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, while 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.
PERF205X - Blues Piano
Do you like rock, pop, jazz, country, or gospel music? The foundation of all these musical forms is the blues. In this performance course designed for both beginning and experienced keyboard players, students receive individualized instruction in blues keyboard techniques. Building on a base in blues theory, students master the chords, progressions, rhythms, and harmonies fundamental to keyboard accompaniment and improvisation in the blues idiom. This course can be repeated.
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.
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. This course fulfills the Area of Inquiry – Aesthetic [AI(A)].
PERF203 - Dance Explorations (KP)
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 a faculty member at the Boston Ballet School.
PERF108 - Dance Techniques
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. 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 is individual coaching for students’ strengths and weaknesses. The development and application of the monologue, scene work from world literature, work 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 related arts that are involved in the production of a play in the theatre. Study 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.
PERF111 - Performing Arts Practices
This course focuses on theory and practice in staged performances. Readings include critical studies of performance and performances, creative texts, and subjective accounts of the performance experience. The following questions are considered: What are the expectations of performance? How is a performance framed and organized? What are the sequences and contexts of performance? How is a performance evaluated by the audience and by the performers themselves? How does the performer understand and experience his or her role and personal status, on- and offstage? How does the audience imagine the offstage performer? Writing assignments will be based on both creative works and theoretical studies and will involve critical reflection, exegesis, and analysis; students will also complete a course project in which findings from multiple sources are synthesized and presented in oral and/or written form. Course goals include the deepening of student appreciation of each performance art form through connections across forms, as well as a capacity to contextualize studied forms to artistic and performance traditions. This course is a required course in the Performing Arts minor.
PERF399 - Performing Arts Practicum
In this one-credit practicum course, the student completes the minor in Performing Arts by participating in a college performance experience. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, the student participates in a college drama or musical production, sings with the college chorus, performs in a college vocal or instrumental recital, or participates in a college dance performance. In weekly conference with the faculty mentor, the student establishes performance goals and assesses/addresses progress toward those goals; in addition, the student writes an essay of reflection on the relation between theory and practice in the arts. This course is a required course in the Performing Arts minor. Prerequisite: 100-level or 200-level MUS or PERF course in the practicum performance field.
PERF110X - Preparing for Musical Theatre
This one-credit course is designed for students interested in auditioning for and performing in musicals, operettas, and/or operas. Students will gain the tools they need to prepare for an audition and/or a role in local or regional theatre. Students will work on scenes, monologues, audition cuts, and dance/movement skills; they will also learn acting and performance basics. New students are welcomed, as are students who have completed PERF106. This course can be repeated.
PERF115X - Tap Dance
In this one-credit movement-based course, we will investigate tap dance. We will examine the technique, vocabulary, dynamics, rhythm, and musicality of tap while exploring several of the most influential tap legends, including Savion Glover, Steve Condos, and Dianne Walker. In addition, we will discuss the historical, socioeconomic, and musical contexts from which specific styles emerged. This course can be repeated.
PERF113X - The Business of Artistry
The arts are an integral component of our everyday lives. No matter where we walk, drive, run, or contemplate, we are influenced by the art around us. Artists create the landscapes for our lives; at the same time, they strive to survive on the merits of their craft. The Business of Artistry explores the insight that artists are not only creators and out-of-the-box thinkers but also business proprietors. In ever-changing economic and artistic contexts, artists must acquire the tools to position themselves for success. We will focus on concepts like professionalism, community ethics, the development of a catalogue of work, and the achievement of work environments that benefit the artist as well as the consumer
PERF106 - Vocal Techniques & Voice Training
This one-credit 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 covers areas such as good practice technique and repertoire choices. This course can be repeated.
PERF202 - World Percussion:Theory & Practice
This multicultural survey course will focus on the theory and practice in the use of percussion as ritual, communication, and recreation around the world. Students will learn through lecture and critical readings of descriptive accounts of the uses of percussion, as well as through the subjective experience of learning percussive rhythms using a variety of musical instruments: congas, djembes, atumpani, berimbau, shakere, clavier, ago-go bells, and – of course – cowbells. This course fulfills the Area of Inquiry – Aesthetic [AI(A)] and the Area of Inquiry – Multicultural [AI(MC)].