Two new, public courses offered in January at the University of Colorado Boulder feature excursions to American cultural icons such as New Orleans and New York City along with online components.
American musical theater on Broadway will be taught by CU theater professor Bud Coleman. Students will see 10 musical theater films and watch five live performances on Broadway in New York City to better analyze and evaluate the art of musical theater.
“I look forward to introducing my students to New York City and seeing American musical theater through their eyes and hearts,” Coleman said in a CU news release. “It is a uniquely American art form, created by immigrants and inspired by the land of opportunity. Populist at heart, musical theater is a mirror whereby we express who we are through song, text and movement.”
The second class, music in American culture: jazz in New Orleans, will be taught by jazz studies professor John Davis. The course is designed to focus on the history and development of jazz music in New Orleans.
“Being in the city and actually standing in the same locations where jazz masters got their start adds a depth of understanding that simply isn’t possible in a classroom,” Davis said in the release. “To hear the authentic music being played by local musicians in the same halls that became famous for jazz, visit the locations where significant developments took place and hear directly from guest speakers who grew up with and continue to play New Orleans jazz will make this an experience to remember.”
The three-credit courses will run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 13 and are offered to enrolled students and members of the public. Part of the course will be held online and a portion will be conducted in person during a one-week residency in New York City and New Orleans.
Each course costs $3,000, which includes tuition and lodging during the residency. The application deadline is Tuesday. For more information on additional courses offered during CU’s winter session or to apply, visit colorado.edu/winter/apply-now.
Elizabeth Hernandez: 303-473-1106, [email protected]