Musical Theatre Minor

Students perform in "Rent" by Jonathan Larson in Fall of 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.


THE 130: Applied Instruction

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.

THE 208: Acting: Musical Theatre

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.

THE 308: Voice for Musical Theatre

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.

THE 353: History of Musical Theatre

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.

Required for a Musical Theatre Minor

26-28 hours including THE 100 (three times); THE 105, THE 208, THE 308, THE 353, THE 130 (four times). A music major or minor who wishes to minor in musical theatre may substitute MUS 130, 230, 330 and 430 for THE 130.

Correlatives required: DAN 105; a choice of MUS 121/121L or MUS 115 and MUS 116.

Recommendation: MUS 121/121L for students who read music.  MUS 115 and MUS 116 for students who do not read music.


Theatre majors with a musical theatre minor may use the required three THE 100 experiences to count toward the six required THE 100 experiences for the theatre major as long as three of the six THE 100 experiences involve a substantial interaction with music.

THE 353: The History of Musical Theatre may not be substituted to count toward a theatre major's THE 351: Theatre History I and THE 352: Theatre History II requirement.

THE 208: Acting for Musical Theatre and THE 308: Voice for Musical Theatre may not count toward a theatre major's 200 and 300 level course requirements.