Time: Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 am -10:15 am
Location: Mus 210
This course examines the process of critique, creative description, research, and professional communications central to the performing arts. Students develop writing skills through the study of varied formats focused on the arts. Writing about music and dance utilizes specialized and challenging set of skills incorporating technical description, cultural contextualization, subjective reaction, and certain stylistic conventions in a unique mix. This course is designed to give you experience and guidance in developing these skills, especially a basic competence in the use of technical musical and dance terminology. Through topics pertinent to the music and dance, students will develop their ability to write creative, well-organized, well-written papers in a variety of formats at an upper-division university level.
Students will be able to analyze, express, explain, develop, and criticize concepts and ideas effectively in response to multiple readings and different forms of discourse (such as audio recordings and video performances) both verbally in class discussion, keeping a “Listening Journal,” and in writing through written summaries and responses at an upper-division undergraduate level.
Students will be able to illustrate musical and dance performances in writing, both in daily writing assignments and in the final critical essay, through description, utilizing elements such as tempo, timbre, range, form, style, and genre to enable their reader to hear and envision the work under discussion.
Students will be able to employ and develop the essential steps in the writing process—prewriting, organizing, composing, revising, and editing—in the form of the preparatory steps for a term paper in the form of a proposal, thesis statement, a 500-word and a 250-word abstract, an outline, and an annotated bibliography for a critical essay (term paper).
Students will develop, organize, and write a critical essay (term paper) for both a professional and general audience, using correct grammar, appropriate language, constructing effective arguments, using pertinent supporting material, and including appropriate editorial mechanics and standards for citing primary and secondary sources.
Students will be able to locate, analyze, and evaluate supporting materials for their critical essay, demonstrating independent scholarly investigation in library research assignments in the form and an annotated bibliography.
Students shall be able to write for different audiences (both specialized and general) using a variety of technical writing formats, including a professional resume.