Friday, January 16, 2009

Spring 2009 College Courses

A new semester has begun, and I thought I'd share with you what I'm studying this semester. Classes started on Wednesday, and it is already off to a busy start. I'm taking 18 credit hours, and I hope to learn a lot.

Beginning Ballet Technique - I'm still in the beginning level of ballet here at Belhaven, and I have run into some challenges as I try to re-train my body to do things the right way according to the Vaganova method. Though at some times the class is slow and a lot of review, I focus on working as hard as I can and know that I have grown in grace and precision since I started my training here. My prayer is that I will be able to use this to be better able to praise God with dance of excellence.

Beginning Modern Technique - I am a ballet/praise dancer through-and-through, and I have never really enjoyed modern dance. However, since it was an 8 a.m. class on Tues/Thurs and I wanted to take another dance class, I decided to try it. I hope that it will help me understand better those who really enjoy modern dance, and it will help me think more creatively. I don't know if I'll want to do it long-term, however. One semester of it may be enough. =)

Mime, Pantomime, Commedia, Mask - Again, I've never really been a huge fan of mime. However, the way it can communicate across language barriers is good, and it can be a great tool. Learning to use your body to tell the story without words is also a good tool for any acting one does. Plus, it is required for theatre majors, so each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 - 10 a.m. we will start with a good workout and go on to explore the aspects of mime and things related to it. Sometimes it's funny to realize that this class is actually a college course, when a lot of what we do is playing games! We do have to learn terms and history too, however. ;-)

Makeup for the Stage - I've never been very knowledgeable about makeup, especially when it comes to how to apply it for the stage. So, in this class we'll learn a lot about how to apply makeup in order to look like innumerable characters. It should be interesting and helpful.

Theatre Ministry Administration - This is the second course for my theatre ministry major, and in it we will continue to explore what it means to be a servant using theatre arts. We will also learn about the logistics of setting up a theatre ministry company, and will be developing a mock company along with mission statement, purpose, and so on.

Civilization II - Part of the required worldview curriculum, we will continue to study history from where we left off last semester. We'll be learning about civilizations from the Middle Ages through the Enlightenment.

Christian Perspectives II - After learning about the major worldviews and what they believe last semester, we'll now be learning about the implications of the Christian worldviews in all of life. This is also a part of the required worldview curriculum, and the professor is very smart and legendary around campus. =)

Form and Meaning II - More worldview curriculum, this course will continue where we left off last semester continuing to study the art of past cultures. We'll also begin to study the music of past cultures as well as the art, which I'm excited about.

Literature II - Also part of the worldview curriculum, this course will be studying literature that corresponds to the historical period we're learning about in Civilization and Form and Meaning, so that everything is tied together. It's usually quite interesting to hear what the teacher has to say about what we read.

Orchestra - It's been very enjoyable to be a part of the orchestra, and I even receive 1 college credit for it! We're playing a pops concert in February, and it has been fun to practice music from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Deliever Us, among other movies.

Flute - I'm taking private flute lessons this semester, which shall be a lot of fun. I look forward to becoming more proficient on this beautiful instrument! I was unable to fit piano lessons in this semester, but I'm glad that I get to go more in-depth with the flute.

So, those are the subjects that will occupy a lot of my time these next few months. What are the rest of you studying this semester in homeschool, public/private school, college, or on your own?


Lily Among Thorns said...

Sounds like a busy and fun semester for you :) I hope you enjoy all of your classes and learn a lot of fun and useful information.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna! Thanks for sharing what your classes are...I love hearing about that kind of stuff! :-)

I'm going to community college for the first time this semester. After being homeschooled all the way through school, I am very nervous/excited about my first classroom experience. I will be taking Intermediate Algebra, Enlglish Composition 101 and Speech 101.

Good luck on all your classes!!

Ella said...

Anna dear, I am trying to wrap my mind around you doing some modern dance. That throws me off!!

My classes are herbal medicine (with a whole textbook of anatomy and physiology), economics, and classical music appreciation. I don't go by semesters, but I still do things!

May the Lord guide you these upcoming months!

Abigail and Lydia said...

I don't thinkt that I would be very good a modern. I like ballet more. I do think that tap would be fun though. I really like the music from The Lion, the Witch, and Wardrobe.'

Anna Naomi said...

1Corinthias611: Hope your college classes go well! Stay on top of the homework and finish things you need for each class before and not after the class, and you'll make the adjustment well.

Ella: I know, I've never expressed a liking for modern dance, and I really don't right now. I decided to take it for the extra exercise and because I wanted 8 a.m. classes Monday through Friday. Plus, I thought it would be helpful for me to be able to evaluate modern dances that I see. I don't expect to take it long term, however!

Abigail: I definitely like ballet more. Modern is somewhat strange. I took tap for one semester and found that I was just too graceful after years of ballet to be able to do it well!

Miss Rose Virginia said...

Oh my, that's a lot of classes! Sounds like fun, though.

MJ said...

This semester is my last before I graduate so some easy classes.
Chemistry 2 at CC
History and Literature from Tapestry of Grace year 2
Spanish 2
Religion 12, our moral life in Christ.

Easy semester but im filling up the extra time with some costuming at my sissy's theater.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,

Wow, you are sure going to be busy! But what fun you will have.

I am a full time worker, but I just signed up for a year long correspondence course to learn about Herbalism.

Julie from Maine

Anonymous said...

I am rather jealous- all those classes sound fun! Unfortunately, dance and theater and not areas I have had opportunities to develop...

Too bad Belhaven isn't in Minnesota. I suspect I might like it, and that is saying a lot, coming from me. ;)


Miriam Rebekah said...

You have quite a bit going on. The mime class sounds interesting...

I'll have a letter coming your way soon.

Miriam Rebekah said...

Oh, and Ella,
I agree about Anna doing modern dance. The image just isn't working out... =)

Anna Naomi said...

Maria: Belhaven does offer a lot, but there are a lot of things that I do not agree with, and many productions I haven't been able to be in in good conscious because of different moves or costumes that are, in my mind, immodest. It's sad, but people seem to think that because it's art, it's okay. =(

The worldview curriculum is interesting how it ties everything together, but it is pretty easy, and I think I could learn more in independent study. My classes this semester are pretty fun, but there is a lot of easy work and sometimes I think how things could easily be done better efficiently and for less money elsewhere.

So, some parts of Belhaven are good, but there's also a lot of hard decisions I have to make about what not to do. But, God is gracious to give wisdom when I need it.

Miriam: I'm learning the modern moves, but it is weird. I don't think I'll be taking it past this semester. It's really hard for me not to throw in ballet grace and arms when we're supposed to be straight or loose. It will probably be a good thing for me to learn this much, but I don't think I'll go further with it.