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Search engine covering major subjects; toolkits available for teachers and authors to adopt and create OERs, respectively.
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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."
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...."
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."
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."
Introductory text to public speaking and organizing ideas and evidence for speech preparation.
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."
by C. Schmidt-Jones
Topics include acoustics harmonic series, notes and scales, harmony and form, ear training, and transposition.
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.
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."
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.
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.”
by C. Mitchell
Introductory theatre textbook that covers acting, directing, set design, costumes, lighting, genre, and more.
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."
by S. Valerie
"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."