Questions and Answers
Who? The Department of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance
What? The two departments will be conjoined to formulate a combined Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.
When? Fall 2011, transitions will begin in the Spring 2011 and through the Summer 2011.
Why? The initial motivation for the reorganization was driven by budgetary issues but soon gave way:
- to a wonderful opportunity for increased collaboration between the two departments.
- to the opportunity for the three areas (music, theatre, dance) to further embody and strive towards achieving aspects of the College of Arts and Letters Mission, Vision and Goal Statement.
- to strive towards achieving aspects of the University: Institutional Learning Goals (see below).
Where? The Department of Music, Theatre Arts and Dance main office will be located in MUS 127 (currently the Department of Music).
How? The reorganization has the three units of Music, Theatre and Dance in one department.
- Q: Will there be any immediate changes in the curriculum?
- Q: Will there be any negative impact on student time to graduation?
- Q: Will there be any negative impact on student services?
- Q: Will there be any negative impact to student access to classes?
- Q: Will there be any negative impact to student access to academic advisement?
- Q: Will this change my degree program?
- Q: Will there be a change in the number of performance opportunities?
A: Could Increase!
- Q: If I am a Theatre Arts student (or Music student or Dance student) will I be able to take classes in the other areas for credit?
A: Currently students can take any university class, assuming the pre-requisites have been met and course credit for free electives are always possible. The principal advisor in your area of study will determine program credit.
- Q: If the semester conversion is approved by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, how will it affect my progress towards graduation?
A: All efforts are being made by the university to ensure that the time to graduation for currently enrolled students is not delayed. No delay in graduation will result from the reorganization of Music, Theatre and Dance.
The primary interests of students are at the forefront of planning. Starting in the Fall 2010 the combined faculty of Music, Theatre and Dance have been working in weekly meetings to address all the primary issues related the reorganization of the two departments. Across the country there are many combined Departments or Schools of Music, Theatre and Dance.
Note: Students will be invited to an open information sharing in the Spring 2011 to ask questions and get further clarification. Until then, please send questions or comments to: Arts & Letters AL@calstatela.edu.
See the College of Arts and Letters Mission, Vision and Goal Statement: http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/al/mission.php
The following are just a few ways in which the reorganization will continue to support and work towards meeting the mission, vision and goals of the college.
- Offer graduate, undergraduate, and single-subject programs that meet and exceed accreditation and disciplinary standards and that foster student mastery of their chosen field.
The Music Department is currently accredited. With the reorganization there is a strong effort to lay the foundations for the future accreditation of Theatre and Dance. Consultation visits will occur in February 2011 for the future accreditation of Theatre and Dance.
- Provide students with an education in the arts that allows them to develop their basic skills and their appreciation of the way the arts across multiple formats can illuminate human experience. The combined department will reinforce the important links and collaborative engagement of the arts of music, theatre and dance.
- Prepare educators, visual and performing artists, scholars, and other professionals for successful careers by establishing an environment that fosters collaborative engagement throughout their educational experience.
- Create original work in the arts that contributes to the education of our students and to the general advancement of the importance of the arts across the formats of music, theatre and dance.
- Provide opportunities for cultural enrichment through artistic and humanistic events, activities, and performances for the extended campus community being in increase collaboration between music, theatre and dance.
- Provide opportunities for interdisciplinary study across disciplines within the arts.
See the University: Institutional Learning Goals https://spcc.calstatela.edu/ilo.php
The following are just a few ways in which the reorganization will continue to strive towards meeting the institutional learning goals of CSULA:
- Provide the opportunity to further the mastery of area content and processes of critical inquiry in music , theatre and dance-- as a combined department
- Provide the opportunity to enhance applied and intellectual skills across a broader terrain of informing practices in music, theatre and dance.
- Provide the opportunity to further establish as a stronger community of performing artists in music, theatre and dance
- Provide the opportunity to increase collaboration in staged productions and performance across music, theatre and dance.
- As well as establishing a group of working professionals and teacher-scholars in a context of integrative learning in the performing arts that does not compromise the integrity of individual areas of study, but enhances the possibilities of the whole.