AA in Performance

The Associate of Arts in Performance program is musically oriented and develops a foundation of contemporary performance skills in the genres of voice, acting and dance. The overall program provides students with technical proficiency, live performance experiences, and core academic classes foundational to becoming well-rounded artists and individuals.

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts in Performance program the student will:

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency and a well-rounded skill set in vocal, acting and dance performance.
  • Demonstrate artistic integrity and authenticity in performance.
  • Develop confidence and professionalism while building a working repertoire.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply concepts learned in one performance genre to other disciplines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply an analytical process to performance.
  • Demonstrate clarity of communication in written, verbal, and nonverbal communication methods.
  • Demonstrate an ability to approach situations with an understanding of cultural diversity and equality.

Requirements

All courses outlined are required for the student to be awarded the Associate of Arts in Performance. In addition, students will participate in pre-production, rehearsals, performance observation and public performances in conjunction with the appearance calendar of The Young Americans.

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts reserves the right to alter curriculum as needed.

Performance Core Courses • 28 Units

All Courses Required

MU 101 – Chorale I or Chorale II – 2 units
MU 111 – Semi-Private Voice – 1 unit
MU 112 – Private Voice Instruction A – 1 unit
MU 121 – Piano I or II – 1 unit
MU 128 – Vocal Techniques I – 1 unit
MU 129 – Vocal Techniques II – 1 unit
MU 130 – Music Theory I – 3 units
MU 131 – Music Theory II – 3 units
MU 290 – Performance Teaching Practicum – 2 units
DAN 120 – Classical Ballet I or II – 1 unit
DAN 123 – Tap Dance – 1 unit
THF 100 – Intro to Acting – 1 unit
THF 110 – Scene & Character Development – 1 unit
THF 115 – Improvisation – 1 unit
THF 150 – Intro to Stagecraft – 1 unit
THF 210 – Musical Theatre – 2 units
THF 270 – Stagecraft Crew – 2 units
THF 290 – Performance Practicum – 2 units
THF 299 – Advanced Performance – 1 unit

General Education Courses • 30 units

All Courses Required

English Comprehension – 9 units required
ENG 111 English Composition I – 3 units
ENG 112 English Composition II – 3 units
COM 170 Interpersonal Communications – 3 units

Natural Science – 4 units required
BIO 133 Human Biology with Lab – 4 units

Quantitative Reasoning – 3 units required
B 104 Business Math – 3 units

Social Science – 7 units required
PSY 161 Intro to Psychology – 3 units
B 104 Teaching Methods by Age and Development with Lab – 4 units

Humanities – 3 units required
MU 120 History of Music – 3 units
THF 101 Survey of Theatre – 3 units

Cultural Understanding – 3 units required
SOC 171 Intro to Sociology – 3 units

Physical Education – 1 unit required
DAN 121 Jazz Dance I – 1 unit
DAN 221 Jazz Dance II – 1 unit

Emphasis Options

Vocal Emphasis – 4 units
Performance Core + General Education, plus the following:
MU 112 Private Voice Instruction B – 1 unit
MU 102 Chorale II – 1 unit
MU 205 Vocal Techniques III – 1 unit
THF 230 Auditioning Techniques – 1 unit

Acting Emphasis – 4 units
Performance Core + General Education, plus the following:
THF 102 Acting I – 3 units
THF 230 Auditioning Techniques – 1 unit

Dance Emphasis – 4 units
Performance Core + General Education, plus the following:
DAN 220 Classical Ballet II or DAN 250 Classical Ballet III – 1 unit
DAN 221 Jazz Dance II or DAN 251 Jazz Dance III – 1 unit
DAN 260 Choreography – 1 unit
THF 230 Auditioning Techniques – 1 unit

If no emphasis is selected
Electives – 2 units

REQUIREMENTS

The following placement score requirements are necessary to place into certain courses that are a part of the AA program:

  • ACT or SAT Scores
    • ACT minimums: Reading: 21, English 18
      • Minimum Reading and English scores of 13 are acceptable, but will require an additional class
    • SAT Minimums
      • For new SAT launched in 2016: Writing/Language: 25, Reading: 25
        • Minimum scores of Writing/Language: 19, Reading: 14 are acceptable, but will require an additional class
      • For old SAT (prior to May 2016): English/Writing: 430, Reading: 450
        • Minimum scores of English/Writing: 340, Reading: 250 are acceptable, but will require an additional class
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