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Theater and Music

  • Analyzes and Discusses Literature and Music
  • Develops Cultural Aptitude
  • Provides Lively Discussion and Debate

These courses provide the opportunity to explore masterworks of the theatre and listen to symphonies, operas, and folk songs. Explore the cultural and historic legacies of the performing arts.

This Fall, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Clara and Robert Schumann: Tragedy and Triumph

Explore the music and lives  of Clara and Robert Schumann and their  influence on the Romantic Era

2021 Fall
1 section

The History of the Music Hall and Vaudeville: from W.C. Fields to Fanny Brice

Learn about the history and legacy of the Music Hall in cultural capitals around the world

2021 Fall
1 section

The Play's the Thing: When the Curtain's Not Yet Fully Up

View recorded theatrical performances on your own, and then join online lectures and discussions that include special guests from the theatre world.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Composer and Pianist in a Grand Tradition

Explore the musical compositions of Sergei Rachmaninoff, as well as well as the people and places that inspired him.

2021 Summer
1 section

The Rise of Hip Hop Music: From America's Urban Centers to the Heart of American Culture

Learn about the history of hip hop and its influence on global music, fashion, and culture.

2021 Summer
1 section

Acting in "The Zone": Scene Study and Improvisation

Learn to find “the zone” when acting—a state of exceptional, consistent performance—through scene study and improvisation.

Life Is a Cabaret

Explore the history, development, and legacy of the cabaret with a vintage cabaret specialist and New York City cabaret veteran.

The Great Ones: Not Just Artists from the Kennedy Center Honors

Explore the lives and legacies of Kennedy Center Honorees, who represent the best of American theatre, film, dance, comedy, and music.

The Later Romantics: Emotion and Grandeur in Music

Get to know the Romantic composers of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

The Life and Music of Beethoven

Get to know Beethoven—his genius, his era, and his greatest works.

The Play's the Thing: Curtain Up on New York's Theatre Scene

Meet with theatre professionals and see five Broadway or Off-Broadway shows to learn what happens before the curtain rises and after it falls.

Performing Your Story

This course will help you build confidence and become a better communicator by taking your story from the page to virtual stage.