Bodies and Music in Motion


Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 quarters

Taught by

modern dance, kinesiology

How do our experiences in the performing arts impact our understanding of and relationship to our environment?  How can music and dance be used to transform lives?  This two-quarter, core program will focus on the study of music and dance as powerful methods for both exploring and expressing our experiences in the world.  Throughout the program we will examine fundamental concepts of music and dance and consider cultural and historical environments that influence the development of and give meaning to the arts. Our work with progressive skill development will require physical immersion into the practices of listening, moving, dancing and making music.  Theory and literature studies will require the development of a common working vocabulary, writing skills, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.

Weekly activities will include readings, lectures, seminars and interactive workshops, which will provide the basis for focused consideration of the ways in which our relationship with sound and motion impact our daily lives. Weekly in-program performance workshops will provide opportunities to gain first-hand understanding of fundamental skills and concepts as well as the transformative possibilities that exist through honest confrontation of challenging experiences. Weekly writing workshops and assignments will encourage thoughtful consideration of a broad range of program topics with a particular emphasis on developing an understanding of the power and importance of bringing one’s own voice into the conversation.

This balanced approach to the development of physical craft, artistry and intellectual engagement is expected to culminate in a significant written and performance work each quarter.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

the performing arts.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Required Fees

$100 per quarter for field trips.


Date Revision
December 10th, 2013 This program will accept new enrollment with faculty approval.
August 1st, 2013 Fee has been reduced (from $150 to $100).
June 7th, 2013 This program is now open to sophomores.
November 20th, 2012 New offering added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter)

Class standing: Freshmen–Sophomore; 50% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 40


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 10151
So (16 credits): 10369
Fr - So (1-16 credits): 10619

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Students interested in joining this program in the Winter quarter need previous music or dance instruction.  Interested students should contact faculty via e-mail describing their experience and skill level in music and/or dance.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 20142
So (16 credits): 20260
Fr - So (1-16 credits): 20350

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