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Courses at the 200-level

DANC 210: Intermediate Ballet

Intermediate ballet technique and the classical tradition are studied through studio experience, related readings, and ballet performances. Emphasis is on the refinement of technique and elements of performance. (Formerly DANC 227: Ballet.)
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 110
DANC 212: Intermediate Jazz

Intermediate jazz technique and the history of jazz dance are examined through studio experience, related readings, and films. Emphasis is on the refinement of technique and elements of performance. (Formerly DANC 237: Jazz Dance.)
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 112
DANC 214: Intermediate Tap Dance

Intermediate tap technique and the history of tap dance are explored through studio experience, related readings, and films. Emphasis is on the refinement of technique and elements of performance.
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 114
DANC 215: Contemporary Dance and Culture

Students are introduced to the techniques, improvisation, and performance of modern dance, with a concentration on proper form and body analysis. Lecture emphasizes dance history, cultural dance, and dance in our society today.
4 credit hours

DANC 216: Intermediate Modern Dance

Intermediate modern dance technique is provided in a studio experience. Emphasis is on the refinement of technique and elements of performance. (Formerly DANC 207.)
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • DANC 215
DANC 281: Dance Company II

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 201: Survey of Music

Musical eras, styles, forms, and basic vocabulary are introduced to the nonmusic major through music literature. An ability to read music is not required. Online in summer.
4 credit hours

MUS 203: Elementary Music Theory

Fundamentals of scale construction, intervals, syllables, clefs, rhythms, and form are studied, with emphasis on musical acuteness through ear training, sight singing, and dictation.
4 credit hours

MUS 204: Sight Singing and Ear Training

Students develop basic sight-singing and rhythm-reading techniques, using the movable "do" system. Included is melodic material based on pentatonic scales, major and minor scales, and triadic patterns.
1 credit hours

MUS 205: Music History and Literature I

Students become familiar with the first three of six eras of Western art music history (medieval, Renaissance, and baroque) and explore the scores, styles, genres, composers, and historical and cultural events.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 230 and 232, or consent of instructor
MUS 206: Music History and Literature II

Students become familiar with the last three of six eras of Western art music history (classical, romantic, and modern) and explore the scores, styles, genres, composers, and historical and cultural events.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 230 and 232, or consent of instructor.
MUS 207: Introduction to Music Literature

The current repertory of Western art music and its antecedents are surveyed, with emphasis on representative works. Major stylistic and formal developments are also studied.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 230
MUS 209: Hand Drumming

The hand-drumming techniques of traditional and modern music cultures are studied. Topics include polyrhythm, linear cross rhythm, and rhythmic modulation in contemporary, jazz, and popular and world music.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 230
  • MUS 231
MUS 210: Language Orientation I

Italian and English dictions are applied to standard vocal repertoire. Study is based in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Concurrent enrollment in Concurrent enrollment in MUS 274 or 374
MUS 211: Language Orientation II

French and German dictions are applied to standard vocal repertoire. Study is based in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 210
  • Concurrent enrollment in Concurrent enrollment in MUS 274 or 374.
MUS 221: The Symphony

Representative works from the standard repertory of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are studied, covering major composers from Haydn to Mahler. The symphony's beginnings before Haydn and its development after Mahler are also considered.
3 credit hours

MUS 222: Opera

Representative operas from the seventeenth century to the present are examined. Topics include changing styles, the particular contributions of composers, the libretti, and the most significant operas of the past and present.
3 credit hours

MUS 223: American Popular Music

The growth of popular music in the United States is surveyed from its historical background.
3 credit hours

MUS 225: History of Jazz

Jazz styles, forms, and basic vocabulary are introduced to the non-music major through music literature and sound. Listening outlines will be created and used to help develop skills. An ability to read music is not required.
4 credit hours

MUS 230: Music Theory I

Students are introduced to the principles of music organization through the study of scales, intervals, triads, cadences, and the harmonization of soprano and bass lines using primary triads.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • music major or consent of department chair
MUS 231: Sight Singing and Ear Training I

Study includes basic rhythm, scale, and chord patterns.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • music major or consent of department chair
MUS 232: Music Theory II

A continuation of MUS 230, emphasis is on modulations, seventh chords, chorale writing, binary and ternary forms, and score-reading techniques.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 230
MUS 233: Sight Singing and Ear Training II

A continuation of MUS 231, emphasis is on seventh chords and more complex rhythmic patterns.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 231
MUS 234: Music Theory III

A continuation of MUS 232, emphasis is on the polyphonic techniques of the eighteenth century, altered chords, borrowed chords, and forms of the baroque and classical periods, such as the sonata, inventions, fugues, and canons.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 232
MUS 235: Sight Singing and Ear Training III

A continuation of MUS 233, emphasis is on melodies and harmonic progressions using altered chords and modulations.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 233
MUS 236: Music Theory IV

A continuation of MUS 234, emphasis is on chromatic harmony and extended chords, forms of the romantic period, and twentieth-century compositional practices.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 234
MUS 237: Sight Singing and Ear Training IV

Advanced study includes atonal melodies and contemporary rhythm patterns.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 235
MUS 238: Jazz Theory I

This is an introduction to the application of the diatonic major-minor modes, chord changes, and use of the supertonic seventh, dominant seventh, and tonic chords for improvisation, composition, and arranging.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 203 or consent of department chair
MUS 239: Jazz Theory II

Students are introduced to chromatic chord substitutes, including all nondiatonic diminished, whole tone scales, and tritone applications that are normally not found in the major/ minor scales.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 238
MUS 241: Musical Theatre Singing

Students learn to sing in ways that are technically sound, functionally healthy, and stylistically accurate for musical theatre.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
MUS 242: Managing Performance Anxiety

Students come to understand how performance anxiety affects the body and mind. Students also develop skills to manage anxiety in order to achieve their full potential.
3 credit hours

MUS 261: Music and Multimedia

This course will investigate the history and aesthetics of music and multimedia through five constituent aspects: integration, interactivity, hypermedia, immersion, and narrativity through readings as well as selected media works.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Completion of FYS, FYW, and at least 45 credits
MUS 268: Opera Workshop

Singers and pianists are prepared to better meet the demands of the musical stage. Emphasis is on the skills necessary for a career in opera and musical theatre as singers and/or coaches.
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of instructor and assistant chair of music
MUS 269: Master Class in Applied Music

Students enrolled in applied music augment their knowledge of literature and performance techniques. Topics include pedagogy, memorization, practice techniques, and other topics relevant to appropriate applied sections.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of instructor and assistant chair of music
MUS 270-289: 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.

270 Violin
271 Viola
272 Cello
273 String Bass
274 Voice
275 Clarinet–Saxophone
276 Flute
277 Oboe–English Horn
278 Bassoon
279 Trumpet
280 French Horn
281 Trombone–Baritone
282 Tuba
283 Organ
284 Piano
285 Classic Guitar
286 Percussion
287 Applied Jazz
288 Harp
289 Harpsichord

12 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Except for students enrolled in MUS 287, students must be concurrently enrolled in MUS 091
MUS 274: Voice

Advanced private study is available in voice or any one of the instruments listed below. A fee is charged in addition to the regular College fees.
270 Violin
271 Viola
272 Cello
273 String Bass
274 Voice
275 Clarinet–Saxophone
276 Flute
277 Oboe–English Horn
278 Bassoon
279 Trumpet
280 French Horn
281 Trombone–Baritone
282 Tuba
283 Organ
284 Piano
285 Classic Guitar
286 Percussion
287 Applied Jazz
288 Harp
289 Harpsichord
2 credit hours

MUSE 212: Introduction to Music Education

This is an introduction to the organizations, scope, responsibilities, and opportunities for those in professional music education. Study includes observation and interaction with teachers in public schools.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MUS 232
  • MUS 233
  • successful audition for admission into music education program
MUSE 241: 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.
2 credit hours

THTR 217: Fundamentals of Stage Management

The basic principles of stage management are covered.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 105
  • THTR 110
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 220: Voice and Articulation for the Performer

The fundamentals of voice production and articulation are studied from the physiological and phonetic bases of speech.
3 credit hours

THTR 221: Movement for the Actor

The performer is trained in controlling, shaping, and moving the body. Attention is given to the development of physical characterization.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 105
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 222: The Actor's Self: Improvisation and Technique

The actor is introduced to self-discovery in performance. Improvisational techniques free the beginning actor physically, vocally, and emotionally.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 105
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 228: Basic Design Principles for Theatre

Students are introduced to the language of design. The elements and principles of design and basic drawing techniques are also examined.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 105
  • THTR 110
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 230: Stagecraft

The basics of drafting, theatrical building practices, electrical, and sound pathways are introduced. Research and shop projects are required.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 105
  • THTR 110
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 231: Scenography

Theatrical rendering techniques and the fundamentals of the theatrical scenic model are studied.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 105
  • THTR 110
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 232: Technical Theatre Principles

Advanced technical concepts and systems are examined. Focus is on how different systems are interrelated on stage.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 230
THTR 233: Architecture and Décor

The history of visual style is explored. Clothing, art, and architecture are examined through various key periods of history.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 105
  • THTR 110
  • or consent of department chair
THTR 240: Appreciation and Enjoyment of the Theatre

The theatrical process—from playwriting to performance to criticism—is studied. Attendance at theatre productions is required.
4 credit hours

THTR 241: American Musical Theatre

The development of musical comedy and its variations within the United States from the eighteenth century to the present are traced.
3 credit hours

THTR 242: Acting for Non-Majors

This course is for non-theatre majors. Students are introduced to acting, with focus on acquainting students with the basic concepts and principles of acting, including script analysis, character development, and ensemble playing.
4 credit hours

THTR 261: Contemporary Black Theatre: Cultural Perspectives

African American theatre in America and English-speaking Africa since the 1960s is studied, with emphasis on representative plays, playwrights, movements, and artists.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • FYW, FYS, and at least 45 credits
THTR 278: Theatre Production II

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.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • THTR 178

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