Feb 24, 2024
This degree program, offered in collaboration with the Theatre Department, is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in musical theatre performance. The program aims to instill a thorough understanding of music and theatre and their relationship to contemporary society. Private lessons, solo and ensemble performance, and the theatrical training necessary for this discipline are emphasized. A basic understanding of the standards and opportunities for professional performance leads the student to realistic expectations for a career as a performer or teacher.
The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 120.
Music CORE (30-34 credits)
Music Theory and Aural Skills (16 credits)
Music History (12 credits)
Functional Piano (4 credits)
Applied Music (27 credits)
Students in the musical theatre concentration will divide their 24-credit hours of applied music equally between classical applied studies and musical theatre coaching by taking either a 2-credit or a 1-credit lesson in each area every semester.
Additional Music Courses (2 credits)
Additional Theatre Courses (22 credits)
Students in the musical theatre concentration will take a progress check jury at the end of each fall semester and a level jury at the end of each spring semester. Jury level expectations are: Level 1 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 2; Level 2 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 4; Level 3 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 6.
Students in the musical theatre concentration must successfully perform a combination of 6 featured and/or ensemble roles in approved music theatre productions. In addition, students must successfully complete at least one crew or backstage assignment.
Admission to the Musical Theatre program is based on the following criteria:
Vocal performance audition of two pieces from the Musical Theatre literature, one ballad and one up-tempo piece. The applicant should also be prepared to sing one classical or traditional piece.
- Performance of a two- to three-minute memorized monologue.
- Execute a simple movement combination.
- Tests of aural comprehension, rhythmic recitation, and sight singing administered individually by a member of the staff.
- A diagnostic written test of music fundamentals, including intervals, scales, chords, and key signatures.
USM Core Requirements
The USM Core Curriculum is a coherent, integrative, and rigorous liberal education that enables our graduates to be world-minded, intentional, life-long learners and captures your general education degree requirements.
Please Note: Core requirements may be part of your major and/or minor, and Core may have been fulfilled with transfer credit. Please consult your MaineStreet Degree Progress Report (DPR) and review your degree progress with your Advisor. For additional information, access the USM Core webpage.