May 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog
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DRMA 103 - Musical Theatre History

Credits: 5
Examines the evolution of the musical theatre art form from the early days of European Opera in the 17th Century, Operetta, Minstrelsy, Vaudeville, Burlesque, Revue, culminating in modern adaptations such as Book, Concept, Rock, Dance, Black, Mega and Juke-Box.

Enrollment Requirement: Eligible for READ 104  or instructor consent.

Satisfies Requirement: Humanities/Fine Arts/English
Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate through research papers an understanding of musical dramaturgy and composition and how it is different from non-musical structure.
  2. Delineate the evolutionary advances of the musical theatre from Opera of the 17th Century through the 21st Century musical and select a particular style as the basis of an in-class presentation.
  3. Critically evaluate the success or failure of particular musical productions listened to and/or watched in class.
  4. Prepare an essay on the various creative roles in the musical to include the director, director/choreographer, composer, librettist/book writer, orchestrator and performers.

Program Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of historical genres and styles beyond current trends in Performing Arts.
  2. Demonstrate responsibility by one or more of the following: attendance, assignment completion, final project or performance completion.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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