Jul 16, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Musical Theater (B.A.)

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The B.A. in musical theater will link already-existing programs in theater, music and dance, relying primarily on present resources in the Performing Arts Department and creating several new classes unique to the demands of singer/actor training, a market whose growth in the New England area has been quite sturdy in the past decade. The program will require 55 credits in theater and music, including up to 3 classes in dance and an internship. This degree brings theater, music and dance together in a collaboration designed to enhance the employment possibilities/potential of singer/actors and widen their career prospects as performers, training them to compete in the musical theater market.

Learning Outcomes for Musical Theater Majors

  1. Demonstrate fluency in all facets of theater/music including writing, speech, sight reading and performance.
  2. Possess the verbal and writing skills to analyze, criticize and interpret both music and play script.
  3. Master skills of acting, singing and dance both on and off the stage.
  4. Articulate the role of musical theater and theater in creating and sustaining community and local culture.
  5. Describe and apply knowledge of audience development, theater production and the economic sustainability of a theater company or service.

Musical Theater Requirements

Required Courses

Subtotal: 19 credits

*Students registering for THA-2121 Acting I  must also register for the THA-2121L Acting I Lab  for 1 credit.

Music Requirements (15 credits)

Subtotal: 15 credits

**Music majors are automatically enrolled in an MUS-1120L Applied Music Lesson Lab  for 0 credits each semester that they are registered for Applied Music/Voice Lessons until they complete the requirement.

Musical Theater Requirements (15 credits)

Subtotal: 15 credits

Dance Requirements

(6 credits minimum* from following courses, based on dance placement)

*Through a combination of demonstrated proficiency in the freshman musical theater dance placement and dance course enrollment, musical theater majors must demonstrate fundamental skills in a minimum of three dance styles from the following: Jazz, Tap and Ballet or Modern Dance. A minimum of six credits is required in dance for the musical theater major; however, students with no previous dance experience may need up to 12 credits of dance instruction in order to demonstrate proficiency.

Subtotal: 6 credits

Total: 55 credits

Keyboard Proficiency Exam Requirement

The Keyboard Proficiency Exam is required of all Music, Music Performance & Music Education, and Musical Theater majors. All students must pass the specific requirements of the keyboard proficiency examination for their major. The exam is held during the final weeks of each semester on the same day as end-of-semester juries; students may sign up for the exam two weeks prior to that date and should contact their academic advisor for more information.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Curriculum requirements  and JSC Graduation Standards  .

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