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Performing Arts Program

Purpose Statement

The Department of Performing Arts commits itself to developing – through a professional-based approach supported by academic instruction – our students’ knowledge and skills of music and theatre with a multicultural view and interdisciplinary commitment towards artistic creativity, collaboration, ethics, scholarship, professionalism and service.

The department achieves this purpose when its students

  • Demonstrate an understanding of performing arts fundamentals, theory and history;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the components of technical theatre;
  • Demonstrate basic performance skills;
  • Participate actively in performance and production experiences;
  • Demonstrate readiness to enter the professional world of the performing arts through the completion of a senior project; and
  • Meet Kansas State Department of Education and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education standards for licensure in the area of music or theatre (education track only)

Performing Arts Major

All Performing Arts majors take the following requirements

Requirements

ET 101  Creativity and Innovation (3 hours)
G-PA 110  Introduction to Performing Arts (3 hours)
PA 140  Music Theory I (3 hours)
G-PA 160  Performing for the Stage (3 hours)
G-PA 170  Stagecrafts (3 hours)
PA 365 A  Conducting (2 hours) OR
PA 365 B  Directing (2 hours)
G-PA 385  Performing Arts History & Literature I (3 hours)
G-PA 390  Performing Arts History & Literature II (3 hours)
PA 375  Junior Seminar (1 hour)
PA 475  Senior Projects (2 hours)

In addition, students are required to take the following courses based on their chosen track.

Music

PA 144  Sight Singing & Ear Training I (1 hour)
PA 240  Music Theory II (3 hours)
PA 244  Sight Singing & Ear Training II (1 hour)
PA 330  Private Lessons (4 hours)
PA 340  Music Theory III (3 hours)
PA 344  Sight Singing & Ear Training III (1 hour)
PA 440  Music Theory IV (3 hours)
PA 444  Sight Singing & Ear Training IV (1 hour)

Students in this track are required to pass the Piano Proficiency Exam and must enroll in one hour of piano per semester until proficiency is passed. Students in this track are required to enroll in at least on ensemble per semester of residence.

Theatre

PA 220  Stage Make-up (2 hours)
PA 250  Dance I: Ballet and Ballroom (2 hours)
*G-PA265  Script Analysis (3 hours)
PA 350  Dance II: Jazz & Tap (2 hours)
PA 370  Theatrical Design (3 hours)
PA 372  Costuming (2 hours)
PA 400  Theatrical Form and Style (3 hours)
PA215B  Stage Management Practicum (1 hour)

* Students in this track are required to enroll for three additional practica and be involved in a majority of productions for the season.

Musical Theatre

PA 144  Sight Singing & Ear Training (1 hour)
PA 220  Stage Make-up (2 hours)
PA 240  Music Theory II (3 hours)
PA 244  Sight Singing & Ear Training II (1 hour)
PA 250  Dance I: Ballet and Ballroom (2 hours)
PA 330  Private Lessons (2 hours)

*Students in this track are required to enroll in 1 ensemble per year and be involved in a majority of productions for the theatre season.

Students may choose to add a Music or Theatre Teaching Licensure by completing all the requirements of the Teacher Education Program as well as the following:

Music Teaching Licensure

Guitar Proficiency Exam or 1 hr guitar (0-1 hour)
Piano Proficiency Exam (0 hour)
Performance Arts History & Literature courses (4 hours each Plus Teacher Education Program Requirements)
PA 275  Instrumental Techniques Lab (2 hours)
PA 465  Advanced Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques (2 hours)

Theatre Teaching Licensure

G-CM 120  Intro to Human Communication (3 hours)
G-CM 130  Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)
G-CM 140  Public Speaking (3 hours)
PA 370  Theatrical Design (3 hours)
PA 372  Costuming (3 hours)
*G-PA265  Script Analysis (3 hours)

Plus Teacher Education Program Requirements

Performing Arts Minor

G-PA 110  Introduction to Performing Arts (3 hours)
PA 140  Music Theory I (3 hours)
G-PA 160  Performing for the Stage (3 hours)
G-PA 170  Stagecrafts (3 hours)
One History of Performing Arts Course (3 hours)
Department electives (7 hours)