School of Music

BM in Performance - Musical Theater

This degree program, offered in collaboration with the Theatre Department, is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in musical theater performance. The program aims to instill a thorough understanding of music and theater and their relationship to contemporary society. Private lessons, solo and ensemble performance, and the theatrical training necessary for this discipline are emphasized. A basic understanding of the standards and opportunities for professional performance leads the student to realistic expectations for a career as a performer or teacher.

The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 120.

Music CORE 30-34 creditsCredits
Music Theory and Aural Skills (16) 
     MUT 100 Music Theory and Aural Skills 14
     MUT 101 Music Theory and Aural Skills 24
     MUT 200 Music Theory and Aural Skills 34
     MUT 201 Music Theory and Aural Skills 44
Music History (12) 
     MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz3
     MUH 222 Music History Survey 13
     MUH 223 Music History Survey 23
     MUS 325 History of the American Musical Theater3
Functional Piano (4) 
     MUS 150 Piano Class 11
     MUS 151 Piano Class 21
     MUS 250 Piano Class 31
     MUS 251 Piano Class 41
Conducting (2) 
     MUS 244 Basic Conducting2
  
Applied Music 28 credits 
     Private Lessons (8 semesters)24
     MUP 490 Capstone: Performance4
     MUS 442 Recital Class (4 semesters) 0
  
 Students in the musical theatre concentration will divide their 24 credit
hours of applied music equally between classical applied studies and
musical theatre coaching by taking either a 2-credit or a 1-credit
lesson in each area every semester.
  
Ensembles 3.5 credits 
     MUS 404 Opera Workshop: Musical Theater (4 semesters)2
     MUS 401 Chorale or MUS 405 Chamber Singers [3 semesters]1.5
  
Additional Music Courses 2 credits 
     MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument 
            (Musical Theatre Literature)2
  
Additional Theatre Courses 29 credits 
     THE 120 Acting: Stage Movement/Voice3
     THE 220 Acting: Scene Study3
     THE 321Acting: Advanced Scene Study3
     THE 130, 131, 132, 133 Theatre Workshop, 4 semesters4
     THE 139 Makeup3
     THE 201 Cultural History ot Theatre3
     THE 226 Professional Auditioning and Marketing Techniques3
     THE 103 Contemporary Dance3
     THE 203 Musical Theatre Dance [two semesters]6
     Dance Elective3
  
Additional Non-music / Non-theatre Courses 9 credits 
Electives9

Students in the musical theater concentration will be expected to achieve an approved jury level at the end of each semester in order to stay in the program. They must successfully perform two significant roles and one chorus role in an approved music theater production. Students must successfully complete a crew or backstage assignment; presence is required at all strikes for all productions in which students participate, whether as a crew or cast member.

 

Admission to the Musical Theatre program is based on the following criteria:

 

  1. Vocal performance audition of two pieces from the Musical Theatre literature; one ballad and one up-tempo piece.  The applicant should also be prepared to sing one classical or traditional piece.
  2. Performance of a two to three minute memorized monologue
  3. Execute a simple movement combination.
  4. Tests of aural comprehension, rhythmic recitation, and sight singing administered individually by a member of the staff.
  5. A diagnostic written test of music fundamentals, including intervals, scales, chords, and key signatures.

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