The professional coursework in the Musical Theatre program includes intensive studies in Dance (ballet, tap, musical theatre styles), Theatre (acting, history, technical production), Music (voice, piano, theory), and Musical Theatre (performance, history and more). The liberal arts coursework includes required studies in college-level writing, literature, social sciences, math and the natural sciences. Academic and professional electives are required and most students choose to graduate with more than the minimum required coursework in order to explore other areas of interest.
It is our goal to teach students the skills necessary to be successful in the popular and competitive professional musical theatre world. To develop that skill-set, students receive a broad education in all three areas of Music, Theatre and Dance. More importantly, in musical theatre one is called upon to use all three of these areas together at any given moment in performance. Therefore, additional training is given in Musical Theatre specifically to help students learn how to use all three of these areas together in the particular genre that is the American Musical. As part of the degree, students also have opportunities to learn about career strategies, audition techniques and a wide array of performance skills.