Using guitar, piano, and voice talents, Sydney Steffen observed, co-treated, and led sessions with children and adults with varying intellectual and developmental disabilities for her music therapy internship.
CSU music education master’s student Maddy Cort focused her graduate research on contemporary music courses that music teachers are often requested to teach as a part of their course load in Colorado secondary schools, including guitar, piano, and electronic music.
Choreography translates the border between the emotional concept and the physical moves themselves, and allows an audience to hold their own perceptions and their own story. Three CSU Dance majors produce their senior capstone, taking their initial idea or concept and translating it into a performance, moving the idea from an internal realm to an external one.
In the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, together we persevere, discover, investigate, connect, and engage. From concerns about human bioaerosol emissions to finding new spaces and ways to perform, faculty and students in the performing arts have been challenged to find new ways to express themselves and the human condition.
Avoiding burnout and prioritizing wellness is an important and new effort of SMTD, who has just started a class on self-care for creative arts majors. While most performers have a deep emotional investment in very personal work, the faculty are trying to teach students that sacrificing for your art doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your body, mind, and spirit.
It’s been a very tough year for the performing arts, but donor support has not wavered. The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance received $20M in support in 2020, including the upgrade and naming of the Instrument Rehearsal Hall, thanks to Cindy Haraway “Boomer.”
The University Center for the Arts is a historic place of learning and a celebrated artistic venue with museums, dance halls, and performance spaces.