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OER for ECU Foundation Courses: Fine Arts (GE:FA)

OERs for Fine Arts Foundation Courses

This page highlights several open textbooks for courses in the Fine Arts. The purpose of this list is to provide recommendations to faculty who are considering adopting OERs in Foundation courses at East Carolina University. These resources can complement a course or even serve as the primary textbook. This can page can also serve as a reference for students looking for open resources on topics in the Fine Arts. General education courses in the Fine Arts (GE:FA) can be found here:

Selected Providers of Fine Arts OERs

undefined Open Textbook Library  

"These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization."

undefined   Lumen Learning 

"Lumen materials aim to deliver an active learning experience. They include text, images, videos, assessments, directed feedback, practice questions, simulations, and other interactives that invite students to apply their knowledge, improve their understanding, and perform better."

undefined    MERLOT 

"MERLOT search engine provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers."

undefined Open SUNY Textbooks

Open SUNY textbooks is a publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants and SUNY Geneseo. Textbooks are written by faculty experts

undefinedOER Commons

"OER Commons offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners."

undefined  BCcampus

Search engine covering major subjects; toolkits available for teachers and authors to adopt and create OERs, respectively.

MIT Open Courseware

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

Art Studies (ART)

ART 1910 Art Appreciation

undefined  Art Appreciation Open Educational Resource

by M. Porterfield Barry

"The Art Appreciation course explores the world’s visual arts, focusing on the development of visual awareness, assessment, and appreciation by examining a variety of styles from various periods and cultures while emphasizing the development of a common visual language."

undefined  Art Appreciation

by Lumen Learning

"Art Appreciation thoroughly investigates how quality is determined and created by artists in order to evaluate and appreciate art on a deeper level. This course emphasizes why each topic contributes to valuing a piece of art and provides the necessary knowledge to do so...."

undefined  Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning

by P. Sachant, P. Blood, J. LeMieux, R. Tekippe

"Editor's Description: Combining the best elements of both a traditional textbook and a reader, it introduces such issues in art as its meaning and purpose; its meaning and purpose; its structure, material, and form; and its diverse effects on our lives. Its digital nature allows students to follow links to applicable sources and videos, expanding the students’ educational experiences beyond the textbook."

Communications (COMM)

COMM 2020 Fundamentals of Speech Communication

undefined Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking

by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

"Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking features two key themes. First it focuses on helping students become more seasoned and polished public speakers, and second is its emphasis on ethics in communication."

undefined Communications

by Boundless

Introductory text to public speaking and organizing ideas and evidence for speech preparation.

Music (MUSC)

MUSIC 1008 Fundamentals of Music Theory

Open Music Theory

by B. Moseley, B. Hughes, & K. Shaffer

"Open Music Theory is an open-source, interactive, online "text"book for college-level music theory courses...The three original authors use this textbook in the context of "inverted" or "flipped" courses, often following an inquiry-based model. As a result, most of the pages in this textbook do not read like a typical twentieth-century textbook. They are somewhere in between prosy lecture notes and reference material, with minimal graphical or audio examples."

undefined  Understanding Basic Music Theory

by C. Schmidt-Jones

Topics include acoustics harmonic series, notes and scales, harmony and form, ear training, and transposition.

undefined Fundamentals of Music

by MIT Courseware

"This class introduces students to the rudiments of Western music through oral, aural, and written practice utilizing rhythm, melody, intervals, scales, chords, and musical notation. The approach is based upon the inclusive Kodály philosophy of music education. Individual skills are addressed through a variety of means, emphasizing singing and keyboard practice in the required piano labs.

MUSIC 2208 Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation

by Lumen Learning

"This course is an exposition of the philosophy, principles, and materials of music from the Baroque Period to contemporary period with illustrative examples from the Baroque Period, Classical Period, Romantic Period, Contemporary Classical Music and Popular Music. The course is designed to give the student an appreciation of music by exposing them to many musical styles, composers, historical trends, as well as increasing their aural, verbal and writing skills in describing music."

undefined  Music Appreciation

by T. Mueller, E. Whittenburg Ozment, I. Escalante-Chernova, M. Gilley, C. Kilroe-Smith, & R. Fischer

The text includes five modules that cover the following topics: Universals; Instruments; Rhythm; Melody, Harmony, Texture; and Form.

undefined  Understanding Music: Past and Present

by N. Alan Clark, T. Heflin, J. Kluball, & E. Kramer

“The text covers the fundamentals of music and the physics of sound, an exploration of music from the Middle Ages to the present day, and a final chapter on popular music in the United States.”

Theatre (THEA)

THEA 1000 Introduction to Theatre

undefined Open Source Theatre Textbook       

by C. Mitchell   

Introductory theatre textbook that covers acting, directing, set design, costumes, lighting, genre, and more.

 undefined  An Introduction to Technical Theatre

by T. Sanders

"Intended as a resource for both secondary and post-secondary theatre courses, this text provides a comprehensive overview of technical theatre, including terminology and general practices."

undefinedActors and the Art of Performance


"Actors and the Art of Performance opens with a cascade of contradictory motives for becoming an actor. These motives converge in the particular fascination of theater, in which ethics are realized in the aesthetic."