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 credits) 
     MUT 110 Music Theory 13
     MUT 111 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 11
     MUT 112 Music Theory 23
     MUT 113 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 21
     MUT 210 Music Theory 3     3
     MUT 211 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 3     1
     MUT 212 Music Theory 4     3
     MUS 213 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 4     1
  
Music History (12 credits) 
     MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz3
     MUH 222 Music History Survey 13
     MUH 223 Music History Survey 23
     MUH 325 History of the American Musical Theatre3
  
Functional Piano (4 credits) 
     MUS 150 Piano Class 11
     MUS 151 Piano Class 21
     MUS 250 Piano Class 31
     MUS 251 Piano Class 41
  
Conducting (2 credits) 
     MUS 244 Basic Conducting2
  
Applied Music (27 credits) 
     Private Lessons (8 semesters)24
     MUS 440 Studio Class - Voice only (6 semesters)0-3

All voice students who are taking applied voice lessons as their primary
instrument must take 6 semesters of MUS 440 Studio Class while studying applied voice.

 
     MUP 490 Senior Recital / Seminar3
     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 Pedagogy2
            
Additional Theatre Courses (23 credits) 
     THE 122 Introduction to Acting3
     THE 220 Acting: Scene Study3
     THE 321 Advanced Acting3

     THE 141/142 Theatre Workshop 1 or 2 (4 semesters of either)

2
     THE 139 Makeup3
     THE 203 Musical Theatre Dance (2 semesters)6
     THE Performance Elective3


Jury Information

Students in the musical theatre concentration will take a progress check jury at the end of each fall semester and a level jury at the end of each spring semester. Jury level expectations are: Level 1 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 2; Level 2 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 4; Level 3 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 6. 

Students in the musical theatre concentration must successfully perform a combination of 6 featured and/or ensemble roles in approved music theatre productions.  In addition, students must successfully complete at least one crew or backstage assignment.  

Admission Information

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.

  1. Performance of a two- to three-minute memorized monologue.
  2. Execute a simple movement combination.
  3. Tests of aural comprehension, rhythmic recitation, and sight singing administered individually by a member of the staff.
  4. A diagnostic written test of music fundamentals, including intervals, scales, chords, and key signatures.