The College of the Canyons Theatre Department offers courses in both theory and practice. It is committed to teaching an immediately useful set of theatre skills, including acting, script-writing, design, technical production and directing while providing a wide spectrum of production experiences in which to practice them; and to place the art of theatre in its larger historical context. The theatre program presents theatrical productions for the college, community and students.
The College of the Canyons Dance Department is designed to assist in the development of an appreciation of dance from both movement and non-movement perspectives. The program introduces and develops basic, intermediate and advanced dance techniques and focuses on providing students with exposure to a variety of dance styles, techniques and training. The program also provides on- and off-campus performance activities. Dance classes offered include fundamental of dance, basic ballet, modern jazz, world, African, social, tap, performance, choreography and yoga.
The College of the Canyons Music Department offers a broad range of academics, ensembles and programs for both students and community members. The Symphony of the Canyons and SCV Youth Orchestra play a wealth of classical and romantic music, as well as the most recent in contemporary literature. Through the Voices of the Canyons, Chamber Singers, Just Jazz, and Les Chanteuses ensembles, students learn relevant issues concerning performance, practice and rehearsal techniques. Voice development/studio singing classes emphasize the learning of vocal skills while expanding the singer's classical and pop repertoires. By becoming a member of the Jazz Ensemble, performers get an insight into the jazz band tradition, as well as diverse contemporary popular currents. Our music technology classes prepare students with no prior knowledge in computer-generated music to use the computer to compose and produce their own compositions for use on the web, CD and video. Studies in music composition are the courses where students come to refine their own musical ideas. Music ensemble classes allow students to participate in small ensembles. The applied music program is designed just for music majors and will help prepare students for auditions and transfer to other four-year music programs. One-on-one lessons are set up through individual auditions with the program coordinator.
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