In a collaboration between Lasell College and Boston Ballet School, this course is offered to Lasell undergraduate students. Students will explore basic vocabulary and theory of classical ballet through a progressive curriculum. The course is taught by a faculty member of Boston Ballet and includes live accompaniment. This course is designed to establish a strong foundation of technique essential to the art form of classical ballet, as well as providing a base of technique essential to all other forms of dance.
PERF105 - Basic Acting
This course provides the beginning student interested in acting with basic skills involved in the art. Explorations include: physical awareness and the use of the body as an expressive tool; intellectual and emotional approaches to creating a role; and the uses for imagination and creativity that actors apply. Students work both individually and interactively on acting exercises and master basic text analysis for actors as an aid to building a character.
PERF101 - Chorus
This course focuses on developing basic steps for voice technique and group singing. The class meets for two hours as most of the work for the course is done during class time. Students are presented the basic principles of singing and apply those to vocal ensemble singing. The repertoire is based on the vocal ensemble formed, yet the song literature includes works from different styles and periods. Students perform as members of Lasell College chorus. This course may be repeated for credit
PERF102 - Contemporary/Blues Vocal Chorus
The contemporary blues chorus introduces students to blues, pop, and jazz styles of singing. Harmony, rhythm, phrasing, pitch, and song interpretation are studied and practiced. There are at least two performances each semester.
PERF203X - Dance Explorations
This course is designed for the undergraduate students of Lasell College, in partnership with the Boston Ballet School. Through lectures, readings, and practical applications, students will explore history and theory, gaining knowledge and understanding of the importance of the development of technique in relation to the artistry of ballet and modern dance. Students will also participate weekly in a ballet/modern technique class focusing on ballet technique, with an emphasis on contemporary movement. The dance portion of the class will be held at the Boston Ballet School Newton Studio and will be taught by Jamie Brege, faculty member at the Boston Ballet School. Transportation to the Boston Ballet School will be provided. This course fulfills the Area of Inquiry – Aesthetic [AI(A)].
PERF108 - Dance Techniques
This course is designed for students who are interested in mastering the basics of music literacy and their applications. This course prepares beginner to advanced beginner classical ballet students with the foundation necessary for progression to the intermediate and advanced levels. Every student’s ability is assessed, and training follows a curriculum under which each student progresses to his or her maximum potential. The course includes classical ballet vocabulary, technique, self-discipline, motivation, creativity, critical thinking, and confidence building. Transportation to the Boston Ballet School will be provided. This course can be repeated.
PERF108X - Dance Techniques
This course prepares beginner to elementary students with the foundation necessary for progression to the intermediate and advanced levels. Every student's ability is assessed and training follows a curriculum designed for each student to progress to his or her maximum potential. Course includes classical ballet vocabulary, technique, self-discipline, motivation, creativity, critical thinking, and confidence building. Each class will include live piano accompaniment by experienced accompanists. Instruction is provided by faculty from the Boston Ballet School in special arrangement with Lasell College. Classes will meet at the Boston Ballet School in West Newton, accessible via the Lasell shuttle.
PERF201 - Intermediate Acting
This course is designed for acting students who wish to further develop, refine, and apply acting techniques in a performance-oriented environment. Using voice, body, imagination, technique, and research, students explore the challenge of acting in more complex media, styles, and dramatic literature. Techniques for acting for the camera are introduced, as well as individual coaching for students’ strengths and weaknesses. The development and application of the monologue, scene work from world literature, working with another actor, and character analysis are covered. Performance opportunities are available in concert with Lasell productions. Prerequisite: PERF 105 or PERF 107.
PERF107 - Introduction to Theater Arts
This is an introduction to the principles and practice of the correlated arts that constitute the production of a play in the theatre. It includes analysis of the dramatic script in terms of the actor, the director, the scenic, costume, and lighting designers, and the technicians. Lab theatre productions integrate the content of the course.
PERF106 - Vocal Techniques & Voice Training
This course is designed for beginning voice students and introduces the basic skills needed for successful vocal performance, with a focus on vocal technique and artistic presentation. Training also includes areas such as good practice technique and repertoire choices. This course can be repeated.
PERF106X - Vocal Techniques & Voice Training
This practical course will establish the basics of healthy vocal technique. As such, it will enhance the student's musicianship skills and will build confidence and expertise in performance. Students will become familiar with both classic art song repertoire and Broadway musical repertoire.
PERF202X - World Percussion
This course will focus on the theory and practice in the use of percussion as ritual, communication, and recreation from around the world. Students will learn through lecture and critical readings of descriptive accounts of the uses of percussion, as well as through subjective experience of learning percussive rhythms using a variety of musical instruments. Questions to be asked include: what are the expectations of a percussion performance, how is the performance framed and organized, what are the sequences and contexts of the performance? How does the percussionist as performer understand and experience his or her role as a soloist and as part of a group both in the field and on stage?
This course satisfies the Area of Inquiry-Multicultural [AI(MC)].