Department of Music and Drama

 Department Chair Dr. Lisa Urkevich
 E-mail lurkevich@auk.edu.kw

The Department of Music and Drama offers a wide range of opportunities for both beginning and advanced students. Entry-level courses in piano, guitar, voice, and acting are available for those who are new to the performing arts, while students with a deeper interest can enroll in private lessons on instruments or voice, or take part in major theatre productions. Each semester our faculty of talented professionals works closely with students to prepare them for campus concerts and plays. Students also enjoy academic courses involving the history, culture, and theory of music and drama.

Performing arts facilities include a black box theatre, a piano laboratory, a special music classroom, and several practice rooms each equipped with a digital piano. The department also houses a complete xylophone ensemble and two grand pianos, including a state-of-the-art Yamaha CX7 2.32 m. concert grand.

The Department of Music and Drama explores music and drama in the context of a liberal arts education through both academic study and active participation in performances. By educating students in theory and history and providing training in applied skills, the department fosters artistic proficiency, cultural appreciation, a sense of community, and a lifelong commitment to the arts.

Music and Drama Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of musical and dramatic components and processes
  2. Interact effectively as part of a group: communicate and present work, evaluate production and planning practices
  3. Examine music and drama within various cultural systems and historical periods

List of MUSIC Courses:

MUSC 101

Music Appreciation

MUSC 105

Introduction to World Music

MUSC 110

Applied Lessons

MUSC 160

Ensemble

MUSC 165

Percussion Ensemble

MUSC 215

Guitar Class

MUSC 216

Piano Class

MUSC 217

Voice Class

MUSC 220

Music Theory I

MUSC 230

Music Theory II

MUSC 310

Applied Lessons II

MUSC 369

Short Course

MUSC 370

Music of the Arabian Peninsula

MUSC 388

Independent Study

MUSC 389

Special Topics

MUSC 399

Music and Culture Study Abroad


List of DRAMA Courses:

DRAM 101

Introduction to Theatre History

DRAM 150

Introduction to Acting

DRAM 211

Contemporary Theatre

DRAM 212

Ancient Greek Theatre

DRAM 213

Shakespeare for Beginners

DRAM 250

Acting I

DRAM 350

Shakespeare in Performance

DRAM 360

Theatre Production

DRAM 369

Short Course

DRAM 388

Independent Study

DRAM 389

Special Topics