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Music Theater Workshop
THEA 279
Fall 2015
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: MUSC 230

This writing workshop will be comprised of half composers and half librettists, who will pair up throughout the semester and practice the art of collaboration. It is this collaborative element that makes this artistic process so distinct from nonmusical playwriting, therefore necessitating a separate classroom inquiry, rather than including music theater under the auspices of preexisting playwriting classes. Students, in pairs, will write songs based on classic structural models: the "I want song" and "double hook song," for example. In addition to practicing the art of collaboration and peer critique, students will explore the history and various artistic genres of the American musical. We will study the works of Gershwin, Bernstein, and Sondheim, among others, in addition to reading about the collaborative process involved in the making of great American musicals including West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and others. Students will leave the class with a firm grasp on the legacy and components of this art form, as well as an understanding of the particular challenges of collaborative art making.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA THEA
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: THEA199 OR MUSC103 OR MUSC201
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(MUSC)(THEA)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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