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Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Performing Arts

Performing Arts : Film and Music

Performing Arts in WD&CE comprise courses in music, film, and theater. You can learn to play the piano, make music in an orchestra or band, learn to be a better listener, discover film and acting, and much more. Check the schedule Performing Arts Class Schedule/Cost for more information. Don't see a course you are looking for? Not all classes are offered every semester. To inquire about upcoming opportunities or 240-567-1828.

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Fundamentals of Acting FLM009 (colisted)
This course introduces basic acting skills, including exercises in speech, movement, and imagination.

Introduction to Film, FLM001
(colisted) Get a basic introduction to the study of narrative film. Analysis of film structure and content will be developed. Basic film technique and language are examined. View and discuss examples of historic and contemporary film at the American Film Institute and in class.

History of International Film to 1950, FLM026
This is a survey course, tracing the development of film from the silent era to 1950. The writing, directing, editing, acting, and technical development of film will be examined. Examples of great films from all eras will be screened at the American Film Institute theatre and in class

Screenwriting, FLM020
(colisted) Learn the techniques of narrative storytelling through the camera arts. You will study writing dialogue and action for film and television through several small projects culminating in a final 10-minute script. Films will be screened at the American Film Institute Theatre and in class as examples of effective screenwriting.


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American Popular Music, FLM006 (colisted)
This is a survey of American popular music from the turn of the century to the present with an emphasis on rock music. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Blues Guitar Workshop FLM036
Go beyond the basics of guitar playing and learn to play chords and melodies in the genre of Traditional Blues. You will learn 12-bar blues harmony, basic finger style and bottleneck slide techniques, basic rhythm guitar technique, and the pentatonic and blues scale in open position. Having a blues background provides you a foundation in form, control, feel, and harmonies that can be used in any genre of music such as R&B, Jazz, and Rock. Background needed: a semester of Class Guitar I and/or 2 years of self-taught experience.

Class Guitar I, FLM024 
(colisted) Learn fundamental guitar-playing techniques. This includes basic finger technique and leads to a fundamental technical proficiency. Four hours class instruction each week.

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Class Piano I, FLM022
(colisted) Functional piano training for beginners. You will learn basic keyboard skills for development of the ability to improvise accompaniments, transpose, sightread, and play by ear. Technical studies and repertoire of elementary piano pieces

Class Piano II, FLM023
(colisted) Functional piano training for beginners, using methods and materials suitable for public school teaching. Basic keyboard skills for development of ability to improvise accompaniments, transpose, sightread, and play by ear. Technical studies and repertoire of elementary piano pieces. Prerequisite: Class Piano I or consent of department. Four hours class instruction each week.

Introduction to Music Theory, FLM011
(colisted) An introduction to the basic elements of music, intended for students with limited musical background. Emphasis is on terminology, notation, scales, intervals, triads, and traditional diatonic harmony with a further emphasis on the practical application of these various aspects of music theory.

Listening to Music, FLM013 (colisted)
This introductory course is directed toward listening to music with emphasis on how to listen to music such as symphony, opera, ballet, chamber music, art song, and contemporary

MC Wind Ensemble/ MD Band Directors Band, FLM031
This ensemble studies and performs classic band literature of grades IV and above and improves participants’ skills and knowledge pertaining to instrumental performance and to conducting and rehearsal techniques. The performance repertoire changes for every concert. Professional musicians such as music teachers, military band personnel (active duty and retired) and free lance performers are accepted by interview with conductor. Participation is open to outstanding high school, college-age students, and community band players by audition. Good sight-reading skills are essential. Opportunities for participants to solo and conduct. Six rehearsals and two concerts per semester.

MD Choral Directors Chorus FLM035 
This ensemble studies and performs classic major choral works with the Montgomery College Chorus and improves participants’ skills and knowledge pertaining to vocal technique, singing diction, phrasing, historic performance practice and choral rehearsal techniques. Repertoire is drawn from the classic choral masterpieces by composers such as Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Bach, etc. Open, with permission of the conductor, to school music teachers and choral conductors.

Metropolitan Orchestra at MC, FLM032
A college level symphony orchestra program for selected high school students to build musicianship and work collectively in the interpretation and performance of major symphonic works. You will enjoy a full orchestral experience with other advanced musicians at the College who will serve a mentoring role. This experience will aid you in the pursuit of participation in high-level youth orchestras, college-level orchestras or other equivalent levels. Two concert performances per semester.


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