May 23, 2019  
2008-2009 University Catalogue 
    
2008-2009 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

Musical Theater - Bachelor of Fine Arts


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Program Total Credits: 123

The four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theater Program prepares students for professional careers as performers in the musical theater or for continued study in graduate school. The program defines the term “musical theater” in a way that embraces the richness and diversity of this challenging interdisciplinary art form, which includes musical comedy, the musical play (in the Hammerstein-Sondheim tradition), new and alternative music theater, “Broadway opera,” cabaret, and revue. Students receive the same technique training as do acting majors through their first five semesters. This training is complemented by training in vocal technique, musicianship, dance, and the study of the repertoire of the musical theater in print and recordings, as well as in rehearsal and performance.

Actor training in the School of Theater Arts lies at the heart of the two performance curricula. The training is designed to cultivate the actor’s ability to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” Students develop an understanding that such truth begins with a shared interconnectedness between actors onstage.

Early technique studies, for majors in both acting and musical theater, emphasize the “reality of doing” as it is rooted in a full emotional life, driven by action and expressed with meaning, clarity, and theatricality. To this end, students are challenged to cultivate a fuller understanding of themselves and to continually exercise their skills as analysts of text and as observers of human behavior.

The program introduces students to a range of training methods (Linklater, Meisner, IPA, LeCoq, Williamson, Fitzmaurice, Laban) as a part of their training. The successful student should emerge from the program with a practicable performance technique in place, which enables her/him to develop and sustain a role from first rehearsal to closing night.

Students completing these programs are also expected to be knowledgeable about a variety of styles and types of drama, and the challenges presented by each; to work in a vocally and physically free and efficient manner; to be able to identify their character type and its potential range within the casting conventions of the industry; to have a sense of how to begin to establish a career as a performer; and to possess a work ethic that will support the collaborative nature of theatrical production.

Additionally, the Musical Theater Program seeks to train students who:

  • use the singing voice in a vibrant, healthy, and dramatically effective manner;
  • understand music as the singing actor’s second text and clearly present its expressive intentions;
  • have a solid dance technique and a command of the language of dance and movement; and
  • integrate all component skills of musical theater performance to create consistently honest and expressive behavior.

Freshman Year Credits: 32.5


Fall Credits: 16


Spring Credits: 16.5


  • THMD X32 - Tap Credits: 0.5 cr

Sophomore Year Credits: 34.5


Fall Credits: 16.5


  • THMD X11 - Ballet Credits: 0.5 cr
  • THMD X21 - Jazz Credits: 0.5 cr
  • THMD X31 - Tap Credits: 0.5 cr

Select one course from the following two:


Spring Credits: 18


  • THMD X12 - Ballet Credits: 0.5 cr
  • THMD X22 - Jazz Credits: 0.5 cr

Select one course from the following two:


Junior Year Credits: 31


Fall Credits: 16.5


  • THMD X11 - Ballet Credits: 0.5 cr
  • THMD X21 - Jazz Credits: 0.5 cr 
  • Liberal Arts Credits: 6 cr

Spring Credits: 14.5


  • THST 3XX - Jr. Studio (by advisement) Credits: 3 cr
  • THMD X12 - Ballet Credits: 0.5 cr
  • THMD X22 - Jazz Credits: 0.5 cr
  • Liberal Arts Credits: 6 cr

Senior Year Credits: 25


Fall Credits: 12


  • THMD XXX - Movement Elective Credits: 1 cr
  • Liberal Arts Credits: 6 cr
  • Electives Credits: 3 cr

Spring Credits: 13


  • THMD XXX - Movement Elective Credits: 1 cr
  • Liberal Arts Credits: 3 cr
  • Electives Credits: 6 cr

Liberal Arts Distribution


Note all Liberal Arts courses are 3.0 credits.

  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 15 cr

Musical Theater Core Courses


To remain in good standing for casting consideration or production assignments in the School of Theater Arts, a student must receive a grade of ‘B’ or better in the core courses listed below. In the view of the faculty, a student whose work fails to meet this level of achievement will be considered non-competitive by professional standards.

Review Minimum Grade Requirements within the School of Theater Arts Special Requirements and Regulations 

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