UC students: Enroll now for CCM's fall '21 arts electives

Play a new instrument, study 'Hamilton,' watch movies & learn about the performing and media arts

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music offers dozens of different general studies and arts elective courses in fall 2021. 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!

Learn new moves in ballet, modern and Hip Hop dance classes. Watch classic cinema or Disney musicals in movie and media appreciation classes. Study Japanese Pop, anime and video game music or examine how Hamilton revolutionized musical theatre in music appreciation classes. Jam with a virtual band on your laptop or learn how to play guitar or piano in music performance classes. Learn how to act, examine theatre history or study the art of stage lighting and sound in theatre appreciation classes. Course offerings include options for in-person and online instruction.

View a complete list of classes below. Find the most up-to-date information and register at catalyst.uc.edu.

For more information on the registration process, please visit UC’s Office of the Registrar.

Advanced Intermediate Ballet for Non-Majors (3) 
FAM 1020-001; (Monday/Wednesday/Friday; 6-7:20 p.m.) TBA 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: Not applicable

This course is intended for Musical Theater students and non CCM 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 enchainment 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; (Monday/Wednesday/Friday/ 8-8:50 p.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 and Dance Team (2 credits) 
FAM 1019-001; (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9-9:50 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 Modern Dance I (3 credits) 
FAM 1025-001; (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8-8:50 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, 9-9:50 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 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 (3 credits) 
FAM 1095-001; Online, asynchronously 
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 Ballet I (3 credits) 
FAM 1017-001; (Tuesday/Thursday, 6-7:20 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.


Intermediate Ballet II (3 credits) 
FAM 1018-001; (Monday/Wednesday, 6:20-7:20 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.


Modern Dance Basics Online (3 credits) 
FAM 1022-001; online 
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.

Art of Recording (3 credits) 
FAM 1050-001 (Monday, 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) 
MPRO 2007-001; (Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:50 p.m., partially distance) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: not applicable

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 Definition: To take this course you must: Have taken the following Courses EMDT1011C min grade D-, or EMED1005 min grade D-, or EMED1015 min grade D-.


Disney Animated Musicals (3 credits) 
FAM 2090-001: Online, asynchronously 
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. 


Electronic Music Production with Ableton Live and Push (3 credits) 
FAM 2045-001; W 6-8:50 p.m., synchronous 
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.


Film and Television Production for non-majors (3 credits) 
MPRO 2002-001; (Tuesday, 6-8:50 p.m., synchronous) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: not applicable

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. - Prerequisite Definition: To take this course you must: Have taken the following Courses EMDT1011C min grade D-, or EMED1006 min grade D-, or EMED1016 min grade D-.


Going to the Movies: 20th Century Classics (3 Credits) 
MPRO 1075-001; (Tuesday, 6-8:50 p.m., synchronous) 
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) 
MPRO 1015-001; online, asynchronously 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: TI Technology & 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 (3 credits) 
FAM 2050-001; online, asynchronously 
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.


American Music (3 credits) 
FAM 2006-001; Online, asynchronously          
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.


Art of Recording (3 credits) 
FAM 1050-001 (Monday, 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.


Disney Animated Musicals (3 credits) 
FAM 2090-001: Online, asynchronously 
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 60s & 70s (3 credits) 
FAM 2013-001; Online, asynchronously 
FAM 2013-002; (online; First Half Session 8/23-10/09/21) 
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.



Fundamentals of Music for Non-Majors (3 credits) 
FAM 1100-001; (Monday/Wednesday/Friday; 2:30-3:25 p.m., partially distance) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts      

The appreciation of music is enhanced by a deeper knowledge of musical materials and structures. This introductory course will focus on reading and writing music in treble, bass, and C-clefs; using rhythms as complicated as triplets in simple and compound meters; recognizing intervals and chords; and understanding basic forms used in popular and classical music. The skills learned in this course will provide the basis for further study and understanding of music of all genres.


Hamilton: A Musical Theatre Revolution (3 credits) 
FAM 2075-001; Online, asynchronously 
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.


History of Rock n Roll (3 Credits) 
FAM 2011-001; online, asynchronously 
FAM 2011-002; online, asynchronously 
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 about the music they select and enjoy. 3. 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.


Introduction to Arts Administration for Non-Majors (3 credits) 
AADM 5160-001 (U) 
AADM 6060-001 (G) 
(Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:05-10:10 a.m.)

This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of American not-for-profit arts administration/management. The course opens with an introduction to the not-for-profit profit sector. The not-for-profit arts sector is then examined in this context. The second section of the course consists of an overview of the principles & practice of not-for-profit arts administration/management. The topics of mission, governance & leadership, human resources, strategic & financial management and the development of revenue resources to support mission are covered. Through readings, lectures and class discussions, students will apply those principles to the case study of an actual organization and, time permitting, will model the creation of an organizational plan outline for a small not-for-profit performing arts organization.


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


Jammin’ with Laptops Online (3 credits) 
FAM 2023-001; Online, asynchronously 
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.


Japanese Pop, Anime & Video Game Music (3 credits) 
FAM 2050-001; online, asynchronously 
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., synchronous) 
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.


Music Appreciation (3 credits) 
FAM 2005-001; Online, asynchronously 
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., partially distance) 
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 in Contemporary America (3 Credits) 
FAM 2095-001; (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

This course will explore the musical forces that have been shaping the American musical scene from the recent (approximately a century) past to the present. Throughout the course we will ask questions about how society shapes music and how music shapes society. What has defined music as American, what has been excluded from common definitions, and how do these change over time? What is the significance of labels like classical, popular, vernacular, sacred or ethnic? How do musical genres, musicians, and institutions in the US reflect history, culture identity, class, race, gender, geography, belonging, aspiration, assimilation, discord?


Music of Woodstock (3 credits) 
FAM 2070-001; Online, asynchronously 
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.


Topics Musical Theater - Broadway Favorites 
FAM 2091-001; Online, asynchronously 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course explores the genre of musical theatre with a special emphasis on the top grossing, most popular Broadway musicals from the past 40 years. We will trace the genre’s history through these iconic musicals, all while examining the popular trends surrounding their creation. This course will go in depth into the musical and theoretical concepts of the genre. Through discussion, we will consider the impact Broadway’s musicals have had on society and Broadway’s leadership in socio and political America. Musicals we will research: LES MISERABLES, WICKED, HAMILTON, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MAMMA MIA, WAITRESS, RENT, SPRING AWAKENING, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, KINKY BOOTS, IN THE HEIGHTS, SWEENEY TODD, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and THE LAST FIVE YEARS.


What’s Hot in Popular Music (3 credits) 
FAM 2062-001; online 
FAM 2062-002; online 
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.


World Music Lab: (0-1credits)  
FAM 3085-001: Tabla I (Wednesday, 6-7:40 p.m.)  
FAM 3085-002: Tabla II (Wednesday, 7:45-9:25 p.m.)
FAM 3085-003: Service Learning and Dementia and the Arts (online, asynchronously)
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.


Bearcat Concert Band (1 credit) 
ENSM 2073-001; (Monday, 4:40-6:55 p.m.) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

An ensemble consisting of wind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists that presents musical performances on the UC campus and selected venues. Rehearsals emphasize melodic and rhythmic fundamentals and numerous musical styles.


Bearcat Marching Band (1-2 credits) 
ENSM 2071-001; (Tuesday/Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m.) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

An ensemble consisting of wind, brass, percussion instrumentalists, and color guard that presents pre-game, half-time, and post-game musical performances at all home football games and selected away games. Includes pre-school camp. Rehearsals emphasize melodic and rhythmic fundamentals, numerous musical styles, and marching techniques.


Bearcat Jazz Band (1 credit) 
ENSM 2074-001; (Monday, 7:05-9:20 p.m.) *Class begins October 18-December 4 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

An ensemble consisting of wind, brass, and rhythm section instrumentalists that presents musical performances on the UC campus and selected venues. Rehearsals emphasize melodic and rhythmic fundamentals, elements of jazz interpretation and improvisation, and numerous jazz styles including swing era, bebop, mainstream, Latin, and jazz/rock fusion.


Bearcat Pep Band (1 credit) 
ENSM 2072-001; (TBA) *Class begins October 18-December 4) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

An ensemble consisting of wind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists that presents pre-game, half-time, and post-game musical performances at all home basketball games and selected away games. Rehearsals emphasize melodic and rhythmic fundamentals and numerous musical styles.


Classical Guitar Class (2 credits) 
(Tuesday/Thursday, 12:20-1:15 p.m.) 
GTAR 1075-001 (U) 
GTAR 6075-001 (G) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: 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.


Group Piano I 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; 1:15-2:20 p.m.) 
PIAN 1001-005; (Monday/Wednesday; 2:30-3:25 p.m.) 
PIAN 1001-006; (Tuesday/Thursday; 2:30-3:25 p.m.) 
PIAN 1001-007; (Tuesday/Thursday; 8-8:55 a.m.) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: 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.


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; Online, asynchronously 
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 
PIAN 5030/8030-001 (1 credit) 
PIAN 5030/8030-002 (2 credits) 
PIAN 5030/8030-003 (2 credits)

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


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, 1:25-2:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: 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 Cabaret Singers (0-1 credit) 
ENSM 1082-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 4:40-5:50 p.m.) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

The UC Men's and Women's Choruses seek to enrich the university experience by providing students a wide range of aesthetic experiences, introducing them to a variety of musical styles, helping them gain appreciation for tonal sounds, and making connections between music and their own personal lives. Members of the UC Men's and Women's Choruses will work toward excellence in performance with other students who share a common interest in choral music. The ensembles regularly perform on campus, locally and on annual national tours. The Cabaret Singers is a select auditioned group drawn out of the Men's and Women's Choruses. The ensemble will explore a wide variety of music designed for a smaller ensemble.


UC Men’s Chorus (0-1 credit) 
ENSM 1081-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 2:30-3:50 p.m.) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

The UC Men's and Women's Choruses seek to enrich the university experience by providing students a wide range of aesthetic experiences, introducing them to a variety of musical styles, helping them gain appreciation for tonal sounds, and making connections between music and their own personal lives. Members of the UC Men's and Women's Choruses will work toward excellence in performance with other students who share a common interest in choral music. The ensembles regularly perform on campus, locally and on annual national tours.


UC Symphony Orchestra 
ENSM 2091-001 (Tuesday, 8-10 p.m.) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

The UC Symphony Orchestra is specifically for and is designed to provide students with an opportunity to rehearse and perform great orchestral repertoire. Membership in the orchestra is open to instrumentalists who own their own instrument, have a basic technical proficiency, and the ability to read music. Specific seating assignments in the orchestra are determined by informal auditions at the start of each quarter.


UC Women’s Chorus (0-1 credit) 
ENSM 1085-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 2:30-3:50 p.m.) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

The UC Men's and Women's Choruses seek to enrich the university experience by providing students a wide range of aesthetic experiences, introducing them to a variety of musical styles, helping them gain appreciation for tonal sounds, and making connections between music and their own personal lives. Members of the UC Men's and Women's Choruses will work toward excellence in performance with other students who share a common interest in choral music. The ensembles regularly perform on campus, locally and on annual national tours.


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


World Music Lab: (0-1credits)  
FAM 3085-001: Tabla I (Wednesday, 6-7:40 p.m.)  
FAM 3085-002: Tabla II (Wednesday, 7:45-9:25 p.m.)
FAM 3085-003: Service Learning and Dementia and the Arts (online, asynchronously)
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.


Acting For Non-Majors (3 credits) 
FAM 1001-001 (Monday/Wednesday, 1-2:20 p.m., synchronous) 
FAM 1001-002 (Monday/Wednesday, 6-7:20 p.m., synchronous) 
FAM 1001-003 (Monday/Wednesday, 4-5:20 p.m., synchronous) 
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.


Disney Animated Musicals (3 credits) 
FAM 2090-001, Online, asynchronously 
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. 


Hamilton: A Musical Theatre Revolution (3 credits) 
FAM 2075-001, Online, asynchronously 
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 Arts Administration for Non-Majors (3 credits) 
AADM 5160-001 (U) 
AADM 6060-001 (G) 
(Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:05-10:10 a.m.)

This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of American not-for-profit arts administration/management. The course opens with an introduction to the not-for-profit profit sector. The not-for-profit arts sector is then examined in this context. The second section of the course consists of an overview of the principles & practice of not-for-profit arts administration/management. The topics of mission, governance & leadership, human resources, strategic & financial management and the development of revenue resources to support mission are covered. Through readings, lectures and class discussions, students will apply those principles to the case study of an actual organization and, time permitting, will model the creation of an organizational plan outline for a small not-for-profit performing arts organization.


Introduction to Stage Lighting & Sound (3 credits) 
THPR 1020C-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.) 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: 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: 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 2054-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.) 
DRPF 2054-002 (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.


Topics Musical Theater - Broadway Favorites 
FAM 2091-001, Online, asynchronously 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course explores the genre of musical theatre with a special emphasis on the top grossing, most popular Broadway musicals from the past 40 years. We will trace the genre’s history through these iconic musicals, all while examining the popular trends surrounding their creation. This course will go in depth into the musical and theoretical concepts of the genre. Through discussion, we will consider the impact Broadway’s musicals have had on society and Broadway’s leadership in socio and political America. Musicals we will research: LES MISERABLES, WICKED, HAMILTON, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MAMMA MIA, WAITRESS, RENT, SPRING AWAKENING, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, KINKY BOOTS, IN THE HEIGHTS, SWEENEY TODD, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and THE LAST FIVE YEARS.


Registration Details

UC students can register online by logging on to their Catalyst account at catalyst.uc.edu.

Non-UC students can begin the registration process by visiting www.uc.edu/pathways/nonmatric.html.

For information on course fees please refer to financialaid.uc.edu/fees/costs21.html.

*The course information posted above is accurate as of June 1, 2021. Consult the UC course offerings available at classes.catalystatuc.org/search/ for possible schedule changes.