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MUSIC 183D: Musical Theater (TAPS 115)

In this workshop we will traverse the landscape of world of Musical Theater. It will serve as an introduction for the beginning actor and singer, and expand the more experienced performer's range in this genre. The world of Musical Theater is filled with stories of love, passion, joy, violence, heartbreak and rage. The class will include an introduction to vocal and movement skills for musical theater, beginning with exercises to build an ensemble and encourage a sense of play and relaxation in supportive environment. Our class must be a place where everyone feels safe. As ensemble members, we will be responsible for each other in this environment. nStudents will choose one solo song, and perform in a group number from this exciting discipline. The instructor will work with the actors on technique, utilization of action, specificity of language, personalization, and emotional truth. A professional coach from the theater community will conduct vocal coaching. Physical warm-ups and chore more »
In this workshop we will traverse the landscape of world of Musical Theater. It will serve as an introduction for the beginning actor and singer, and expand the more experienced performer's range in this genre. The world of Musical Theater is filled with stories of love, passion, joy, violence, heartbreak and rage. The class will include an introduction to vocal and movement skills for musical theater, beginning with exercises to build an ensemble and encourage a sense of play and relaxation in supportive environment. Our class must be a place where everyone feels safe. As ensemble members, we will be responsible for each other in this environment. nStudents will choose one solo song, and perform in a group number from this exciting discipline. The instructor will work with the actors on technique, utilization of action, specificity of language, personalization, and emotional truth. A professional coach from the theater community will conduct vocal coaching. Physical warm-ups and choreography will be suited for both the dancer and non-dancer.nThe class will culminate in the last week with live performance for friends and family.nSTUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING THEIR OWN SUGGESTIONS. (Isn't there a role you've always wanted to sing?)nRequired text: Broadway Musicals Show by Show: Sixth Edition - Stanley Green; Paperback
Last offered: Spring 2018 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

MUSIC 184B: Topics in Opera Stagecraft

This course is a practical workshop in vocal repertoire for the stage. Each quarter's offering emphasizes a specific genre or period, therefore the course can be repeated with permission of the instructor. In addition to broadening the student's knowledge of vocal repertoire, the following skills are developed: text preparation, foreign language translation and diction; rehearsal etiquette for performance and/or recording. Prerequisite: vocal or instrumental instruction, as the class is open to singers or collaborative artists. May be repeated for credit a total of 4 times. Zero unit enrollment option available with instructor permission. See website: ( http://music.stanford.edu) for policy and procedure. By enrolling in this course you are giving consent for the video and audio recording and distribution of your image and performance for use by any entity at Stanford University.
Terms: Aut, Win | Units: 1-3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable for credit
Instructors: Catsalis, M. (PI)

MUSIC 184E: Musical Theater Dance Styles (DANCE 102)

Students will be able to demonstrate period specificity, character of style through learning different musical theater dances from the early 20th C.to the present. ALL students will participate in an end of quarter showing of the choreography developed and composed in class. Class will be supplemented with the occasional guest, DJ accompaniment and video viewing.
Terms: Win | Units: 1 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE, way_ce | Repeatable for credit
Instructors: Hayes, A. (PI)

MUSIC 185: Technologies of Musical Expression

Music is made and experienced through technology created for it. These technologies allow for expression but influence the result. This course will utilize special collections, acoustical tools, music-making apps, live musicians, and media both historical and modern to reflect on the ways people make music expressive. The course is designed around creative projects and hands on experiences with digital and analogue media, player pianos, archival manuscripts, and sound sculptures to stimulate discussion about the role of technology in our musical experiences. Projects can include performances using digital and analogue media, performance art, creating player piano rolls, or performance ethnographies, etc. WAYS credit for 3 units and grade only.
Last offered: Winter 2018 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-CE

MUSIC 186B: American Song in the 20th Century and after (AMSTUD 186B, MUSIC 286B)

Critical and creative exploration of song in the Americas. About twenty-five key examples will guide discussion of the interactions between words, music, performance and culture. Weekly listening, reading and assignments will be organized around central themes: love, sex and romance; war and politics; labor and money; place; identity; society and everyday life. Genres include art song; blues, gospel, jazz and country; pop, soul, rock and hip-hop; bossa nova, nueva canción and salsa; electronic and experimental. Takehome and in-class assignments will include critical and creative writing, and music composition, production and performance; final projects may emphasize any of the above.
Terms: Win | Units: 3-4 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-CE

MUSIC 187: Spiritual Sound of Central Asia: Introduction to the Music of Central Asia

In this course, master-musician Imamyar Hasanov teaches students to perform and appreciate music from Central Asia. Students learn a spectrum of traditional Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uyghur and Uzbek folk melodies, including improvisational art music of mugham. The class is also a seminar, with discussions led by Professor Denise Gill on music of Central Asia, guest lectures and demonstrations, and Skype interviews with a musician in Kyrgyzstan and instrument maker in Istanbul. No prerequisites or prior knowledge of Azeri, Uzbek and Kyrgyz music for this course. Both a music workshop and seminar, this course is open to students who have experience playing musical instruments and those who do not. This course must be taken for a minimum of 3 units and a letter grade to be eligible for Ways-ED credit. For Ways-CE credit, it may be taken for any number of units.
Last offered: Winter 2019 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE, WAY-ED

MUSIC 192B: Advanced Sound Recording Technology

This course aims to heighten the listening skills of students. In a series of group sessions and discussions students compare and contrast a variety of dynamic based processes and other audio effects/plug-ins which might be used in their mixes. Students also explore recording concepts and technologies that will augment their studio practices such as making customized impulse response recordings, advanced equalization practices, and exploring additional advanced studio/non-studio techniques and software. Prerequisite: 192A or consent of instructor.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-CE

MUSIC 203: Audiovisual Performance

Students perform with music and video in synergy. This course explores various theories and practices of engaging audiovisual media in the context of stage performance. Examples come from the scenes of experimental music and multimedia performance. Other audiovisual categories to be approached: avant-garde film, visual music, video art, music video, etc. Readings, listening-viewings, discussions, and analyses of relevant works provide a conceptual framework. Labs and assignments give students hands-on experience in crafting and performing their own audiovisual works. The course culminates with a public show. A background in either music or visual arts is strongly recommended, but not required.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3-4 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE
Instructors: Basica, C. (PI)

MUSIC 222: Sound in Space

Historical background, techniques and theory on the use of space in music composition and diffusion. Listening and analysis of relevant pieces. Experimental work in spatialization techniques leading to short studies to be diffused in concert at the end of the quarter.
Last offered: Winter 2019 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

MUSIC 223B: Sonic Experiments in Composition

The course will present post-1945 works with timbre serving as an organizing principle or compositional metaphor, in the context of historical works in which timbre plays a structural role. Composers considered may include: Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros and other American experimentalists; Scelsi and his influence on the French Spectral school; the first and subsequent generations of French Spectralism; and contemporary composers of experimental music such as Peter Ablinger. Topics will include: process and form; timbre in relation to time and space; harmonicity and noise; and the influence of analog and digital technology on instrumental composition. This course must be taken for a minimum of 3 units and a letter grade to be eligible for Ways credit for AII.
Last offered: Spring 2019 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-CE
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