Performing Arts

The Department of Performing Arts offers programs in Music and Theatre. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music (with an emphasis in Jazz Studies, Music Business, or Musical Theatre), a Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification, a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre (with a Generalist emphasis, with Teacher certification, or with an emphasis in Musical Theatre). The department also offers a graduate degree, the Master of Music in Music Education, and there is an option for the Accelerated BM to MM in 5 Years degree (combines the Bachelor of Music with the Master of Music in which both degrees can be completed within 5 years).

The department also offers minors in the following areas: Jazz Studies, Music, Music Business, Musical Theatre, and Theatre, and certificates in Music Business and Jazz Studies.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
Sophomore Literature [shared]
Select one of the following [shared]:
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
DRAM 1351Acting I3
DRAM 1220Theatre Practicum 2
DRAM 1220Theatre Practicum 2
DRAM 1108Production Crafts Practicum1
DRAM 1108Production Crafts Practicum1
DRAM 1341Makeup3
DRAM 1330Stagecraft I3
DRAM 2331Stagecraft II3
DRAM 2361 [shared] History of the Theatre I
DRAM 2362History of the Theatre II3
DRAM 3300Scene Design and Construction3
DRAM 3301Costume Design and Construction3
DRAM 3302Directing3
DRAM 4300Shakespeare3
DRAM 4304 [WI] Dramatic Theory & Criticism3
DRAM 4307Theatre Management3
FINA 3301 [WI] The Arts in Contemporary Society3
Total Hours84
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Theatre Generalist
DRAM 2333Theatrical Drawing and Drafting3
DRAM 4384Internship3
Advanced DRAM Electives12
Advanced Electives10
Foreign Language8
Total Hours36
Theatre Education
DRAM 3303Lighting for the Theatre3
DRAM 3304Sound for the Theatre3
DRAM 3305Theatre for Young People3
DRAM 3373Theatre for the Classroom3
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDSP 4361Teaching Strategies for Adolescent Students with Learning Disabilities3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Clinical Teaching6
READ 3351 [WI] Content Area Literacy3
Choose one of the following:3
Child Development: Theory, Research, and Practice
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Foreign Language4
Total Hours40
Musical Theatre
DRAM 1352Acting II3
DRAM 3271Musical Theatre Dance I2
DRAM 3272Musical Theatre Dance II2
DRAM 4302Directing II3
DRAM 4384Internship3
Advanced DRAM electives6
MUAP 1231Applied Music for Majors2
MUAP 1232Applied Music for Majors2
MUAP 2231Applied Music for Majors2
MUAP 2232Applied Music for Majors2
MUAP 3231Applied Music for Majors2
MUSI 1116Aural Skills I1
MUSI 1311Music Theory I3
MUEN 3152Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop1
MUEN 3152Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop1
MUEN 3152Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop1
Total Hours36

Additional Information for All Theatre Majors

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

In addition, all theatre students should become familiar with the current Theatre Major Handbook and abide by the policies and procedures therein.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
Select 8 hours from MUEN 3000 level repeatable ensembles or MUSI 31008
MUAP 1220Applied Lower Level Major Lessons 2.8
MUAP 3220Applied Upper Level Major Lessons 3. 6
MUSI 1116Aural Skills I1
MUSI 1117Aural Skills II1
MUSI 1181Piano Class I 11
MUSI 1182Piano Class II 11
MUSI 1311 [shared] Music Theory I
MUSI 1312Music Theory II3
MUSI 2116Aural Skills III1
MUSI 2117Aural Skills IV1
MUSI 2311Music Theory III3
MUSI 2312Music Theory IV3
MUSI 3211Conducting I2
MUSI 3229World Music2
MUSI 3327 [WI] Music History I3
MUSI 3328 [WI] Music History II3
MUSI 4248Scoring and Arranging for Ensembles2
Total Hours91
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Music Business
FINA 3301 [WI] The Arts in Contemporary Society3
MUSI 1320Introduction to Audio Technology3
MUSI 1330Introduction to Music Business3
MUSI 4301Music Business Internship3
MUSI 3202Artist and Self Management2
MUSI 3201Digital Music and Beat Production2
MUSI 3300Music Publishing3
Electives as advised from:9
Graphic Design I
Media Management
Advertising
Digital Video Production
Entrepreneurship
Pro Tools
Elective1
Total Hours29
General
MUSI 4133Capstone Course in Music1
FINA 3301 [WI] The Arts in Contemporary Society3
Advanced Electives15
Electives6
Any Foreign Language 4
Total Hours29
Jazz Studies
MUSI 1330Introduction to Music Business3
MUSI 3202Artist and Self Management2
MUSI 4133Capstone Course in Music1
MUSI 3325Jazz History3
MUSI 2360Jazz Harmony3
MUSI 3360Jazz Improvisation I3
MUSI 3361Jazz Improvisation II3
Select 4 hours from the following: MUSI, MUAP, or MUEN electives4
Select 7 advanced hours from the following: MUSI, MUAP, or MUEN Electives7
Total Hours29
Musical Theatre
DRAM 1341Makeup3
DRAM 1351Acting I3
DRAM 3300Scene Design and Construction3
DRAM 3301Costume Design and Construction3
DRAM 3303Lighting for the Theatre3
DRAM 3302Directing3
DRAM 3271Musical Theatre Dance I2
DRAM 3272Musical Theatre Dance II2
MUEN 3152Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop1
MUEN 3152Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop1
MUSI 4133Capstone Course in Music1
FINA 3301 [WI] The Arts in Contemporary Society3
Elective1
Total Hours29
1

MUAP or MUEN course if student's primary instrument is piano.

2.

 2-hour course repeatable to 8 hours

3

2-hour course repeatable to 6 hours

The Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance 

The Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
MUAP 4154Applied Literature1
MUAP 1220Applied Lower Level Major Lessons8
MUAP 3320Applied Performance Level Major Lessons12
MUAP 4155Applied Pedagogy1
MUSI 1116Aural Skills I1
MUSI 1117Aural Skills II1
MUSI 1181Piano Class I 11
MUSI 1182Piano Class II 11
MUSI 1311 [shared] Music Theory I
MUSI 1312Music Theory II3
MUSI 2116Aural Skills III1
MUSI 2117Aural Skills IV1
MUSI 2311Music Theory III3
MUSI 2312Music Theory IV3
MUSI 3211Conducting I2
MUSI 3327 [WI] Music History I3
MUSI 3328 [WI] Music History II3
MUSI 3229World Music2
MUSI 3249Form and Analysis2
MUSI 4133Capstone Course in Music1
MUSI 4248Scoring and Arranging for Ensembles2
Foreign Language4
Total Hours98
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Piano Emphasis
Advanced Music Electives (MUSI, MUAP or MUEN)12
MUEN Advanced Electives10
Total Hours22
Instrumental Emphasis
MUSI 3212Conducting II2
Advanced Music Electives (MUSI, MUAP or MUEN)12
MUEN Advanced Electives8
Total Hours22
Vocal Emphasis
Advanced Music Electives (MUSI, MUAP or MUEN)12
MUSI 1262Diction I2
MUSI 2262Diction II2
MUEN Advanced Electives6
Total Hours22
1

MUAP or MUEN course if student's primary instrument is piano.

The Bachelor of Music Degree: All-Level Certification 

The Bachelor of Music Degree: All-Level Certification

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
Sophomore English (Shared)
Choose 3 hours from MUEN 3000 level repeatable ensembles or MUSI 31003
MUAP 1220Applied Lower Level Major Lessons 2-hour course repeatable to 8 hours8
MUAP 3220Applied Upper Level Major Lessons 2-hour course repeatable to 4 hours4
MUSI 1116Aural Skills I1
MUSI 1117Aural Skills II1
MUSI 1181Piano Class I 11
MUSI 1182Piano Class II 11
MUSI 1311 [shared] Music Theory I
MUSI 1312Music Theory II3
MUSI 2116Aural Skills III1
MUSI 2117Aural Skills IV1
MUSI 2311Music Theory III3
MUSI 2312Music Theory IV3
MUSI 3211Conducting I2
MUSI 3212Conducting II2
MUSI 3315Developmental Musical Experiences3
MUSI 3116Interdisciplinary Music Methods1
MUSI 3327 [WI] Music History I3
MUSI 3328 [WI] Music History II3
MUSI 3229World Music2
MUSI 4133Capstone Course in Music1
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDSP 4361Teaching Strategies for Adolescent Students with Learning Disabilities3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Clinical Teaching6
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development: Theory, Research, and Practice
Select one of the following:3
Content Area Literacy
Music Content Area Literacy
Total Hours113
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Vocal Emphasis
MUAP 1103Voice Class1
MUSI 1262Diction I2
MUSI 2262Diction II2
MUSI 3335Choral Techniques3
MUSI 3249Form and Analysis2
MUSI 4248Scoring and Arranging for Ensembles2
Select from the following repeatable ensembles: 1-hour course repeatable to 3 hours3
University Singers
Chamber Choir
Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop
Texan Harmony
Texan Riders
Total Hours15
Instrumental Emphasis
MUSI 1188Percussion Class I1
MUSI 1195Strings Class I1
MUSI 1166Woodwind Class I1
MUSI 1167Woodwind Class II1
MUSI 1178Brass Class I1
MUSI 1179Brass Class II1
MUSI 3249Form and Analysis2
MUSI 4248Scoring and Arranging for Ensembles2
MUSI 4342Band Techniques3
Select from any MUEN repeatable ensemble 1-hour course repeatable to 2 hours2
Total Hours15
Accelerated BM to MM in 5 Years, Vocal Emphasis
MUAP 1103Voice Class1
MUSI 1262Diction I2
MUSI 2262Diction II2
MUSI 3335Choral Techniques3
MUSI 5330Analytical Techniques3
MUSI 5331Advanced Scoring and Arranging3
Select from the following repeatable ensembles1
University Singers
Chamber Choir
Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop
Texan Harmony
Texan Riders
Total Hours15
Accelerated BM to MM in 5 Years, Instrumental Emphasis
MUSI 1188Percussion Class I1
MUSI 1195Strings Class I1
MUSI 1166Woodwind Class I1
MUSI 1167Woodwind Class II1
MUSI 1178Brass Class I1
MUSI 1179Brass Class II1
MUSI 4342Band Techniques3
MUSI 5330Analytical Techniques3
MUSI 5331Advanced Scoring and Arranging3
Total Hours15
1

MUAP or MUEN course if student's primary instrument is piano.

 Admission to Degree Programs in Music

To be admitted to the music program, a student must audition with the appropriate applied faculty member. Transfer students must also pass an audition for admission to the program. After acceptance into the music program, music majors will participate in academic and performance assessment during each semester of enrollment for retention as a Music Major.

Students must apply to be admitted to the Accelerated BM to MM in 5 Years program after completing 60 hours with a minimum GPA of 3.25.

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.

Additional Information for Bachelor of Music - All-Level Certification

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. 

Educator Preparation Program

Formal application to the Educator Preparation 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. MUSI 1311 Music Theory I, , , MUSI 1312 Music Theory II, 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 1314 College Algebra or MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I.

Clinical Teaching

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

  1. Piano Proficiency Examination
  2. Proficiency Examinations on Principal Instrument or Voice
  3. MUSI 3211 Conducting IMUSI 3212 Conducting IIMUSI 3315 Developmental Musical Experiences, and
  4. Recital requirements.

Applied Music

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

Applied Music for Majors (1-3)

  • 1220 Applied Music lower level
  • 3220 Applied Music upper level
  • 3320 Applied Music performance level

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

  • 1120 Applied Music lower level
  • 3120 Applied Music upper level

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
  • 170-179 Conducting
  • 220-229 Voice
  • 230-239 Voice
Applied Music: Class Lessons (3-0)6
MUSI 1181Piano Class I1
MUSI 1182Piano Class II1
MUSI 2181Piano Class III1
MUSI 2182Piano Class IV1
Total Hours4

Ensembles

Ensemble membership is open to all University students who complete a successful audition.

MUEN 3123Wind Ensemble1
MUEN 3128Jazz Ensemble III1
MUEN 3129University Band1
MUEN 4122Ensemble1
MUEN 3130Symphonic Band1
MUEN 3131Percussion Ensemble1
MUEN 3132Jazz Ensemble I1
MUEN 3133Jazz Ensemble II1
MUEN 3134Jazz Combo1
MUEN 3135Woodwind Ensemble1
MUEN 3136Brass Ensemble1
MUEN 3137Collaborative Piano1
MUEN 3138Latin Band1
MUEN 3141University Singers1
MUEN 3151Chamber Choir1
MUEN 3153Texan Harmony1
MUEN 3154Texan Riders1
MUEN 3152Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop1

Minor in Music 

Minor in Music

Required Courses
MUSI 1311Music Theory I3
MUSI 1116Aural Skills I1
MUSI 1306Music Appreciation3
Music Elective 15
Advanced Music Electives 16
Total Hours18
1

Including applied lessons and ensembles.

Minor in Music Business 

Minor in Music Business

Required Courses
MUSI 1330Introduction to Music Business3
MUSI 3202Artist and Self Management2
MUSI 3300Music Publishing3
MUSI 1320Introduction to Audio Technology3
MKTG 3312Marketing3
Electives - Select 5 credit hours from the following:5
Digital Music and Beat Production
Pro Tools
Digital Art I
Digital Video Production
Media Management
Photography I
Graphic Design I
Entrepreneurship
Web Development
Services Marketing
Advertising
Total Hours19

Academic Advising Guides

Academic Advising Guides area available at the following website:

https://web.tarleton.edu/majorinfo/

Drama Courses

DRAM 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in Theatre. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective. These skill sets are presented in the context of theatre disciplines.

DRAM 1108. Production Crafts Practicum. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Construction for theatrical productions in a laboratory setting.

DRAM 1220. Theatre Practicum. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Participation in and analysis of one or more full-length plays, reader's theatre, production, or an evening of interpretation. Must be taken 2 times since course content changes.

DRAM 1310. Introduction to Theatre. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A beginning theatre course providing a survey of the fields of theatre activities. This course provides an introductory knowledge of all types and phases of drama: literature, performance, and design.

DRAM 1330. Stagecraft I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

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 DRAM/THEA courses or equivalent experience. Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 1341. Makeup. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

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.

DRAM 1351. Acting I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

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

DRAM 1352. Acting II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

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.

DRAM 2331. Stagecraft II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

The study of theatrical costuming and its application in contemporary theatre. Theory on costuming will be applied in laboratory situations and through theatrical production. Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 2333. Theatrical Drawing and Drafting. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Principles and practice in the techniques of drafting traditional/nontraditional types of stage scenery. Principles and practice sketching costumes, scenery, stage properties in preparation for Scenic Design and Costume Design.

DRAM 2361. History of the Theatre I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

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.

DRAM 2362. History of the Theatre II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theatre since 1750; plays, playwrights, actors, costumes, scenic arts of each period as related to events of period and to contemporary theatre. Prerequisite: DRAM 2361 or approval of department head.

DRAM 3271. Musical Theatre Dance I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course is a dance class as it pertains to musical theatre styles and performance. Specific styles may vary by semester. Participation in college theatre production is encouraged. Prerequisite: N/A Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 3272. Musical Theatre Dance II. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course is the study of dance, movement, and staging for musical theatre. It includes strategies for learning and performing dance combinations as they occur in a professional dance audition. Students will continue to develop fundamental dance technique and apply it to musical theatre dance and culminates in student choreographed/staged works. Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 3300. Scene Design and Construction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 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.

DRAM 3301. Costume Design and Construction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 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.

DRAM 3302. Directing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

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

DRAM 3303. Lighting for the Theatre. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

History and techniques of lighting for the stage. Major emphasis is placed on design and practical application. Prerequisite: DRAM 1330:Stagecraft 1 or equivalent experience. Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 3304. Sound for the Theatre. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Techniques of sound for the stage, including multi-track recording, editing, and the study of microphones. Major emphasis is placed on practical application. Prerequisite: DRAM 1330 or equivalent experience. Lab fee: $2.

DRAM 3305. Theatre for Young People. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The history, philosophy, production, and performance of theatre for young people.

DRAM 3306. Scenic painting. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An introductory course introducing the steps, techniques and tools of scenic artistry. Through hands-on projects you will learn the basic foundation for painting in the theatre.

DRAM 3307. Vectorworks; Computer Aided Drafting. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an advanced level of theatrical drafting to explore computer aided drafting in scenic and lighting design in theatre. We will be focusing on the drafting program Vectorworks.

DRAM 3363. History of Musical Theatre. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will examine the history and significance of America’s largest contribution to the world of theatre; the book musical. In this course we will explore the context of musical theatre from practitioner to performance throughout history and today. The course emphasizes the development of musical theatre beginning with the operetta and early minstrel shows through the Broadway hits of the Twenty First Century. Additionally, this course introduces students to the art of critique in regard to musical theatre.

DRAM 3373. Theatre for the Classroom. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theories and practical application of Theatre in the classroom with children and adolescents.

DRAM 4086. Theatre Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 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.

DRAM 4300. Shakespeare. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study in depth of representative types of Shakespeare's dramas and poetry. Credit for both ENGL 4300 and DRAM 4300 will not be awarded. ENGL 4300 and DRAM 4300 are cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL.

DRAM 4302. Directing II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Advanced techniques for the stage including scene interpretation, pictorial composition, movement and rehearsal routine. Students will direct and supervise production of a 40-minute maximum/One Act Play. We will adhere to UIL rules as much as possible as a guide.

DRAM 4304. Dramatic Theory & Criticism. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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.

DRAM 4307. Theatre Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 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: $2.

DRAM 4384. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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.) Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of department head.

DRAM 4385. Theatre Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 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.

Music Courses

MUSI 1000. Recital Attendance. 0 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

MUSI 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in Music. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective. These skill sets are presented in the context of music disciplines.

MUSI 1101. Marching Band. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 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.

MUSI 1116. Aural Skills I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Singing tonal music in treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs. Aural study, including dictation, of rhythm, melody, and diatonic harmony. Lab fee: $15.

MUSI 1117. Aural Skills II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Continued development of singing tonal music in treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs. Continued aural study, including dictation, of rhythm, melody, and diatonic harmony. Prerequisite: MUSI 1116. Lab fee: $2.

MUSI 1160. Italian Diction. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Italian pronunciation for singers. Lab fee: $10.

MUSI 1166. Woodwind Class I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Instruction on basic woodwind instruments for music majors; maintenance of instruments; evaluation of materials and literature. Students develop a basic technique on specific instruments. Lab fee: $2.

MUSI 1167. Woodwind Class II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Instruction on basic woodwind instruments for music majors; maintenance of instruments; evaluation of materials and literature. Students develop a basic technique on specific instruments. Lab fee: $2.

MUSI 1178. Brass Class I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

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: $15.

MUSI 1179. Brass Class II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Continued instruction on basic brass instruments for music majors; maintenance of instruments; evaluation of materials and literature. Students develop a basic technique on at least one low brass instrument. Lab fee: $15.

MUSI 1181. Piano Class I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 2 Hours).

Beginning piano class 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: $2.

MUSI 1182. Piano Class II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 2 Hours).

A continuation of Piano I, 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. Prerequisite: MUSI 1181 Lab fee: $2.

MUSI 1188. Percussion Class I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

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: $2.

MUSI 1195. Strings Class I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

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: $2.

MUSI 1262. Diction I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Instruction in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its symbols used in English, German, French, and Italian vocal repertoire. Application of correct diction to German vocal literature.

MUSI 1303. Fundamentals Of Music. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to the basic elements of music theory, including scales, intervals, keys, triads, elementary ear training, notation, meter, and rhythm. Course does not apply to a music major degree.

MUSI 1306. Music Appreciation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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.

MUSI 1310. Popular Music in America. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introductory study of popular music in the U.S., emphasizing the development and application of analytical skills oriented toward the popular arts. Concert attendance and/or listening requirements.

MUSI 1311. Music Theory I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to music fundamentals, staff, clefs, key signatures, scales, time signatures and notation; meter and rhythm; chords and harmony; and melodic organization and structure.

MUSI 1312. Music Theory II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of diatonic harmony, elementary counterpoint, and part writing; harmonization of melodies in eighteenth-century style. Prerequisite: MUSI 1311.

MUSI 1320. Introduction to Audio Technology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Provides an introduction to the use of audio technology in making analog and digital recordings with an emphasis on musical instruments and applications, as well as live audio productions and videos to audio. Students will gain experience with studio facilities and equipment, digital audio, modern microphone technique, and modern recording processes in a variety of sound situations when applicable to recording musical instruments and performances. Lab fee: $15.

MUSI 1330. Introduction to Music Business. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

A survey of the various facets of the current and evolving music industry, highlighting areas where music and business intersect. Topics include an overview of key principles, terms, and practices; basic principles of marketing and promoting music; and careers in the commercial music industry. Lab fee: $15.

MUSI 2116. Aural Skills III. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Singing more difficult tonal music, including melodies with any diatonic leap possible and a wider variety of rhythms. Aural study, including dictation of more complex rhythm and melody. Prerequisites: MUSI 1116 and MUSI 1117. Lab fee: $15.

MUSI 2117. Aural Skills IV. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Singing more difficult tonal music, including chromatic, modulating and melodies; and modal melodies. Continued aural study, including dictation of more complex rhythm and melodies. Prerequisite: MUSI 1116, 1117, 2116. Lab fee: $2.

MUSI 2160. German Diction. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

German pronunciation for singers. Lab fee: $10.

MUSI 2161. French Diction. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

French pronunciation for singers. Lab fee $10.

MUSI 2181. Piano Class III. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 1.5 Hour).

Section III of the piano class 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. It is an elective for those students needing additional instruction in order to pass the proficiency. All other majors and undeclared majors must have the permission of the course instructor to register. Prerequisites: MUSI 1181 and MUSI 1182 Lab fee: $2.

MUSI 2182. Piano Class IV. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 3 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.

MUSI 2262. Diction II. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Continuation of studies in diction applied to vocal literature, focusing on French and Italian languages. Prerequisite: MUSI 1262.

MUSI 2311. Music Theory III. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Continuation of the study of diatonic harmony and counterpoint; elementary modulation, an introduction to chromatic harmony, modal harmony, and extended harmony. Prerequisites: MUSI 1311 and MUSI 1312.

MUSI 2312. Music Theory IV. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of chromatic harmony in tonal music of the late 19th century and an introduction to 20th century post-tonal practices. Prerequisites: MUSI 1311, 1312, and 2311.

MUSI 2360. Jazz Harmony. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of jazz harmony and structure, including chord and scale construction and nomenclature. Emphasis will be be placed on the spelling, naming, and aural recognition of jazz chords, scales, and basic harmonic structures. Prerequisite: MUSI 1312.

MUSI 3000. Junior Recital. 0 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

MUSI 3100. Marching Band. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 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.

MUSI 3116. Interdisciplinary Music Methods. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 2 Hours).

Organization, rehearsal procedures, and public performance practices of ensembles and teaching methods for vocal and instrumental music. Expanding pedagogy from instrumental or vocal focus to include knowledge and skill in both disciplines.

MUSI 3201. Digital Music and Beat Production. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

This course explores the tools and techniques needed to produce music through desktop music production. Lab fee: $2.

MUSI 3202. Artist and Self Management. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

This course provides an overview of the practices and requirements needed to develop, maintain, and manage an artist’s/self career in today music industry. Topics include basic management principles, promotion strategies, current revenue streams, and coaching/leading artists to their career goals. Lab fee: $2.

MUSI 3211. Conducting I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

Introduction of conducting techniques, rehearsal procedures, development of interpretive skills in music. Lab fee: $2.

MUSI 3212. Conducting II. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

Special emphasis on instrumental and choral conducting techniques. Lab fee: $2.

MUSI 3226. History of Music I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 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. MUSI 2311 or approval of department head.

MUSI 3229. World Music. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 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.

MUSI 3245. Class Composition. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

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. Prerequisite: approval of instructor. Lab fee: $5.

MUSI 3249. Form and Analysis. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

The study of techniques of musical analysis as applied to different forms of music. Discussion will address (but not limited to) forms found in the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Post-Romantic, and Contemporary eras using a variety of analysis techniques. Prerequisites: MUSI 1311, 1312, 2311, and 2312.

MUSI 3300. Music Publishing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the creative and administrative aspects of music publishing including, but not limited to, contracts, music licensing, copyright law, and role of performance rights organizations.

MUSI 3315. Developmental Musical Experiences. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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.

MUSI 3325. Jazz History. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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.

MUSI 3327. Music History I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Study of the history, social setting and style of western music from antiquity through the Baroque period.

MUSI 3328. Music History II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Study of the history, social setting and style of western music during the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods.

MUSI 3330. Pro Tools. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Instruction in Pro Tools, the industry standard software for digital recording and editing. This is the most widely used application for post-production, video editing, and mixing for film, video, and multi-media. Prerequisite: MUSI 1320.

MUSI 3335. Choral Techniques. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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. Prerequisite: MUSI 3211.

MUSI 3351. Music Content Area Literacy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course presents essential literacy skills and examines ways in which they may be developed in K-12 music classrooms. A variety of instructional strategies for reading, writing, listening, and critical thinking will be presented to help future music educators guide K-12 students to understand and express their musical experiences. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, and a sophomore level English.

MUSI 3360. Jazz Improvisation I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

Offers the jazz-oriented student an organized approach to learning how to improvise in the jazz idiom as expressed by musical performance. Prerequisite: MUSC 2360.

MUSI 3361. Jazz Improvisation II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

Offers the jazz-oriented student an organized approach to learning how to improvise in the jazz idiom as expressed by musical performance. This course is a continuation of MUSI 3260 Jazz Improvisation I Prerequisite: MUSI 3360.

MUSI 4000. Marching Band. 0 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

MUSI 4086. Music Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

A directed study of selected problems in music.

MUSI 4133. Capstone Course in Music. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 12 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: $2.

MUSI 4211. Piano Literature. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 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.

MUSI 4212. Vocal Literature. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 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.

MUSI 4213. Instrumental Literature. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 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.

MUSI 4242. Band Techniques. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

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.

MUSI 4245. Jazz Arranging. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

Arranging in the jazz and commercial idioms with emphasis on large jazz ensemble (big band). Prerequisite: MUSI 2312 Lab fee: $2.

MUSI 4248. Scoring and Arranging for Ensembles. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

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. Prerequisites: MUSI 2312 or consent of instructor and permission of department head.

MUSI 4251. Piano Pedagogy. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 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. Prerequisite: Must be at the junior level of applied piano lessons or have consent of the instructor.

MUSI 4252. Vocal Pedagogy. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

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 or Senior level music majors in applied voice who have passed the Applied Proficiency Exam. Lab fee: $5.

MUSI 4253. Instrumental Pedagogy. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

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.

MUSI 4301. Music Business Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An approved and supervised educational project in which the qualifying student participates in a professional music organization as an intern for a select period of time. This course is intended as the capstone experience for the Bachelor of Arts in music degree with an emphasis in music business. Prerequisites: Senior standing, the completion of required music courses and other courses in the Music Business emphasis, and the approval of intern coordinator.

MUSI 4342. Band Techniques. 3 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. Prerequisite: MUSI 3211.

MUSI 4343. Marching Band Methods. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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 marching band shows, and review other software useful in administering a marching band program.

MUSI 4385. Music Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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.

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

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