Departments & Courses

Arts

DEVELOPS an appreciation for the creative and performing arts;
FOSTERS and ENCOURAGES creative exploration and development;
FACILITATES a cooperative learning environment;
TEACHES the value of our cultural heritage; and
INSTILLS a sense of creative discipline.

Students attending LSMSA have opportunities to study and perform in a wide variety of Arts disciplines. They include:

MUSIC - Students may audition to take private lessons in piano, voice, or most instruments. For those with no prior training, entry-level classes are offered in voice and piano. Students can also take Music Theory and Composition. LSMSA vocalists have many opportunities to perform in Chorale (a classical choir) and Encore (a Broadway-style choir), as well as in solo performances and a number of state and regional competitions. Advanced pianists and instrumentalists can also prepare solo recitals and participate in state and regional competitions. Instrumentalists can audition for the LSMSA Wind or Chamber Ensembles, and some even perform with ensembles at Northwestern State University, including the Natchitoches/Northwestern Symphony.

DANCE - Our dance offerings include Beginning Ballet, Advanced Ballet, Modern Dance, and Jazz Dance. THe Dance Repertory Company, Impulse Dance Theatre, is open by audition and works throughout the year to produce its annual spring concert, parts of which are taken on tour throughout the state.

THEATRE - Students may take classes in Acting I or II and Stagecraft, and have opportunities to work in Speech and Musical Theatre. A popular interdisciplinary course is Studies in Dramatic Text and Performance. The primary acting ensemble is the Theatre Repertory Company, which presents a major production each semester.

VISUAL ARTS - Entry-level classes for budding artists include Drawing and Design. For more advanced students, we have specialized courses in Painting, Watercolor, Printmaking, Ceramics, and Sculpture. Student work is exhibited regularly throughout the school and each year, some of the top work becomes part of the school's permanent collection.

CREATIVE WRITING - This is our newest offering under the Arts umbrella. Students have opportunities to study Poetry, Fiction, Drama, and Literary Non-Fiction. Submission for publication is a requirement in all Creative Writing courses.

At LSMSA, you will be taught and mentored by artists, musicians, composers, writers, actors, and dancers/choreographers. Join us in making great art.
  • AR103 CL Exploring Visual Arts

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Exploring the Visual Arts introduces students to a variety of art materials and techniques while learning the basic elements and principles of art and design. It is the gateway course to the Visual Arts Curriculum. Students will learn tools, techniques, materials, technology, and application of various art forms, subject areas, and careers. Projects will include two and three-dimensional art. A $25 lab fee is required. (ULM dual enrollment option.)
  • AR150 CL Drawing & Painting I

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Drawing and Painting I develops skills in the production, applying the fundamental elements and principles of fine art and design. Students will produce a body of work that shows personal exploration and also artistic philosophy, art criticism, and art history. Students will solve challenging problems in two-dimensional media, effectively transferring their own ideas, feelings, and statements into visual statements of artistic merit. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR103 or consent of the instructor. (NSU dual enrollment option.)
  • AR153 CL Photography

    One semester (½ unit of credit).  Theory and basic skills in making the photographic image.  Small cameras, lenses, filters; lighting techniques, light meters; darkroom procedure.  Photographic composition; film developing; print processing.  Each participant must have their own camera that has adjustable settings or manual override. A $35 lab fee is required.  Prerequisite: AR103 or consent of the instructor. (NSU dual enrollment option.)
  • AR155 CL Design I

    One semester (½ unit of credit).  Design I focuses on two dimensional design concepts as used in a variety of professional design fields including: graphic design, textile design, fashion design, and interior design. A variety of drawing and painting techniques and materials allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the elements and principles of design. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR103 or consent of the instructor.
  • AR160 CL Architecture I

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Architecture I is designed to give students an understanding of residential functional and aesthetic design. The course revolves around designing a vacation home for a particular family on a specific lot and information related to that design. Elements of the course include principles of design, architectural history, technical drafting, sketching, computer design, and model building. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR103 or consent of the instructor.
  • AR170 CL Digital Media I

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Digital Media I introduces students to graphic design, illustration, animation, digital photography, and sound elements of art making. Students will explore the use of digital media through a series of projects using Graphic, Video, and Sound Editing software. A $25 lab fee is required.
  • AR206 CL Printmaking I

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Printmaking I provides students a series of projects introducing them to the craft of fine art printmaking by creating portfolio quality pieces while developing a vocabulary of their own artistic ideas. Projects will include relief printing, wood cut, and silk screen techniques. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR103 or consent of the instructor.
  • AR207 CL Printmaking II

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Continues the development of the skills taught in Printmaking I. In addition to demonstration and technical assignments, students will view historic and contemporary examples of quality prints and will analyze, and discuss specific artworks, identify cultural sources, processes, and the role of printmaking artists. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR206.
  • AR244A CL Special Topics: Contemporary Art

    – One semester (1/2 unit of credit). Appreciating and understanding the value of art is challenging for many people. However, learning about the history, various types of artwork and genres can deepen your comprehension significantly. It can also make you a more well-rounded and interesting individual. This semester long course explores the global perspective on the interaction between contemporary art and culture as well as why you should study and examine art generally. It also allows the student to learn common art terms while providing the opportunity to analyze and interpret work using the language associated with art critique. Individuals will view historic and contemporary examples of how concept and design is used in a variety or art forms, focusing on pieces that push the boundaries of convention and have had a real effect on society. The course includes weekly, short quizzes and a series of three written critiques to test your learning.
  • AR244B CL Special Topics: Art Seminar

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This is an advanced course for students who have taken Photography and Digital Media or Drawing/ Painting and Printmaking. Students will have more independence to work on semester long projects while approaching professional practices in the arts. The seminar style course introduces students to a variety of art publications and essays. Students will explore multiple art mediums as it relates to their personal interests. This course provides students the opportunity to submit their artwork to various publications and shows so they may build a resume. Students will be given the opportunity to make a website and explore social media platforms that favor a variety of artistic mediums. The semester will include discussion of documentary photography, historical painting, and contemporary artists. The emphasis of this course will be on the production of student work in each of the major project areas while learning the language of critique.  Prerequisites: Exploring Visual Arts (AR103) and Two other Art classes. This class requires permission from the Instructor.
  • AR244C CL Adv Visual Arts

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Advanced Visual Arts is offered to students who have already completed Exploring Visual Arts and an additional Visual Arts Course and would now like the freedom to create a series (3-5 pieces) of work based on their own theme. Students will be required to write a short project proposal, to be approved by the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Once a project is determined, success relies on the students artistic skills while developing a series of work related to the designated theme. Advanced students will have the freedom to explore a variety of materials and techniques depending on the work they would like to pursue. Class time will be dedicated to working in the studio, while receiving individual assistance from the instructor. Students will also be required to spend an additional 90 minutes per week working beyond designated class time to achieve the highest quality of work. A $25 lab fee is required.
  • AR250 CL Drawing & Painting II

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Drawing and Painting I develops skills in the production, applying the fundamental elements and principles of fine art and design. Students will produce a body of work that shows personal exploration and also artistic philosophy, art criticism, and art history. Students will solve challenging problems in two-dimensional media, effectively transferring their own ideas, feelings, and statements into visual statements of artistic merit. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR103 or consent of the instructor. (NSU dual enrollment option.)
  • AR255 CL Design II

    One semester (½ unit of credit).  Design II continues the focus of Design I. To include a more advanced focus on on two dimensional design concepts as used in a variety of professional design fields including: graphic design, textile design, fashion design, and interior design. A variety of drawing and painting techniques and materials allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the elements and principles of design. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR155 or consent of the instructor.
  • AR260 CL Architecture II

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Architecture I is designed to give students an understanding of residential functional and aesthetic design. The course revolves around designing a vacation home for a particular family on a specific lot and information related to that design. Elements of the course include principles of design, architectural history, technical drafting, sketching, computer design, and model building. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR103 or consent of the instructor.
  • AR270 CL Digital Media II

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Digital Media I introduces students to graphic design, illustration, animation, digital photography, and sound elements of art making. Students will explore the use of digital media through a series of projects using Graphic, Video, and Sound Editing software. A $25 lab fee is required.
  • AR334 CL Ceramics

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Ceramics I is intended for students who have a basic understanding of the elements and principles of design and would like to study ceramics for the first time. It is a comprehensive introduction to the craft of clay working. The primary emphasis is on studio work leading to a portfolio of finished pieces by the end of the semester. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR103 or consent of the instructor.
  • AR335 CL Ceramics II

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Ceramics I is intended for students who have a basic understanding of the elements and principles of design and would like to study ceramics for the first time. It is a comprehensive introduction to the craft of clay working. The primary emphasis is on studio work leading to a portfolio of finished pieces by the end of the semester. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR103 or consent of the instructor.
  • AR344 CL Sculpture

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Students will learn the basic skills of three-dimensional design through the use of a variety of materials and techniques. Materials such as clay, wood metal, stone, and found objects will be incorporated into the semester’s projects. Throughout the semester the students will be introduced to a variety of historic and contemporary sculptors while discussing the strategies of a variety of artists. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR103 or consent of the instructor.
  • AR345 CL Sculpture II

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Sculpture II continues the development of skills taught in Sculpture I. A $25 lab fee is required. Prerequisite: AR344.
  • DA100 CL Intro to Dance

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit).  This course is an overview of the field of dance designed to introduce students to the theory, practice, exploration and basic vocabulary of the three main genres of concert dance; ballet, modern and jazz. There will be equal emphasis placed on each technique at the basic level, divided into smaller units across the semester. Readings and films for historical context may be used to supplement the physical aspects of this course. Potential assignments may also include assessments, vocabulary tests, performance reviews, and self-reflective written papers.  Prerequisites: None
  • DA103 CL Beginning Ballet

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This course is designed for the beginning level mover in ballet technique. The class progression will follow the traditional format of barre and build up to basic center floor work. Assignments will be video based, memorization of ballet terminology and self-reflective written papers. A class showing at the end of the semester will conclude the course.
  • DA113 CL Beginning Jazz

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This course is designed for the beginning level mover in jazz technique. The class will follow the progression of warm-up and center floor work including turns and jumps, and learning choreography. Strengthening and cardio will also be included. Assignments will be assessments, memorization of terminology, performance reviews and self reflective written papers. A class showing at the end of the semester will conclude the course. Prerequisites: Intro to Dance Technique completed in the last two semesters, or special permission from the Instructor.
  • DA203 CL Intermediate Ballet

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This course is designed for the intermediate level mover in ballet technique. The class progression will follow the traditional format of barre and center floor work. Assignments will be assessments, memorization of ballet terminology, performance reviews and self reflective written papers. A class showing at the end of the semester will conclude the course. Pointe work will also be included in this course with permission from the instructor. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of ballet completed in the past three semesters, including Intro to Dance Technique and Beginning Ballet, or special permission from the Instructor.
  • DA213 CL Intermediate Jazz

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This course is designed for the intermediate level mover in jazz technique. The class will follow the progression of warm-up and center floor work including turns and jumps, and learning choreography. Strengthening and cardio will also be included. Assignments will be assessments, memorization of terminology, performance reviews and self reflective written papers. A class showing at the end of the semester will conclude the course. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of jazz completed in the past three semesters, including Intro to Dance Technique and Beginning Jazz, or special permission from the Instructor.
  • DA223 CL Intermediate Modern

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This course is designed for the intermediate level mover in modern. The class will cover  modern techniques and include center floor work and traveling across the floor. Potential assignments may include assessments, performance reviews, and self reflective written papers. A class showing at the end of the semester will conclude the course. Prerequisites: One semester of Beginning Modern completed in the past two semesters, or special permission from the Instructor.
  • DA244P CL Pointe

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This course is designed for the intermediate level mover in ballet technique. The class progression will follow the traditional format of barre and center floor work. Assignments will be assessments, memorization of ballet terminology, performance reviews and self reflective written papers. A class showing at the end of the semester will conclude the course. Pointe work will also be included in this course with permission from the instructor. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of ballet completed in the past three semesters, including Intro to Dance Technique and Beginning Ballet, or special permission from the Instructor.
  • DA313 CL Advanced Jazz

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This course is designed for the advanced level mover in jazz technique. The class will follow the progression of warm-up and center floor work including turns and jumps, and learning choreography. Strengthening and cardio will also be included. Assignments will be assessments, memorization of terminology, performance reviews and self reflective written papers. A class showing at the end of the semester will conclude the course. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of jazz completed in the past three semesters, including Beginning and Intermediate Jazz, or special permission from the Instructor
  • DA323 CL Advanced Modern

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This course is designed for the advanced level mover in modern technique. The class will cover many modern techniques and include center floor work and traveling across the floor. Assignments will be quizzes, assessments, performance reviews and self-reflective written papers. A class showing at the end of the semester will conclude the course. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of modern completed in the past three semesters, or special permission from the Instructor.
  • DA401 CL Dance Ensemble

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This course is designed for any dancer enrolling in a dance technique class in the same semester and wanting to perform in that semester's dance concert. The progression of rehearsal and performance will follow that of a dance company. Prerequisites: At least one semester of a dance technique course and by audition only.
  • DA403 CL Advanced Ballet

    One semester (1/2 unit of credit). This course is designed for the advanced level mover in ballet technique. The class progression will follow the traditional format of barre and center floor work. Assignments will be assessments, memorization of terminology, performance reviews and self reflective written papers. A class showing at the end of the semester will conclude the course. Pointe work will also be included in this course with permission from the instructor. Prerequisites: 3 semesters of ballet completed in the past three semesters, or special permission from the Instructor.
  • DA704Y CL Independent Study - Dance

    One semester (¼ - ½ unit of credit).  To meet special needs and interests of the advanced students.  Independent or small group studies can be coordinated with the instructor in such areas as dance composition, choreography, improvisation, partnering, or advanced level technique classes.
  • FA101 CL Survey of Arts I

    One semester (½ unit of credit). A chronological overview of the arts in Western Civilization from Ancient Greece to the Neoclassical era, with emphasis on the aesthetic philosophy prevalent in these various epochs. 
  • FA102 CL Survey of Arts II

    One semester (½ unit of credit). A continuation of FA101, beginning with the Romantic era and continuing to the present.
  • FA103 CL Aesthetics

    This course will concern itself with aesthetic issues and various approaches in dealing with such matters. In so doing, a number of complex and controversial matters will be addressed: Theories of art that attempt to define art; art and ethics; censorship of artworks and the social responsibility of the artist; art, politics, and religion; art, propaganda, and commercialism; the creative process, originality, and artist’s intent. (NSU dual enrollment option.)
  • MU101 CL Intro Music Theory I

    MU 101 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THEORY I. One semester (½ unit of credit). This class is designed for the student with little or no musical experience—although it is also beneficial for those students who are involved in music lessons or have played an instrument in the past. Students will study note identification, key signatures, notation, major and minor scales, chord construction, intervals, and basic music rudiments as defined by common practice music theory.
  • MU102 CL Beginning Piano I

    MU 102 BEGINNING PIANO CLASS I. One semester (½ unit of credit). Class meets three hours per week using an electronic keyboard lab to teach basic keyboard skills, music reading, improvisation, solo and ensemble playing, and music fundamentals. Designed for students with little or no previous musical training. Prerequisites: interview with instructor.
  • MU103 CL Beginning Piano II

    MU 103 BEGINNING PIANO CLASS II. One semester (½ unit of credit). Continuation of skills begun in Beginning I. Prerequisites: Grade of A or B in Beginning Piano I, or audition and consent of instructor.
  • MU123 CL Voice Class I

    MU 123 VOICE CLASS I. One semester. (½ unit of credit). This class is designed for the student who has minimal or no musical skills and no previous experience with private vocal study. Students will learn basic vocal technique and musicianship including producing a safe, healthy and correct vocal sound, breathe support, tonal placement, diction, and stage presence. If necessary, this course may also include basic musicianship skills such as note identification, counting, and learning to play a melody line on the piano. Students in this class will be required to sing both with the group and as a soloist in front of the class.
  • MU201 CL Intro Music Theory II

    MU 201 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THEORY II. One semester (½ unit of credit). Continuation of skills begun in MU101 leading to traditional music theory defined by common period practice theory. Students will continue learning chord construction, identification, melody, tertian harmony, and simple harmonization. Four part writing will also be introduced at this time. Prerequisites: completion of MU 101 or consent of instructor.
  • MU202 CL Intermediate Piano I

    MU 202 INTERMEDIATE PIANO CLASS I. One semester (½ unit of credit). Class meets three hours per week using an electric keyboard lab to improve keyboard skills, music reading, solo and ensemble playing, and fundamentals of piano repertoire. Prerequisites: Grade of A or B in Beginning Piano II, or audition and consent of instructor.
  • MU203 CL Intermediate Piano II

    MU 203 INTERMEDIATE PIANO CLASS II. One semester (½ unit of credit). Continuation of skills begun in Intermediate Piano I. Prerequisites: Grade of A or B in Intermediate Piano I, or audition and consent of instructor.
  • MU213 CL Music Composition

    MU 213 MUSIC COMPOSITION. One semester (¼ unit of credit). Students will receive a fifty minute lesson each week in music compositional techniques, including melody writing, harmonization, and counterpoint techniques, among others, in preparation for performance of works created by the students. In some cases, theory techniques along with sight-singing and dictation will be given instead. Prerequisites: Completion of MU101, current enrollment in a music theory course and consent of instructor.
  • MU223 CL Voice Class II

    MU 223 VOICE CLASS II.One semester (½ unit of credit). Voice Class II serves as a continuation of skills learned in Voice Class I. Students will continue to study the proper production of a safe, healthy sound, while adding experience singing in a foreign language. Other topics of study include the International Phonetic Alphabet, diction, various vocal qualities, and performance practices. Students in this class will be required to sing both with the group and as a soloist in front of the class. Pre-requisite: Satisfactory progress in Voice Class I, or consent of instructor.
  • MU233 CL Chorale

    MU 233 CHORALE. One semester (½ unit of credit). Louisiana School Chorale is a traditional concert choir designed to foster and develop young singers' healthy vocal technique, musicianship, and performing artistry as well as their knowledge of choral music literature. Instruction is provided for studying various styles and historical periods of choral literature, and opportunities are given for practical performing experience. All students are required to provide performance attire. Prerequisites: Vocal placement audition with instructor.
  • MU254B CL Mixed Ensemble

    MU 254B MIXED ENSEMBLE. One semester (½ unit of credit). This is a highly selective course designed to offer advanced performers opportunities to play challenging music literature in a professional setting. Brass and wind players will be formed both in small and large groups according to works being performed. This group may also participate in all LSMSA assemblies where appropriate including, but not limited to, Junior Recognition, Veteran's Day, Holiday Celebration and President’s Day. Generally this groups gives two concerts a semester. In the Spring, this group participates in the LMTA Large Ensemble Assessment. Also non-graduating member perform at the LSMSA Graduation Ceremony. Prerequisites: Audition and consent of Instructor.
  • MU255 CL Chamber Ensemble

    MU 255 CHAMBER ENSEMBLE. One semester (¼ unit of credit). This course is designed to offer selected advanced performers opportunities to play challenging music literature in a professional setting. This may include string, brass, and woodwind performers. These instrumentalists will be formed in a chamber setting according to works being performed. This group may also participate in all LSMSA assemblies where appropriate including, but not limited to, Junior Recognition, Veteran’s Day, Holiday Celebration and President’s Day. The main purpose of this group is to perform for the Louisiana Composer’s Consortium, the LSMSA GALA and other special events as dictated by the Instructor through the School. This is in addition to concerts presented by the Ensemble throughout the year. Prerequisite: Audition and consent of Instructor.
  • MU272 CL Private Voice

    MU 272 PRIVATE VOICE. One semester (1/4 unit of credit). Private Voice will meet twice a week. One meeting will provide individualized instruction in producing a safe vocal sound and presenting a polished interpretation of selected vocal literature. The second meeting will provide a class during which all Private Voice students meet to study diction, IPA, some vocal literature, and other topics as appropriate to the abilities of the students. This class will also be a forum for performances and master classes, particularly by students working toward the goal of a vocal recital. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Permission of instructor and enrollment in Chorale (MU233).
  • MU283 CL Minor Piano

    MU 283 MINOR STUDY PIANO. One semester (¼ unit of credit). Students will receive a fifty minute lesson each week to work on repertoire, technique, and overall musicianship. Students will have the opportunity to perform on student recitals. Minimum weekly practice is five hours. Prerequisites: audition and interview with instructor.
  • MU301 CL Adv Music Theory I

    MU301 ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY I. One semester (½ unit of credit). Continuation of MU201. ). Continuation of MU201. There will be a further development of common practice theory. Chromaticism will be studied. A more advanced look at chord construction will take place as well as modulation into other keys. Emphasis will be placed on music analysis—especially the chorales of J.S. Bach. The class will include a look at music history to understand how common practice music theory developed. Prerequisites: completion of MU201 or consent of instructor.
  • MU302 CL Adv Music Theory II

    MU 302 ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY II. One semester (½ unit of credit). Continuation of MU301. We will discuss the pros and cons of common practice theory as it is applied through the Romantic Period. Selected composers will be discussed in connection on how they propelled music forward. Emphasis will be placed on more complex music analysis—especially works of Chopin and others who are not easily explained through c.p.p.t.   Prerequisites: completion of MU301 or consent of instructor.
  • MU383 CL Major Piano

    MU 383 MAJOR STUDY PIANO. One semester (½ unit of credit). Students will receive either two fifty minute lessons or one 1-hour lesson and a studio class each week (depending on enrollment) to work on repertoire, technique, and overall musicianship. The course will culminate in a senior recital during the student's final semester. Students are to participate in festivals, recitals, and competitions. Minimum weekly practice is ten hours. Prerequisites: Audition and interview with instructor.
  • MU401 CL Adv Music Theory III

    MU 401 ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY III. One semester (½ unit of credit). Continuation of MU302. The main concentration here will be on 20th-century music theories and techniques by looking at the music of seven various composers. Emphasis will be placed on more complex music analysis seeing where music has gone since the breakdown of common practice theory. Prerequisites: completion of MU302 or consent of instructor.
  • MU402 CL Adv MusicTheory IV

    MU 402 ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY IV. Spring semester (½ unit of credit). Continuation of MU401. Continuation of 20th-century music theories and techniques. A more in-depth analysis will be presented by   analyzing music by various composers who are significant figures in 20th-century music. Prerequisites: completion of MU401 or consent of instructor.
  • TH103 CL Beginning Acting

    One Semester (½ Unit of Credit). Development of the fundamental aspects of the craft of acting. The exploration of focus, imagination, and intent will play out through study of improvisation, auditions, and scene work. The course will culminate in a performance for an invited audience
  • TH113 CL Stagecraft

    One semester (1?2 unit of credit). Students in this class will learn the basic theory and principles of stage, set, and costume design, and may gain hands- on experience by assisting Theatre Repertory Productions. After completing this course, students may apply for enrollment in Stage Production, TH113. (NSU dual enrollment option.)
  • TH123 CL Improvisation

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This course will focus on the fundamentals of Theatrical and Comedic Improvisation. Through improv games, short scenes, and long-form scene work, the student will develop their abilities to react to situations and trust their instincts. Improv is an ensemble driven creation and students will be expected to work in partners and in teams. Through this course, the student will develop communication skills, audition skills, and overall performance awareness. The students will perform in teams on a bi-weekly basis using increasingly complicated forms and culminating in a “Harold”, the keystone of long-form improvisation.
  • TH203 CL Intermediate Acting

    One Semester (½ Unit of Credit). Further exploration of the craft of acting through a focus on Stanislavski and Meisner methods. Through improvisation and scene study, actors will utilize moment work and critique to further their use of objectives, actions, and motivation as they construct fully developed characters. The course will culminate in a performance for an invited audience. Prerequisite: TH103
  • TH213 CL Stage Production

    TH213 Stage Production (1/2 credit) Students in this class will build upon theory and principles of stage, set, and costume design and production, and will gain hands on experience by assisting Theatre Repertory Productions.  Prerequisite is TH113 or permission of Instructor.
  • TH223 CL Adv Improvisation

    One semester (½ unit of credit). This course will focus on the fundamentals of Theatrical and Comedic Improvisation. Through improv games, short scenes, and long-form scene work, the student will develop their abilities to react to situations and trust their instincts. Improv is an ensemble driven creation and students will be expected to work in partners and in teams. Through this course, the student will develop communication skills, audition skills, and overall performance awareness. The students will perform in teams on a bi-weekly basis using increasingly complicated forms and culminating in a “Harold”, the keystone of long-form improvisation.
  • TH244S CL Script Analysis

    One Semester (½ Unit of Credit) Students will read, analyze, write about, and discuss up to 12 important theatre scripts over the course of the semester. This will be done with the intention of conceptualizing plays as a director would prior to conducting auditions. Each semester may focus on different offerings of theatre (20th Century, Absurdism, Farce, etc.). Possible viewing and critique of both LSMSA and NSU performances. Prerequisite: TH103 or consent of the instructor
  • TH244T CL Adv Acting Styles

    One Semester (½ Unit of Credit). Exploration of the craft of acting with a focus on various theatre styles away from traditional or modern contexts. For example: Greek, Shakespeare, Absurdism, Ensemble/Chorus Work, Commedia, and Improvisation. The course will culminate in a performance for an invited audience.  Prerequisites: Beginning, Intermediate Acting, or consent of the instructor
  • TH323 CL Theatre Repertory

    One Semester (½ Unit of Credit). By audition only. Students in the course will rehearse and perform the main school production during the semester. Prerequisite: TH103 or consent of the instructor in addition to passing the audition process. All students are encouraged to audition if they so desire.
  • TH333 CL Musical Theatre Cabaret

    One semester (½ unit of credit). Students will explore musical theatre production through research, rehearsal and performance for the public of musical solos and scenes. The course will focus on a practical application of acting, singing, and movement techniques to varies styles of period and contemporary musical theatre works. Prerequisites: Acting I and consent of the instructor.     
  • TH704Y CL Independent Study - Theatre

    MU 704 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC. One semester (¼ or ½ unit of credit). A course that is arranged between an instructor and a small, select group of students. Topics may include symphonic literature, music history, and aesthetics. Course work includes lectures and class time spent on activities, as well as independent research. Prerequisite: consent of Department Chair.

Department Faculty

  • Al Benner

    Senior Lecturer of Instrumentals, Theory and Composition, Department Chair
    318-357-2537
    Louisiana State University - Doctor of Musical Arts
    Tulane University - Master of Fine Arts
    Tulane University - Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Tulane University - Bachelor of Arts
  • Lisa Benner

    Senior Lecturer of Voice and Chorale
    318-357-2538
    Louisiana State University - Master of Music
    University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point - Bachelor of Music
  • Charles Jones

    Senior Lecturer of Piano
    318-357-2554
    University of Texas at Austin - Doctor of Musical Arts
    University of Texas at Austin - Master of Music
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Bachelor of Music
  • Marcus Journey

    Instructor of Visual Arts
    318-357-2580
    Louisiana Tech University - Master of Fine Arts
  • Chris King

    Lecturer of Visual Arts
    318-357-2555
    California Institute of the Arts - Master of Fine Arts
    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - Bachelor of Fine Arts
    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Crystal Lewis

    Instructor of Dance
    318-357-2559
    Sam Houston State University - Master of Fine Arts
    Southeast Missouri State University - Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Karn Richoux

    Instructor of Technical Theatre
    318-357-2573
    Florida State University - Master of Fine Arts
    Hamline University - Bachelor of Arts
  • Scott Theriot

    Instructor of Theatre
    318-357-2566
    University of New Orleans - Master of Fine Arts
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette - Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Art Williams

    Executive Director Emeritus, Instructor of Guitar