School of Music
BM in Performance - Musical Theatre
This degree program, offered in collaboration with the Theatre Department, is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in musical theatre performance. The program aims to instill a thorough understanding of music and theatre 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 credits||Credits|
|Music Theory and Aural Skills (16)|
|MUT 100 Music Theory and Aural Skills 1||4|
|MUT 101 Music Theory and Aural Skills 2||4|
|MUT 200 Music Theory and Aural Skills 3||4|
|MUT 201 Music Theory and Aural Skills 4||4|
|Music History (12)|
|MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz||3|
|MUH 222 Music History Survey 1||3|
|MUH 223 Music History Survey 2||3|
|MUH 325 History of the American Musical Theatre||3|
|Functional Piano (4)|
|MUS 150 Piano Class 1||1|
|MUS 151 Piano Class 2||1|
|MUS 250 Piano Class 3||1|
|MUS 251 Piano Class 4||1|
|MUS 244 Basic Conducting||2|
|Applied Music 27 credits|
|Private Lessons (8 semesters)||24|
|MUP 490 Senior Recital / Seminar||3|
|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 Theatre (4 semesters)||2|
|MUS 401 Chorale or MUS 405 Chamber Singers (3 semesters)||1.5|
|Additional Music Courses 2 credits|
|MUS 372 Vocal Pedagogy||2|
|Additional Theatre Courses 27 credits|
|THE 120 Acting: Stage Movement/Voice||3|
|THE 220 Acting: Scene Study||3|
|THE 321 Acting: Advanced Scene Study||3|
|THE 130, 131, 132, 133 Theatre Workshop (4 semesters)||2|
|THE 139 Makeup||3|
|THE 203 Musical Theatre Dance (2 semesters)||6|
|THE Performance Elective||3|
Students in the musical theatre 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 theatre 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:
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.
- Performance of a two to three minute memorized monologue.
- Execute a simple movement combination.
- Tests of aural comprehension, rhythmic recitation, and sight singing administered individually by a member of the staff.
- A diagnostic written test of music fundamentals, including intervals, scales, chords, and key signatures.
Auditions for: Portland Youth Symphony Orchestras, Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, and Youth Choirs
The USM Youth Ensembles invite young musicians and singers (ages 8-18) to audition for the following ensembles.
Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra
Portland Youth Wind Ensemble
Portland Youth Junior Orchestra
Portland Young Peoples String Consort
Southern Maine Youth Chorale
Southern Maine Children's Choir