Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 60 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: 1 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Foothill GE
 GE Status: Humanities

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 11/24/11; 10/22/13;5/14

Cross Listed as:MUS 2F
Related ID:

1. Description -
An introductory survey of the history of the American musical theatre genre. Includes roots in British music halls, Viennese operetta and African American jazz through the golden age of the musical and up to the contemporary Broadway stage. Emphasis will be placed on genres and styles, as well as the key composers, lyricists, librettists, directors, producers, designers, choreographers and performers. Examines how the musical mirrors contemporary social and political events.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 2F.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. identify various musical theatre styles; use this knowledge to extend and enrich music comprehension and enjoyment.
  2. apply knowledge of musical theatre style to identify various pieces of musical theatre by historical period, genre and literary source material.
  3. trace and describe the historical development of American musical theatre style in relation to the political, economic, social, religious developments and values of the time.
  4. compare and contrast repertoire of musicals through familiarity with a broad sampling of works, composers, styles and genres, and literary roots.
  5. think critically to analyze and critique good performance from bad from the perspectives of artistic quality and appropriate historical performance practice.
  6. use this knowledge to deepen their appreciation of the ways in which music and theatre can be a powerful took for communicating our common humanity within the diverse cultural, social and economic content studied.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Elements of the musical (score, lyrics, book, directors, staging, dance, actors, design)
  2. Roots: Operetta, Minstrel shows and Revues, Ziegfield, Jolson, Cohan
  3. Musicals in the 1920s and 30s: Broadway and the radio, political satire and the Depression, Showboat, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Federal Theater Project, musical films
  4. 1940s and 50s: WWII and the rise of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Agnes DeMille
  5. 1950's: Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story
  6. 1960s: Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady and transition to rock and roll on stage: Hair, Pippin.
  7. 1970s: Sondheim transforms the genre
  8. 1970s and 80s: Kander & Ebb, Cabaret, Chorus Line, Evita
  9. 1980s: the rise of commercial musicals: Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserable
  10. 1990s: Rent, Disney transforms 42nd Street, Ragtime / multi-cultural casting
  11. 2000 and beyond: Juke Box musicals, Wicked, multi-media musicals, translating films to the Broadway stage
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Quizzes on each of the topic areas
  2. Online discussion Forums
  3. Two 1000 word essays for each part of the course (Roots to WWII and The Golden Age to the contemporary stage)
  4. Exams (module exams and final)
7. Representative Text(s) -
Kantor, Michael and Laurence Maslon. Broadway: The American Musical. paperback ed. NY: Bulfinch Press, 2010.
When taught via Foothill Global Access: Supplemental lectures, handouts, tests and assignments delivered via Etudes.

8. Disciplines -
Theater Arts
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussions.
  2. In-class review of video or music excerpts followed by guided discussion.
  3. Group presentations of major projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
  4. Feedback on tests and assignments delivered via Etudes; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, list-serves and newsgroups.
10. Lab Content -
  1. Observation of assigned excerpts, video and audio, covering stylistic categories, musical characteristics, dramatic genre and key figures, evaluated in weekly quizzes.
  2. Critical analysis of live musical theatre performances.
  3. Exploration and group discussion of contemporary musical theatre content via online Discussion Forums.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
A. Weekly readings from the textbook and other outside sources such as historical reviews of musical studied.
  • Writing musical theatre performance reports, individual research projects, historical/analytical papers.
  • Answering synthesis questions based on the readings and lectures.
  • 13. Need/Justification -
    This course is a restricted support course for the AA degrees in Music and Theatre Arts and satisfies the Foothill GE Requirement for Area I, Humanities.

    Course status: Active
    Last updated: 2015-02-23 11:30:43

    Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines