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Theatre, Music, and Acting

  • Analyzes and Discusses Literature and Music
  • Develops Cultural Aptitude
  • Builds Performance Skills

These courses provide the opportunity to read masterworks of the theatre; listen to symphonies, operas, and folk songs; or perform for an audience. Explore the cultural and historic legacies of the performing arts.

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

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 Play's the Thing: When the Curtain's Not Up

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

2021 Spring
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

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 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Life Is a Cabaret

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

2021 Spring
1 section

The Later Romantics: Emotion and Grandeur in Music

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

2021 Spring
1 section

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.

2021 Spring
1 section

100 Years of Great Czech Music: Smetana, Dvorak, and Janacek

Explore the nationalism and internationalism of 19th-century classical music through the works of famous Czech composers.

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.

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 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.