A variety of dance experiences are provided for enjoyment and enrichment through the dance program. Lower-division DANC courses generally offer beginning or elementary instruction and may be repeated twice for credit. Upper-division DANC courses provide low-intermediate instruction and may be repeated twice for credit. A maximum of 12 credits in DANCE courses may be applied to the total number of credits required for a bachelor's degree.
Lower-division DAN courses provide high-intermediate instruction; upper-division DAN courses provide advanced instruction. See DAN course listing for credit repeatability.
Noncredit DANC and DAN studio courses may be available to matriculated university students through the noncredit student program and to members of the community through community dance. In each case, a modest instructional fee is assessed by the Department of Dance.
The School of Music and Dance offers a variety of opportunities for nonmajors to be involved in music courses and performance ensembles. See course listings for details. The following courses, which are open to students who have not had musical instruction, satisfy some of the university's general-education requirements. Those with an asterisk (*) satisfy either Arts and Letters or Multicultural requirements.
• Understanding Music*: This course will familiarize the student with many aspects of music, including the elements of music, historical style periods of Western Art music, the development of jazz and popular music. (MUS 125)
• Popular Musics in Global Context*: Surveys the global popular music landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries, with an emphasis on identity and cultural mixture. (MUS 250)
• Rock Music, 1950-1970*: Evolution of rock emphasizing musical style and social context. Roots of rock through the British Invasion. (MUS 264)
• Rock Music, 1965 to present*: Evolution of rock emphasizing musical style and social context. Psychedelic rock to early rap music. (MUS 265)
• History of the Blues*: Traces blues music from its African and African American roots through its 20th-century history and its influence on the values of jazz, rhythm and blues, and country music. (MUS 270)
• First Nights in American Music*: Focuses on issues of religion, race, gender, and "low" and "high" art by studying the origins and contexts of pieces representing different phases of American musical history. (MUS 280)
• Music of the Woodstock Generation*: Examines the relationship between popular music and social upheavals in the United States during the 1960s. (MUS 281)
• American Ethnic and Protest Music*: Social change and ethnicity reflected by music of and about Native Americans, Africans, and women, as well as songs of protest and Spanish-speaking groups. (MUS 349)
• Styles in History: This course is designed as an interdisciplinary approach to Western European art forms from the early Middle Ages to the end of the Baroque era. It focuses mainly on music and the visual arts and philosophy within their historical context to illustrate developments in style. (HUM 300)
• History of Jazz*: Jazz History 1900-1950. Covers styles and musicians from Early Jazz and Swing through Modern Jazz (Bebop and Cool Jazz). Major figures covered include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. Issues of history, biography, multiculturalism and racism. No prerequisite. No musical training required. (MUJ 350)
• History of Jazz*: Jazz History 1940-Present. Covers styles and musicians from Modern Jazz, Bebop, Cool Jazz and Hard Bop to the present. Major figures covered include Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman. Issues of history, biography, multiculturalism and racism. No prerequisite. No musical training required. (MUJ 351)
• The Music of Bach and Handel*: Compositions by Bach and Handel such as organ chorales, cantatas, oratorios, operas, and masses; cultural context in Germany, France, Italy, and England for the development of their styles. (MUS 351)
• Survey of Opera*: Introduces great operas including works by Mozart, Wagner, and Verdi. (MUS 353)
• Beethoven*: Life and works of Beethoven considered in the context of the tumultuous events of postrevolutionary Europe. Works include piano sonatas, symphonies, and quartets. (MUS 355)
• Innovative Jazz Musicians*: Covers one or two innovative and influential jazz musicians per term. Examines issues of history, biography, multiculturalism, racism, and critical reception. (MUS 356)
• Music in World Cultures*: African, East European, and Indonesian musics in sociocultural context. Emphasis on listening skills, relationships between music and culture, aesthetics, styles, genres, music structures and forms, and participatory music making. (MUS 358)
• Music of the Americas*: African American, Asian American, Latin American, and Native American musics in sociocultural context of the Americas. Emphasis on listening skills, relationships between music and cultures, and music structures and forms. (MUS 359)
• Hip-Hop Music: History, Culture, Aesthetics*: (MUS 360)
Examines the history and evolution of hip-hop and rap music in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
• The Beatles and Their Times*: Presents and examines the music of the Beatles in the context of post–World War II English and United States cultures and 1960s Western youth cultures. Pending request to satisfy Arts and Letters requirement. (MUS 363)
• Digital Audio & Sound Design: Examines concepts of digital audio representation, sampling, and processing; considers audio mixing, basic synthesis, and sound modification techniques and fundamentals of electroacoustic composition. (MUS 447)
• Introduction to Ethnomusicology*: Study of world musics in their social and cultural contexts. Emphasis on comparing the varied approaches, ideas, and methods of selected American and European researchers since 1980. (MUS 451)
• Musical Instruments of the World*: Examines instruments of the world in their cultural contexts. Covers cross-cultural issues and focuses on particular geographic areas. Includes films, recordings, live demonstrations. (MUS 452)
• Folk Music of the Balkans: Forms and styles of folk musics and dances in their cultural contexts in southeastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia. (MUS 453)
• Music of India: Classical music traditions of North and South India with some discussion of dance, rural folk music, and popular film music; participatory music making and demonstrations by visiting artists. (MUS 454)
• Celtic Music*: Explores music and culture of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. History, culture, and both modern and old performance styles studied. (MUS 458)
• Music and Gender: Examines the role of gender in shaping the music that is created, performed, taught, and listened to in representative cultures of the world, including the West. (MUS 460)
Courses are occasionally offered under Special Studies, Seminar, Experimental Course. Such courses do not fulfill general-education requirements.
Ensembles: (see complete list)
- East European Folk Ensemble
- Collegium Musicum
- Chamber Ensemble-Brass Choir, Brass Ensemble, Celtic Ensemble, Oregon Percussion Ensemble, Studio Guitar Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, University Percussion Ensemble, other ensembles as needed
- Band-Green Garter Band, Oregon Basketball Band, Oregon Marching Band*, Oregon Wind Ensemble, UO Campus Band*, UO Symphonic Band, Yellow Garter Band
- Symphony Orchestra, Campus Orchestra
- Chorus-Chamber Choir, University Gospel Choir*, University Gospel Ensemble, Gospel Singers, University Singers, Repertoire Singers, Women's Choir*, Men's Choir*
- Jazz Lab Band III
- Jazz Lab Band II
- Oregon Jazz Ensemble
- Small Jazz Ensemble
- Opera Workshop
- Balinese Gamelan
- Javanese Gamelan
*no audition necessary