Fine Arts

The Department of Fine Arts offers programs in Art, Digital Media Studies, Music, and Theatre. The department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art (with or without secondary certification, or with an emphasis in digital media), an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Media Studies (with an emphasis in design or technology), a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a Bachelor of Music with teacher certification, a Bachelor of Music in performance, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre.

The department also offers minors in three areas: art, music, and theatre. Recommendations concerning a student’s minor and course requirements are made to the department head by academic advisors.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
ART 111Design I3
ART 121Drawing I3
ART 211Design II3
ART 221Drawing II3
ART 231Art History I3
ART 232Art History II 23
ART 234Introduction to Digital Media3
ART 241Introduction to Painting Media3
ART 321Life Drawing3
ART 331Art History of America3
ART 371Printmaking3
ART 441Advanced Studio in Two-Dimensional Media3
ART 490Art Portfolio Capstone3
Advanced ART Elective3
Sophomore Literature3
HIST 102World History Since 1700 23
or HIST 101 World History to 1700
Total Hours90
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Without Certification
ART 341Painting Studio3
ART 342Watercolor3
ART 351Sculpture Studio3
Advanced ART Electives12
F A 401The Arts in Contemporary Society3
Electives6
Advanced Electives6
Total Hours36
With Certification
ART 311Experimental Media Studio3
ART 341Painting Studio3
ART 342Watercolor3
ART 351Sculpture Studio3
Advanced ART Electives6
EDU 320Professional Development I: Understanding Learners3
EDU 330Professional Development II: Effective Instruction3
EDU 430Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
EDU 435Professional Development IV: Issues in Professional Development3
EDU 490Practicum in Teaching6
Select one of the following:3
Child and Adolescent Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
RDG 351Content Area Reading3
Total Hours42
With Digital Media
ART 381Digital Print-Based Media3
ART 382Digital Time-Based Media3
ART 481Interactive Art Media3
Advanced ART Electives9
F A 401The Arts in Contemporary Society3
ART 235Photography3
or CIS 300 Computer Tech and Impact
COMS 207Audio Production3
or CIS 315 Web Site Development & Design
COMS 308Digital Video Production3
or CIS 415 Interactive and Applied Multimedia
Advanced Electives6
Total Hours36
1

Please see Academic Information section.

2

Course may be counted toward general education requirement.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Digital Media Studies

Field of Study Courses
General Education Requirements42
ART 111Design I3
ART 234Introduction to Digital Media3
ART 382Digital Illustration 3
ART 481Interaction Design3
COMS 110Mass Communication and Society3
C S 102Introduction to Computer Science3
ENGL 309Technical Writing & Document Design-WI3
ENGL 412Technical Writing with Computer Applications3
ENGL 420Writing for Electronic Mediums3
Other Required Courses
Advised electives (6 hours advanced)15
ART 381Digital Imaging3
ENGL 343Creative Writing3
F A 401The Arts in Contemporary Society3
Total Hours93
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Design
ART 121Drawing I3
ART 235Photography3
ART 321Life Drawing3
CIS 300Computer Tech and Impact3
CIS 415Interactive and Applied Multimedia3
COMS 207Audio Production3
COMS 308Digital Video Production3
COMS 412Rhetorical and Communication Theory3
ENGL 312Graphics and Technical Writing3
Total Hours27
Technology
ART 321Life Drawing3
C S 110Procedural Programming3
C S 221Object Oriented Programming3
C S 231Introduction to Java Programming3
C S 241Data Structures3
C S 330Game, Graphics and GUI Development3
C S 380Operating Systems3
C S 389Introduction to Software Engineering3
MATH 310Discrete Mathematics3
Total Hours27

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
Select four of the following:4
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Select four of the following:8
Applied Music Concentration
Applied Music Concentration
Applied Music for Majors
Applied Music for Majors
Applied Music for Majors
Applied Music for Majors
Applied Music for Majors
Applied Lessons for Majors
MUSC 147Theory I: Basics of Music4
MUSC 148Theory II: Diatonic Harmony4
MUSC 247Theory III: Counterpoint4
MUSC 248Theory IV: Chromatic Harmony4
MUSC 433Capstone Course in Music1
MUSC 448Scoring and Arranging for Ensembles2
MUSC, MUAP or MUEN Electives 100-49910
MUSC 311Conducting I2
MUSC 326History of Music I2
MUSC 327History of Music II3
MUSC 328History of Music III3
MUSC 329World Music2
F A 401The Arts in Contemporary Society3
Sophomore Literature3
Foreign Language 101, 102, 201, or 20211
Electives11
Total Hours123
1

Please see Academic Information section.

The Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
MUAP 131Applied Music Concentration2
MUAP 132Applied Music Concentration2
MUAP 231Applied Music for Majors2
MUAP 232Applied Music for Majors2
MUAP 331Applied Music for Majors2
MUAP 332Applied Music for Majors2
MUAP 431Applied Music for Majors2
MUSC 147Theory I: Basics of Music4
MUSC 148Theory II: Diatonic Harmony4
MUSC 247Theory III: Counterpoint4
MUSC 248Theory IV: Chromatic Harmony4
MUSC 349Twentieth Century Theory2
MUEN 301Ensemble1
MUEN 302Ensemble1
MUEN 401Ensemble1
MUEN 402Ensemble1
MUSC 433Capstone Course in Music1
MUSC 311Conducting I2
MUSC 326History of Music I2
MUSC 327History of Music II3
MUSC 328History of Music III3
MUSC 329World Music2
Upper Level Electives1
Foreign Language14
Total Hours106
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Piano Emphasis
MUSC 411Piano Literature2
MUSC 448Scoring and Arranging for Ensembles2
MUSC 451Piano Pedagogy2
MUSC Electives6
Total Hours12
Instrumental Emphasis
MUSC 312Conducting II2
MUSC 413Instrumental Literature2
MUSC 448Scoring and Arranging for Ensembles2
MUSC 453Instrumental Pedagogy2
MUSC Electives2
Total Hours10
Vocal Emphasis
MUSC 115Italian Diction1
MUSC 125German Diction1
MUSC 235French Diction1
MUSC 412Vocal Literature2
MUSC 452Vocal Pedagogy2
MUSC Electives including 2 advanced8
Advanced Electives2
Total Hours17

The Bachelor of Music Degree: All-Level Certification

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
MUEN 101Ensemble1
or MUEN 102 Ensemble
MUEN 301Ensemble1
MUEN 302Ensemble1
MUAP 131Applied Music Concentration2
MUAP 132Applied Music Concentration2
MUAP 231Applied Music for Majors2
MUAP 232Applied Music for Majors2
MUAP 331Applied Music for Majors2
MUAP 332Applied Music for Majors2
MUSC 1116: Aural Skills ICourse MUSC 1116: Aural Skills I Not Found1
MUSC 1117: Aural Skills IICourse MUSC 1117: Aural Skills II Not Found1
MUSC 1311: Music Theory ICourse MUSC 1311: Music Theory I Not Found3
MUSC 1312: Music Theory IICourse MUSC 1312: Music Theory II Not Found3
MUSC 2116: Aural Skills IIICourse MUSC 2116: Aural Skills III Not Found1
MUSC 2117: Aural Skills IVCourse MUSC 2117: Aural Skills IV Not Found1
MUSC 2311: Music Theory IIICourse MUSC 2311: Music Theory III Not Found3
MUSC 2312: Music Theory IVCourse MUSC 2312: Music Theory IV Not Found3
MUSC 311Conducting I2
MUSC 312Conducting II2
MUSC 315Developmental Musical Experiences3
MUSC 316Performance Practice of Ensembles1
MUSC 326History of Music I2
MUSC 327History of Music II3
MUSC 328History of Music III3
MUSC 329World Music2
MUSC 349Twentieth Century Theory2
MUSC 433Capstone Course in Music1
MUSC 448Scoring and Arranging for Ensembles2
MUSC Electives 28
Sophomore Literature3
EDU 320Professional Development I: Understanding Learners3
EDU 330Professional Development II: Effective Instruction3
EDU 430Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
EDU 435Professional Development IV: Issues in Professional Development3
EDU 490Practicum in Teaching6
Select one of the following:3
Child and Adolescent Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
RDG 351Content Area Reading3
1

 Please see Academic Information section.

2

 For vocal music emphasis area, electives are MUSC 115, MUSC 125, MUSC 235, MUSC 335, MUSC 452.  For instrumental music emphasis area, electives are MUSC 226, MUSC 1166, MUSC 1167, MUSC 1178, MUSC 1179, MUSC 229, MUSC 442.

 Admission to Degree Programs in Music

To be admitted to the music program, a student must fulfill the following conditions:

  1. Pass a qualifying music theory test prior to the beginning of the student’s first academic term in music. Students who do not pass must take MUSC 113, Fundamentals of Music, and subsequently pass an aural skills examination.
  2. Pass a qualifying performance test on the student’s major instrument or voice at the end of the semester in which he/she is enrolled in MUAP 131, Applied Music for Majors.
  3. Transfer students in music must also pass these tests for admission to the music program as scheduled in consultation with the department head.

Additional Information for All Music Majors

All music majors must receive an overall grade of C or better in any music course that applies to their degree.

In addition, all music students should become familiar with the current Music Major Handbook and abide by the policies and procedures therein. It is distributed at the beginning of each school year.

Additional Information for Bachelor of Music - All-Level Certification

  1. Students in the Bachelor of Music with teacher certification program must be enrolled in an appropriate ensemble throughout the baccalaureate program for a minimum of seven semesters. The appropriate ensemble will be determined by the student’s academic advisor and by the Director of Bands or Director of Choirs. Due to constraints imposed on the University by the State of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regarding the number of hours allowed in the degree (no more than 139 hours in any degree), only three hours of ensemble credit may be counted towards graduation.
  2. Typically, four and one-half years are required for completion of the Bachelor of Music with teacher certification degree.

Teacher Education Program

Formal application to the Teacher Education Program shall be made at the completion of the following:

  1. 60 hours with a C average (2.6 GPA); developmental course hours do not count.
  2. MUSC 147 Theory I: Basics of Music, , , MUSC 248 Theory IV: Chromatic Harmony, 8 hours of applied principal instrument with an average grade not lower than C (2.6); and acceptance into music program.
  3. 12 hours English with a grade of C or better and MATH 107 College Algebra or MATH 108 Elem Applied Math.

Student Teaching

In addition to education requirements, the following music requirements must be completed prior to application for student teaching.

  1. Piano Proficiency Examination
  2. Sight Singing Proficiency Examination
  3. Proficiency Examinations on Principal Instrument or Voice
  4. MUSC 311 Conducting I, MUSC 312 Conducting II, MUSC 315 Dev Musical Exp, and
  5. Recital requirements.

Applied Music

For all major and minor lessons, permission of the instructor is required.

Applied Music for Majors (1-3)

  • 131-132 Applied Music
  • 231-232 Applied Music
  • 331-332 Applied Music
  • 431-432 Applied Music

Applied Music for Minors or Non-Majors (.5-1.5)

  • 121-122 Applied Music
  • 221-222 Applied Music
  • 321-322 Applied Music
  • 421-422 Applied Music

Sections:

  • 10-19 Piano
  • 20-29 Voice
  • 30-39 Flute
  • 40-49 Oboe
  • 50-59 Clarinet
  • 60-69 Saxophone
  • 70-79 Bassoon
  • 80-89 French Horn
  • 90-99 Trumpet
  • 100-109 Trombone
  • 110-119 Baritone
  • 120-129 Tuba
  • 130-139 Percussion
  • 140-149 Organ
  • 150-159 Guitar
  • 160-169 Strings
  • 220-229 Voice
  • 230-239 Voice
Applied Music: Class Lessons (3-0)6
MUSC 151Beginning Class Piano I1
MUSC 152Beginning Class Piano II1
MUSC 161Intermed Class Piano1
MUSC 162Intermed Cl Piano II1
Total Hours4
Ensembles

Ensemble membership is open to all University students who enroll in the ensemble courses numbered for their academic standing.

MUEN 101Ensemble1
MUEN 102Ensemble1
MUEN 201Ensemble1
MUEN 202Ensemble1
MUEN 301Ensemble1
MUEN 302Ensemble1
MUEN 401Ensemble1
or MUEN 402 Ensemble
Total Hours7
SECTIONS
  • 10 Wind Ensemble 80 Women’s Ensemble
  • 20 Jazz Ensemble I (Co-requisite Section 10) 90 Collaborative Piano
  • 30 University Singers 100 Percussion Ensemble
  • 40 Chamber Choir (Co-requisite Section 30)
  • 50 Woodwind Chamber Ensembles 120 Symphonic Band
  • 60 Brass Chamber Ensembles 130 Jazz Ensemble II
  • 70 Opera/Musical Theatre
  • 80 Women's Ensemble
  • 90 Collaborative Piano
  • 120 Symphonic Ensemble
  • 130 Jazz Ensemble II

Minor in Music

Required Courses
MUSC 147Theory I: Basics of Music4
MUSC 313Music Appreciation3
Music Elective 18
Advanced Music Electives 13
Total Hours18
1

Including applied lessons and ensembles.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
THEA 106Acting I3
THEA 107Rehearsal and Performance2
THEA 108Production Crafts Practicum1
THEA 109Theatrical Make-Up3
THEA 201Voice and Performance3
THEA 203Technical Theatre I3
THEA 204Technical Theatre II3
THEA 207History of the Theatre I 23
THEA 208History of the Theatre II3
THEA 300Scene Design and Construction3
THEA 301Costume Design and Construction3
THEA 302Directing I3
THEA 400Shakespeare3
THEA 404Theory and Criticism3
THEA 407Theatre Management3
THEA 484Internship3
F A 401The Arts in Contemporary Society3
Advanced THEA Electives9
ENGL 220Introduction to Literature3
or ENGL 309 Technical Writing & Document Design-WI
Foreign Language8
Electives (6 hours Advanced electives)13
Total Hours123
1

Please see Academic Information section.

2

Course may be counted toward general education requirement.

Art Courses

ART 111. Design I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = ARTS 1311)

Emphasis on two-dimensional design; includes the fundamentals of line, color, form, texture, shape, space, and arrangement.

ART 121. Drawing I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = ARTS 1316)

A beginning course investigating a variety of media, techniques, and subjects, exploring perceptual and descriptive possibilities and consideration of drawing as a development process as well as an end in itself.

ART 131. Art Appreciation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = ARTS 1301)

A theory course designed to introduce the trends, techniques, styles, and major personalities of the visual arts.

ART 211. Design II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = ARTS 1312)

Continuation of Design I with emphasis on three-dimension concept. Lab fee $5.

ART 221. Drawing II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = ARTS 1317)

Expansion of Drawing I stressing expressive and conceptual drawing aspects, including the human figure within a spatial environment. Prerequisite: Drawing I.

ART 231. Art History I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = ARTS 1303)

A chronological examination of Western painting, sculpture, architecture and related visual arts from prehistoric times to the end of the Gothic Period.

ART 232. Art History II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = ARTS 1304)

A chronological examination of painting, sculpture, architecture and related visual arts from the early Renaissance to the present.

ART 234. Intro to Digital Media. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is a studio art course that serves as an introduction to digital media, with an emphasis on the medium as a vehicle for creative expression. It entails learning new technical skills concerning digital imaging, as well as discovering conceptual and aesthetic concerns, while using computers to develop and produce finished artworks. Prerequisite: ART 111 or instructor approval. Lab fee $10.

ART 235. Photography. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course covers basic to intermediate digital camera operation, color management, software, scanning, professional print and web-based output. Students will also learn basic composition, visual narrative, media ethics, as well as more artistic photographic techniques. The course will focus on developing technical proficiency, aesthetic skills, and the language of photography while examining its history and discussing its use in media, photojournalism, and contemporary art photography. Lab fee $10.

ART 241. Intro Painting Media. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to painting media with an emphasis on color, composition, and self expression. Prerequisites: ART 111, 121, 221, or approval of department head. Lab fee $5.

ART 311. Experimental Media Studio. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A studio course in experimentation in two- and three-dimensional media and techniques. May be taken for credit twice. Prerequisites: ART 211, 221 or department head approval. Lab fee $5.

ART 321. Life Drawing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An advanced drawing course based on the observation of the human figure and interpretation through a variety of drawing techniques. May be taken for credit twice. Prerequisites: ART 111 and 221 or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

ART 331. Art History of America. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the art of America from pre-Columbian periods to the present.

ART 341. Painting Studio. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A continued investigation of the technical qualities and expressive possibilities of painting media with emphasis on personal and stylistic development. May be taken for credit twice. Prerequisite: ART 241 or approval of department head. Lab fee $5.

ART 342. Watercolor. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A studio in painting with an emphasis on traditional watercolor within the study of color, composition, and self expression. May be taken for credit twice. Prerequisite: ART 241 or approval of department head. Lab fee $5.

ART 351. Sculpture Studio. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An investigation of the cultural techniques, methods and media. May be taken for credit twice. Prerequisites: ART 111, 121, 211, 221 or approval of department head. Lab fee $5.

ART 371. Printmaking. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The basic printmaking processes including planographic, intaglio, stencil, and relief. May be taken for credit twice. Prerequisite: ART 111, 121, or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

ART 381. Digital Print-Based Media. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is an intermediate course in digital media, with an emphasis on the printed image as a vehicle for expression. As a studio-based course, it will investigate the principles and processes of digital imaging and design, including cameras, scanning, software, typography and output options such as print and web. Visual issues covered in assignments include composition, subject matter, design, and context. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: ART 234 or instructor approval. Lab fee $10.

ART 382. Digital Time-Based Media. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This studio art course introduces the creative concepts and practical study of time-based digital media, such as 2D animation, video, sound, and interactive electronic artworks. Concepts addressed include narrative, choreography, rhythm, interactivity, and the history of the moving image. Students will work both individually and in collaboration to explore these concepts through a variety of media, including video screenings, performance, books, web sites, and installation art displays. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: ART 234 or instructor approval. Lab fee $10.

ART 441. Adv Studio in 2D Media. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A guided project in a variety of two-dimensional media with a group or individual show as an objective. May be taken for credit twice. Prerequisite: Completion of 6 hours of junior-level studio courses with a grade of C or better or approval of department head. Lab fee $5.

ART 481. Interactive Art Media. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is an advanced studio art course in digital media. Topics include the use of computers in art that offer interactive capabilities for the viewer/audience including both virtual web-based projects and physically interactive environmental installation artworks. Simple computer programing, electrical, and sculptural concepts will be implemented. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: ART 381 and 382, or instructor approval. Lab fee $10.

ART 485. Art Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Content varies according to the needs of students and opportunities available. When topic varies, course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of department head.

ART 486. Indiv Problems in Art. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Art problems assigned in the area of the student's individual interest with emphasis on individual development. Prerequisite: ART 221.

ART 490. Art Portfolio Capstone. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An integrative course providing an overview of pertinent issues in creating a professional art portfolio. Students will produce a body of art works that are representative of their style and abilities. Written discourse on the visual arts will be stressed. Prerequisite: Senior level status. Art majors seeking education certification must take this course before the semester in which they are student teaching. Lab fee $5.

Fine Arts Courses

F A 101. The Arts in History. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = HUMA 1315)

A survey course emphasizing the relationships of art, music, and theatre in the history of Western civilization. Designed especially for entry-level majors in these fields, but may be taken by any student. Requirements may include listening assignments and field trips to galleries and concerts.

F A 135. Visual and Theatre Arts. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An integrated course covering the elements and principles of visual and theatre arts. The course includes a study of art and drama periods, styles and modes of expression, color sources and symbolism as well as acting concepts, drama techniques, and production management.

F A 160. The Art of Film. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview of the historical development of cinema (including contemporary and classic films) as an artistic and social force. Students study the aesthetic elements of the cinema, the terminology governing film production and the lines of critical inquiry that have been developed for the medium. Readings, screenings and written reports required.

F A 401. Arts in Cont Society. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An interdisciplinary course which emphasizes the relationships of art, music, and theatre in contemporary society. Class projects and individual research assignments involve analysis and either written or oral reports. Prerequisites: Senior or advanced junior standing with 18 hrs in ART, MUSC, or THEA or approval of department head.

F A 485. Fine Arts Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Design of course will focus on current topics and issues in fine arts of interest to a group of students. May be repeated twice for credit as topic and/or objectives of the course change. Prerequisite: upper-level status only.

F A 486. Problems in Fine Arts. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A course featuring independent reading, research, and discussion under personal direction of instructor. Topics vary according to student need. Prerequisite: approval of department head.

Music Courses

MUSC 100. Marching Band. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Marching Band membership is open to all students of the University with approval of the director. Activities include half-time performances, pep rallies, parades, and other concerts. Prerequisites: Prior marching band experience in high school or junior college or approval of department head. Credits may substitute for required P ED and may be repeated.

MUSC 115. Italian Diction. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Italian pronunciation for singers. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 125. German Diction. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

German pronunciation for singers. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 130. Music Appreciation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides opportunities to become familiar with the basic elements of music. Emphasis is on learning to listen to music and on the role it plays within the wider contexts of history and society. Listening materials are drawn from a variety of sources: classical music, non-Western music, American popular music.

MUSC 147. Theory I: Basics of Music. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to music fundamentals, staff, clefs, key signatures, scales, time signatures and notation; meter and rhythm; chords; harmony; melodic organization and structure; use of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI); aural skills. Computer software used for some written and ear-training assignments. Prerequisite: A passing grade on the placement examinations in theory and aural skills, or a C or better in MUSC 213. Lab fee $5.

MUSC 148. Theory II: Diatonic Harmony. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Part writing of figured bass requiring all diatonic triads and seventh chords; nonharmonic tones and elementary modulation, harmonization of melodies in eighteenth-century style; aural skills. Prerequisite: MUSC 147. Lab fee $5.

MUSC 151. Beginning Class Piano I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = MUSI 1181)

This is the first semester of a four-semester sequence designed to develop keyboard and musicianship skills, including fundamental technique, scale playing, sight reading, harmonization of melodies, and accompaniment. The course is intended for music majors in passing the Piano Proficiency Examination. All other majors and undeclared majors must have the permission of the course instructor to register. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 152. Beginning Class Piano II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = MUSI 1182)

This is the second semester of a four-semester sequence designed to develop keyboard and musicianship skills, including fundamental technique, scale playing, sight reading, harmonization of melodies, and accompaniment. The course is intended for music majors in passing the Piano Proficiency Examination. All other majors and undeclared majors must have the permission of the course instructor to register. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 161. Intermed Class Piano. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is the third semester of a four-semester sequence designed to develop keyboard and musicianship skills, including fundamental technique, scale playing, sight reading, harmonization of melodies, and accompaniment. The course is intended for music majors in passing the Piano Proficiency Examination. All other majors and undeclared majors must have the permission of the course instructor to register. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 162. Intermed Cl Piano II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is the fourth semester of a four-semester sequence designed to develop keyboard and musicianship skills, including fundamental technique, scale playing, sight reading, harmonization of melodies, and accompaniment. The course is intended for music majors in passing the Piano Proficiency Examination. All other majors and undeclared majors must have the permission of the course instructor to register. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 213. Fund of Music. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = MUSI 1300)

Development of music reading, performance, and listening skills. May be taken by all who desire to develop basic music skills. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 226. String Class. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Beginning string class for music majors; maintenance of instruments, evaluation of materials and literature. Students develop a basic performance technique on two instruments. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 227. Woodwind Class. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Instruction on basic woodwind instruments for music majors; maintenance of instruments; evaluation of materials and literature. Students develop a basic technique on two instruments. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 228. Brass Class. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Performance instruction on basic brass instruments for music majors; maintenance of instruments; evaluation of materials and literature. Students develop a basic technique on two instruments. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 229. Percusion Class. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Fundamental performance techniques on the most frequently used percussion instruments, both of definite and indefinite pitch; conventions of notation, instrument maintenance, evaluation of materials, and literature. For music majors. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 235. French Diction. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

French pronunciation for singers. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 247. Theory III: Counterpoint. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Practice in contrapuntal composition in eighteenth-century tonal styles. A review of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) systems will be presented early in the semester. Computer software will be used for some written and ear-training assignments. Prerequisites: MUSC 147, 148.

MUSC 248. Theory IV: Chromatic Harmony. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Part writing of figured bass exercises and melody harmonizations requiring altered chords, 9th, 11th, and 13th chords; remote modulations, study of sonata, rondo, variation and other nineteenth-century forms; aural skills. Introduction to analysis of tonal music according to the theory of structural levels. Prerequisites: MUSC 147, 148, 247.

MUSC 300. Marching Band. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Marching Band membership is open to all students of the University with approval of the director. Activities include half-time performances, pep rallies, parades, and other concerts. Prerequisites: Prior marching band experience in high school or junior college or approval of department head. Course may be repeated for credit. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 311. Conducting I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction of conducting techniques, rehearsal procedures, development of interpretive skills in music. Lab fee $5.

MUSC 312. Conducting II. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Special emphasis on instrumental and choral conducting techniques. Lab fee $5. Prerequisite Course: MUSC 311.

MUSC 313. Music Appreciation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides opportunities to become familiar with the basic elements of music. Emphasis is on learning to listen to music and on the role it plays within the wider contexts of history and society. Listening materials are drawn from a variety of sources: classical music, non-Western music, American popular music (particularly jazz, country, and rock), and the American folk tradition.

MUSC 315. Dev Musical Exp. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study and appraisal of music teaching techniques, elementary music literature, learning activities, curricular plans and materials essential to the sequential development of musical learning in the elementary school. Designed to provide knowledge of psychology, theory and practice of music education in the elementary schools. Emphasis is placed upon the nature, organization and maintenance of the elementary music program. Prerequisite: junior or senior-level status.

MUSC 316. Perf Prac Ensemble. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Organization, rehearsal procedures, and public performance practices of ensembles. Establishing a philosophy of music, developing effective ensemble discipline, motivation, selection of repertoire, auditions, and the professional development of the music director are emphasized.

MUSC 324. Popular Music in America. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introductory study of popular music in the U.S., emphasizing development and application of analytic skills oriented toward the popular arts. Concert attendance and listening requirements. Lab fee $5.

MUSC 325. Jazz History. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An in-depth study of the recordings, history, major figures, musical forms and social importance of an original American art form. Principal styles to be covered include ragtime, blues, Dixieland, big band swing, bop, cool, hard bop, free, fusion and funk. This course fulfills the core visual and performing arts requirement.

MUSC 326. History of Music I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of history, social setting, and style of Western art music from Greek antiquity to the end of the Renaissance period. MUSC 247 or approval of department head.

MUSC 327. History of Music II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Study of the history, social setting and style of Western art music in the Baroque and Classical periods. Prerequisite: MUSC 326 or approval of department head.

MUSC 328. HISTORY OF MUSIC III. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Study of the history, social setting and style of Western art music during the Romantic and 20th century periods. Prerequisite: MUSC 327 or approval of department head.

MUSC 329. World Music. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Historical and analytical survey of the great variety of musical styles from around the world. Music cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, India, indigenous America, and Japan are among those explored. Emphasizes the complex interrelationships of music to culture, society, and daily life. MUSC 247 or approval of the department head.

MUSC 335. Choral Tech. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Choral techniques, materials and rationale for the development of superior choral ensembles to include: budgeting, acoustical considerations, music selection criteria, historical development of choral music and style, programming, public relations, sight reading, and development of a philosophy of music.

MUSC 345. Class Composition. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced instruction in composition; the writing and study of small- and larger-form musical compositions employing contemporary styles and techniques. May be taken 2 times for credit. Prerequisites: MUSC 248 or approval of instructor. Lab fee $5.

MUSC 349. Contemporary Music Theory. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of scales, chords, key centers, set-theory, polytonality, sound mass, electronic and computer techniques in analysis and writing.

MUSC 411. Piano Literature. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will encompass the study of piano literature from the Renaissance period to present day with emphasis given to the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary eras. Genres include sonata, suite, concerto, and chamber works with piano of varying cultures.

MUSC 412. Vocal Literature. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will encompass the study of solo vocal literature from the Renaissance period to present day. Emphasis will be given to the development of German and French art song in Europe.

MUSC 413. Instrumental Literature. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will encompass the study of literature for band, jazz ensemble and orchestra, as well as solos and small ensemble groups. Students will explore and analyze significant composers and their literature in each of the historical periods through the 21st century. Prerequisite: Junior level in applied instrumental lessons or consent of the instructor.

MUSC 433. Capstone Course in Music. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The capstone experience is the culmination of undergraduate music study and provides students with an opportunity to make their personal statement of preparedness for a post-college life with music. Projects may include a 50-minute solo recital, a lecture-recital, or an undergraduate thesis or research paper. In conjunction with the student's advisor, study abroad and other formats may be acceptable. Prerequisites: Senior standing. Music majors seeking education certification must take this course before the semester in which they are student teaching. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 442. Band Techniques. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction and materials of band techniques to include drill design and the development of the marching ensemble; the organization, administration, programming, repertoire, band literature, budgeting, and historical development of the modern concert wind ensemble; the development of a functional philosophy of music. Prerequisites: Two semesters MUSC 100 or approval of department head.

MUSC 443. Marching Band Methods. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Marching Band Methods teaches music education majors how to administer a marching band program. Areas of administration are: show design, scheduling, programming, competition. Students will use software to learn to design.

MUSC 448. Scoring & Arranging for Ensemb. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A practical study of the skill of scoring music for various instrumental and choral groups. Projects in adapting music from a variety of sources. Emphasis is placed on transcribing and arranging for elementary, junior, and senior high ensembles. Prerequisite: MUSC 248 or approval of department head.

MUSC 451. Piano Pedagogy. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will encompass the study of piano pedagogy from beginner level through intermediate and advanced level piano study, including present and past techniques of piano instruction. Prerequisites: Must be at the junior level of applied piano lessons or have consent of the instructor.

MUSC 452. Vocal Pedagogy. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Teaching voice majors how to teach singing. Includes physiology of the vocal mechanism and the application of various techniques appropriate in developing and correcting issues with the voice. Appropriate repertoire for varying levels and voice types will be covered as well as basic business aspects of private studio teaching. Prerequisite: Junior level in applied voice or consent of the department head. Lab fee $5.

MUSC 453. Instrumental Pedagogy. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will focus on the study of instrumental pedagogy, from beginner level through advanced study, used primarily in one-on-one instruction in the studio. Lab fee $10.

MUSC 485. Music Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Content varies according to the needs of students and opportunities available. When topic varies, course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of department head.

MUSC 486. Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A directed study of selected problems in music.

Courses

THEA 105. Introduction to the Theatre. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = DRAM 1310)

A beginning theatre course providing a survey of the fields of theatre activity. The course provides an introductory knowledge of all phases of drama: literature, Performance, theatre plants, design, costuming, and types of drama. Participation in a college theatre production is encouraged.

THEA 106. Acting I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = DRAM 1351)

Introduction to the art of acting through basic theory and technique. Participation in college theatre production is encouraged.

THEA 107. Rehearsal & Performance. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = DRAM 1220)

Participation in and analysis of one or more full-length plays, reader's theatre, forensics, and an evening of interpretation and/or television production under the direction of a departmental staff member during a semester. May be taken up to 3 times as course content changes.

THEA 108. Production Crafts Practicum. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Construction of scenery in a laboratory situation and through theatrical and television production. May be taken up to 3 times for credit.

THEA 109. Theatrical Makeup. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = DRAM 1341)

Design and application of make-up for the stage; areas explored include theory, color, character analysis, materials, old age, three-dimensional, and fantasy make-up.

THEA 201. Voice and Performance. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = DRAM 2336)

Oral presentation of literary forms with emphasis on the vocal mechanism and phonetics. Interpretative readings in prose, poetry, and drama are directed to help students gain a sensitivity to literary genre and develop effective speech habits through vocal analysis, guided practice, and class drills emphasizing pronunciation,.

THEA 203. Tech Theatre I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = DRAM 1330)

The study of technical procedures employed in planning, building, painting, and lighting scenery. Backstage participation in play production as an active set builder and crew member will be required. Stage lighting will be approached from its practical and aesthetic value as a contributing factor to production. Prerequisite: 6 hrs of THEA courses or equivalent experience. Lab fee $10.

THEA 204. Tech Theatre II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of theatrical costuming and its application in contemporary theatre.

THEA 206. Acting II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = DRAM 1352)

An analytical approach to acting with emphasis on techniques of characterization, stage presence, and movement. Special attention will be given to the role of the actor as an integral member of an ensemble effort. Theories of acting and of acting styles will also be studied. Participation in a college theatre production is encouraged. Prerequisite: THEA 1063 or approval of department head.

THEA 207. History of Theatre I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = DRAM 2361)

Theatre from its origins to 1750; plays, playwrights, actors, costumes, scenic arts of each period as related to events of period and to contemporary theatre.

THEA 208. History of Theatre II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = DRAM 2362)

Theatre since 1750; plays, playwrights, actors, costumes, scenic arts of each period as related to events of period and to contemporary theatre. Prerequisite: THEA 207 or approval of department head.

THEA 300. Scene Des Constr. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the elements of a design used to capture mood, atmosphere, and idea of a play; designing to scale, and drawing ground plans and elevations; technical elements of scene construction. Students must work set crew for theatrical production as laboratory.

THEA 301. Costume Des & Const. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Studies in stage costuming; history, characterization, fabrics, construction and design. A lecture and laboratory course including student planning, illustration, construction, and designing of costumes for University productions. Prerequisite: Technical Theatre II or equivalent experience.

THEA 302. Directing I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Basic techniques for the stage including scene interpretation, pictorial composition, movement and rehearsal routine. Students will direct and supervise production of short plays.

THEA 303. Ltg for Theatre. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

History and techniques of lighting for the stage. Major emphasis is placed on design and practical application. Prerequisite: Technical Theatre I or equivalent experience. Lab fee $10.

THEA 304. Snd for Theatre. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Techniques of sound for the stage, including multi-track recording, editing, and the study of microphones. Major emphasis is placed on practical application. Prerequisites: THEA 203 or equivalent experience. Lab fee $10.

THEA 400. Shakespeare. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study in depth of representative types of Shakespeare's dramas and poetry. Credit for both ENGL 400 and THEA 400 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: 12 hours of ENGL or approval of department head.

THEA 404. Theory & Crit. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A study of the philosophy of aesthetics in theatre and the arts. From the works of various philosophers, directors and actors beginning with Aristotle to contemporary writers.

THEA 407. Theatre Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theatre management, promotion, finances, organization, emphasis on contract negotiations, planning and use of facilities. A lecture-laboratory course applied to a producing theatre operation and plant. Lab fee $5.

THEA 484. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Minimum of 6 weeks of full-time experience with a professional theatre company approved by the department head. (May be repeated once for a total of 6 hours of academic credit.) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department head. Field experience fee $50.

THEA 485. Theatre Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A course open to Theatre students. Topics vary according to student need. May be taken up to three times for credit, for a maximum of 9 hours.

THEA 486. Theatre Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A course featuring independent study in theatre. Research and discussion under personal direction of an instructor. Topics will vary according to student need. Open to students of senior classification with approval of department head.

Dr. Teresa Davidian, Department Head
Department of Fine Arts
Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center, Room 105
Box T-0320
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9245
davidian@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/finearts

Associate professors

  • Davidian
  • Holtorf
  • Seelig
  • Spotz
  • Stavish

Assistant professors

  • Asakura
  • Ball
  • Davis
  • Ireland
  • Johnson
  • Pollard
  • Pursell
  • Robertson
  • Walker
  • Wehnert-Skinner
  • Westbrook

Instructors

  • Chambers
  • Hawk