Arnhold MA in Dance Education: Track 1 (49 Credits Total)
Students in TRACK 1 must complete a 49-credit course of study, which combines courses in the School of Education and the Hunter Dance Program. Applicants to TRACK 1 must have a liberal arts bachelor's degree that satisfies the general education requirements in the Graduate School of Education at Hunter College. If necessary, undergraduate courses may be required to cover deficiencies. Applicants must have a minimum of 34 credits in dance.
School of Education Courses (16 credits)
- SEDF 703: Social Foundations of Adolescent Education (3 credits)
- SEDF 704: Adolescent Development, Grades 7-12 (2 credits)
- SEDF 705: Educational Psychology: Applications to Adolescent Education (2 credits)
- SEDC 710: Building the Foundations of Literacy in Adolescent Education (3 credits)
- SEDC 720: Adolescent Health and Safety (1 credit)
- SPED 708: Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings (3 credits)
- SEDF 706: Assessment of Teaching and Learning in Adolescent Education (graduate level course) (2 credits)
Dance Program Courses (33 Credits)
Pedagogy (11 credits)
- DANED 760: Dance Teaching Methods 1 - Introduction to methods and strategies for lesson planning and curriculum building; examination of contexts for productive learning; differentiated instruction and strategies for reaching students with special needs; use of music in teaching dance. Specific content areas will include Creative Movement, Technique/Physical Skills, Traditional Forms, Dance in the Community, Musical Theater. (3 credits)
- DANED 762: Dance Teaching Methods 2 - Advanced investigation into content of Methods 1, including peer-to-peer inquiry groups, in-house teaching, and self-evaluation. (3 credits)
- DANED 766.05: Student Teaching - 60 days plus 30 hours seminar, workshops, conferences and observations. (5 credits)
Theory/Context/Perspectives (9 credits)
- DAN 740: Aesthetics: (3 credits)
- Aesthetics (Personal and Philosophical) - Aesthetic Analysis of Choreography and Textual Analysis of major works in a variety of genres and styles.
- Contemporary Issues and Trends - Pop Culture, Fusion/Globalism and Collaboration/New Media/Digital Technologies.
- Artistic Ecology - Resources, Careers and Political/Social Activism.
- DAN 742: Dance History - Origins, History, Traditions, Innovations (3 credits)
- Historical Survey.
- Lomax Cultural Origins.
- Trends in Global Dance Studies.
- Trends in Cultural Studies.
- DAN 746: Special Topics - A rotating cycle of content based on student and faculty interests, to include issues such as multi-culturalism, globalism, collaboration, distinct styles and arts administration. (3 credits)
Training and Development of the Mind/Body (9 Credits)
- DAN 701: Physical Training (6 credits - 3 X 2 credits) Course work is focused on the training of the body and both theoretical and practical understanding of its functionalities. This curricular area is designed to be highly responsive to the individual student's needs and interests and will include courses in Contemporary Dance, Ballet, African styles, as well as independent studies in other styles.
- DAN 705: Maintenance of the Instrument (3 credits)
- Survey of somatic approaches to the dancer's instrument.
- Intensive topics in anatomy and kinesiology.
- Analysis of style-based patterns: jazz, urban and world styles.
- Intensive examination of pedagogical integration of somatic thinking.
Creative Work (4 credits)
- DAN 730 - Studies of Forms (3 credits)
- Individualized assignments designed to push students to expand their personal artistic capabilities.
- Practice in creating choreographic work in a variety of forms, genres and styles appropriate to Pre-K-12 environments.
- DAN 735 - Performance/Presentation (1 credit)
- Presentation of original choreography.
- Written analysis of pedagogical principles pertaining to the creative process.