Music & Performing Arts courses

MPA 100: Introduction to Music

Introduces the student to music terminology and fundamental concepts in music theory. Course is highly recommended for students wishing to further their studies in music

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 101: Musicianship and Theory I

Introduction to diatonic harmonic analysis, with continuing diatonic ear training and musicianship fundamentals through melodic dictation and sight-singing exercises. Students who have not taken the prerequisite course (MPA100) can take an assessment test to measure their basic musical skills, and, with a satisfactory grade on that test, waive the prerequisite. (Prereq: MPA100 or equivalent)

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 102: Musicianship and Theory II

Introduction to chromatic harmonic analysis. Topics include tonicization, secondary dominants, closely related keys, modulations to closely related keys, and introductory formal analysis, as well as diatonic and chromatic sight-singing, ear training, and dictation. The course may include a review of diatonic harmony as necessary. (Prereq: MPA 101: Musicianship and Theory I (4 units) or equivalent)

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 103: Musicianship & Theory III

In-depth theoretical study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music. Students employ analysis and composition exercises to understand large-scale form, chromatic harmony, chord extensions, and counterpoint. Related musicianship, keyboard, and dictation exercises complement written work. (Prereq: MPA 102: Musicianship and Theory II (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 110: Keyboard I

Piano instruction includes techniques, repertoire and keyboard harmony.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 115: Performance Study-Fundamental

Fundamental-level studies on the playing of a musical instrument or voice. Requires an audition or tape of performance to determine placement. May be repeated. Non-vocal students provide own instruments.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 135: Reflections on American Music

(Prereq: Exclude Sophomore and Junior and Senior)

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 195: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in the music and performing arts major. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

MPA 196: Field Studies

Individualizes student placement for field study as related to Music & Performing Arts.

Units: 1 — 6

MPA 197: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

MPA 205: Latin Music

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 208: Music of the Beatles

This course surveys the career of the Beatles, mainly focusing on the years that they were active as a recording band (1963-1970), but also including events leading up to their formation, as well as an overview of four members' solo careers. Additionally, the course interprets the role of the Beatles as a groundbreaking multimedia phenomenon, through a close critical reading of their official cinematography and the development of their multimedia company, Apple Corps.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 210: Keyboard II

A continuation of Keyboard I with instruction on techniques, repertoire, and keyboard harmony.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 211: Beginning Guitar

Studies the fundamentals in learning how to play the Guitar. Students will progress from basic note reading to learning the basic techniques of how to play the guitar. No prerequisite ability is necessary for this course.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 212: Intermediate Guitar

Studies in the playing of the guitar, at the Intermediate level. Note: May be required to provide an audition or tape of performance. Prerequisite(s): ability to read and play guitar music and knowledge of fundamentals of music. (Prereq: MPA 211: Beginning Guitar (1 units))

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 213: Jazz Blues Guitar

Students will progress from an intermediate to an advance level of guitar playing. Prerequisite(s): perform at an intermediate level on the guitar and knowledge of fundamentals of music. (Prereq: MPA 212: Intermediate Guitar (1 units))

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 214: Guitar Ensemble

Emphasizes the study, rehearsal, and performance of works from the Renaissance to the present, depending on student abilities, including music composed for the jazz guitar and transcriptions. Prerequisite(s): ability to read music and perform at an intermediate level on the guitar and knowledge of fundamentals of music.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 215: Performance Study Beginning

Intermediate-level studies on the playing of a musical instrument or voice. Requires an audition or tape of performance to determine placement. May be repeated. Non-vocal students provide own instruments.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 216: Stage Design and Technology

Students will be involved in various aspects of beginning design for event production, with an emphasis on technical training, including lighting, audio, projection, and scenic elements. Students will be exposed to planning and presenting concepts for a variety of live events, including music, theater, dance, and conference/lectures.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 220: From Gregorian Chants to Hip-Hop

A Music appreciation course chronicling the development of Western and World music--in its many forms and cross hybridizations--from the Medieval Era to the 21st Century.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 225: Ballet Folklorico

Inspires, motivates, and challenges students to expand their cultural world creatively through movement. Teaches the historical and cultural roots, traditions, and basic techniques and styles of different Mexican dances.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 233: Expressive Arts

Explores the expressive nature of the human being through the study of visual art, music, dance, and theater. Examines myth and ritual through history as it relates to today. Students receive four weeks of study in each area.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 235: Reflections on American Music

(Prereq: Exclude Freshmen and Junior and Senior)

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 238: Intro to Theatre Performance

Introduction to Theatre Performance: Students will be involved in group theater exercises, individual and group rehearsals, research, and technical rehearsals in the creation of public theatrical performances.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 239: Contemporary Musical Theatre: Little Johnny Jones to The Color Purple

A survey course of the development of American Musical Theatre from the early 20th Century to the Present. Course will examine the composers and their productions songs, stories/storylines and cultural/social/political references that impacted American musical theatre history.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 240: Active Storytelling

The course is called Active Storytelling, indicating how storytelling remains a vital part of our world in practically every aspect of human experience, including politics, business, law, science, mass media, communications, and the performing arts, to name a few. Through our use of vocal, physical, and expressive skills, Active Storytelling is an art that everyone can become familiar with and apply to whatever professional goals they choose.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 241: Introduction to Theatre

A Theater appreciation course, summarizing the development of Western and World Theater as a mirror to the development of human society and culture from the ancient Greeks to the present.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 242: Acting As Revealed Behavior

The course will introduce students to an exploration of human intention, as revealed in behavior, to be accomplished through a study of the techniques of acting, the interpretation of conflict, and the analysis of character as a form of public dialogue in Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed. Initial exercises will focus on developing the individual student's ability to use acting techniques as effective tools of social and political change.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 243: Performance Skills for All Professions

Performance Skills for All Professions: Provided an overview and application of performance techniques and communication skills used in professions as diverse as business, law, politics, entertainment, communications, science, technology, health care, and many more. Through presentations to large audiences or communication to select groups, basic performance techniques assist the student in the development of personal communication skills that enhance a speaker's ability to develop rapport with and encourage participation from diverse audiences.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 244: Voice and Movement

The course will introduce students to basic principles of stage voice and movement normally associated with the art of acting but also valuable in a number of professional situations where voice and movement enhance the range of a speaker's vocal and expressive skills. Initial exercises will focus on the individual students' creative process, then explore its application through the voice and body.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 245: Playwriting

The purpose of the course is to teach students the basic tools and principles of playwriting with a particular emphasis on language, dramatic scenes and dialogue, setting, and the development of an analytical approach to solving script problems. By emphasizing the craft of scriptwriting for the stage, students will be encouraged to see the script as a plan for the creative project before anything is committed to production.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 260: Pep Band

Students will study pep band musical literature, related scales, proper instrumental techniques, appropriate history of musical works, various musical genres, related music theory, musical interpretation, notation, related score analysis, performance techniques and the relationship of pep band music to other art forms. This course will support the fulfillment of MLO #5 Performance Skills. Prerequisite: Must be able to read music and play an instrument.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 261: String Ensemble

Students will study string musical literature, related scales, proper instrumental techniques, appropriate history of musical works, musical genre, related music theory, musical interpretation, notation, related score analysis, performance techniques and their relation to other art forms. This course will support the fulfillment of MLO #5 Performance Skills. Prerequisite: Must be able to read music and play a violin, cello or bass instrument.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 295: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in the Music and Performing Arts academic program. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 4

MPA 297: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

MPA 300: Major ProSeminar

Helps the student acquire and develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to fulfill major specific learning outcomes. Acquaints students with the theories, values, and models relevant to the Music and Performing Arts program. Provides insight into possible careers. Develops a community of learners to assist students in completing their Individual Learning Plans (ILP). Should be taken in the junior year.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 301: Music for Children

Provides an overview of musical materials, concepts, and skills appropriate for teaching music in elementary school classrooms. Teaches music fundamentals with the applied development of basic skills on such instruments as guitar and piano.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 306: Electronic Music

Introduction to the history and contemporary practice of electronic music. Students interrogate the application of historic technologies to the creation of experimental works and the relationship between contemporary digital tools and past analog electronic techniques. Topics include historically significant works and technologies, fundamentals of digital signal/symbol processing and representation, and contemporary software applications for electronic music production and performance. (Prereq: MPA 101: Musicianship and Theory I (4 units) or equivalent)

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 307: Audio Production

Introduction to analog and digital audio production techniques. Topics include microphone design and pickup patterns, analog electronics, live instrumental and vocal tracking, concepts from acoustics and psychoacoustics, session management, and introductory mixing with industry-standard software applications. Students create original music and must play an instrument or sing in group recording sessions outside of class meeting times. (Prereq: MPA306)

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 308: Analogue Mixing and Digital Editing

Analogue Mixing and Digital Editing: This course builds on the knowledge acquired in through MPA 306: Electronic Music (4 units) and 307. Students will study advanced analogue mixing on the MTA 980. Analogue signal routing, inserts, auxiliary sends, equalization, sub-mixing and signal processing principles will be combined with advanced digital production and editing within Pro Tools. [Prereq: (MPA 306: Electronic Music (4 units) and MPA 307: Audio Production (4 units)) and Instructor Consent]

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 309: Global Percussion

Studies percussion rhythms from around the globe. Students learn hands-on, African, Afro Cuban, Latino, and Caribbean rhythms. Introduces the rhythms of India, Japan, and Pacific Islands through guest artists and lecturers.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 310: Gospel Choir

Studies the performance, practice, and historical evolution of contemporary Gospel music in America via the performance medium. Must be repeated twice for credit. Off campus performances may be required.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 312: Music in Film

An in-dept exploration of composers, aesthetic considerations, and myriad developments of music in film, from the silent era to the present. Introduces feature films whose groundbreaking, innovative use of music plays a crucial role in qualifying them as examples of Richard Wagner's revolutionary concept of total artwork. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 313: Music & Performance: Theatrical Approaches to Musical Performance

Using principles of theater and active storytelling, students will create a narrative idea for a musical performance before a live audience, based on principles of dramatic structure and using production elements such as stage setting, lighting, incidental sound, and visual effects. Through practical experimentation, students will create a music CD, however, the project can be stored on a DVD or video that can be fully realized in their capstone.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 314: Arts Management and Music Business Ethics

This course explores contemporary Arts Management from legal, structural, ethical, and technological perspectives. This course will confront issues of fairness, authorship, authenticity, and appropriation. In addition to providing a broad and detailed understanding of the Music industry, it will also provide a pragmatic survey of available career paths in the arts. This course fulfills MLO #4 Moral and Ethical Analysis.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 315: Performance Study Intermediate

Advanced-level studies on the playing of a musical instrument or voice. Requires an audition or performance tape to determine placement. May be repeated. Non-vocal students provide own instruments.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 317S: Community Involvement SL

This course fosters the development of arts education programs in local communities. Students will employ a combination of community organizing skills and arts teaching strategies to facilitate arts education programs at specific sites. Students provide one-on-one or group tutoring and utilize a variety of learned skills to facilitate arts education. Students become self-reflective, culturally aware and responsive community participants through reciprocal service and learning projects. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 320: Chorale

Studies and performs vocal repertoire for small ensembles including solo song, oratorio, opera, and ensemble music. Emphasizes the development of effective performance skills culminating in public performance. Must be repeated twice for credit. Off-campus performances may be required.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 325: Video Game Music

This course allows students to explore the history of video game sound from a technical and aesthetic perspective. Significant games and composers will be discussed in detail, and students will read literature from a variety of disciplines to gain a better understanding of the semiotic and logistical impacts of sound on the experience of video games.

Units: 3 — 3

MPA 330: Voice Training

Studies the basic techniques of tone production, breathing, and related skills in interpreting vocal music of various periods and styles. Suggested course sequence MPA 330: Voice Training (2 units) and MPA 332: Voice Training II (2 units). Off-campus performances may be required.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 331: Opera

Units: 1 — 2

MPA 332: Voice Training II

Studies intermediate/advanced techniques of vocal production, expressive interpretation, and vocal repertoire from various music styles and periods. Off-campus performances may be required. (Prereq: MPA 330: Voice Training (2 units))

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 335: Reflections on America

This survey course is designed to provide an overview of American popular music from 1900 to the present. The course focuses on a broad spectrum of popular music, including sacred and secular genres i.e. jazz, pop, gospel, rock, soul, folk, fun, Latin, classical, show tunes and Native American chants. Through lectures, listening sessions, and film screenings, course content emphasizes the social, economic, cultural, technological, political, and aesthetic development of American popular music. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 336: Jazz History

An overview of jazz development from its roots in African music and American spirituals to the funeral bands of New Orleans - with an examination of the work and stylistic contributions of the great jazz originators - from King Oliver to Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. Emphasis on the social, cultural, and economic circumstances that influenced the art form called jazz.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 337: MusHistory I 500-1750 ONLINE

A stylistic survey of music of the tonal era, 500-1750, with emphasis on aural and visual identifications of the principal musical styles of the standard western music repertoire.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 338: MusHistory II 1750-1900 ONLINE

A stylistic survey of music of the tonal era, 1750-1900, with emphasis on aural and visual identifications of the principal musical styles of the standard western music repertoire.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 339: History of Song

Surveys the solo vocal repertoire from the early Renaissance to the present, with special emphasis on extant repertoire of the Classical and Romantic eras. Required for voice concentration music majors.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 340: Music Prod & Artistic Dev

Student bands and solo artists develop their sound, song writing, production skills, stage presence, and other assets required to be successful in the music business. Students are required to record and produce. Students provide own instruments. Music Majors Only. [Prereq: (MPA 102: Musicianship and Theory II (4 units) and Music Majors Only) or (Equivalent and Instructor Consent)]

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 341: Sight Reading for Singers

Designed specifically for singers to address music reading problems specific to singers (text-note relationships, interval negotiation problems, etc.) Required for voice concentration music majors.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 342: Score Reading

Addresses problems in score reading and increases large-score reading (orchestral, chamber, concert scores) skills for singers and other musicians.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 345: Improvisation

Examines the technique and performance practice of jazz improvisation from 1927 to the present. Students gain a greater understanding of, sensitivity to, and greater skills in the practice of improvisation. Particular emphasis is placed on each student acquiring and developing critical listening skills. All students must have a basic proficiency on their chosen musical instrument and a basic knowledge of scales, key signatures, intervals, and chords. Vocalists are accepted.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 350: Advanced Performing Band

Emphasizes the study, rehearsal, and preparation of professional level materials for performance for the large jazz ensemble. Includes classic pieces from historical jazz to contemporary developments in the jazz form. May include off-campus performances and performances at collegiate jazz festivals throughout California. May be repeated for credit. Students provide own instruments.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 360: Survey of World Music ONLINE

Introduces non-Western music and arts within global sociocultural context, with an emphasis on indigenous, folk, and classical music as art forms. All work is conducted online except for four class meetings that take place on the first Tuesday of each month.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 364: Music of Mexico

Music of Mexico explores a variety of musical styles that have emerged from the pre-Hispanic era to the present. From the indigenous influences on music throughout the Americas, to the musical styles brought by European and African immigrants, this course explores the geographic and political contexts reflected in Mexican music as a cultural icon.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 365: Survey of Global Music

Introduces non-Western music and arts within global sociocultural context, with an emphasis on indigenous, folk, and classical music as art forms. All work is conducted online except for four class meetings that take place on the first Tuesday of each month. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 1 — 4

MPA 367: Music of Latin America and the Caribbean

This course will provide students an overview and understanding of the roots of music throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos/Chicanos in the United States. In addition, students will be exposed to the use of music in Latino/Chicano film and how musical effects and styles contribute to the significance of scene meaning.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 368: Songwriting

In this course, students will develop the skills to compose songs with well-crafted lyrics, melodies, harmonies, and forms. Students will explore several different songwriting traditions and analyze a range of songs to explore the techniques of effective songwriters across genres. Supports the fulfillment of MPA, MLO #3 Comparative Analysis. (Prereq: MPA 100: Introduction to Music (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 369: Sound for Screen

In this course, students will explore the creation of sound and music for on-screen media including film, television, video games, web content, and mobile applications. Students will analyze existing examples of work across various media and create related content. Students will apply recording and mixing skills to compose scores, create Foley, design original sounds, record ADR, and edit and mix for on-screen media. Supports the fulfillment of MPA, MLO #6 Technological Skills. (Prereq: MPA 306: Electronic Music (4 units) and MPA 307: Audio Production (4 units) and MPA 308: Analogue Mixing and Digital Editing (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 370: Composition/Arranging I

Explores the mechanics of music composition and arranging by examining component parts in detail including melody, rhythm, and harmony. Further exploration of this subject includes examination and critical analysis of various musical works past and present. Students are encouraged to develop these critical listening faculties in the search for compositional and arranged material that they will use in their individual compositions. (Prereq: MPA 102: Musicianship and Theory II (4 units))

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 371: Composition & Arranging II

Further develops skills in composition, arranging, and orchestration.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 380: Theatre History

Examines the evolution of theater from its ancient roots to the present in different cultures and societies throughout the world. Discusses selected dramatic theories and play examples. A key feature is the examination of how theater has reflected changes in world civilization over time.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 381: Theatre as Social Action

A lecture/demonstration course featuring vital theatres whose work is engaged in living community interaction; work which serves as a galvanizing agent for social and political activism. Includes guest speakers, video and live presentations of theatrical work. Explores how to entertain, instruct, and catalyze change. Students research, create, and perform their own theatre as social action.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 382: Actor's Process

Provides fundamental concepts and techniques of performing. An essential foundation for anyone wanting to act on stage and for the camera. Involves acting exercises, scene work, monologues, theatre games, reading, text analysis, and processes for creating character and creating a role. Also essential for those needing to know how to work with actors, directors, and producers of theatre, film, television, and radio.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 383: Intro to Theatre Production

For actors performing in professionally directed plays on the World Theatre stage or other campus venues, student productions, staged readings, and teledramatic projects.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 390: Musical Theatre Production

Students are part of and participate in a fullscale musical production. Open auditions for all roles and technical crew.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 391: Intro to Tech Performance Prod

Provides overview of technical and production support for live productions, capstones, staged readings, and projects produced by TAT/MPA. Provides experience in supporting, mounting, and crewing productions. Introduction to set design and construction, lighting design, props, makeup, sound design, crewing shows as stage hands, stage management, production assisting, production organization, and related technical support areas.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 392: Advanced Theatre Production

For experienced students of acting, performing in live theater, capstone projects, staged readings, and projects performed by TAT/MPA [Theater, Music, Dance].

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 393: Adv Tech Theatre Production

Provides the technical and production support for live theatrical productions, capstone productions, staged readings, and projects performed by TAT/MPA.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 395: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in the music and performing arts major. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

MPA 396: Field Studies

Individualizes student placement for field study as related to Music & Performing Arts.

Units: 1 — 6

MPA 397S: Independent Study Srv Lrn

Seeks to foster the development of arts education programs in the local communities. Students employ a combination of community organizing skills and arts teaching strategies to facilitate arts education programs at specific sites. Students provide one-on-one or group tutoring to sites and utilize a variety of learned skills to facilitate arts education in surrounding communities.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 397: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

MPA 400: University Concert Choir

Emphasizes the study, rehearsal, and preparation of professional level materials for performance for the large jazz ensemble. Includes classic pieces from historical jazz to contemporary developments in the jazz form. May include off-campus performances and performances at collegiate jazz festivals throughout California. May be repeated for credit. Students provide own instruments.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 401: Conducting

Designed to introduce and have students become competent in basic ensemble conducting techniques. Required for voice concentration major.

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 402: New Music Ensemble

Students will study new music literature, related scales, proper instrumental techniques, appropriate history of musical works, musical genre, related music theory, musical interpretation, notation, related score analysis, performance techniques and their relation to other art forms. This course will support the fulfillment of MLO #5 Performance Skills. Prerequisite: Must be able to read music and play an instrument or sing.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 405: Ensembles I

Rehearsal and performance ensemble contributing music to campus and community events. Open to students, faculty, and staff. Directed by one faculty advisor and one student conductor/coordinator. Although auditions are not required for membership, members should have some experience in high school or college bands and read music. Students provide own instruments. (Formerly known as MPA 410: Instrumental Music (1 units), Instrumental Music, Pep Band.)

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 406: Ensembles II

In-depth analysis of the blues, rhythm changes, bi-tonal and polytonal chords and free improvisation. Includes in-depth study and analysis of work from renowned jazz heritage composers to contemporary jazz. A strong emphasis is placed on solo construction and development. Students provide own instruments.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 408: Advanced Audio Production

In Advanced Audio Production, students build upon and apply the skills developed in MPA306, 307, and 308 to execute session recording projects. Students develop their knowledge of tracking, mixing, and mastering and complete critical listening assignments. (Prereq: MPA 308: Analogue Mixing and Digital Editing (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 410: Instrumental Music

Studies the fundamentals in the playing of a musical instrument such as guitar, piano, woodwinds, bass, brass, or percussion. Note: May be required to provide an audition or tape of performance. Students provide own instruments.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 415: Performance Study Advanced

Continuation of advanced studies on the playing of a musical instrument or voice. Requires an audition or tape of performance to determine placement. May be repeated. Non-vocal students provide own instruments.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 416: Folklorico Ensemble

Students will study folklorico musical literature, related scales, proper instrumental techniques, appropriate history of musical works, musical genre, related music theory, musical interpretation, notation, related score analysis, performance techniques and their relation to other art forms. This course will support the fulfillment of MLO #5 Performance Skills.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 417: Jazz Ensemble

Students will study jazz musical literature, related scales, proper instrumental techniques, appropriate history of musical works, musical genre, related music theory, musical interpretation, notation, related score analysis, performance techniques and their relation to other art forms. This course will support the fulfillment of MLO #5 Performance Skills. Prerequisite: Must be able to read music and play an instrument.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 420: Advanced Voice Ensemble

Nuovo Plaisir is an advanced performance ensemble for singers. Students perform a varied repertoire of jazz and classical music.

Units: 1 — 2

MPA 440: Master Classes/Lecture Demos

Music presentations or lecture demonstrations. These classes/workshops help students develop the means of achieving an original "voice." Periodically, guest artists conduct the workshops and listen to students perform with the intent to analyze student styles and suggest ways to improve their performance. Required of all music majors.

Units: 1 — 1

MPA 455: Advanced Acting

Provides advanced study of and practice in the actor's process and includes such elements as style, movement, advanced text work, and acting for the camera.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 457: Directing for the Stage

Practical aspects of stage direction, involving choice of material for production, budget management, script analysis, auditions, and casting. Practice in the evolution of a production concept from idea to performance: Early collaboration with a production team, building the rehearsal schedule, fundamentals of composition, movement, stage business, and characterization.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 475: Senior Capstone

Senior Capstone is a two-semester course in which students produce a project that integrates the major learning outcomes established by the Music and Performing Arts Department. The first semester of MPA475 explores possible forms the project might take, establishes a detailed plan for a project on a chosen topic, and begins the execution of the project. The second semester focuses on the completion and presentation of the project according to the established plan. (Prereq: MPA 300: Major ProSeminar (2 units))

Units: 2 — 2

MPA 495: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in music and performing arts. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

MPA 497: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

MPA 498: American Musical Theatre

The study of American musical theatre from the early 1900's to present. Scene performance required.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 499: Directed Experiences

Students conduct directed research, observation, or experience in a specific area of music concentration. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Units: 1 — 4

MPA 595: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in music and performing arts. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 4 — 4

MPA 596: Field Research Methods

Individualizes student placement for field study as related to Music & Performing Arts. (Prereq: Include Junior and Senior)

Units: 1 — 6

MPA 597: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

MPA 632: Integrating Arts

Designed to be team-taught by specialists such as a musician, an artist, and a dramatist with special focus on an interdisciplinary approach to extending arts across the curriculum. Students learn to use and develop theater, mime, roleplaying, dramatics, music, visual art, and movement as vehicles for the development of instruction. They integrate the arts as a natural base for instruction and develop public presentation skills that focus on diverse audiences.

Units: 4 — 4