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Please note: Summer classes began June 10 and Summer Grace Period ended June 30th. Fall classes start August 19 and Fall Grace Period ends September 15th.
Intermediate Music Theory
Full-year course. Students will take their understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and notation to the next level by creating, manipulating, and analyzing chord progression and formal structure in instrumental works of the common practice period and the pop music of the later twentieth century.
Music History & Appreciation
Single-semester course. Students will work through the major periods of western music history to gain an understanding of how music developed and how it both shaped and reflected the cultural changes of the time. This course will allow students to discuss music as it relates to major historical events; to see the innovation in each type of music; to know the historical value of major composers’ contributions to culture; and to learn how to listen carefully to music and analyze it using vocabulary we have learned.
Introduction to Film Studies
Single-semester course. Students in this course will watch, analyze, and write about classical films in many genres. Film will be approached as both art and entertainment, addressing such questions as:
- How does a film use different elements to tell its story (e.g., editing, acting, plot)?
- How does a film shape the viewer’s understanding of the world or reflect the understanding of the filmmakers?
- How did various techniques of filmmaking develop, and why?
- How do you write a critique or review of a film?
Japanese Culture Through Film (Summer Course)
Single-semester course. For decades, the animated films and TV series of Japan have delighted audiences throughout the world. But how closely related are the Japan of anime and the Japan of the real world? What can we learn about the history and culture of the Japanese people through their most famous and popular films? Students will explore these and related questions in this friendly seminar-style introduction to Japanese history, folklore, and pop culture.
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