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Fine Arts Electives Courses

Complete your elective requirements while learning about rock 'n' roll, classic cinema or modern dance this summer!

UC's College-Conservatory of Music offers general studies and fine arts elective courses during six different sessions this summer. These credit-granting courses cover a wide range of topics and are open to UC and non-UC students alike!

Select a session from the list below or view courses by discipline using the buttons to the right.

May 7-27 (May-Mester)

AMERICAN MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2006-001 — 72065
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, 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 U.S.A. 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. It 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.
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HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL
FAM 3031-001 — 73549
(Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 2-4:30 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, 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.

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JAMMIN WITH LAPTOPS – ONLINE
FAM 2023-001 — 72069
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, KI Knowledge Integration, 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 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 Unit 2 and 3, you will form your laptop band with your online classmates to play and record music together. In Unit 2, you will collaborate with 1-2 classmate(s) to complete the assignment together. In 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.
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JAPANESE POP, ANIME AND VIDEO GAME MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2050-001 — 72070
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, DC Diversity & Culture, FA Fine Arts

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.

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MUSIC APPRECIATION – ONLINE
FAM 2005-001 — 72064
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, DC Diversity & Culture, FA Fine Arts

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.
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MUSIC WHERE YOU LIVE – ONLINE
FAM 2010-001 — 72066
Breadth of Knowledge Area: FA Fine Arts

An online music class focused on the live music scene where the individual student lives. Students will attend live performances in their own communities and experience different musical genres or styles. Each student, in her/his own location, will interview professionals in the music world, and investigate public and private arts funding at the local level and beyond. Online, students will present findings, participate in discussions, and reflect on the impact of musical activity on their community. Students must be able to attend events of their choice (within class-guidelines) in their community or region. All common readings, discussion boards, and assignment instructions will be provided online. No textbook.
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MODERN DANCE BASICS – ONLINE
DNCE 1022-001 — 73696
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, FA Fine Arts

A one semester, repeatable course for non-dance majors, providing an introduction to the techniques and movement vocabulary of contemporary and modern dance. Students will also 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. 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.
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May 7-June 19 (Session D)

EXPERIMENTAL ROCK – ONLINE
FAM 2016-001 — 72067
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration, DC Diversity & Culture, FA Fine Arts

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.

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May 7-August 4 (Full Summer Semester)

MUSIC OF THE BEATLES – ONLINE
FAM 2061-001 & 002 — 72423
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts, SE Social & Ethical Issues, Mid-Collegiate Experience

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.

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WHAT’S HOT IN POPULAR MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2062-001 & 002 — 73550 & 73551
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, KI Knowledge Integration, DC Diversity & Culture, SE Social & Ethical Issues, Mid-Collegiate Experience

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 YouTube 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.

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May 29-July 1 (Session A)

DIGITAL VIDEO FOR NON-MAJORS
EMED 2002-001 — 72178 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11 a.m.-1:40 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration

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: EMED 1006 or 1016 or permission of instructor.
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INTEGRATED MEDIA PRODUCTION 1 FOR NON-MAJORS – ONLINE
EMED 1015-001 — 72164
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, IL Information Literacy, TI Technology & Innovation

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 nonmajor section will satisfy E-Media major requirements. No prerequisite.
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INTEGRATED MEDIA PRODUCTION 2 FOR NON-MAJORS – ONLINE
EMED 1016-001 — 72169
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, IL Information Literacy, KI Knowledge Integration, SR Social Responsibility

Building on the concepts and production techniques introduced in Integrated Media Production 1, Integrated Media Production 2 explores the connections between digital media, content development, and new media design in more depth. The course focuses on screen design issues relevant to the convergence of media assets, such as video and audio, with graphical assets in the communication of message. Prerequisite: EMED 1005 or 1015.

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JAMMIN WITH LAPTOPS
FAM 2014-001 — 72068 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11 a.m.-1:40 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts, Mid-Collegiate Experience

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.
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MUSIC OF PRINCE
FAM 2080-001 — 73620 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11 a.m.-1:40 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: DC Diversity & Culture, FA Fine Arts

Over the course of almost 40 years, Prince blended just about every genre of music into a unique and groundbreaking career and sound, rivaled by very few artists. His music exploded taboos about how we saw black musicians, how we explored and discussed sex and sexuality, often blending of spirituality, and reshaped gender and its presentation into a fantastically queered version of masculinity. For better, and sometimes worse, he transcended music into movies, art, fashion and politics. He was one of the brave few who spoke out about exploitative terms in recording contracts, embraced the Internet as a way of releasing music when most people didn't even have e-mail addresses, and, perhaps most importantly, redefined what it meant to be a musical icon and artist, a person who forever changed the boundaries and expectations of music. We will explore all of that and ask questions such as: Who were his influences, and how did that shape what came to be known as the Minneapolis sound? Whose work did he influence, and what is his lingering impact on American Popular Music, Rock & Roll, R & B, rap and hip-hop. We will evaluate Prince and his contributions as performer, artist, lyricist, actor, music technician, multi-faceted instrumentalist, provocateur, showman and guitar genius (when asked what it was like to be the best guitar player on the planet, Eric Clapton replied, "I don't know, ask Prince"). As Prince's career both created and was influenced by the politics and policies of race, sexuality, spirituality and gender and a number of our discussions will be steeped in an analysis of these factors. With the recent passing, there is much of Prince's career coming under re-examination, and much that still lacks enough distance for historical commentary, so let us dive in and begin this exploration together.
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June 20-August 4 (Session E)

AMERICAN MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2006-002 — 73695
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, FA Fine Arts, HP Historical Perspectives

An online history of music in America c. 1620 to the present. Considers musical developments in America and the social, political and religious movements that have shaped American musical life. Examines musical genres, styles, personalities and trends. No prior musical experience required.
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HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL – ONLINE
FAM 3031-002 — 73699
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, 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 ofthe 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.

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MEDIA TOPICS: PODCASTING – ONLINE
EMED 4030-001 — 72202
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CT Critical Thinking, IL Information Literacy, KI Knowledge Integration

This course explores the fast-growing storytelling platform of podcasting. Students will explore the history of this industry, critique past and current podcast programming, explore the economic models supporting the industry and create their own podcast utilizing commonly available digital audio production tools. No prerequisites.
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MODERN DANCE BASICS – ONLINE
DNCE 1022-002 — 73697
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, FA Fine Arts

A one semester, repeatable course for non-dance majors, providing an introduction to the techniques and movement vocabulary of contemporary and modern dance. Students will also 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. 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.
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July 2-August 4 (Session B)

DIGITAL AUDIO FOR NON-MAJORS – ONLINE
EMED 2007-001 — 72203
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CM Effective Communication, CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration

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. Prerequisites: EMED 1005 or 1015 or permission of instructor.
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Course Fees and Registration Info

Course fees for part-time students are $534 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $1173 per credit hour for non-residents. Costs include program fees.

UC students can register online at webapps2.uc.edu/ScheduleOfClasses.

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