The Department of Theatre Arts offers students three different ways to study musical theatre. The first is to follow the BA in Theatre with the Music Theatre Track. The second is to double major in Theatre and Music and take additional courses in Dance. The third is to double major in Theatre and Dance and take additional courses in Music. The first option is the easiest to complete in four years; the second and third options may require some additional study beyond four years. Below is information about each of the options. We welcome you to the study of musical theatre!
The Music Theatre Track provides a gateway for students to develop and enhance the performance skills necessary for a music theatre performer to be successful. Students will develop sufficient skills to audition professionally and pursue further instruction. They will take courses in acting, singing, musicianship, and dance, all of which are essential to the successful musical theatre performer.
Requirements: The Music Theatre Track requires 51 semester hours of course work. These include 36 required for the Theatre Arts major, 8 in Dance and 7 in Music. Each student’s program of study will culminate in a final presentation, to be determined in consultation with the track advisor. The final project may be a performance of a scene or one or more roles in a music theatre production. If it is the latter, the production may occur any time in the student’s last two years of study. Final projects may take place in the Music Theatre Workshop course.
Complete the Theatre major (36 s.h.)
Required courses (which also satisfy other major requirements)
- Musical Theatre History (dramatic lit) (3 s.h.)
- Acting 2 (elective) (3 s.h.)
- Movement (elective) (3 s.h.)
- Voice (elective) (3 s.h.)
Dance (8 s.h.)
- 1 course in Jazz (any level) (2 s.h.)
- 1 course in Hip-Hop (any level) (2 s.h.)
- 2 additional courses (any level) offered in: (4 s.h.)
- Hip Hop
Music (7 s.h.)
- Vocal Performance (4 semesters) (4 s.h.)
- Music Theatre Workshop (2 s.h.)
- Group Piano 1 or 2 (1 s.h.)
Total hours (51 s.h.)
- Annual productions include at least one music theatre piece produced by the Department of Theatre Arts; two operas or musicals produced by the School of Music; and musicals produced locally by City Circle or other theatre groups approved by the faculty.
- Students who perform a major role in a local production will have their performance evaluated by faculty; coaching may also be provided with the approval of the production director.
- Students who complete the Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Music Theatre will have that concentration listed on their University transcript.
How to become part of the Music Theatre Track
For more information on the Music Theatre Track, or if you are interested in declaring the track, contact John Cameron.
Students interested in pursuing a course of study in music, theatre and dance may choose from two possible curricula: the Dance/Theatre Double Major or the Music/Theatre Double Major. Students will major in two outstanding arts departments and will have access to courses and activities in a third. These highly rigorous curricula help prepare students for the special challenges of musical theatre performance.
- The Dance/Theatre double major allows students to major in both the Theatre BA program and the Dance BA program, with additional suggested courses available in music. See a suggested "road map" of courses here.
- The Department of Dance requires an entry audition the semester prior to beginning classes; the Department of Theatre Arts requires no audition to become a major but does require an audition after the completion of Acting II prior to advanced study in acting.
- The Music/Theatre double major allows students to major in both the Theatre BA program and Music BA program, with additional suggested courses available in dance and/or theatre movement. See a suggested "road map" of courses here.
- The School of Music requires an entry audition the semester prior to beginning classes; the Department of Theatre Arts requires no audition to become a major but does require an audition after the completion of Acting II prior to advanced study in acting.
Questions & Auditions
Prospective students with questions about pursuing either double major should contact John Cameron.
To schedule an audition for the School of Music, students should contact Susan Jones.
To schedule an audition for the Department of Dance, students should contact Charlotte Adams.