Rent: music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson (Fall 2017)
The musical theatre minor is intended for students of any major interested in studying the intersections of dance, music and theatre. The minor emphasizes the performer as creator by providing a broad foundation through performance-related course work and the study of the art form in context to its historical underpinnings and current trends in musical theatre.
Private applied instruction lessons are open to all students except music majors. Lessons are taken for 1 credit (one half-hour lesson per week). There are no auditions for lessons, and students at any level are welcome. Additional fees are assessed with the exception of students pursuing the musical theatre minor, who may enroll four times without extra fees, but thereafter fees will be assessed. May be repeated.
In Acting: Musical Theatre we will build a common foundation of performance for actors and singers of all experience levels. In this course the actor is treated as a complete artist: imaginative, expressive, intellectual, physical, and emotional. Because of the nature of musical theatre, students will both work to free their vocal instrument and hone their analytical skills in order to portray complex characters in the heightened circumstances of song. Students will exercise their creativity while developing their expressivity as they work on partnered songs and solo work.
A course focused on the particulars of vocal production for musical theatre. Emphasis in this class is given to analysis of the musical information contained in the libretto for character and storytelling insights. Students will also engage with the stylistic challenges of singing for a variety of subgenres within musical theatre. Review of music theory, including intervals, notation, musical vocabulary and rhythm. Work on acquiring these skills through sight singing.
A survey of the development and history of musical theatre from its origins and early musical theatre productions to the present day. Research into the major figures and productions, with attention paid to social, cultural, political and commercial influences. Review of music theory, including intervals, notation, musical vocabulary and rhythm through musical theatre examples.