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Musical Theatre

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in Musical Theatre

Minor in Musical Theatre

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Program Overview

The musical theatre program provides students with a solid training in preparation for a career in the professional theatre. Students take classes in movement, voice, singing (both musical theatre and classical) dance (jazz, tap, ballet, modern and musical theatre dance), piano, music theory and various acting styles and techniques.  Students are also given opportunities to hone their skills as performers within experimental productions, performances as part of classroom work and the annual musical.


B.F.A. Degree Requirements

The musical theatre program provides students with a solid theatre education and experience. Students take classes in movement, voice and acting styles. Courses in mime and stage combat are also offered. Musical theatre students take a series of support courses in music as well as upper-level performance courses. Students are also given opportunities to hone their skills as performers within experimental productions, performances as part of classroom work, and the annual musical.

The B.F.A. degree in musical theatre requires 75 credit hours in theatre arts, 15 hours in music and the Drake Curriculum.

Course Credit Hours
THEA 003 - Acting I 3
THEA 004 - Acting II 3
THEA 005 - Readings in Theatre 3
THEA 014 - Movement I 2
THEA 015 - Movement II 2
THEA 018 - Musical Theatre Dance Styles 3
THEA 020 - Voice I 2
THEA 021 - Voice II 3
THEA 030 - Stagecraft (including lab) 4
THEA 031 - Costuming (including lab) 4
THEA 032 - Makeup 3
THEA 055 - Acting III 3
THEA 056 - Jazz 3
THEA 057 - Tap 3
THEA 058 - Ballet 3
THEA 059 - Modern 3
THEA 060 - Musical Theatre I 3
THEA 100 - Acting IV 3
THEA 101 - Musical Theatre II 3
THEA 102 - Auditioning 3
THEA 103 - Directing I 3
THEA 120 - Theatre History I 3
THEA 121 - Theatre History II 3
THEA 123 - American Musical Theatre 3
THEA 124 - Technical Practicum 1
THEA 160 - Stage Management 3
THEA 190 - Senior Capstone 1
MUS 006 - Piano Lab 1* 1
MUS 007 - Piano Lab 2 1
MUS 011 - Foundations of Music Theory 3
MUS 049 - Piano Lab 3 1
MUS 050 - Piano Lab 4 1
MUS 171 - Voice Lessons 1 1
MUS 171 - Voice Lessons 2 1
MUS 171 - Voice Lessons 3 1
MUS 171 - Voice Lessons 4 1
MUS 171 - Voice Lessons 5 1
MUS 171 - Voice Lessons 6 1
MUS 171 - Voice Lessons 7 1
MUS 171 - Voice Lessons 8 1
Total 88

* Students must demonstrate competency in piano equivalent to the completion of MUS 007. This may require students to take MUS 006 as a prerequisite depending on level of experience. Students proficient in piano beyond the level of MUS 007 are eligible to test out of the requirement entirely. All determinations regarding piano proficiency are at the discretion of the piano instructor.


Musical Theatre Minor

The musical theatre program provides students with a solid theatre education and experience. Students take classes in movement, voice and acting styles. Courses in mime and stage combat are also offered. Musical theatre students take a series of support courses in music as well as upper-level performance courses. Students are also given opportunities to hone their skills as performers within experimental productions, performances as part of classroom work, and the annual musical.

For students seeking a degree in another area who wish to minor in Musical Theatre, the following courses are required by the department:

Course Credit Hours
THEA 003 - Acting I 3
THEA 004 - Acting II 3
THEA 014 - Movement I 2
THEA 060 - Musical Theatre I 3
THEA 123 - American Musical Theatre 3
Choose one of the following courses:  
THEA 015 - Movement II 2
THEA 020 - Voice I 2
THEA 032 - Makeup 3
Choose one of the following courses:  
THEA 018 - Musical Theatre Dance Styles 3
THEA 056 - Jazz 3
THEA 057 - Tap 3
THEA 058 - Ballet 3
THEA 059 - Modern 3
Required Music Courses:  
MUS 006 - Piano Lab I* 1
MUS 007 - Piano Lab II 1
MUS 011 - Foundations of Music Theory 3
MUS 171 - Voice Lessons 1 1
MUS 171 - Voice Lessons 2 1
Total 24-27

* Students must demonstrate competency in piano equivalent to the completion of MUS 007. This may require students to take MUS 006 as a prerequisite depending on level of experience. Students proficient in piano beyond the level of MUS 007 are eligible to test out of the requirement entirely. All determinations regarding piano proficiency are at the discretion of the piano instructor.

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