Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Music Theatre - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BFA


First-semester students are required to meet with the department academic advisor.

Acceptance Information

Acceptance into the BFA program requires an audition and acceptance into the university.

Music Theatre - B.F.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Audition into the program and acceptance into the university.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 (C+) in required Music Theatre 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 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/TH 236 Production Practicum, or TH 335/TH 336 Production Practicum (3 credit hours total)
TH 302 Theatre History and Literature 2
TH 308 Poetic Text
TH 409 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 341-TH 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 Workshop

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 91
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 34
Additional Credits Required for Electives 1
Total Credits Required for Degree 126

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 (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Performance and production opportunities are available in each semester. Please note that schedule does not include performance/production credits.

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Music Theatre BFA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

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