Understanding Art: Culturing Aesthetic Sensibility by Appreciating and Creating Art as an Expression of the Heart, Mind and Universal Self
Art is a celebration of life. This course cultures an appreciation for art through both intellectual knowledge and the experience of creating art. Slide lectures, discussions, readings, and studio workshops reveal that art is structured in the multilayered consciousness of the artist and the audience, and in the collective consciousness of the culture. The greatest art works give glimpses of the goal of all creativity — the universal Self in higher states of consciousness — and thus continue to inspire people throughout time. Topics include the fundamentals of art — form, function, and symbolism as seen in art from many eras and cultures; the great achievements of sacred art; the range of contemporary approaches to interpreting art; and creativity in art and the cosmos. Course includes field trips to art museums, galleries, and artists’ studios. Field trip fee: $20. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109
Principles of Design: The Quest for Balance and Unity in Art and Life
Drawing 1, Drawing from Within: Engaging the Principles of Observation through the Action of Drawing
In this course, students develop powers of observation and imagination, abilities that are vital for all the arts. Students focus on establishing the use of principles of drawing through observational methods. Topics include still life, figure drawing, interior and landscape. Art and design majors take drawing courses as they advance through the curriculum. Can be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Materials fee: $35. (1-4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109
Prehistoric to Medieval Art: Discovering the Eternal Quest for Immortality in Western Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture.
Students explore the great achievements of art and architecture in prehistoric cultures and in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and the European Middle Ages. In each of these cultures, the quest for immortality created art that continues to inspire human consciousness. Students examine how contemporary artists have been influenced by art from these periods. Topics include sacred sites that connected humanity with the cosmos, the Mother Goddess in art and culture, the development of styles in Egyptian and Greek art and how they mirror stages in the unfoldment of consciousness, and the creation of a heavenly kingdom on Earth in Christian art and architecture. A highlight of the course is a 4-day field trip to a major art center such as New York, St. Louis or Kansas City. Field trip fee: $175–$225 (or more). (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109
Renaissance to Contemporary Art: The Search for Fulfillment in Art and Life from the Renaissance to Modernism, Post-Modernism, and an Emerging Art of Expanded Awareness
Students focus on the most inspiring creations of Western art and architecture from the 1400s to the twenty-first century. They discover how artists have expressed both sacred and secular values in their quest for perfection in art and fulfillment in life. This epoch’s vast amount of art is comprehended in terms of cultural paradigms — a paradigm is both an era’s ideal of art and a world-view. The four major paradigms covered are: Renaissance, Modernism, Post-Modernism, and an emerging contemporary paradigm—an art of expanded awareness. Topics include the transformation of art and consciousness in each paradigm; the integration of spirit and matter in Renaissance art; how the art of the past has influenced modern artists; and the artists, styles, symbols cultural values, and aspects of consciousness expressed in the major paradigms. A highlight of the course is a 4-day field trip to a major art center
Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Art: Awakening to the Search for Self-Realization
Students focus on major movements in art from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, and also examine the influence of Japanese and African art on artists of this period. Students explore how modern art and culture express a quest for self-realization in higher states of consciousness. Topics include the search for transcendence in the art and theories of modern artists; the phase transition from traditional art to modern art, post-modern art and a visionary art of the future; the styles of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Non-Objective Art, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Environmental Art, an art of refined perception, etc. A highlight of the course is a 4-day field trip to a major art center such as Chicago. Textbook fee: $20; field trip fee: $175–$225. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109
Traditions of World Art: Exploring Ancient Art that Transcends Time and Place by Embodying the Wholeness of Life
Students journey through the glorious traditions of world art, including Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Islamic, African, and Native American art. All traditions reflect both unique cultural values and universal values, such as the aspiration to embody the wholeness of life in higher states of consciousness. Students also explore how the arts of these cultures continue to inspire modern artists. Topics include the world views of traditional cultures compared to the world view of the modern West; the nature and functions of sacred art; the embodiment of forces of nature in Indian art, Taoist and Buddhist painting and sculpture, Islamic design and architecture, African masks and ritual objects, and Native American art and artifacts. A highlight of the course is a 3–4 day field trip to a major art center such as Chicago, St. Louis or Kansas City. Field trip fee: $175–$225. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109
Visual Culture Seminar: Deepening Artistic Experience and Intellectual Understanding for Creative Growth
Students examine the vocation, role, and responsibility of the contemporary artist and art critic in the light of their own artistic aspirations. This seminar focuses primarily on art criticism to develop the integration of intellectual understanding and studio practice. The concentrated experience of reading and writing about art cultures the habit of going more deeply into the substance of works of art, which nurtures the ability to more clearly apply and realize the highest values of visual expression. A highlight of the course is a field trip to a major art center, such as Chicago, Los Angeles or New York. Field trip fee: $250–500 (or more). (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109
Ceramics 1, Shaping the Unmanifest: Clay Forming, Glazing and Firing through Handbuilding Methods
Students learn the entire process of ceramics from making clay to firing pottery, providing them with the basic skills necessary to express consciousness in matter in this medium. Topics include addressing the vessel with handbuilding methods such as pinch, coil and slab construction; basic glazing methods; earthenware, stoneware, and raku firing methods. Lab fee: $45. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109
Sculpture 1, Bas Relief: Breathing Life into Matter
By exploring organic forms and creating designs from imagination, students make original sculptural surfaces that emerge from a two-dimensional plane. Exercises that expand the capacity to envision and create give students a deeper appreciation of the nature, creation, and function of sculpture, and thus the opportunity to express the fundamental laws that structure form in the natural world. Topics include low, middle and high relief; organizing principles of two and three-dimensional design (balance, rhythm, economy, etc.); light and shadow; transforming clay reliefs into plaster reliefs; the history of relief sculpture. Materials: paper/cardboard, clay and plaster. Materials fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109
MUS 101 Basic Music Instruction: Music is an Experience of Bliss
The goal of music lessons is the experience that music is ultimately and fundamentally an experience of bliss. In the words of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: “Music originates where unity starts to swing in the bliss of its own unbounded existence.” This semester-based course in instrumental or vocal instruction is for students who are committed to practicing a minimum of 30 minutes per day. This course generally includes 12 lessons, although instructors may vary this structure as needed. Audition may be required. (0.5 credit; may be repeated for credit) Fees vary according to the instructor.
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MUS 201 Intermediate Music Instruction: Music is an Experience of Bliss
The goal of music lessons is the experience that music is ultimately and fundamentally an experience of bliss. In the words of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: “Music originates where unity starts to swing in the bliss of its own unbounded existence.” This semester-based course in instrumental or vocal instruction is for students who are committed to practicing a minimum of 1-2 hours per day. This course generally includes 12 lessons, although instructors may vary this structure as needed. Audition may be required. (1 credit; may be repeated for credit) Fees vary according to the instructor; some scholarship may be available.
MUS 202 Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa: Creating Harmony of Individuality Within a Larger Wholeness
For students with choral experience or singing experience who can read music. This group performs two concerts annually and affords an opportunity to further develop musicianship skills, listening skills, vocal technique, and professionalism in an advanced choral ensemble. Students will have exposure to a varied repertoire and a cappella literature. Opportunities for solo and small ensemble work are available. Students will develop confidence and a deeper connection to the self as they appreciate their role in the context of a larger musical wholeness. This ensemble meets weekly with occasional extra rehearsals during the semester and preceding concerts. Audition is required. (1 credit, may be repeated for credit)
MUS 203 Jazz Ensemble: Music as the Swing of Unbounded Bliss
This ensemble covers musical terrain that reflects the highly eclectic nature of the jazz idiom. Drawing from influences ranging from Blues, Ragtime, New Orleans Jazz, and Chicago Jazz to Harlem Renaissance, Modal, Avant Garde, and Global Fusion, the group 51 will exemplify the interplay between grounding in tradition and exploration of new horizons that has been the driving force in this genre since its inception. The class will also consider relevant stylistic/cultural/historical issues, as well as afford students
opportunities for original composition and diverse approaches to improvisation. Open to instrumentalists and vocalists alike. Performance opportunities are available. (4 credits —
may be repeated for credit) Prerequisite: audition
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MUS 205 A New Approach to Music Theory: Musicianship Through Creativity and Personal Growth
This is a hands-on introduction to creative musicianship. Students explore the language of pitch and rhythm — not by passively absorbing the rules of music theory, but as active listeners and creators of tone, pulse, and pattern. Our faculty use a well-proven, user-friendly approach to improvisation that enables anyone to create with confidence and joy, including students who have never improvised before. Through listening, composing, and improvising assignments, students develop a profound and practical understanding of pitch, interval, melody, pulse, meter and time-feels, analysis, musical form, and a beginning knowledge of modal/tonal/post-tonal systems. Included are basics of music software, notation, and keyboard technique. (4 credits)
MUS 206 Musical Artist Development: Developing More Refined Levels of Expression Through Musicianship, Singing, Songwriting & Performance
This course is meant to help students access deeper levels of creativity from within and apply it to their musical art/craft. It is for serious students who want to progress by taking a holistic approach. We will focus on improving vocals, enhancing levels of songwriting, performance, and musical self-accompaniment. The goal is to help each student become a better artist by developing an understanding of who that “artist” is, exploring aspects of his or her unique vision, and creating self-realization through self-expression. The course also will include live performances, recorded to gauge ongoing success and introduce the concept of self-video recording. (variable credits; maybe repeated for credit)
MUS 210 Songwriting: Sharing Our Stories of the Song of Life
We write and sing songs in order to communicate our thoughts and feelings in an artistic and meaningful way. In this class we will hear, sing, discuss, and especially write songs that tell the stories of life and growth as individuals and as societies. Topics will include: finding inspiration, capturing a story, matching melody to mood, the art of editing, and more. Guest professional singers and songwriters will share their songs, songwriting methods, and advice for getting your songs out into the world. The course will culminate in a performance of the songs we have created. Prerequisite: a music fundamentals course such as MUS 205, 220, 221, or 240, or consent of the instructor. (4 credits, may be repeated for credit)
MUS 215 Music, Consciousness, and Veda: The Inner and Outer Dimensions of Sound
In this course we explore the nature of sound as it relates to human experience. Topics include frequency, rhythm, pitch, timbre, hearing, speech, light, touch, form, and proportion, in terms of musical expression. We approach these topics from a modern, scientific perspective, as well as from the view of the ancient Vedic tradition, especially Maharishi Gandharva Veda music and the philosophy of Vaisheshika. Aural training is an integral component of the course, and reaches beyond traditional diatonic structures. Students have daily opportunities to explore the various dimensions of sound through creative assignments. (4 credits, may be repeated for credit)
MUS 216 Sacred Music, Chants, and Recitations: Diving Deeply Into the Power of Sound
This course investigates sacred music from a rich diversity of ancient traditions, including Native American, African, Hebrew Chant, Gregorian Chant, Gandharva Veda ragas, Vedic recitation, and others. Students explore new ways of musical self-expression through listening, chanting, creating, and performing. There will also be readings and discussions on music as a vehicle for communication, health, community, and spirituality. We locate these universal themes within ourselves through self-knowledge — the experience of our own innermost field of consciousness, accessed directly in our daily Transcendental Meditation program practice. Prior training in music or Sanskrit is welcome but not necessary. (4 credits, may be repeated for credit)
MUS 220 Music Appreciation: Listening for Meaning at the Source of Sound
The goal of this course is not only to develop musical literacy, but also to awaken and inspire the innate musical intelligence of every student. We examine a variety of masterworks in terms of melody, harmony, rhythm, instrumentation, and form; discover connections of western music to its contemporary art, architecture, and historical culture; and learn to identify major musical styles. A brief exploration of music beyond the western classical tradition is included. These listening skills are supported with basic theoretical analysis, keyboard lessons, and creative activities. (variable credits)
MUS 221 Developing A Musical Ear: Gaining the Tools to Express the Finest Levels of Perception
This course is a laboratory for musical exploration and expression, designed to develop basic musicianship, build musical vocabulary, and learn to recognize and play music by ear. In a very hands-on atmosphere that nourishes imaginative expression, we explore pitch, intervals, scales and modes, chord structures, rhythm and time-feels though daily sight singing, notation drills, dictation, keyboard applications, and guided listening of specific musical patterns in a variety of styles. Included are many creative projects, both individually and in groups. (4 credits)
MUS 225 Creative Music Technology: Capturing Creativity Through Technology
This is an introduction to modern computer-based music composition, audio and MIDI recording, editing, mixing, and production, utilizing industry-standard software. The goal of the course is an overview of the basic skills necessary to initially capture, then organize, and finally polish the music that each student will create. More in-depth skills and techniques are offered to students who demonstrate readiness to go beyond the basics. Prerequisite: a music fundamentals course such as MUS 205, 220, 221, or 240, or consent of the instructor. (4 credits, may be repeated for credit)
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MUS 240 Basic Harmony and Keyboard Skills: Gaining the Keys to Musical Knowledge from Inside and Outside
This course covers fundamentals of keyboard application for beginning musicians, as well as for intuitive composers and performers who wish to demystify music theory through basic piano skills. Topics include reading treble and bass clef, fingering techniques, posture and hand coordination, pedaling, common rhythm patterns, scales, chord progressions and arpeggios in common keys. All this is set within a supportive environment where lessons come alive through creative assignments and group improvisations. (Variable credits)
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MC 330 Radio and Web Broadcasting: Informing, Educating, and Transforming the World with a Vision of Unbounded Possibilities
This is a practical course, emphasizing hands-on production for radio and Web broadcasting. Students will research, write, record, produce and edit original radio projects. Students may work on journalistic or creative projects with a commercial or non-commercial orientation. They will develop on-air skills such as presenting, reporting, and interviewing. Sound is a powerful form of expression; through sound alone we can tell a story which moves an audience or takes them to another world by stimulating their imagination. The creative power as well as the story telling power of radio will therefore be fully explored in this course. A unique feature of this course is that it offers students the opportunity of broadcasting their radio projects on KRUU-FM. Lab fee $40. (4 credits)
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MUS 399 Directed Study
This course is for self-directed, disciplined students who are unable to take the regular course due to extraordinary circumstances. Prerequisite: consent of the Creative Musical Arts faculty. (variable credits)
All majors will have the opportunity to take a 3–5 day field trip or longer each semester to a major metropolitan area to visit museums and galleries as part of their degree requirements. The cost of the field trips is approximately $200–300, or more, per semester.
Students meet several times a year with visiting artists who come to campus at the invitation of the Department. These meetings may fall outside regular class times, including Sundays or weekends between courses, but attendance is a degree requirement.