The 15-credit Musical Theater Minor enables students interested in this subject to take a series of basic courses in acting, singing and dance, followed by choices in a more specific area of dance or musical theater. Students taking this Minor will be encouraged to then audition for main stage musical productions.

Required courses (9 credits)

Choose two other courses from the following (6 credits)

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Course Descriptions

  • DAN1320 This beginner's course is designed to introduce students to modern dance, jazz and ballet techniques and the basic terminology of dance steps. Emphasis will be placed on developing proper body alignment necessary to dancing. Prior dance training is not required for this course.

  • DAN2020 An introductory course to tap dancing. Students will have the opportunity to develop and master basic tap and performance skills. Students will participate fully in center floor combinations, audition prep, body conditioning, and alignment.

  • DAN2021 This course is designed to provide an opportunity to experience the foundation of dance through the study of ballet. Students will develop alignment, strengthen their ballet vocabulary, and increase their knowledge of ballet.

  • DAN2505 A continuation of Beginning Dance, this course will implement intermediate levels of ballet, modern and jazz techniques. Various dance forms will be studied including traditional, Broadway and contemporary hip hop. Students will improve their technique, co-ordination, flexibility and muscular development.

  • DAN2506 The basic elements of movement will be explored to help actors develop individual expression. The course will focus on co-ordination, grace and improvement of dexterity. Students will work towards creating a physical vocabulary as a basis for developing character.

  • MUSIC1015 Basic Vocal technique is a course using a workshop format to teach vocal anatomy, proper breathing, balanced tone, as well as work on vocal registers, and vocal health. Each student will be assigned pieces from Musical Theater and/or the classical repertoire. This course is targeted for Freshman Theater majors with a concentration in Musical Theater and/or other students wishing to improve their singing and to gain confidence and skill set for solo singing.

  • MUSIC2221 An introduction to music theory, including the development of basic skills in reading and notating music, ear-training, sight- singing and the study of rhythm, melody, scales, keys, intervals, and triads.

  • THEA1015 Basic Vocal technique is a course using a workshop format to teach vocal anatomy, proper breathing, balanced tone, as well as work on vocal registers, and vocal health. Each student will be assigned pieces from Musical Theater and/or the classical repertoire. This course is targeted for Freshman Theater majors with a concentration in Musical Theater and/or other students wishing to improve their singing and to gain confidence and skill set for solo singing.

  • THEA1110 This course is designed to provide students with some basic acting techniques. Regardless of previous training and experience, if any, this class will give students a strong foundation on which to build in terms of concentration, focus, motivation, and presentation. This course will include physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation, conflict exercise, monologue and scene work. Emphasis will be placed on practical execution as well as academic theory.

  • THEA3344 A survey of the history of contemporary musical theater from its origins in the 19th century through present day. In addition to lectures and discussions, the course makes extensive use of audio and video materials.