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Musical Theatre

Degree Options

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in musical theatre.

Description of Program

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.

Requirements for Major

Listed below is a sample schedule of one of the four areas of concentration for a B.F.A. in musical theatre. Students pursuing degrees with an acting, directing or theatre design emphasis will have somewhat different requirements. For more information, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts.

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

First Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts 3 (Acting I)
Theatre Arts 14 (Movement I)
Theatre Arts 20 (Voice I)
Theatre Arts 30 (Stagecraft I) or Theatre Arts 31 (Costuming)
Theatre Arts 60 (Musical Theatre I)
First-Year Seminar
Music 171 (Voice – singing lessons)
Total

First Year — Second Semester
Theatre Arts 4 (Acting II)
Theatre Arts 15 (Movement II)
Theatre Arts 21 (Voice II)
Theatre Arts 30 (Stagecraft II) or Theatre Arts 31 (Costuming)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Music 171 — (Voice – singing lessons)
Total

Sophomore Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts 32 (Makeup)
Theatre Arts 57 (Tap)
Theatre Arts 120 (Theatre History I)
Music 171 (Voice – singing lessons)
Music 11 (Foundations of Music Theory)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Sophomore Year — Second Semester
Theatre Arts 55 (Acting III)
Theatre Arts 56 (Jazz)
Theatre Arts 121 (Theatre History II)
Music 171 (Voice – singing lessons)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Junior Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts 5 (Readings in Theatre)
Theatre Arts 58 (Ballet)
Theatre Arts 160 (Stage Management)
Music 6 (Piano)
Music 171 (Voice – singing lessons)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Junior Year — Second Semester
Theatre Arts 59 (Dance for Theatre III)
Theatre Arts 101 (Musical Theatre II)
Theatre Arts 123 (American Musical)
Music 6 (Piano)
Music 171 (Voice – singing lessons)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Senior Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts 100 (Acting IV)
Theatre Arts 103 (Directing I)
Theatre Arts 124 (Technical Practicum)
Music 171 (Voice – singing lessons)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Senior Year — Second Semester
Theatre Arts 18 (Musical Theatre Dance Styles)
Theatre Arts 102 (Auditioning)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Senior Capstone Experience
Music 171 (Voice – singing lessons)
Total

Credit Hours
3
2
2
4
3
3
1
18


3
2
2
4
3
1
15


3
3
3
1
3
3
16



3
3
3
1
6
16

3
3
3
1
1
6
17


3
3
3
1
1
3
14


3
3
1
1
6
14


3
3
6
1
1
14

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