Musical Theatre Minor

School of Arts and Sciences


This is one option for a minor in our Theatre Major. Other options to consider are linked here.


  • Musical Theatre Minor
  • 28 Units
  • ESS 304: Motor Learning and Control
  • 3

This course will give an overview of significant factors which influence and determine the learning of motor skills including basic principles of learning theory and motor control as they apply to motor performance.

  • DAN 101: Ballet 1
  • 1

This course will introduce the basic ballet positions, movements, and combinations, as well French ballet terms and their meanings, including the discussion of the history and origins of ballet and its various styles.

  • DAN 102: Ballet 2
  • 1

This course will further explore the technical and expressive elements of ballet, as well as historically significant ballet schools and styles. It is designed to advance the performance level of students who have mastered the basic skills and vocabulary of ballet. Students practice and perform advanced barre exercises, demi-pointe work, and increasingly complex connecting movements.

  • DAN 111: Jazz Dance
  • 1

This course introduces the fundamentals of jazz dance, including its history and styles. It is designed for students with no dance experience and for experienced dancers wishing to perfect basic jazz dance skills. Jazz dance techniques are presented and practiced in class, with an emphasis on combinations using a variety of rhythms and styles. Class participation is intended to develop an appreciation for the physical demands of jazz dancing.

  • DAN 112: Modern Dance
  • 1

This course introduces the fundamentals of modern dance and its history. It is designed for students with no dance experience as well as returning dance students. Students participate in movement studies and improvisations that deal with shape, space, time and energy, four main dance principles to encourage their creativity and individuality. Emphasis is on developing axial and locomotor skills, performing movement combinations, conditioning the body, and solving creative problems.

  • DAN 141: Tap Dance
  • 1

This course introduces tap dance technique at the beginning level. Instruction focuses primarily on the rhythm tap style; however, other tap styles may also be included. Students practice fundamental tap dance skills; rhythms, including swing and Latin; syncopation; time steps; short combinations; and stylings. The course includes an introduction to the history and performance of tap dance.

  • MUS 211: Aural Skills I
  • 1

This course will provide students with the training and tools that will aid in the development of sight-singing, dictation, and basic keyboard skills that support basic concepts as they learn to hear and identify basic harmonic (intervals, triads, and chord progressions) and rhythmic and melodic materials using the moveable-do solfege system.

  • MUS ___: Applied Music
  • 4

4 semesters of voice with at least one semester at 300 level

  • THR 261: Acting I
  • 3

As an introduction to basic acting techniques, this course will examine ways to construct the interior, physical, and vocal life of a character, teach warm-up procedures and staging principles including scene analysis, performance of monologues, and improvisations. There may be an additional charge for field trips.

  • THR 262: Acting 2
  • 4

This course is an advanced approach to acting techniques used in contemporary realism material including an in-depth study of scene and character analysis; performance of monologues, improvisations, and scenes; exercises based on the Meisner technique and other acting approaches. Lab time is included in the schedule. There may be an additional charge for field trips. Lab time is included in the schedule. Prerequisite: THR 261 or consent of instructor.

  • THR 381: Acting in Musical Theatre
  • 3

Exploration of the voice, movement, and acting skills necessary to perform in modern musical plays will be examined in this course as students participate in workshops, exercises, warm-ups, rehearsal procedures, and in-class solo and group performances. Prerequisite: THR 261 or consent of instructor.

  • THR 390: Practicum: Theatre (Theatre Major)
  • 2

This course, intended for students in the theatre major, is a practical, hands-on learning experience where student will work on one or more theatre department productions. Credit is earned in one (1)-unit increments.

Students taking the musical theatre minor are advised to take either MUS 102, 111, 201 or THR 111 as part of their general education. Students are strongly encouraged to take at least four (4) semesters of MUE ensemble credit (vocal or instrumental).

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this minor and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your minor. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.

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