Musical Theatre

In accordance with the mission statement of Missouri Baptist University, the academic program, and the music discipline, this major focuses on preparing students for careers in musical theatre and related fields.

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  • Musical Director/Arranger
  • Producer
  • Artistic Director
  • Production Assistant
  • Drama Instructor
  • Actor/Performer
  • Choreographer
  • Music Instructor

All music degrees require the student to have a primary performance concentration that leads to a Senior Recital and a secondary performance concentration. The Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre degree requires courses through the Theatre department and a performance concentration in voice.

All persons majoring in any music field are required to have seven (for Music Education) or eight (for all other music majors) semesters of completed (passed) recital attendance.

All persons majoring in any music field are required to present a senior recital. Those seeking bachelor’s degrees in Music, Music Ministry, Musical Theatre, Music with Elective Studies in Business and Music Education are required to present a 30-minute recital, which has been preceded by two semesters of upper division credit in their major performance area. Majors in the Bachelor of Music in Performance are required to present a 30-minute junior recital and a 50-minute senior recital in their major performance area. Two of four upper division lesson credits must precede the junior recital with the remaining two before the senior recital.

All persons majoring in any music field are required to participate in a large ensemble. The ensemble may be choral, instrumental or both, depending on the degree sought. Students must earn eight semester hours of large ensemble credit for all music majors, except Bachelor of Music Education majors, who must earn seven semester hours (the eighth semester is excused from ensemble participation because of their professional education/student teaching semester). Music minors must earn four semester hours of large ensemble credit. Only one credit per semester in each area (vocal and/or instrumental) may be applied to this total.

Musical Theatre Core – The student must take all of these courses plus the following performance concentration.

Musical Theatre Core (30 hours)
THEA 113 Acting I 3
THEA 213 Stage Make-up 3
THEA 223 Acting II 3
THEA 233 Stagecraft 3
THEA 243 Dance I 3
THEA 343 Dance II 3
THMU 353 Musical Theatre History 3
THMU 323 Singing Actor 3
THEA 333 Directing 3
THEP 473 Theatre Internship 3

Concentration – The student must take the following performance concentration.

Voice (32 Hours)
MUAP 111 Voice Lesson (Major/Primary) – Lower Division 4
MUAP 311 Voice Lesson (Major/Primary) – Upper Division 4
MUAV 331***** Contemporary Voice Lesson (Major/Primary) – Upper Division (4)
MUAS 110/310 Studio Class (voice) 0
MURP 480 Senior Recital (voice) 0
MUAV 342 Vocal Styles 2
MUAP*** Piano 4
MUMI 343Music Industry 3
MUED 352 Advanced Conducting
MUTH 412 2 Orchestration 2
MUTH 412 Orchestration 2
MUCL 111/311 OR 131/331 Large Vocal Ensemble 8
MU_S Small Ensemble**** 2
MUST 331 Musical Theatre Production (Upper Division) 1

Total hours for Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre: 89

***Advanced piano students may take proficiency exam for up to four semesters of credit. Piano credit may be Class Piano, Private Piano, or a combination of both.
****The student may take courses listed as Small Ensemble to complete this requirement. MUST 131/331 Musical Theatre Production is recommended.
*****The student must take three semesters of upper division private lessons before their senior recital. The student may elect to combine MUAV 311 Private Voice and MUAV 331 Private Contemporary Voice for these three semesters.