About This Chapter
Who's it for?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering introductory humanities material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn humanities. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding ballet or filmmaking
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning humanities (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about performing arts basics
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra humanities learning resources
How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Introduction to the Performing Arts chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Introduction to the Performing Arts chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any basic performing arts question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an introduction to the performing arts unit of a standard introductory humanities course. Topics covered include:
- Ballet terminology, composers, choreographers and principle dancers
- Contemporary dancers
- Directors and techniques of early film
- The influence of sound film
- Influential filmmakers in America and around the world
1. Ballet Dance Terminology and Key Concepts
The fact that most ballet terms are in French can make them seem intimidating, but they're more accessible than you might think. Learn some of the key terms used in ballet dance.
2. Popular Ballet Dances and Choreographers
Learn about some of the popular and enduring ballet dances, choreographers, and composers throughout history, and find out why audiences go to watch them again and again.
3. Contemporary Dance and Dancers in the United States
Contemporary dance in America is like nothing that came before it. Learn about the dancers and choreographers who shaped this art form in the 20th century and made it uniquely American.
4. Early Film: Directors & Techniques
In this lesson, we will study early film. We will look at the inventions that helped create the movie industry and explore the first films, directors, movie stars, and movie companies.
5. Introduction of Sound to the Film Industry
In this lesson, we will explore the introduction of sound to the film industry. We will learn about the inventions that made sound in film possible, study the first movies with sound, and reflect on the changes that sound brought to the movie world.
6. Influential American Filmmakers: Hitchcock to Spielberg
In this lesson, we will meet a few of America's most famous filmmakers. We will look at the accomplishments of Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, and several other influential directors who have changed the movie industry.
7. Influential World Filmmakers: Kurosawa to Bergman
In this lesson, we will meet some famous international filmmakers. We will explore the contributions of directors like Akira Kurosawa, Sergei Eisenstein, Billy Wilder, and Ingmar Bergman.
8. Narrative Film: Introduction & History
Narrative film is one of the most popular and common types of film styles. Through this lesson, you'll learn what defines narrative film, explore its origins and gain insight into some of its structural elements.
9. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Summary & Characters
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is a spaghetti western set during the Civil War that follows three unsavory characters, played by Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef, who compete and cooperate in their quest for $200,000 in hidden Confederate gold.
10. Don Giovanni: Synopsis, Characters & Composer
In this lesson, you'll learn about the characters and story in Mozart's darkly comic opera, 'Don Giovanni'. You'll also learn how the story of philandering nobleman Don Giovanni expresses ideas connected to a philosophical movement called the Enlightenment.
11. Lute: Definition & History
In this lesson you will learn about the lute, one of the most important instruments of European music in the Renaissance. It is a stringed instrument and similar to the modern acoustic guitar.
12. Madrigal: Definition & History
Did you ever wonder what kind of music people enjoyed during the Renaissance? Meet the madrigal, one of the most popular musical genres of the sixteenth century, and learn about its history and characteristics.
13. Minuet: Definition & Form
In this lesson, you will learn the form and musical characteristics of the minuet. Find out who made the minuet popular and explore the style of the minuet and the evolution of the dance over a 200-year period.
14. Musical Instruments: Types & History
While hundreds of musical instruments exist, the vast majority can be placed into one of five categories, namely woodwind, brass, string, keyboard, and percussion. However, despite the broadness of the categories, each class of musical instrument developed in entirely different ways.
15. Oboe: Definition & History
The snake charmer plays his music, and the snake slithers and climbs out of its earthen pot. The music that typically accompanies this scene is often imitated with the sound of an oboe. In this lesson, we will learn about the instrument called the oboe and examine its history.
16. Petrushka: Music & Analysis
The second of Stravinsky's three ballets written for the Ballets Russes, 'Petrushka' is a landmark and musically complex modern ballet. In this lesson, we'll talk about the story the ballet is based on and Stravinsky's innovative composition.
17. Fashion Design: Definition & Types
Have you ever wanted to design your own clothing? How about creating a unique pair of shoes or one-of-a-kind handbag? In this lesson, learn about different types of fashion design.
18. Movie Lighting Design: Definition & Examples
Lighting on movie and television sets is rarely permanent and almost always will change with each position of the camera. This lesson gives information on the people behind the lights, defining who is responsible for creating and implementing the lighting as well as identifying distinctive lighting techniques used on film sets.
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- Introduction to Morality
- Moral Belief Systems
- Ancient Greek Views on Ethics
- Theories of Natural & Moral Law
- Consequentialist & Non-Consequentialist Philosophies
- Morality Within Western Religion
- Issues of Morality in Life & Death
- Moral Issues in Economic Equality & Poverty
- Philosophical Theory & the Justice System
- Moral Issues in Peacetime & War
- Human Rights Ethics
- Moral Issues in Relationships & Sexuality
- Biomedical Ethics
- Morality in Business
- Environmental Ethics
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