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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 over 30 different 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 8-28 (May-Mester)

ART OF RECORDING – ON CAMPUS (MTWRF 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.)
FAM 1050-001 | Credits: 3
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 of musical scales; a painter, the knowledge of 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.
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MUSIC AND THE MIND – ON CAMPUS (MTWRF 11 a.m-1:30 p.m.)
FAM 2017-001 | Credits: 3
Music is something we listen to, play, dance to, sing, write, read, improvise and analyze. We use it to enhance our experiences, distract us and to impart information. Music is entwined throughout our lives in many different ways. The aim of this course is to explore how the various brain systems are engaged by music. What are the cognitive demands of different types of music and different types of musical activities? And how do the auditory, visual, motor, memory and emotional systems respond to these demands? Students will interact with a variety of musical styles while reading current work in the neuroscience and psychology of music. The concepts from this growing literature will form the basis for learning how to describe and explain musical features and musical activities.
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MUSIC APPRECIATION – ONLINE
FAM 2005-001 | Credits: 3
Get introduced to a wide range of composers, compositions, musical styles and musical terms and will place these musical works in the historical and culture context of each period.
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JAMMIN’ WITH LAPTOPS – ONLINE
FAM 2023-001 | Credits: 3

Play, record, and make music with online instruments! There are three units, each with a distinctive music making session: Individual Session (Unit 1), Collaborative Session (Unit 2) and Creative Jam Session (Unit 3). In Unit 1, you will study the basic knowledge of music making, including identifying musical instruments, playing online instruments and recording music you played through the exercises. In Units 2 and 3, you will form your own laptop band with online classmates to play and record music.
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JAPANESE POP, ANIME AND VIDEO GAME MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2050-001 | Credits: 3
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, while also investigating the cultural differences between Japan and America.
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May 8-June 20 (Session D)

EXPERIMENTAL ROCK OF THE 1960s AND 70s – ONLINE
FAM 2013-001 | Credits: 3
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 became 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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JAZZ APPRECIATION – ON CAMPUS (MWF 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
FAM 2051-001 | Credits: 3
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.
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May 8-August 5 (Full Summer Semester)

AMERICAN MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2006-002 | Credits: 3

A history of music in America from approximately 1620 to the present. The course 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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GROUP PIANO FOR NON-MAJORS – ON CAMPUS (MW 12:20-1:15 p.m.; TH 10:10-11:05 p.m.)
PIAN 1001-001 & 002 | Credits: 3

Designed for those with little or no piano experience; Section 001 teaches the fundamentals of reading music, playing by ear, using chord charts and improving finger flexibility. Section 002 is a continuation of Group Piano for Non-music Majors I. Students learn the basics of piano playing and chord playing, as well as basic music theory. Technical skills are taught.

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MUSIC OF THE BEATLES – ONLINE
FAM 2061-001 & 002 | Credits: 3

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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LEAD SHEET AND CHORD PLAYING AT THE PIANO FOR NON-MAJORS – ON CAMPUS (TH 11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)
PIAN 1003-001 | Credits: 3

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.

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PIANO ELECTIVE FOR UNDERGRADUATES – TBA
PIAN 5030-001 | Credits 1-2
Piano lessons for students who want to study as an elective. By permission only.
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WHAT’S HOT IN POPULAR MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2062-001 & 002 | Credits: 3

Examine current popular music and its trending styles and genres. Students will critique selected songs from the weekly Billboard charts and various other media resources, considering both the hottest artists as well as promising up-and-comers. 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 activities include reading, viewing and listening to examples, as well as completing assignments online
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May 30-July 2 (Session A)

AMERICAN MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2006-001 | Credits: 3
A history of music in America from approximately 1620 to the present. The course 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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BALLET BASICS – ON CAMPUS (MWF 2 p.m.-4:40 p.m.)
DNCE 1011-001 | Credits: 3
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 a traditional classical ballet class. 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.
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CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FILM STRUCTURES – ONLINE
EMED 2050-001 | Credits: 3

This course provides a critical analysis of successful Hollywood films and their narrative structures, as well as an examination of alternative and independent film structures including, but not limited to, ensemble, non-linear and dual protagonist stories. Films and screenplays of various genres and eras will be examined. Key concepts covered in this course include: act break, midpoint, protagonist, antagonist, want versus need, elements of the future, dramatic irony, theme, planting and payoff, catalyst, climax and Aristotelian terminology.
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DIGITAL VIDEO FOR NON-MAJORS – ON CAMPUS (MWF 2-4:40 p.m.)
EMED 2002-001 | Credits: 3

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. During the quarter, 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. Pre-Requisite: To take this course you must: Have taken the following Courses EMED1005 min grade C-,EMED1006 min grade C-, or EMED1015 min grade C-,EMED1016 min grade C-.
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INTEGRATED MEDIA PRODUCTION I FOR NON-MAJORS – ONLINE
EMED 1015-001 | Credits: 3

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.
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INTEGRATED MEDIA PRODUTION II FOR NON-MAJORS – ONLINE
EMED 1016-002 | Credits: 3

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. Topics include digital image production, GUI design, expanded Web design and production and digital aesthetics. Focal point, theme and design rightness are emphasized.There is instruction in industry-standard software tools, fundamental web technologies and basic scripting languages. Pre-Requisite: To take this course you must: Have taken the following Courses EMED1005 min grade C-, or EMED1015 min grade C-.
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FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC FOR NON-MAJORS – ON CAMPUS (MWF 11 a.m.-1:40 p.m.)
FAM 1100-001 | Credits: 3
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.
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HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL I – ONLINE
FAM 3031-001 | Credits: 3
Rock and Roll had humble beginnings in the Southeastern United States, but over time it developed into a force that has defined youth culture on a global scale. This course provides 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. Through critical listening and reading, students will be able to make historically informed and thoughtful decisions about the music they select and enjoy. 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 necessary.
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JAMMIN’ WITH LAPTOPS – ON CAMPUS (MWF 11 a.m.-1:40 p.m.)
FAM 2014-001 | Credits: 3
Explore the potentials of laptop computers for music making! Various technical topics (including analog versus 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 through seminal readings and recordings. These will provide participants with the technical and analytical skills to utilize their laptops to creative ends in both individual and group projects.
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JAMMIN’ WITH LAPTOPS – ONLINE
FAM 2023-001 | Credits: 3

Play, record, and make music with online instruments! There are three units, each with a distinctive music making session: Individual Session (Unit 1), Collaborative Session (Unit 2) and Creative Jam Session (Unit 3). In Unit 1, you will study the basic knowledge of music making, including identifying musical instruments, playing online instruments and recording music you played through the exercises. In Units 2 and 3, you will form your own laptop band with online classmates to play and record music.
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JAPANESE POP, ANIME AND VIDEO GAME MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2050-002 | Credits: 3
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, while also investigating the cultural differences between Japan and America.
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MODERN DANCE BASICS – ONLINE
DNCE 1022-001 | Credits: 3
This one semester, repeatable course for non-dance majors introduces the techniques and movement vocabulary for contemporary and modern dance. Students will explore fundamental movement principles while developing improvisational and performance skills. They will also develop the perspectives necessary to critically analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool with cultural values. Through interactive online instruction, students use recording devices (smart phones, laptops, camcorders, etc.) to develop their dance technique and build a dance community.
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MUSIC APPRECIATION – ONLINE
FAM 2005-002 | Credits: 3
An online one-semester course in Music Appreciation, which will introduce students to a wide range of composers,compositions, musical styles, and musical terms and which will place these musical works in the historical and culture context of each period, including contemporary. The course is delivered via Blackboard and students must have regular online access.
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PROGRESSIVE ROCK – ON CAMPUS (MWF 2-4 p.m.)
FAM 2020-001 | Credits: 3
This course will provide a detailed overview of the Progressive Rock phenomenon of the 1970s; further study will be made of other relevant hybrid genres of this era such as Jazz/Fusion and Afrobeat. In order to better understand and appreciate these styles students will examine the evolution of Jazz during the 1960s and its cross pollination with Rock in the later part of the decade. There will also be an emphasis on the technological breakthroughs in musical instruments: electro-acoustic instruments such as the Fender rhodes and synthesizers such as the Moog. Throughout, students will examine samples of music and explore its influence on mainstream and non-mainstream musical trends of the last 30 years.
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June 21-August 5 (Session E)

DIGITAL AUDIO FOR NON-MAJORS – ONLINE
EMED 2007-001 | Credits: 3

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 being 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. Pre-Requisite: To take this course you must: Have taken the following Courses EMED1005 min grade C-,EMED1006 min grade C-, or EMED1015 min grade C-,EMED1016 min grade C-.
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EXPERIEMENTAL ROCK OF THE 1960S AND 70S – ONLINE
FAM 2013-002 | Credits: 3
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 became 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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GOING TO THE MOVIES: 20TH CENTURY CLASSICS – TBA
EMED 1075-001 | Credits: 3

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.
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MEDIA IN YOUR LIFE – ONLINE
EMED 1011-001 | Credits: 3

The typical American spends about 11 hours a day consuming media. Could it be, based upon time usage alone, that media consumption is the most important activity in our lives? The media industry plays an enormously important role in our lives and is foundational to the effective functioning of our democracy. Would you like to possess a more sophisticated understanding of media production and its artistic and theoretical underpinnings? Wouldn't you like to know more about the latest digital production tools? If you answered "yes" to any one of these questions, then this course is for you.
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July 3-August 5 (Session B)

MODERN DANCE BASICS – ONLINE
DNCE 1022-002 | Credits: 3
This one semester, repeatable course for non-dance majors introduces the techniques and movement vocabulary for contemporary and modern dance. Students will explore fundamental movement principles while developing improvisational and performance skills. They will also develop the perspectives necessary to critically analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool with cultural values. Through interactive online instruction, students use recording devices (smart phones, laptops, camcorders, etc.) to develop their dance technique and build a dance community.
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JAMMIN’ WITH LAPTOPS – ONLINE
FAM 2023-002 | Credits: 3

Play, record, and make music with online instruments! There are three units, each with a distinctive music making session: Individual Session (Unit 1), Collaborative Session (Unit 2) and Creative Jam Session (Unit 3). In Unit 1, you will study the basic knowledge of music making, including identifying musical instruments, playing online instruments and recording music you played through the exercises. In Units 2 and 3, you will form your own laptop band with online classmates to play and record music.
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JAPANESE POP, ANIME AND VIDEO GAME MUSIC – ONLINE
FAM 2050-003 | Credits: 3
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, while also investigating the cultural differences between Japan and America.
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HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL II – ONLINE
FAM 3032-001 | Credits: 3
Rock and Roll had humble beginnings in the Southeastern United States, but over time it developed into a force that has defined youth culture on a global scale. This course provides 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. Through critical listening and reading, students will be able to make historically informed and thoughtful decisions about the music they select and enjoy. 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 necessary.
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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.