COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES (CAS)

Music & Drama

 

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC AND DRAMA

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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 digital pianos. The department also houses a complete xylophone ensemble, a concert grand marimba, two drum sets, and two grand pianos, including a state-of-the-art Yamaha CX72.32 m. concert grand.

MISSION

The Department of Music and Drama explores music and drama in the context of a liberal arts education through both academic study and performances. By doing so, it provides artistic and cultural enrichment to the university and the surrounding community. Moreover, by educating students in culture, history, and theory, and providing training in applied skills, the department fosters artistic proficiency, cultural appreciation, a sense of camaraderie, and a lifelong commitment to the arts.

VALUES

  1. A culture of excellence that upholds the highest academic, artistic, and ethical standards.
  2. Development of each student’s potential through interaction with engaged artist teachers and scholars.
  3. Musical and dramatic initiatives that encourage discovery and appreciation of diverse styles, genres, traditions, and perspectives.
  4. Outreach and interface with the greater community.

VISIONĀ 

The music and drama programs of the Department of Music and Drama will be recognized nationally for their outstanding quality and value. The Department will be housed in exceptional specialized facilities that are equipped with discipline-specific apparatus and superior musical instruments. The Department will be supported by a network of substantial community partnerships. It will be recognized as a major musical and dramatic arts resource for residents of Kuwait. Faculty in the Department of Music and Drama will be known for excellence in performance, scholarship, and pedagogy as well as for their contributions to the culture of the university, the community, and their professions. There will be minors in Music and Drama and graduates will be respected for their Department preparation and have a life-long commitment to the performing arts.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The main objective of the Department of Music and Drama is to create a life-long love of the performing arts while instilling in students an understanding of the complexity of music and drama and the significant role these arts play in society. These goals are achieved through coursework as well as extra-curricular department activities. In this pursuit, students achieve basic proficiency in the following skills:

  1. Practical Skills: Demonstrate an understanding of musical and dramatic components and processes.
  2. Knowledge and Understanding: Develop an understanding of various musical and dramatic cultures, historical periods, and theories of the art.
  3. Transferable, Generic Skills:
    1. Interact effectively as part of a team.
    2. Communicate and present their work.
    3. Evaluate their product and planning process.

MUSIC COURSES

MUSC 101 

Music Appreciation 

(3) [H]

MUSC 105 

Introduction to World Music 

(3) [H]

MUSC 110 

Applied Lessons : Drums and Percussion, Piano, Voice, Violin, Cello, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Flute

(1-3) [H]

MUSC 160 

Ensemble (variable each semester)

(3) [H]

MUSC 165 

Percussion Ensemble 

(3) [H]

MUSC 215 

Guitar Class     

(3) [H]

MUSC 216 

Piano Class 

(3) [H]

MUSC 217 

Voice Class 

(3) [H]

MUSC 220 

Music Theory I 

(3) [H]

MUSC 230

Music Theory II

(3) [H]

MUSC 260 

Choir Class

(3) [H]

MUSC 310

Applied Lessons II     

(1-3) [H]

MUSC 365

Percussion Ensemble II

(3) [H]

MUSC 369

Short Course 

(1-3)

MUSC 370

Music of the Arabian Peninsula

(3) [H][K]

MUSC 388

Independent Study

(3) [H]

MUSC 389

Special Topics

(3) [H]

MUSC 399

Music and Culture Study Abroad

(1-3) [H]

 

DRAMA COURSES

DRAM 101 

Theatre Appreciation 

(3) [H]

DRAM 150 

Introduction to Acting 

(3) [H]

DRAM 160

Theatre Practicum

(3) [H]

DRAM 211 

Contemporary Theatre 

(3) [H]

DRAM 212 

Ancient Greek Theatre 

(3) [H]

DRAM 213 

Shakespeare for Beginners 

(3) [H]

DRAM 250 

Acting I      

(3) [H]

DRAM 350 

Shakespeare in Performance

(3) [H]

DRAM 360 

Theatre Production 

(3) [H]

DRAM 369 

Short Course 

(1-3)

DRAM 388 

Independent Study

(1-3)

DRAM 389 

Special Topics 

(1-3)

 

CERTIFICATES IN MUSIC AND DRAMA

The Department of Music and Drama recognizes students who excel in the Performing Arts. AUK students who graduate with 12 credits of courses that have the prefix MUSC are eligible for the prestigious DEPARTMENT CERTIFICATE in MUSIC. SBSA 370 credits also count towards the music certificate. Several courses, like ensembles, can be repeated for credit, and students can take private lessons, MUSC 110 and 310, up to 4 times each and each time these credits will be added to the cumulative certificate totals. The DEPARTMENT CERTIFICATE in DRAMA is awarded to AUK students who take 9 credits of courses with the prefix DRAM or who in combination take the following Drama related coursesARAB 304: Arabic Drama; ENGL 402: History of Theatre and Drama; and ENGL 403: Modern Drama. The certificates are issued at the Department level, and students who are highly involved in department plays and concerts as an extracurricular activity (without receiving credit) are also eligible for the certificate upon formal department review.

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 digital pianos. The department also houses a complete xylophone ensemble, a concert grand marimba, two drum sets, and two grand pianos, including a state-of-the-art Yamaha CX7 2.32 m. concert grand.