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Degree Requirements: Music Theatre BFA

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Acceptance Criteria

Audition and acceptance into the university.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in required music theatre courses.
Minimum grade of C+ in all required courses.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre
TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 109 Basic Acting 2
THD 263 Jazz Dance 1
THD 210 Tap Dance 1
THD 213 Ballet 1
MTR 220 Musical Theatre Dance I
MTR 460 Applied Voice for Music Theatre
MUS 105 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I*

Required Courses

MTR 210 Music Theatre Repertory
MTR 302 Musical Theatre History
MTR 305 Musical Theatre Workshop
MTR 320 Music Theatre Dance II
MTR 401 Musical Theatre Dance III
MTR 410 Music Theatre Repertory II
MTR 420 Musical Theatre Scene Study
MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint II
TH 208 Method Acting 1
TH 209 Method Acting 2
TH 227 Voice Training 1
TH 235 or TH 236 Production Practicum, or TH 335 or TH 336 Production Practicum (3 credit hours total)
TH 302 Theatre History and Literature 2
TH 308 Poetic Text
TH 309 Mime/Movement for Actors
THD 381 Social Dance Forms 1
One level 2 course in Ballet, Jazz, or Tap
Four performance requirements:
Two semesters of MTR 405 GEMMS Musical Theatre Company and two others from the following: MTR 405 GEMMS, TH 341TH 344 Theatre Studio, THD 337/THD 338 Dance Studio-Zodiaque, THD 340 Dance Studio, MUS 151 University Choir, MUS 321 University Chorus, MUS 350 Opera WorkshopUndergraduate Credit Requirements Chart

Credits Required for Major 92
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 31
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 123

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

Placement in dance, music theatre, and performance courses is based upon auditions. Performance is an option each semester.

Fall MTR 460, TH 101, THD 263, THD 213, UBE 101 or equivalent, Natural Science 1, Library Skills Workbook requirement
Spring MTR 460, TH 236 or 336; TH 109, THD 264, THD 214, Social Science, Natural Science 2

Fall MTR 210, MTR 460 and TH 236 or 336; MTR 220 and 405; TH 208, TH 227, ENG 101, UGC 111
Spring MTR 320, MTR 405, MTR 460 and TH 236 or TH 336; TH 209 and 302; MUS 106, ENG 201, UGC 112

Fall MTR 302, MTR 460 and TH 236 or TH 336; TH 302 and TH 308; THD 210, performance*, Math
Spring MTR 460, MTR 302 and 305; MTR 401, TH 309, THD 211, THD 381, Performance*

Fall MTR 410, MTR 460, MTR electives, performance*, American Pluralism
Spring MTR 420, MTR 460, MTR electives, performance*, Depth

*May choose from: TH 341TH 344 Theatre Studio, THD 337/THD 338 Dance Studio Zodiaque, THD 340 Dance Studio, MTR 405 GEMMS Musical Theatre, MUS 151 University Choir, MUS 321 University Chorus, MUS 350 Opera Workshop.

Learning Outcomes
Abstract Thinking: Creative/Scholarly Research and Critical Thinking
-Identify major musical theatre song literature from 1959 to the present.
-Describe and Relate information applicable musical shows. Differentiate types of musical shows by script and musical structure and style.
-Analyze the process of creating a song, a scene and a role for stage performance and organize the elements involved into a clear and specific design. (Analysis/Synthesis/ Application)
-Demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge concerning the technical, historical, cultural, philosophical and aesthetic aspects of music theatre.
-Recognize and respect the vital essential connection between theory and practice
-Articulate the importance of the arts in society.
Concrete Doing/Practice: Performance and Production Skills Practice – based Techniques and Styles
-Through participation in studio work and performances, students will acquire proficiency in dance technique and performance sensibilities in movement based courses; understand the importance of creative and aesthetic risk taking; and advance their dance identity through personal inventories and self-reflection.
-Demonstrate and discuss aspects of proper vocal technique and implement it in various genres of musical theater
-Recognize authenticity, spontaneity, and personalization while singing on stage.
-Identify the elements of song lyrics and characters. Recognize the musical elements of a song. Calculate the character’s actions within the song. Appraise the physical life of the song. Interpret the intentions of the authors. Create and Dramatize an active, honest, believable and personalized musical theatre performance. Advance both the technical and artistic proficiency in courses of study through observance/participation in studio/lab work, performances, and participation in nation/international conferences and festivals
-Translate the differences in types of musical shows through creating and dramatizing genuine character in a music theatre song, scene and/or production. Identify the elements of a musical theatre scene and the lyrics in a musical number. Recognize the musical elements of a musical number. Interpret the intentions of the authors. Calculate the character’s actions in a musical play in spoken and sung word. Integrate the physical life of a character into a musical scene.
-Through participation in class work and through rehearsals and performances, students will acquire proficiency in musical terminology as well as basic music theory proficiency in the areas of aural recognition, music sight reading/singing skills and basic keyboard knowledge.”
Communication: Oral, Written, and Kinesthetic
-Demonstrate an introductory approach to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
-Cite and Describe a cross section of musical shows from 1959 to the present. (Knowledge)
-Differentiate types of roles in shows by vocal and acting casting requirements (Comprehension)
-Translate these differentiations to oneself in order to prepare for the realities of the industry (Application)
-Distinguish musical theatre show styles and types of roles in musicals during these years. (Analysis)
Reasoning: Analytical and Problem Solving Skills Applied to the Classroom, Studio/Lab, and Production Work
-Appraise, question and evaluate their work in class rehearsal and production
-Utilize problem solving skills and apply critical thinking in the exploration of analytical and experiential solutions to problems and challenges in Theatre, Dance and Design
-Recognize and personify authenticity while singing, acting and dancing on the music theatre stage. Have the capability to create a role in a music theatre work for the stage. Have a working knowledge of major music theatre song, dance and spoken literature giving the student the ability to distinguish and apply various music theatre singing, dancing, and acting styles.

Electives and Course Groupings

Elective courses
THD 264 Jazz Dance 2
THD 211 Tap Dance 2
THD 214 Ballet 2
THD 264 Jazz Dance 2
THD 341 Ballet 3
THD 371 Jazz 3