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 - 23 credits|
|THE 122 Introduction to Acting||3|
|THE 220 Acting: Scene Study||3|
|THE 321 Advanced Acting||3|
THE 141/142 Theatre Workshop 1 or 2 (4 semesters of either)
|THE 139 Makeup||3|
|THE 203 Musical Theatre Dance (2 semesters)||6|
|THE Performance Elective||3|
Students in the musical theatre concentration 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.
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 I - earned at the conclusion of Semester 2; Level II - earned at the conclusion of Semester 4; Level III - earned at the conclusion of Semester 6.
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.