Course Information - Music 324: History of Musical Theater - Fall 2002
|Professor: Dr. Alyson McLamore||Office Phone: 756-2612|
|Email: email@example.com||Office: 132 Davidson Music Center|
|Web Site: http://cla.calpoly.edu/~amclamor|
Office Hours: Mon 12-1:30 & 3-3:30; Tues 5-5:30; Wed 12-1:30 & 3-3:30; Thurs 5-5:30 and by appointmentjust ask!
Course Description: Music 324: History of Musical Theater is a survey course which will examine the history and masterworks of musical theater, beginning with the birth of opera but concentrating on its role in the United States. The course will consist of lecture/discussions, guided and independent listening, a course paper, and periodic examinations.
You will need to purchase the course reader which is available at "Second Edition" in the University Union. Please bring this booklet with you to class every day. It contains texts for the selections we are covering, guidelines for course paper, the contents of the course recordings, and many other wonderful and exciting things.
Composite Recordings are in the Music Department Office (room 129) and in Kennedy Library (Learning Resources and Curriculum). Set up regular listening times in your weekly schedule, and listen often! The Music Department is open:
|Mon-Thurs 8 am - 4:30 pm and 7 pm - 10 pm|
|Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm|
|Saturday 9 am - 1 pm|
|Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm|
Chapter Reading Assignments are available online.
Prerequisites: completion of GE Area A and a foundation course in Area C.
I. Two Exams (20% each), on October 10 and October 31 (scary!). You will need an 882 Scantron for each.
II. Two Show Questionnaires (not factored into your grade, but required in order to pass the class). Questionnaire guidelines and forms are in the course reader; they are due October 15 and November 7 .
III. A Final on December 12 (30% of the grade). Again, bring an 882 Scantron form.
IV. A Paper (30%). You will compare two different shows by the same composer. Guidelines for the paper are in the Reader, and the due date is November 26. (There are earlier due dates for the choice of topic, the bibliography, and the outline.).
V. Set Your Alarm. A large portion of the material for which you are responsible will come out of the class lectures. It is impossible for you to 'hear' the music and 'see' the videos we covered when you review someone else's notes, so regular attendance is essential!!
VI. All portions of the course requirements must be completed in order to receive a passing grade.
Music 324 - History of Musical Theater - Course Outline - Fall 2002
|Week 1||Sept. 24||Tues.||Introduction; The Earliest Music for the Stage|
|Sept. 26||Thurs.||Opera Gains a Sense of Humor|
|Week 2||Oct. 1||Tues.||Opera in the Old and New World|
|Oct. 3||Thurs.||Birth of Operetta|
|Week 3||Oct. 8||Tues.||The Evolving American Musical Stage|
|Oct. 10||Thurs.||Exam I (start working on your bibliography!)|
|Week 4||Oct. 15||Tues.||Beyond Musical Comedy?|
|Oct. 17||Thurs.||Books and Lyrics Intensify (see me if you need help finding good sources)|
|Week 5||Oct. 22||Tues.||The Power of Lyrics and Staging|
|Oct. 24||Thurs.||The Musical Score: Style and Substance (get going on your song analysis!)|
|Week 6||Oct. 29||Tues.||The Dance|
|Oct. 31||Thurs.||Exam II|
|Week 7||Nov. 5||Tues.||Rodgers and Hammerstein (see me for help with analysis or thesis statements!)|
||Nov. 7||Thurs.||Rodgers and Hammerstein|
|Week 8||Nov. 12||Tues.||Layers of Subtext|
|Nov. 14||Thurs.||Compositional and Performance Choices|
|Week 9||Nov. 19||Tues||Lloyd Webber and Rice (if you want me to pre-read your paper, turn it in now!)|
|Nov. 21||Thurs||Lloyd Webber and not Rice|
|Week 10||Nov. 26||Tues.||Stephen Sondheim|
|Week 11||Dec. 3||Tues.||Stephen Sondheim|
|Dec. 5||Thurs.||Schönberg and Boublil|
Final - 4:10 PM -7:00 PM
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