CCM Offers Arts Classes to All UC Students in Spring 2020

CCM offers dozens of different general studies and fine arts elective courses in spring 2020. These credit-granting courses are open to all UC students and cover a wide range of topics including dance, movies and media, music and theatre arts!

Master the hip-hop dance moves seen in current music videos or learn the basics of modern dance and ballet in CCM’s dance classes. Film a digital video or binge-watch classic movies, Disney animated musicals and TV sitcoms in movie and media appreciation classes.

CCM’s music appreciation classes cover the music of Woodstock, The Beatles, Japanese Pop and more, or students can study women’s impact on music and the impact of music on politics. Students can also turn their laptops into musical instruments and jam with a virtual band, or learn how to play the piano and guitar in hands-on music performance classes.

In theatre appreciation classes students can study the history of theatre, explore how Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton revolutionized musical theatre, learn the craft of acting or stage design and more!

CCM’s spring 2020 arts elective classes are offered online or in person; view a complete list of class offerings below. Find the most up-to-date information and register at catalyst.uc.edu.

Dance Classes

Advanced Intermediate Ballet II (3 credits)
FAM 1021-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 2-3:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course is intended for non-Dance majors with prior training in classical ballet at the advanced/intermediate level. It is repeatable and is offered each semester. The ballet class will consist of a traditional ballet barre followed by center practice and enchantment following the usual progression. A preexisting knowledge of the ballet French terminology is required in addition to the physical mastery and overall knowledge of classical ballet expected at the advanced/intermediate level.


Ballet Basics (3 credits)
FAM 1011-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
FAM 1011-002 (Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This is an introductory course for any non-major wishing to learn the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. It is a studio course, meaning students will be in the dance studio, in full attire (leotard, tights, ballet slippers for women; white T-shirt, tights and ballet shoes for men), learning the essentials of traditional classical ballet. We will study the French terminology associated with the movement and poses we dance in order to better facilitate learning and comprehension of the movement. Mind/body awareness will be facilitated while a more thorough knowledge of the art form, including historical perspective, origin, and philosophical issues as to its importance in today’s cultural world will also be discussed.


Ballet Conditioning for Athletes (3 credits)
FAM 1019-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This is a beginning level of ballet designed especially for athletes and dance team members. As well as focusing on increasing the skill and artistry level within the parameters of classical ballet, the student will also learn to understand the historical perspectives of the art form and the value it has to the culture of society. Within the framework of the traditional ballet class, students will focus on developing strong core muscles, as well as lengthening and toning of the body with additional mat work and conditioning exercises, as part of the conditioning program. Daily proper attire is expected for this class. Exercise bands and mat or towel are also required.


Beginning Ballet II (3 credits)
FAM 1016-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 2-3:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This is a continuation of FAM 1015 Beginning Ballet I for any non-major wishing to learn the fundamentals of classical ballet technique or student who has had an introductory ballet course in the past. It is a studio course, meaning students will be in the dance studio, in full attire (leotard, tights, ballet slippers for women/ white t-shirt, tights and ballet shoes for men) learning the essentials of a traditional classical ballet class. We will study the French terminology associated with the movement and poses we dance in order to better facilitate learning and comprehension of the movement. Mind/body awareness will be facilitated while a more thorough knowledge of the art form including historical perspective, origin, and philosophical issues as to its importance in today’s cultural world will also be discussed.


Beginning Modern Dance I (3 credits)
FAM 1025-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

In this course for non-dance majors, students are introduced to the techniques and movement vocabulary of contemporary and modern dance. Students will explore fundamental movement principles while emphasizing the development of improvisational and performance skills. The student will also develop the critical perspectives necessary to analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool with cultural values.


Beginning Modern Dance II (3 credits)
FAM 1026-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

In this course for non-dance majors, students continue to develop the techniques and movement vocabulary of contemporary and modern dance. Students will continue to explore fundamental movement principles while emphasizing the development of improvisational and performance skills. The student will also continue to develop the critical perspectives necessary to analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool with cultural values.


Dance Appreciation – Online (3 credits)
FAM 1095-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This ONLINE course introduces dance as a performing art, focusing on the Western European and American dance forms of Ballet, Modern and Contemporary. The course will trace their development, historical development and cultural characteristics. Additional course topics will include viewing live dance performances.


Hip-Hop Dance (1 Credit)
FAM 1030-001 (Monday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

A beginning/intermediate level dance course with no experience required. This class is designed to teach the fundamentals of Hip-Hop through choreographed dances. Hip-Hop style similar to that seen on current music videos will be the style taught in class. Individual work, floor work, and partner work will be emphasized. Combinations will be performed to Rap and R & B music.


Intermediate Modern Dance II (3 credits)
FAM 1028-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:05-10 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

A one semester, repeatable (by audition or permission of instructor) course for non-dance majors, providing a more sophisticated approach to the techniques and movement vocabulary of contemporary and modern dance. Students will also continue to explore and further develop fundamental movement principles while emphasizing the cultivation of improvisational and performance skills. The student will also develop the critical perspectives necessary to analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool within our society.


Intermediate Ballet II (3 credits)
FAM 1018-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This is a ballet course designed for dancers with previous ballet training. It is a repeatable course for the non-major wishing to further pursue the complexities and artistic nuances of classical ballet technique. It is a studio course, meaning students will be in the dance studio, in full attire (leotard, tights, ballet slippers for women/ white t-shirt, tights and ballet shoes for men) learning the essentials of a traditional classical ballet class. We will study the French terminology associated with more complex movement and positions we dance in order to better facilitate learning and comprehension of the movement. Mind/body awareness will be facilitated while a more thorough knowledge of the art form including historical perspective, origin and philosophical issues as to its importance in today’s cultural world will also be discussed.


Legends of Dance in America – Online (3 credits)
FAM 1094-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course introduces dance legends of Ballet, Modern and Contemporary Dance, their significant contribution to the world of dance in America, as well as the passion and insight that brought the legends to their height of success. Additional course topics include viewing live dance performances.


Modern Dance Basics – Online (3 credits)
FAM 1022-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

In this course for non-dance majors, students are introduced to the techniques and movement vocabulary of contemporary and modern dance. Students will explore fundamental movement principles while emphasizing the development of improvisational and performance skills. The student will also develop critical perspectives necessary to analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool with cultural values. Through interactive online instruction students use recording devices (e.g., smartphones, laptops, and camcorders) to develop their dance technique while building a dance community. To complete assignments students may film the dances with friends and/or family in locations of their choosing (e.g., dorm room, apartment, basement, backyard, park, and riverside). Students may also utilize the 414 Video Production Room in Langsam Library.


Movie and Media Appreciation Classes

Electronic Music Production with Ableton Live and Push (3 credits)
FAM 2045-001 (Wednesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, TI Technology & Innovation

This is a course designed around contemporary electronic and pop music production techniques using Ableton Live Software and Ableton Push MIDI controllers.  We will be using existing genres and associated production strategies as a vehicle for learning music production. This is also an exploration of your own creativity and unlocking individual expression through electronic music production. This class is appropriate for musicians of all ability levels and backgrounds and has applications in music education, production, music therapy, and preparatory education. By the end of this course, students will have made a small portfolio of music and will gain familiarity to a wide variety of modern electronic pop music production techniques.


Art of Recording (3 credits)
FAM 1050-001 (Thursday, 4:30-7:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Art of Recording focuses on the basic technical musical understanding needed to engage music at progressively deeper levels of understanding. Starting from simple listening experiences you will soon be able to appreciate what it means to be an “expert listener.” A musician learns the function musical scales; a painter, the knowledge paint and brushes; a writer, the craft of words and sentences. The expert listener integrates specific gateways that can reveal the depths of sound possibilities. This course expresses the Art of Recording from basic sound physics, music and brain functions as they pertain to the technology used in producing the popular music we love over the last five decades.


Digital Audio for Non-Majors (3 credits)
EMED 2007-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:50 p.m.)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of digital audio theory and practices through the development of basic digital audio production projects. Course topics include general production principles and theory of operation of digital audio workstations with an emphasis placed on internet radio, podcast, and commercial production processes. The student will be introduced to basic audio production techniques through the corresponding laboratory phase of this course. The student will be required to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of audio production and apply those principles in laboratory exercises.
Prerequisite: To take this course you must: Have taken the following Courses EMDT 1011C min grade D-, or EMED 1005 min grade D- or EMED 1015 min grade D-.


Film and Television Production for Non-Majors (3 credits)
EMED 2002-001 (Monday/Wednesday, 10:10-11:30 a.m.)

The medium of digital video has become an increasingly pervasive means of communication in contemporary culture. Digital Video allows students to apply media aesthetic theory, processes and techniques in communicating their ideas to a specified audience via the digital video production process. While taking this course, each student is required to write, produce, shoot and edit several projects using digital video cameras, working in a digital nonlinear editing environment, and delivering their content through a variety of digital distribution channels to a specified audience.


Going to the Movies: 20th Century Classics (3 Credits)
EMED 1075-001 (Tuesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

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 and structure, distribution and consumption. Students will be guided in the development of aesthetic criteria for critical examination.


Integrated Media Production 1 for Non-Majors (3 credits)
EMED 1015-001 (Online)
EMED 1015-002 (Wednesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
EMED 1015-003 (Monday/Wednesday, 3:30-4:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: TI Technology and Innovation

Media convergence is a vital component of our new media culture. In new media there is a melding of production, design and message with user-experience. Integrated Media Production I is an introductory course — the first of a two-course sequence within the E-Media major at CCM — 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.


Japanese Pop, Anime & Video Game Music – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2050-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

You will 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, and will investigate the cultural differences between Japan and America.


Media in your Life Non-Majors – Online (3 credits)
EMED 1011-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: TI Technology & Innovation

Did you know that the typical American spends about 11 hours a day consuming media? Think about that for a moment. How long is a typical workday? How many hours a night do you sleep? Could it be, based upon time usage alone, that media consumption is the most important activity in our lives? Whether those comments frighten you or inspire you, the fact remains that the media industry plays an enormously important role in our individual lives, is vital to the success of every major industry, and is foundational to the effective functioning of our representative democracy. Would you like to possess a more sophisticated understanding of the media production process and its artistic and theoretical underpinnings? Wouldn’t you like to know more about the latest digital production tools? Do you think you might want to pursue a media career? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then “The Media in Your Life” is exactly the right course for you.


The Evolution of the Television Comedy (3 credits)
EMED 1050-001 (Wednesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, HU Humanities and Literature

Through lectures and screenings of classic scenes and episodes, students will explore the American television comedy as a significant form of storytelling; as a uniquely elastic form of expression and contemporary critique; and as an exceptionally creative and influential art. The course includes investigation into comedy and sitcom style and structure, as well as historical and societal context and impact. Students will be guided in the development of aesthetic criteria for critical examination. This course is focused in the historical and cultural development of television comedies from their pre-TV origins to their contemporary manifestations. Students will develop the strategies for reading media properly while also investigating the historical, literary, cultural and aesthetic contributions of television to 20th- and 21st-century art forms.


Music Appreciation Classes

American Music – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2006-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, HP Historical Perspectives

An online history of music in America c. 1620 to the present. Musical life as we experience it in the USA today is the product of a history that is in many ways unique, but never far from world-wide influences. This course surveys a wide variety of music along with the social, political, and religious movements that have shaped American musical life right up to the present. Examines the contributions of numerous cultural groups, regional developments over four centuries, and the ways music reflects values, aspirations, and problems of the population. Course topics include musical genres, styles, personalities, and trends. Musical examples, discussions, quizzes, and videos are all online. No prior experience with music required.


Aural Skills and Music Fundamentals (3 credits)
FAM 1040-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 2:30-3:25 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

The appreciation of music is enhanced by a deeper knowledge of musical materials and structures. This course will build on the concepts introduced in Critical Listening (FAM-1055), furthering the understanding of theoretical aspects of music, harmonization, part-writing, and form, as well as improving aural skills and recognition. The skills learned in this course will provide basis for further study and understanding of music of all genres.


CCM Excursions Abroad – Guatemala
FAM 2000-001 (Thursday, 6-6:55 p.m.)
Second Half-Semester + Study Tour May 29-June 7
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This 10-day excursion to Guatemala involves a collaboration with the music program at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG). During the spring second half-session (March 2-April 25), we will set individual and group goals for the experience, learn about the musical and cultural background of Guatemala, prepare for the logistics of international travel, and virtually meet with students at our partnering institution (UVG). During a ten-day trip to Guatemala (May 29-June 7), we will be based in the scenic highlands campus of UVG in Sololá, overlooking the world-famous, volcano-ringed Lake Atitlán. We will visit local Mayan communities and join students from UVG in a week-long “music camp” which will involve composing and performing music that draws from and blends our respective cultural orientations and musical skill sets. On the final two days of the trip we will trek on a volcano and visit the markets and architectural wonders.


Disney Animated Musicals (3 credits)
FAM 2090-001 (Class: Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:50 p.m.) (Screening: Tuesday, 2-4 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course explores the genre of the animated film musical with a special emphasis on its presumed originator, the Walt Disney Studios. We will consider the unique expressive properties of this form, examining the ways in which both song and the animated medium distort, rearrange, and reflect the world for its audiences. As we trace the genre’s history and evolution from the earliest experiments with sound technology to the latest multi-billion-dollar franchises, we will simultaneously track shifting trends in popular song and film. This history will run alongside discussions of Disney’s complex and often problematic roles as a purveyor of American and global entertainment.


Experimental Rock – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2013-001 (Jan. 13-March 1, 2020)
FAM 2013-002 (March 2-April 25, 2020)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, TI Technology & Innovation

This course will provide a detailed overview of the tools, techniques and musical styles which had a tremendous impact on the aesthetic of various genres of Rock Music in the 1960s and 70s, the resonance of which can be observed in many mainstream and non-mainstream musical trends of the last 30 years. It will begin with an examination of multi-tracking tape machines: their development and techniques such as sound on sound, tape-delay and flange, which had become standard practice in studios by the late 1960s. This is followed by a technical overview of electronic instruments, specifically the synthesizer, whose development will be traced from the Theremin. Musical trends such as the 1950s avant-garde and Minimalism will serve as a bridge to examinations of seminal bands such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Can, Neu:, Brian Eno and the Talking Heads among others; the technical knowledge gained from the initial lectures on tape techniques and electronic instruments will be used to gain a deeper understanding of the music of these artists.


Hamilton: A Musical Theater Revolution (3 credits)
FAM 2075-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, Hamilton, has been credited as revolutionary and a game changer in the history of the American musical since its off-Broadway opening in 2015. This course explores the revolutionary aspect of this musical, covering song and plot conventions of musical theater as they appear in musicals from the 1920s to the present and investigating how Miranda employs, challenges, and transforms them in Hamilton. We will also consider Hamilton among other “history musicals,” its relationship with popular music (especially hip-hop and sociopolitical issues of race and ethnicity derived from Miranda’s choice to offer a multi-racial cast to represent the Founding Fathers. We will thus contextualize Hamilton in musical theater history and investigate what aspects of the musical are conventional and which ones are original.


History of Rock & Roll II – Online (3 credits)
FAM 3032-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Rock and Roll had humble beginnings in the Southeastern United States, but over time it developed into a force, beyond mere entertainment, that has defined youth culture on a global scale. Rock and roll culture is embedded in the fabric of youth identity. Rock and roll music is a commodity that young people use daily, often with an obsessive devotion. Marketing campaigns that target youth are so relentless that young people are under enormous media and social pressure to join the ranks of consumers. The goal of History of Rock and Roll is, therefore, threefold: 1. To provide for students 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. 2. Through critical listening and reading, the course will provide students with useful, evaluative tools so that they can make historically informed and thoughtful decisions.


Japanese Pop, Anime & Video Game Music – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2050-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

You will 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, and will investigate the cultural differences between Japan and America.


Jazz Appreciation (3 credits)
FAM 2051-001 (Tuesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

A one-semester overview of America’s true art form: jazz. The course will introduce students to the various styles of jazz, its major performers, its history and origins, and will also involve attending jazz performances at CCM or elsewhere.


Live at CCM (2-3 credits)
FAM 1060-001 (TBA)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Through this course, students will have the opportunity to experience concerts at CCM in a directed environment. Learn about a broad range of music and style through exposure to a wide variety of instrumental ensembles. Attend orchestral, wind ensemble, choral, jazz and contemporary music programs and more with the chance to discuss and write about them through interaction with knowledgeable graduate assistants and the directors of the respective ensembles themselves.


Lyric Songwriting (3 credits)
FAM 3071-001 (Monday/Wednesday, 9:05-10:25 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Writing Lyrics to Music analyzes a variety of song forms to instruct you on key lyrical and melodic components; stressed and unstressed beats, rhyme positions, melodic sections and tone. You’ll work through different musical feels and time signatures, and discover how the natural shapes of the words follow the shape of the melody, ultimately creating a much more expressive composition. This is a “can’t miss” course – it’s bound to take your writing to the next level. It will also make you a more valuable co-writer.


Music Appreciation – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2005-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

An online course that introduces students to a wide range of music in the Western World, covering several historical periods, including our own time. Examines musical styles, musical terms, composers, and other aspects of the music listening experience. Considers the historical and cultural context of musical activity and the way it has shaped the musical life from medieval Europe up to the present in our own communities. Students will discuss their own experiences with music and have the opportunity to attend a musical performance of their choice, near where they live, for class credit. Musical examples, discussions, quizzes, videos and film are all online. No prior experience with music required.


Music of the Beatles (3 credits)
FAM 2061-001 (Online)
FAM 2061-002 (Online)
FAM 2061-003 (Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

The Music of the Beatles has made an impact in the whole world both musically and sociologically. The Beatles are considered one of the most influential bands of any era. Their music reflects the cultural and social revolution of the 1960s and serves as a model for understanding all subsequent popular music. This class will chronologically trace the development of the Beatles from their early days through the band’s dissolution. There will be analysis of selected compositions with regard to lyrics, harmony, song structure, instrumentation, and arranging. This class will examine their groundbreaking production techniques, individual writing styles, and the impact of their music on other musicians and social trends.


Music and Politics (3 credits)
FAM 2018-001 (Monday/Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:35 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

This course examines the impact of music on politics during the last 100 years in the contemporary classical realm, as well as folk and popular musical styles. Students will become familiar with prominent politically influenced musicians and composers such as Fela Kuti, Woody Guthrie, Bob Marley, and Frederic Rzewski. Also, this class will cover the impact on music from major political and historical events throughout the century, such as World War II’s influence on jazz, or the life and career of Dmitri Shostakovich under Stalin’s Soviet Union. By studying the biographies and major works of this broad spectrum of musicians, students will be able to outline the diverse characteristics of politically oriented music.


Music of Woodstock (3 credits)
FAM 2070-001 (Tuesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

The course thoroughly examines the musical artists and the works they performed at history’s most iconic pop music festival, Woodstock (officially the “Woodstock Music and Art Fair”). As many as half a million people or more, descending on a dairy farm in upstate New York in August of 1969 for “three days of peace and music,” were treated to a wildly diverse lineup of musicians and artists hailing from no less than five different continents. The Woodstock Festival is the perfect prism through which to view the 1960s popular scene, when various streams of musical genres converged to forge a new breed of “pop”; the soundtrack of the counterculture and a young, idealistic generation. How did a music festival, let alone pop music in general, become a catalyst for social, political, and artistic change and upheaval? How was the motley assortment of musicians of various stripes, genres, genders, and ethnicities received by the crowd, temporarily the fourth-largest city in New York? How did this crowd co-exist and survive without virtually any of the realities that plague a similar-sized urban center? These are just a few of the many questions posed in this course as we study and—equally as important—savor and experience the musical performances of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.


Progressive Rock (3 credits)
FAM 2020-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course will provide a detailed overview of the Progressive Rock phenomenon of the 1970’s; further study will be made of other relevant hybrid genres of this era such as Jazz/Fusion and Afrobeat. In order to better understand and appreciate these styles students will examine the evolution of Jazz during the 1960’s and its cross pollination with Rock in the later part of the decade. There will also be an emphasis on the technological breakthroughs in musical instruments: electro-acoustic instruments such as the Fender rhodes and synthesizers such as the Moog. Throughout, students will examine samples of music and explore its influence on mainstream and non-mainstream musical trends of the last 30 years.


What’s Hot in Popular Music – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2062-001
FAM 2062-002
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This online course examines current popular music in its trending styles and genres. Students will critique selected songs from the weekly “Billboard” charts and various other media resources, including You Tube and digital download statistics, and consider both the hottest artists as well as promising up-and-comers. Students will develop skills for evaluating artistic intent with respect to lyrics, some basic literary techniques, melody, harmony, rhythm, song form, and psychology, and with a look at cutting edge production techniques. 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 activity will include reading, viewing, and listening to examples online and completing assignments on Canopy. No prerequisite. No textbook.


Women in Music (3 credits)
FAM 2025-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 11:15 a.m-12:10 p.m.
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, DEI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Women in Music is an historical survey of women’s lives and accomplishments in Western music from the medieval period to the present time. The course includes women of diverse races, classes and cultures, and the historical issues that impacted or limited their work. An examination of women’s roles as composers, performers, and patrons reveals their achievements that have been largely ignored because of their gender. Furthermore, although the cultural and societal values change over time and geographic locations, it is evident that suppression and exploitation are recurring themes with regard to social status, education, economics, politics, religion or racial prejudice.


World Music Lab (0-1 credits)
FAM 3085-001 Indian Raga (Monday/Wednesday, 7:15-8:10 p.m.)
FAM 3085-002 Bluegrass and Old-Time Band (Tuesday, 5-7 p.m.)
FAM 3085-003 Tabla I (Wednesday, 6-7:40 p.m.)
FAM 3085-004 Tabla II (Wednesday, 7:45-9:25 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Students learn to play music of a given cultural tradition in an ensemble setting using appropriate instruments and/or voice.


Music Performance Classes

Beginning Jazz Improv
FAM 1065-001 (Monday, 1:30-4:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course will provide the student with the fundamentals of Jazz improvisation. It will introduce the student to the language of the jazz improviser, from chord recognition and their related scales, to important compositions and their construction. It will aid the development of aural training skills from harmony to melodic patterns. Emphasis is placed on jazz feel, performance skills and knowledge of scales modes, jazz patterns and phrasing, from 7th chord construction to analysis and performance of the blues. Basic knowledge of scales and chords is expected prior to enrolling.


CCM Excursions Abroad – Guatemala
FAM 2000-001 (Thursday, 6-6:55 p.m.)
Second Half-Semester + Study Tour May 29-June 7
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This 10-day excursion to Guatemala involves a collaboration with the music program at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG). During the spring second half-session (March 2-April 25), we will set individual and group goals for the experience, learn about the musical and cultural background of Guatemala, prepare for the logistics of international travel, and virtually meet with students at our partnering institution (UVG). During a ten-day trip to Guatemala (May 29-June 7), we will be based in the scenic highlands campus of UVG in Sololá, overlooking the world-famous, volcano-ringed Lake Atitlán. We will visit local Mayan communities and join students from UVG in a week-long “music camp” which will involve composing and performing music that draws from and blends our respective cultural orientations and musical skill sets. On the final two days of the trip we will trek on a volcano and visit the markets and architectural wonders


Classical Guitar Class (2 credits)
GTAR 5175-001 (Undergraduate)
GTAR 6075-001 (Graduate)
All Sections: Tuesday/Thursday, 12:20-1:15 p.m.
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Applied course in basic guitar skills. Emphasis on playing classical and folk styles. Review of current published methods and materials. Open to non-CCM students. Course repeats each semester. Students provide their own nylon string guitars.


Electronic Music Production with Ableton Live and Push (3 credits)
FAM 2045-001 (Wednesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, TI Technology & Innovation

This is a course designed around contemporary electronic and pop music production techniques using Ableton Live Software and Ableton Push MIDI controllers.  We will be using existing genres and associated production strategies as a vehicle for learning music production. This is also an exploration of your own creativity and unlocking individual expression through electronic music production. This class is appropriate for musicians of all ability levels and backgrounds and has applications in music education, production, music therapy, and preparatory education. By the end of this course, students will have made a small portfolio of music and will gain familiarity to a wide variety of modern electronic pop music production techniques.


Group Music Instrument Lessons: Violin, Saxophone, Trumpet and Clarinet
FAM 1080 (Class Days and Times TBA)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts

This course provides an opportunity for non-music majors to receive lessons on their instrument in a small group setting (up to 6 students per instrument group). Students will study fundamentals of sound production, develop their technique, enhance their pedagogical and critical listening skills, and expand their repertoire. Students will prepare etudes and appropriate works, perform them in class, and receive feedback from their peers. Students are expected to practice outside of class. Students are expected to have some fluency on their instrument prior to enrolling in this course. Students must supply their own instrument and bring it to class. No instruments will be provided, although exceptions may be made for certain percussion instruments. Group lessons are offered for each instrument based on instructor availability.


Group Piano for Non-music Majors (3 credits)
PIAN 1001-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
PIAN 1001-002 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:05-10 a.m.)
PIAN 1001-003 (Tuesday/Thursday, 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
PIAN 1001-004 (Tuesday/Thursday, 1:25-2:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Designed for those with little or no piano experience; teaches the fundamentals of reading music, playing by ear, using chord charts, and improving finger flexibility.


Group Piano for Non-Majors II (3 credits)
PIAN 1002-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 1:25-2:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This is a continuation of Group Piano for Non-music Majors I. Students learn the basics of piano playing and chord playing, as well as basic music theory. Technical skills are taught.


Jammin’ with Laptops (3 credits)
FAM 2014-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course will explore the potentials of laptop computers for music making. Various technical topics, including analog v. 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 by way of an investigation into seminal readings and recordings. Both of these inquiries will provide participants with the technical and analytical skills to utilize their laptops to creative ends. Participants will also be expected to work in small groups on creative projects.


Jammin’ with Laptops – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2023-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

In this course, you will play, record, and make music with online instruments. There are three units, and each unit includes a distinctive music making session; Individual Session (Unit 1), Collaborative Session (Unit 2), and Creative Jam Session (Unit 3 In the Unit 1, you will individually study the basic knowledge of music making, including identifying musical instruments, playing online instruments, and recording the music that you played through the exercises. In the Midterm Exam, you will be asked to answer the basic knowledge that you have learned so far. In the Unit 2 and 3, you will form your laptop band with your online classmates to play and record music together. In the Unit 2, you will collaborate with 1~2 classmate(s) to complete the assignment together. In the Unit 3, you will collaborate with 2~4 classmates to create your own band under your instruction to direct your band members, and play for your band member’s music under their respective directions. In the Final Exam, you will be asked to answer all the materials that you have learned.


Piano Elective for Undergraduates (1-2 credits)
PIAN 5030-001 (TBA)

Piano lessons for students who want to study as an elective. By permission only.


Piano Elective for Graduate Students (1-2 credits)
PIAN 8030-001 (TBA)

Applied weekly lessons. Content (repertoire and technical exercises) determined by professor based on the specific needs of each student.


Pop Piano for Non-Majors (3 credits)
PIAN 1003-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.)
PIAN 1003-002 (Tuesday/Thursday, 12:20-1:15 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Students will learn how to play piano parts of popular idiom piano pieces. They will learn how to realize chord “lead” sheets and also listen to music to pick up piano accompaniment styles. Learning to read music is not part of this course, although you will learn to read rhythm charts. Music will be chosen from artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, as well as earlier works by Chicago, Motley Crue and John Lennon. Choices will be made depending on the type of accompaniment style you are learning.


UC Guitar Orchestra (2 credits)
FAM 1075-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:25 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Area: FA Fine Arts

The UC Guitar Orchestra provides players of any type of guitar (steel or nylon string acoustic; electric) with the opportunity to come together as community to rehearse and perform in a large ensemble format. We will explore a diverse range of repertoire including classical, folk, pop and non-Western genres. Participation in the orchestra is open to all guitarists who own their own guitar, have basic technical proficiency and the ability to read either standard musical notation or tablature. The semester will culminate in a public performance.


World Music Lab (0-1 credits)
FAM 3085-001 Indian Raga (Monday/Wednesday, 7:15-8:10 p.m.)
FAM 3085-002 Bluegrass and Old-Time Band (Tuesday, 5-7 p.m.)
FAM 3085-003 Tabla I (Wednesday, 6-7:40 p.m.)
FAM 3085-004 Tabla II (Wednesday, 7:45-9:25 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Students learn to play music of a given cultural tradition in an ensemble setting using appropriate instruments and/or voice.


 Theatre Appreciation Classes

Acting for Non-Majors (3 credits)
FAM 1001-001 (Monday/Wednesday, 1-2:20 p.m.)
FAM 1001-002 (Monday/Wednesday, 6-7:20 p.m.)
FAM 1001-003 (Monday/Wednesday, 4-5:20 p.m.)
FAM 1001-004 (Monday/Wednesday, 2:30-3:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

An introductory course in the craft of acting designed for University students interested in theatre performance. Students will work on unscripted material in group improvisations and scripted material in the presentation of monologues or scenes. Basic actor vocabulary common to all styles of performance will be taught.


Hamilton: A Musical Theater Revolution (3 credits)
FAM 2075-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, Hamilton, has been credited as revolutionary and a game changer in the history of the American musical since its off-Broadway opening in 2015. This course explores the revolutionary aspect of this musical, covering song and plot conventions of musical theater as they appear in musicals from the 1920s to the present and investigating how Miranda employs, challenges, and transforms them in Hamilton. We will also consider Hamilton among other “history musicals,” its relationship with popular music (especially hip-hop and socio-political issues of race and ethnicity derived from Miranda’s choice to offer a multi-racial cast to represent the Founding Fathers. We will thus contextualize Hamilton in musical theater history and investigate what aspects of the musical are conventional and which ones are original.


Introduction to Stage Lighting & Sound (3 credits)
THPR 1020C-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

In this course, the student will learn hands on skills with lighting and sound equipment, while discovering the ways in which modern technology can be effectively applied as a key production element in drama, musical theatre, opera and dance. Through experiences both practical and theoretical, each student will gain operational skills, and recognize the importance of teamwork and collaboration in creating art and discovering a personal aesthetic.


Stage Lighting Lab & Crew for Non-Majors (1-2 credits)
THPR 1018C-001 (Friday, 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Practical production undergraduate crew work in the execution of stage lighting designs for major opera, musical theatre, dance and dramatic productions. Each student will practice their understanding in accomplishing the execution of a realized lighting design project(s). Non-typical work session hours required (evening and weekends) for installation and running crews for productions. May be repeated for credit.


Theatre History for Non-Majors (3 credits)
DRPF 2055-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 11:15-12:10 p.m.)
DRPF 2055-002 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 2:30-3:25 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, HP Historical Perspectives

History of Theatre is a chronological look at the rise of Western theatre from ancient times to the Renaissance. The course examines how theatre emerges, its dramatic structure, styles of acting, various visual elements and different production techniques. The course also explores how theatre artisans built upon the experiences of one another, introduces key figures from theatre history and shows how theatre continues to influence us today.


Voice Class (1-2 credits)
VOIC 1075/7075-001 (Thursday, 2-2:55 p.m.)
VOIC 1075/7075-002 (Tuesday, 4-4:55 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Voice Class is intended to impart the rudiments of classical vocal technique. Topics addressed include breathing for singing, phonation, anatomy of the breathing process, anatomy of the larynx, posture, vowel formation, and characteristics of consonant sounds. The class will culminate in the student performing a song in English.


Registration Information

Find the most up-to-date class information and register at catalyst.uc.edu. For more information on the registration process, please visit uc.edu/registrar/registration.

*The course information posted above is accurate as of Oct. 11, 2019. Consult the UC course offerings available at catalyst.uc.edu for possible schedule changes.

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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!

Dance for summer credit at CCM. Jam for summer credit at CCM.
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 Celebrates Benjamin Britten at 100 With Special Events

'Spring Symphony' composer Benjamin Britten, circa 1949. Photography by Roland Haupt; courtesy of www.britten100.org.

Composer Benjamin Britten, circa 1949. Photography by Roland Haupt; courtesy of http://www.britten100.org.

CCM celebrates the 100th anniversary of composer, conductor and pianist Benjamin Britten with a pair of free film screenings, a Mainstage Opera production, a concert performance and a special guest lecture by acclaimed film director Tony Palmer.

Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 24, and running through what would be Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday on Friday, Nov. 22, CCM’s Britten Centenary Celebration includes a guest lecture by filmmaker Tony Palmer, free public screenings of the films Nocturne and A Time There Wasplus a Mainstage Series production of Britten’s two-act opera Owen Wingrave.

The celebration culminates with a birthday concert on Nov. 22 by the CCM Philharmonia featuring the orchestral showpiece The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, narrated by special guest Santa J. Ono, PhD, President of the University of Cincinnati.

Please see individual listings below for additional information on the festival’s public events.

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CCM Celebrates German Composer Richard Wagner at 200 With Special Event Series

Film actor Richard Burton as composer Richard Wagner, from the 1983 Tony Palmer film 'Wagner.'

Film actor Richard Burton as composer Richard Wagner, from the 1983 Tony Palmer film ‘Wagner.’

CCM celebrates the 200th anniversary of composer Richard Wagner’s birth (May 22, 1813) with an unprecedented series of events this month. Beginning on Friday, Oct. 11, and running through Thursday, Oct. 24, CCM explores Wagner’s iconic work and enduring legacy with a series of guest lectures, film screenings and a concert performance by the CCM Philharmonia. Aside from the Oct. 12 Philharmonia performance, these events are free and open to the general public.

Richard Wagner was a 19th century German composer, theatre director, polemicist and conductor. He revolutionized opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk (“total work of art”), in which he combined the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts. His Gesamtkunstwerkalso greatly influenced many filmmakers, as detailed in the book Wagner and Cinema, co-edited by Jeongwon Joe, Associate Professor of Musicology at CCM, and Sander L. Gilman, Distinguished Professor of Germanic Studies at Emory University. According to Wagner and Cinema, early 20th century film critic W. Stephen Bush once declared, “Every man or woman in charge of the music of a moving picture theatre is, consciously or unconsciously, a disciple or follower of Richard Wagner.”

CCM’s bicentenary celebration opens at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, with a guest lecture by Anthony Tommasini, Chief Classical Music Critic for the New York Times. Other highlights include the CCM Philharmonia’s Oct. 12 concert, “Wagner – Redemption Through Love,” which features selections from Wagner’s operas to be performed with the cinematic images from Tony Palmer’s biographical film about Wagner, starring Richard Burton. CCM will also welcome film director Tony Palmer to campus for a discussion on his films on Thursday, Oct. 24.

To celebrate this towering figure of German Romanticism and the indelible impression he made on the cinematic arts, CCM will also present a series of free film screenings exploring Wagner’s life and legacy.

Please see individual listings below for additional information on the festival’s public events.

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CCM Alumna Featured on Good Morning America

CCM alumna Mia Gentile on the set of 'Good Morning America.'

CCM alumna Mia Gentile on the set of ‘Good Morning America.’

The buzz continues to grow around CCM alumna Mia Gentile‘s recent YouTube video “The Stanley Steemer Variations!” A 2011 graduate of our Musical Theatre program, Gentile created the viral video with local musician/producer/CCM Beatles expert extraordinaire Roger Klug.

CityBeat’s Rick Pender featured the video on his blog last month – you can read his original post here – and Gentile has since been featured on Good Morning America in support of the video! Experience “The Stanley Steemer Variations” for yourself after the jump!

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Make It Better NOW – A Cabaret To Benefit The Trevor Project

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Today, we present footage from the “Make It Better NOW” cabaret hosted by the CCM Tribunal earlier this fall. The event featured performances by a number of our student artists and all proceeds supported The Trevor Project.

Video by Clay Rasmussen, J.T. Rooney, Heath Saunders and Zach Mueller.

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