Program Courses
Music TheatreBachelor in Fine Arts in Music Theatre


Admission to the Music Theatre Program is by audition only. Auditions occur early in the spring semester each year for admission to the program the following fall. Auditions are attended by faculty from music, theatre, and dance.

In addition to the General Education requirements at Central Michigan University, Music Theatre majors must complete 82 credit hours of course work in their chosen major area. These courses include:

Required Courses I (48 hours)

DAN 133 - Modern I 2(1-2)
DAN 136 - Ballet Technique I 2(Spec)
DAN 137 - Tap I 2(1-2)
DAN 138 - Jazz I 2(Spec)
DAN 230 - Movement-Rhythmic Form and Structure 3(3-0)
MUS 101 - Theory I 3(3-0)
MUS 102 - Theory II 3(3-0)
MUS 103 - Sight Singing and Ear Training I 1(0-2)
MUS 104 - Sight Singing and Ear Training II 1(0-2)
MUS 147 - Piano Class I 1(0-2)
MUS 148 - Piano Class II 1(0-2)
TAI 175 - Appreciation of the Theatre 3(3-0)
TAI 182 - Acting I 3(3-0)
TAI 278 - Stage Makeup 3(2-2)
TAI 282 - Acting II 3(3-0)
TAI 352 - Music Theatre Scene Study 3(1-2)
TAI 380 - Musical Theatre History 3(3-0)
TAI 452 - Music Theatre Performance 3(2-2)
TAI 460 - BFA Capstone Project 3(0-6)
TAI 481 - Directing 3(3-0)

Note: Incoming students will be given a Theory Placement Exam. If recommended based on exam results, students should take MUS 206 (3 hours) prior to taking MUS 101.

Students demonstrating sufficient proficiency as determined by appropriate DAN faculty member(s) may substitute a higher level skills course for DAN 136, DAN 137, AND DAN 138. Students demonstrating sufficient proficiency as determined by appropriate MUS faculty member(s) may substitute a higher level skills course for MUS 147 AND MUS 148.

Required Courses II (4 hours)

Participation in one of the following choral ensembles (may be repeated):
MUS 182 - Women's Chorus 1-8(Spec)
MUS 183 - Concert Choir 1-8(Spec)
MUS 282 - Chamber Singers 1-8(Spec)

Required Courses III (8 hours)

Each course to be taken for two semesters, 1 hour each semester, for a total of 8 hours:
MUS 150 - Voice 1-12(Spec)
MUS 250 - Voice 1-12(Spec)
MUS 284 - Techniques for the Singing Actor 1-6(Spec)
MUS 350 - Voice 1-16(Spec)

Required Courses IV (2 hours)

Select two TAI studio courses in one of the following areas of technical theatre for a faculty-supervised theatre production or for a faculty-supervised dance concert:
TAI 309 - Studio: Stage Management 1-4(Spec)
TAI 310 - Studio: Sound 1-4(Spec)
TAI 311 - Studio: Properties 1-4(Spec)
TAI 312 - Studio: Scenery Construction and Rigging 1-4(Spec)
TAI 313 - Studio: Scenery Design 1-4(Spec)
TAI 314 - Studio: Lighting 1-4(Spec)
TAI 315 - Studio: Lighting Design 1-4(Spec)
TAI 316 - Studio: Technical Direction 1-4(Spec)
TAI 317 - Studio: Costuming 1-4(Spec)
TAI 318 - Studio: Wardrobe Management 1-4(Spec)
TAI 319 - Studio: Makeup 1-4(Spec)

Electives (20 hours)

Select from DAN, MUS, TAI and/or cognate classes in consultation with the advisor. Students may not take more than nine (9) hours of electives in any one areas (DAN, MUS, TAI).

Total: 82 semester hours