August 1st, 2013 Fee has been reduced (from $150 to $100).
June 7th, 2013 This program is now open to sophomores.
November 20th, 2012 New offering added.