Type : Compulsory Course Code : DMAT 33556 Title : Music and

Course Code
DMAT 33556
Music and Choreography
Learning Outcomes :
At the end of this course unit, students will be able to
 Distinguish the basics of music and dance, the difference between
pure music/ dance and the dramatic music/ dance and the role of
music composer, conductor, the orchestra members and the
 Improve their skill in singing and dancing needed for theatre
 Compose or create music and dance for their theatre productions.
Course Contents
 Elements of music: notes, pitch, tone-color, rhythm, melody,
harmony, tempo, texture and musical form.
 Music forms and style: Eastern, Western, Classical and Folk
 Types of music in the theatre: Incidental music and dramatic
 The role of music composer, conductor, the orchestra members,
the chorus.
 The elements of dance: Space, time, intensity.
 Basic dance positions and many types of jumps turns, lifts and
other movements
 Principles of choreography: unity, variety, proportion balance,
 Types and uses of theatrical dance; Incidental and Dramatic.
 Functions of a choreographer: The choreographer as a designer/
creator and his/ her working methods.
 Practical components in music and dance.
Method of Teaching and Learning :
Scheme of Evaluation
Lecture, practical exercises, workshops.
Continuous assessment: individual and group work,
presentation at the end of second semester of a Creative
project/ Dramatic creation using music and dance and end
of Semester exam.
Recommended reading:
1. Newman, William S., (1961), Understanding Music: An Introduction to
Music’s Elements, Styles and Formes, New York, Harper Row
2. Wigman, Mary, (1966), The Language of Dance, Middletown, Conn,
Wesleyan University Press.
3. Ellfeldt, Lois, (1967), A Primer for Choreographers, California, National
Press Books.
4. Melcer, Fannie Helen, (1955), Staging the Dance, Dubuque, William C.
Brown Company.