Musical Theatre Major (B.F.A.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Musical Theatre provides rigorous training with a concentrated focus in acting, dance and music, preparing students to work in the musical theatre industry. Musical Theatre majors develop exceptional performance skills through a combination of intense classroom work and production opportunities.

The program is based in the Department of Theatre & Dance.  For further information, go to: BFA Musical Theatre.  (note: All Theatre & Dance majors must pass yearly juries/portfolio reviews and faculty evaluation for continuation in the programs.)

Curriculum Requirements

All university students must complete a set of General Education Requirements applicable to their specific degree. In addition, Musical Theatre majors must complete the course requirements listed below:



MUSICAL THEATRE MAJOR

Complete 92 semester hours including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED THEATRE COURSES

    Complete 3 requirement(s):

    1. THEATRE COURSES

      1. Complete 11 courses for 31 semester hours:

        THTR 115 Acting I - BFA (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 130 Acting II - BFA (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 150 Introduction to Technical Theatre (0.5 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 1
        THTR 210 Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan (3 hours lecture) 3
        THTR 222 Acting III - B.F.A.: Scene Study I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 223 Acting IV - B.F.A.: Scene Study II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 3
        THTR 238 Musical Theatre I (3 hours lecture) 3
        THTR 315 Advanced Scene Study I for Musical Theatre (4 hours studio) 3
        THTR 316 Advanced Scene Study II for Musical Theatre (4 hours studio) 3
        THTR 338 Musical Theatre II (3 hours lecture) 3
        THTR 425 Senior Showcase for Actors (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. Complete for 1 semester hours.

        THTR 139 Stage Make-Up (1 hour lecture, 2 hours studio) 1-3
    2. PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS

      1. Complete for 1 semester hours.

        THTR 200 Production Stagecraft (2 hours lab) 1
      2. Complete for 1 semester hours.

        THTR 201 Production Operations 1
      3. Complete for 1 semester hours.

        THTR 202 Production Costumes 1
    3. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

      1. Complete for 1 semester hours.

        THTR 204 Performance Production I (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab) 1
      2. Complete for 1 semester hours.

        THTR 206 Performance: Production II (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab) 1
  2. REQUIRED MUSIC COURSES

    Complete 2 requirement(s):

    1. MUSIC COURSES

      Complete the following for 34 semester hours:

      MSSN 101 Keyboard Musicianship I (2 hours studio) 1
      MTTH 131 Freshman Studio I 1
      MTTH 132 Acting for the Singer I (2 hours lecture) 0.5-2
      MTTH 133 Vocal Technique for Musical Theatre (2 hours lecture) 2
      MTTH 231 Acting for the Singer II (2 hours lecture) 2
      MTTH 331 Musical Theatre Repertoire and Audition Technique (3 hours laboratory) 1
      MUAP 121 Applied Music I 2
      MUAP 122 Applied Music II 2
      MUAP 223 Applied Music III 2
      MUAP 224 Applied Music IV 2
      MUAP 325 Applied Music V 2
      MUAP 326 Applied Music VI 2
      MUCP 101 Theory I (3 hours lecture) 3
      MUCP 102 Theory II (3 hours lecture) 3
      MUCP 103 Aural Skills I (3 hours lecture) 1
      MUCP 104 Aural Skills II 1
      MUCP 122 Advanced Music Theory and Aural Skills for Musical Theatre (1 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab) 2
      MUGN 136 The History of Broadway (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. MUSIC PERFORMANCE COURSES

      1. Complete a total of 1 semester hours from the following: (MUPR 199 must be taken as a co-requisite with MUEN 130).

        MUEN 100 Montclair State University Chorale 0.5
        MUEN 101 Montclair State University Singers 0.5
        MUEN 130 Opera Workshop (4 hours lecture) 0.5
      2. Complete the following course for a total of 3 semester hours:

        MUPR 140 Performance Practicum for Performance Majors 0.5
  3. REQUIRED DANCE COURSES

    Complete 2 requirement(s):

    1. BALLET REQUIREMENT I

      Complete 7 semester hours from:

    2. MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE REQUIREMENT

      Complete 10 semester hours from the following list.

      DNCE 121 Musical Theatre Dance I (2.5 hours studio) 2
      DNCE 221 Musical Theatre Dance II (2.5 hours studio) 2
      DNCE 321 Musical Theatre Dance III (2.5 hour studio) 2
      DNCE 421 Musical Theatre Dance IV (2 hours studio) 2

Course Descriptions:

DNCE121: Musical Theatre Dance I (2.5 hours studio)

A dance studio focusing on jazz and tap technique with strong emphasis on style, terminology and skill preparation for musical theatre performance. 2 sh.

DNCE221: Musical Theatre Dance II (2.5 hours studio)

An intermediate/advanced dance studio, focusing on dance styles found within the musical theatre repertoire with a strong emphasis on thorough, efficient and elevated technical proficiency associated with original Broadway choreography. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 121.

DNCE321: Musical Theatre Dance III (2.5 hour studio)

An advanced level performance studio focusing on dance styles found within the musical theatre repertoire. With strong emphasis on thorough, efficient and elevated technical proficiency and heightened musicianship skills associated with Broadway style musical sequences. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 121, DNCE 221 or permission from instructor.

DNCE421: Musical Theatre Dance IV (2 hours studio)

An advanced dance studio focusing on dance styles found within the musical theatre repertoire with a strong emphasis on thorough, efficient and elevated proficiency concurrent with Broadway standards. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 321 or permission of the instructor.

MSSN101: Keyboard Musicianship I (2 hours studio)

Keyboard skills including major and minor scales, arpeggios and chord progressions, sightreading, transposition, harmonization, improvisation. Group instruction. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: Music (MUSC) and Musical Theatre (MUTR) majors only.

MTTH131: Freshman Studio I

A rehearsal and performance laboratory, focusing on musical theatre material with an emphasis on thorough and efficient preparation as the student develops movement and musicianship skills and ensemble performance technique. 1 sh.

MTTH132: Acting for the Singer I (2 hours lecture)

Acting for the singer is a music performance course focused on the issues of acting in musical/dramatic works. Students will learn an analytical process for the construction and performance of a dramatically viable character within a musical/dramatic work, and apply this process to the preparation of 3-4 songs/arias/duets during the course of each semester. 0.5 - 2 sh.

Prerequisites: MUCP 101 or equivalent. Music and Musical Theatre majors only. Departmental approval.

MTTH133: Vocal Technique for Musical Theatre (2 hours lecture)

Vocal technique class for first year Musical Theatre majors. Study of basic anatomy and function of the voice. Study of singing through vocal exercises and healthy and optimal production including breath management, resonance, projection, and good lyric diction. 2 sh.

MTTH231: Acting for the Singer II (2 hours lecture)

Acting for the Singer II is a continuation of Acting for the Singer I, a musical performance course focused on the issues of acting in musical/dramatic works. Students will continue to practice an analytical process for the construction and performance of a dramatically viable character within a musical/dramatic work, and apply this process to the preparation of 4-5 songs/arias/duets during the course of each semester. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: MTTH 132.

MTTH331: Musical Theatre Repertoire and Audition Technique (3 hours laboratory)

A lab intensive focusing on advanced song interpretation, musical theatre audition technique for singing actors, and the development of an individual and extensive song portfolio concurrent with industry standards and expectations. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: MTTH 231.

MUAP121: Applied Music I

Fifteen one-hour lessons per semester, private instruction. May not be repeated for credit. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Music (MUSC) and Musical Theatre (MUTR) majors only. John J Cali School of Music approval.

MUAP122: Applied Music II

Fifteen one-hour lessons per semester, private instruction. May not be repeated for credit. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Majors only; MUAP 121.

MUAP223: Applied Music III

Fifteen one-hour lessons per semester, private instruction. May not be repeated for credit. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Majors only; MUAP 122.

MUAP224: Applied Music IV

Fifteen one-hour lessons per semester, private instruction. May not be repeated for credit. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Majors only; MUAP 223.

MUAP325: Applied Music V

Fifteen one-hour lessons per semester, private instruction. May not be repeated for credit. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Majors only; MUAP 224.

MUAP326: Applied Music VI

Fifteen one-hour lessons per semester, private instruction. May not be repeated for credit. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Majors only; MUAP 325.

MUCP101: Theory I (3 hours lecture)

Study of harmony, counterpoint and musical analysis of small forms. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Music (MUSC) and Musical Theatre (MUTR) majors only.

MUCP102: Theory II (3 hours lecture)

Continuation of MUCP 101. Must be taken with MUCP 104. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MUCP 101; Music (MUSC) and Musical Theatre (MUTR) majors only.

MUCP103: Aural Skills I (3 hours lecture)

Sight reading and dictation in major and minor modes, using diatonic chord progressions. Basic solfeggio. Must be taken with MUCP 101. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: Music (MUSC) or Musical Theatre (MUTR) majors only.

MUCP104: Aural Skills II

Continuation of MUCP 103; must be taken with MUCP 102. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: MUCP 103; Music (MUSC) or Musical Theatre (MUTR) majors only.

MUCP122: Advanced Music Theory and Aural Skills for Musical Theatre (1 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab)

Comprehensive study of concepts and skills in music theory and aural training for the musical theatre student, including sightsinging, music dictation and transposition, elaborate chord structure and harmonic analysis and styles using literature from the musical theatre cannon. Facilitated with an enhanced application of keyboard skills germane to this degree dictated by concurrent industry standards. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: MUCP 102 and MUCP 104.

MUEN100: Montclair State University Chorale

Montclair State University Chorale. May be repeated for credit. Previous course MUPR 030 effective through Spring 2014. 0.5 sh.

MUEN101: Montclair State University Singers

Study through rehearsal and performance of madrigals. Open to all through audition. May be repeated for credit. Previous course MUPR 020 effective through Spring 2014. 0.5 sh.

Prerequisites: By audition only.

MUEN130: Opera Workshop (4 hours lecture)

Opera studied through performance. Nature of dramatic music, problems of movement, make-up, costuming, props and scenery. May be repeated for credit. Previous course MUPR 034 effective through Spring 2014. 0.5 sh.

Prerequisites: By audition only.

MUGN136: The History of Broadway (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to the varieties of style in music for the purpose of extending dramatic action, characterization and atmosphere in musicals, operettas and musical comedies. Representative works from 1927 to present. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Previous course MUGN 236 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

MUPR140: Performance Practicum for Performance Majors

Performance of repertoire for coaching in interpretation, style, analysis, technique, etc. Required in conjunction with each course in the primary and major instrument. Previous course MUPR 040 effective through Spring 2014. 0.5 sh.

Prerequisites: Music Performance (MUPR), Music w/concentration:Jazz Studies (MUJZ) and Musical Theatre (MUTR) majors only.

THTR115: Acting I - BFA (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Acting I course work focuses on self-discovery and exploration, working from a neutral, grounded place with sensual awareness, emotional availability and empathy with an integrated mind/body/voice. Students learn beginning acting technique through scene study from contemporary plays and how to work as an ensemble. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting concentration only.

THTR130: Acting II - BFA (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Acting II course work continues the development of the actor with an emphasis on working from the self through more advanced ensemble training and continued scene work from contemporary plays. Particular emphasis is placed on investigating characters that are in contrast to the self, material with higher stakes and more complex given circumstances. Continued development of text analysis and the close reading of theatrical texts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 115; B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting Concentration majors only.

THTR139: Stage Make-Up (1 hour lecture, 2 hours studio)

Appreciation of make-up through symbolic aspects and historic differences with regard to theatrical productions. Make-up materials and their uses; creating corrective and character make-up, mustaches and beards for a research or creative experience to compile a practical resource file. Course cannot be repeated; can only be taken one time for either one, two or three credits. Previous course THTR 278 effective through Spring 2014. 1 - 3 sh.

THTR150: Introduction to Technical Theatre (0.5 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

An introductory course in technical theatre including scenic construction, lighting and sound technology and costume construction. Students will gain practical experience in various theatre production shops. 1 sh.

THTR200: Production Stagecraft (2 hours lab)

The application of principles learned in THTR 150 (Stagecraft) to the building and mounting of Theatre Series productions. Taken concurrently with THTR 150. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

THTR201: Production Operations

The application of principles involving lighting, sound and props to the creation and mounting of non-scenic elements and/or the running crew for Theatre Series productions. May be repeated seven times for a maximum of 8.0 credits. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

THTR202: Production Costumes

The application of costuming principles and techniques to the building of costumes, mounting Theatre Series productions and/or costume running crew for Theatre Series productions. May be repeated seven times for a maximum of 8.0 credits. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 150.

THTR204: Performance Production I (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab)

Rehearsal, performance and strike for the first Theatre Series production in a given semester. May be repeated twice for a total of 3.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR206: Performance: Production II (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab)

Rehearsal, performance and strike for the second Theatre Series in a given semester. May be repeated twice for a total of 3.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR210: Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan (3 hours lecture)

The development of the theatre from the Classical Greek through the Elizabethan period. Attention to plays, playwrights, theatre architecture, scenery, costuming, styles of acting and presentations; oral reports, lectures and demonstrations. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Theatre. 3 sh.

THTR222: Acting III - B.F.A.: Scene Study I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Introduction to Stanislavskian objectives, obstacles and actions in order to create stage truth and to generate physical and emotional involvement. Students explore psychophysical action to project character choices in nonverbal and scripted scene work. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 130; B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting Concentration majors only.

THTR223: Acting IV - B.F.A.: Scene Study II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

A continuation of the study of psychophysical action and the use of objectives and actions to investigate and master stage truth. Students explore advanced character work through more challenging scene study. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 222; B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting Concentration majors only.

THTR238: Musical Theatre I (3 hours lecture)

Production styles, techniques and dramatic conventions used in the musical theatre in relation to direction, music, dance and design. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 105 or 115.

THTR315: Advanced Scene Study I for Musical Theatre (4 hours studio)

An advanced acting studio for junior musical theatre students which focus on the theories and techniques of Stanislavsky and include textual analysis, improvisational exercises and scene work as they relate to the written works of Chekhov. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 223 or departmental approval.

THTR316: Advanced Scene Study II for Musical Theatre (4 hours studio)

A classical acting studio for junior musical theatre students which focuses on the theories and techniques of scansion, iambic pentameter and scoring of text as well as textual analysis, improvisational exercises and scene work as they relate to the written works of William Shakespeare. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 315 or departmental approval.

THTR338: Musical Theatre II (3 hours lecture)

This course explores the role of the singing actor, including characterization and performance skills. It examines the functions of music, lyrics, and script, and how they are integrated into one dramatic effort. It addresses the differences in styles between older presentational musicals and newer musical dramas. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 115 and THTR 130 and THTR 222 and THTR 223; and Musical Theatre majors only.

THTR425: Senior Showcase for Actors (3 hours lecture)

Preparation and performance of showcases for industry representatives to introduce students to the professional theatre. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Senior level Theatre majors only; and by invitation only.