Rock out for summer credit at CCM.

Dance, Rock Out and Binge Watch for College Credit this Summer with CCM’s New Online Arts Elective Classes!

Do you need to fulfill your fine arts credits? Have you always wanted to learn to dance but couldn’t get over the stage fright? Do you have free time this summer to jam with a virtual band on your laptop or study the music of The Beatles, all while earning class credit?

This summer, you can complete your elective requirements online. UC’s College-Conservatory of Music offers 20 different general studies and fine arts elective courses during five different sessions this summer. These credit-granting courses cover a wide range of topics and are open to UC and non-UC students alike!

Online arts courses are just a click away: select a course type or session from the list below or visit ccm.uc.edu/summer/finearts to learn more!

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Binge watch for summer credit at CCM. Rock out for summer credit at CCM.

May-Mester: May 9 – 29
Full Summer Semester: May 9 – August 6
Session A: May 31 – July 3
Session E: June 22 – August 6
Session B: July 5 – August 6

Course Fees & Registration Info

May-Mester: May 9 – 29

JAPANESE POP, ANIME AND VIDEO GAME MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2050-001 | Credits: 3
Learn the evolution of Japanese Pop, Anime and Video Game Music (post 1980), including Anime theme songs, video game music and popular songs. Each topic will provide the composer’s biography, historical background and word-by-word translation of lyrics, while also investigating the cultural differences between Japan and America.
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Summer Semester (Full): May 9 – August 6

MUSIC APPRECIATION – ONLINE
FAM 2005-002 | Credits: 3

Get introduced to a wide range of composers, compositions, musical styles and musical terms and will place these musical works in the historical and culture context of each period.
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MUSIC OF THE BEATLES – ONLINE
FAM 2061-001 & 002 | Credits: 3

The Music of the Beatles has made an impact throughout the world both musically and sociologically. Their music reflects the cultural and social revolution of the 1960s and serves as a model for understanding all subsequent popular music. This class chronologically traces the band’s development from the early days through their dissolution and examines their groundbreaking production techniques, writing styles and the impact their music had on other musicians and social trends.
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WHAT’S HOT IN POPULAR MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2062-001 & 002 | Credits: 3

Examine current popular music and its trending styles and genres. Students will critique selected songs from the weekly Billboard charts and various other media resources, considering both the hottest artists as well as promising up-and-comers. Students will identify and compare unique composing and performing styles of today’s artists and identify links between the music business and societal trends. Weekly activities include reading, viewing and listening to examples, as well as completing assignments online
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Session A: May 31 – July 3

INTEGRATED MEDIA PRODUCTION – ONLINE
EMED 1015-001 | Credits: 3

Integrated Media Production I is an introductory course that provides students with a theoretical and practical foundation in the intersecting worlds of digital media production, content development, and new media design. This course is an overview of concepts and processes in convergent media production.
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MODERN DANCE BASICS – ONLINE
DNCE 1022-001 | Credits: 3
This one semester, repeatable course for non-dance majors introduces the techniques and movement vocabulary for contemporary and modern dance. Students will explore fundamental movement principles while developing improvisational and performance skills. They will also develop the perspectives necessary to critically analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool with cultural values. Through interactive online instruction, students use recording devices (smartphones, laptops, camcorders, etc.) to develop their dance technique and build a dance community.
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GOING TO THE MOVIES – ONLINE
EMED 1075-001 | Credits: 3
Through lectures and screenings of classic films, students will explore the evolution of the motion picture as a unique and significant form of expression. The course includes investigation into film style, structure, distribution and consumption. Students will be guided in the development of aesthetic criteria for critical examination.
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MUSIC APPRECIATION – ONLINE
FAM 2005-001 | Credits: 3
Get introduced to a wide range of composers, compositions, musical styles and musical terms and will place these musical works in the historical and culture context of each period.
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AMERICAN MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2006-001 | 3 Credit Hours
A history of music in America from approximately 1620 to the present. The course considers musical developments in America and the social, political and religious movements that have shaped American musical life. Examines musical genres, styles, personalities and trends. No prior musical experience required.
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WORLD MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2007-001 | Credits: 3
An overview of traditional music from many cultures and regions throughout the world, with emphasis on non-Western traditions. This course examines music as a cultural phenomenon influencing the lives and traditions of contemporary cultures and past civilizations. World Music focuses primarily on traditional and folk music, both in the culture’s region of origin and its diaspora.
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JAMMIN’ WITH LAPTOPS – ON CAMPUS (MWF 10:00am–12:40pm)
FAM 2014-001 | Credits: 3
Explore the potentials of laptop computers for music making! Various technical topics (including analog versus digital sound, audio software, effects, gear, MIDI and audio programming languages) will be surveyed. In addition, a survey of the history of computer music will be conducted through seminal readings and recordings. These will provide participants with the technical and analytical skills to utilize their laptops to creative ends in both individual and group projects.
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EXPERIMENTAL ROCK – ON CAMPUS (MWF 1:30–4:10pm)
FAM 2016-001 | Credits: 3
This course will provide a detailed overview of the tools, techniques and musical styles which impacted Rock Music in the 1960s and 70s, as well as many mainstream and non-mainstream musical trends of the last 30 years. It will focus on innovations such as multi-tracking tape machines (which allowed for sound on sound, tape-delay and flange) and provide a technical overview of electronic instruments such as the synthesizer. Musical trends including the 1950s avant-garde and Minimalism will serve as a bridge to examinations of seminal acts such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Can, Neu!, Brian Eno and Talking Heads among others.
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JAMMIN’ WITH LAPTOPS – ONLINE
FAM 2023-001 | Credits: 3

Play, record, and make music with online instruments! There are three units, each with a distinctive music-making session: Individual Session (Unit 1), Collaborative Session (Unit 2) and Creative Jam Session (Unit 3). In Unit 1, you will study the basic knowledge of music making, including identifying musical instruments, playing online instruments and recording music you played through the exercises. In Units 2 and 3, you will form your own laptop band with online classmates to play and record music.
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JAPANESE POP, ANIME AND VIDEO GAME MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2050-002 | Credits: 3
Learn the evolution of Japanese Pop, Anime and Video Game Music (post 1980), including Anime theme songs, video game music and popular songs. Each topic will provide the composer’s biography, historical background and word-by-word translation of lyrics, while also investigating the cultural differences between Japan and America.
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HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N ROLL I – ONLINE
FAM 3031-001 | Credits: 3
Rock and Roll had humble beginnings in the Southeastern United States, but over time it developed into a force that has defined youth culture on a global scale. This course provides a chronological survey that examines the relationship between the music, its most successful and colorful artists, the associated recording technology and the impact of the genre on American culture. Through critical listening and reading, students will be able to make historically informed and thoughtful decisions about the music they select and enjoy. Finally, the course will encourage students to seek and appreciate new styles (and perhaps inspire those who seek a career as a pop music artist). No prerequisite necessary.
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Session E: June 22 – August 6

MEDIA IN YOUR LIFE – ONLINE
EMED 1011-001 | Credits: 3

The typical American spends about 11 hours a day consuming media. Could it be, based upon time usage alone, that media consumption is the most important activity in our lives? The media industry plays an enormously important role in our lives and is foundational to the effective functioning of our democracy. Would you like to possess a more sophisticated understanding of media production and its artistic and theoretical underpinnings? Wouldn’t you like to know more about the latest digital production tools? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then this course is for you.
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Session B: July 5 – August 6

MODERN DANCE BASICS – ONLINE
DNCE 1022-002 | Credits: 3
This one semester, repeatable course for non-dance majors introduces the techniques and movement vocabulary for contemporary and modern dance. Students will explore fundamental movement principles while developing improvisational and performance skills. They will also develop the perspectives necessary to critically analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool with cultural values. Through interactive online instruction, students use recording devices (smartphones, laptops, camcorders, etc.) to develop their dance technique and build a dance community.
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JAMMIN’ WITH LAPTOPS – ONLINE
FAM 2023-002 | Credits: 3

Play, record, and make music with online instruments! There are three units, each with a distinctive music making session: Individual Session (Unit 1), Collaborative Session (Unit 2) and Creative Jam Session (Unit 3). In Unit 1, you will study the basic knowledge of music making, including identifying musical instruments, playing online instruments and recording music you played through the exercises. In Units 2 and 3, you will form your own laptop band with online classmates to play and record music.
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JAPANESE POP, ANIME AND VIDEO GAME MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2050-003 | Credits: 3
Learn the evolution of Japanese Pop, Anime and Video Game Music (post 1980), including Anime theme songs, video game music and popular songs. Each topic will provide the composer’s biography, historical background and word-by-word translation of lyrics, while also investigating the cultural differences between Japan and America.
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HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N ROLL II – ONLINE
FAM 3032-001 | Credits: 3
Rock and Roll had humble beginnings in the Southeastern United States, but over time it developed into a force that has defined youth culture on a global scale. This course provides a chronological survey that examines the relationship between the music, its most successful and colorful artists, the associated recording technology and the impact of the genre on American culture. Through critical listening and reading, students will be able to make historically informed and thoughtful decisions about the music they select and enjoy. Finally, the course will encourage students to seek and appreciate new styles (and perhaps inspire those who seek a career as a pop music artist). No prerequisite necessary.
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Course Fees and Registration Info

Course fees for part-time students are $519 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $1158 per credit hour for non-residents. Costs include program fees.

UC students can register online at webapps2.uc.edu/ScheduleOfClasses.

Non-UC students can begin the registration process by visiting admissions.uc.edu/transfer/transfer_non-matric.

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CCM's Steel Drum Band, performing at the annual Moveable Feast event; directed by Rusty Burge. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band Returns to the Stage for ‘A Trip to Trinidad and Back’

CCM's Steel Drum Band takes the stage for its annual spring concert on Jan. 31, 2015.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band takes the stage for its annual spring concert on Jan. 31, 2015.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band will present an evening of the traditional music of Trinidad, along with pop, folk and reggae compositions at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 in Corbett Auditorium. CCM Professor of Percussion Russell Burge directs.

Audiences will recognize some of the Trinidad standards, which include “Bee’s Melody” by Lord Kitchener, an internationally famous calypsonian from Arima, Trinidad, and “Rant and Rave” by solo artist Christopher “Tambu” Herbert. Herbert was a founding member of the well-known Trinidad and Tobago brass band, Charlie’s Roots.

In addition, the Steel Drum Band will perform several powerful contemporary pieces with a jazz influence, arranged by recent CCM alumnus Doug Sutton (BM Percussion Performance, 2014).

Sutton’s arrangement of “Opus Pocus,” a song by influential American jazz musician and electric bass player Jaco Pastorius, is a track on Pastorius’ self-titled album, which many consider the finest bass album ever recorded. Sutton says, “’Opus Pocus’ will be a challenging piece as it is written in a 13/8 time signature, or as people refer to it more often, an odd meter.” This is perfect for a talented group of percussionists who are masters of rhythmic changes and interesting meters. Sutton also touts that “the piece incorporates a lot of interesting harmonies,” which will be great fun for audiences.

The band will also perform Sutton’s arrangement of “High Noon” from Chris Potter’s album Gratitude, released in 2001. Potter is a critically acclaimed saxophonist who has been called “one of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” by DownBeat magazine.

Sutton describes his inspiration for choosing “High Noon” as follows: “The original piece incorporated a steel drum solo, giving me the idea to arrange the whole tune for the steel drum band. It has very difficult moving melody lines and lots of syncopation. It’s a very groovy tune, and Professor Burge will be playing drum set for the performance.” It will be a treat for the audience and performers alike to see the talented professor in action.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band is composed mainly of students from CCM’s percussion department, but also includes a few additional players who have had relevant experience and are interested in participating in the ensemble.

Audiences who enjoyed last year’s Trip to Trinidad concert will love this year’s A Trip to Trinidad and Back, which is sure to be a classic Steel Drum Band performance.

Performance Time
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to “A Trip to Trinidad and Back” are $12 general, $6 for non-UC students and UC students FREE with a valid ID.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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CCM’s ‘A Moveable Feast’ Returns on Jan. 17, 2014

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Cincinnati’s premiere fundraiser returns in early 2014 when CCM presents “A Moveable Feast.” The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, and this year’s “Feast” celebrates the theme “Starstruck.”

A star-powered showcase of CCM’s world-class performing and media arts programs and state-of-the-art facilities, the fundraiser features samplings of artistic and culinary delights throughout CCM Village. Guests can enjoy backstage tours and plan their own schedule of 20-minute samplings of student entertainment, including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Piano, Opera, Drama, Dance, Orchestra and Chamber Winds performances, along with E-Media video productions and much more.

This year’s artistic menu also includes performances by the Steel Drum Band and by CCM’s internationally acclaimed string quartet-in-residence, the Ariel Quartet, which will perform selections from its upcoming Beethoven Cycle—a series of six concerts in Corbett Auditorium in January, February and March of 2014.

The evening’s program will begin in Corbett Auditorium with a prelude performance featuring the Jazz Ensemble. The “Feast” will conclude with a performance by the Philharmonia Orchestra. Cocktails and dinner-by-the-bite provided by Jeff Thomas Catering will be served throughout the evening. Tickets to last year’s event sold out in record time, so act now to secure your place at the “Feast.”

Learn more about “A Moveable Feast” by visiting ccm.uc.edu/support/events.

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CCM’s ‘The Crucible’ Earns Four Star Rating by the League of Cincinnati Theatres

CCM's proudly presents Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible,' running through Sunday, Oct. 6. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s proudly presents Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible,’ running through Sunday, Oct. 6. Photography by Mark Lyons.

We are delighted to report that panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible with a four star rating!

Written in 1953  as a parable for McCarthyism by American playwright Arthur Miller, The Crucible tells a story of hysteria and witchcraft in colonial Salem.

Panelists praised The Crucible as “a skillful, intense, heartfelt, and nearly perfect production of The Crucible. I truly watched in wonder as the story unfolded.”

“The ensemble acting was terrific…this cast was admirable in its portrayal of a wide range of ages, young to middle-age to elderly.”

As one panelist noted: “I would recommend the production because it is a classic play that still resonates today.”

League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a five star scale and recommend shows at either a four star or five star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring. Learn more about The Crucible‘s four star rating here.

CCM’s 2013-14 Mainstage Series resumes at the end of this month with a joyous, graceful stage adaptation of the classic film musical Singin’ in the Rain! Learn more about that production and the rest of our current season here.

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CCM Prep Offers ‘Drop In’ Classes for Adults This Summer

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Experience a casual evening of the arts on Thursday nights this summer, as the Preparatory Department of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM Prep) presents “drop in” classes for adults! No experience is necessary, just a willingness to have fun and explore the performing arts.

CCM Prep’s summer “drop in” classes run 7 – 8:30 p.m. every Thursday from June 13 through August 1 (with the exception of Thursday, July 4), 2013. Admission to each class is $10 at the door. $50 punch cards are also available, offering six classes for the price of five!

Refer to the schedule below for more details on each class. Call CCM Prep at 513-556-2595 to reserve a space or just drop in! Preregistration required for the class on July 25.

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UC Choruses and Special Guest Choirs Present Rescheduled Spring Concert on April 17

The UC Men's Chorus performing at the 2012 Feast of Carols. Photography by Dottie Stover.

The UC Men’s Chorus performing at the 2012 Feast of Carols. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM presents the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers in concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Olga Artemova, Michael Fuchs, Steven Berlanga and Sarah Baker conduct. This concert was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Special guests for the concert include the Cincinnati Children’s Choir (CCC) Girl Choir and the Little Miami Select Women’s Chorale and Select Mixed Choir. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of composer Benjamin Britten’s birth, the CCC Girl Choir and the UC Women’s Choir will perform his Missa Brevis in D, Op. 63.

Repertoire for the Men’s Chorus will include a commissioned work titled Victory! by Joshua Chai, Director of Choral Studies at Concordia University in Austin, scored for men’s chorus, brass quintet and percussion. This performance will also feature CCM’s Brass Without Borders ensemble.

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Join Us This Evening for A Moveable Feast!

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This evening, CCM proudly presents “A Moveable Feast,” a one-of-a-kind sampling of artistic and culinary delights that will take you both around the world and around the remarkable CCM Village. Enjoy a rare peak behind the curtain with backstage and studio tours and experience the brilliance of live performance as our young artists take to the stage. Join the Friends of CCM for this wildly popular fundraising event tonight only! Ticket information is available after the jump. Learn more at ccm.uc.edu or by calling 513-556-2100. View Metromix Cincinnati’s video preview of the event here!

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There Is Something For Everyone at CCM’s ‘A Moveable Feast’

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One week from today, on Jan. 21, CCM opens its doors to host a very special event: “A Moveable Feast.” Back by popular demand, the city’s favorite fundraiser allows guests to sample live performances from our students and faculty and take exclusive back-stage tours of our state-of-the-art facilities. Patrons enjoy dinner by the bite from around the world as they tour CCM Village at this unique benefit event. Tickets are available now and include special pricing for Young Professionals! Learn more after the jump!

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