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Music Theatre

Major

Program Overview

Have you always dreamed of becoming an actor, singer or dancer? Develop the expertise as a performer in theatrical genres that blend acting, music and dance.  Music theatre can prepare you for a number of careers in the exciting world of performing arts.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 82

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Learn from visiting professional performers, Fulbright scholars, playwrights, directors, designers, choreographers and others. Become a better actor, singer and dancer with the help of accomplished and experienced faculty in our music theatre program. And broaden your knowledge in playwriting, choreography, set design, or directing depending on your goals. As a well-rounded performer, you'll be ready for anything – whether on stage or behind it..

Starting your very first year, you'll demonstrate what you've learned in the classroom onstage. Each year our program sponsors over 25 productions for students, including six major productions, studio and summer theatre productions and more.

Plus, our unique Summer Theatre program gives you the opportunity to perform in venues across the state, such as Beaver Island's BIC Center and The Playhouse at White Lake–all while earning money and college credit. Our alumni consider this opportunity to be one of their most valued experiences at CMU.

Our department's many resources will be available to you as well. This includes access to roughly 50,000 costumes, a design/tech lab, costume shops and stellar performance venues.

Our alumni have pursued successful careers on Broadway, in regional theatre groups, in film and television and more.

Program Highlights

As a music theatre student here, you'll:

  • Learn from visiting performers, directors, and choreographers – recently artists from Masashi Action Machine (Japan) and Jump Rhythm Jazz Project (Chicago) have visited.
  • Join a community of students, faculty, and staff regularly awarded KCACTF Certificates of Merit.
  • Audition to perform in state-of-the-art venues, including the 500-seat proscenium Bush Theatre, a 200-seat round theatre, and a recently renovated 75-seat theatre.
  • Participate in several of the over 25 performances offered each year.
  • Perform across Michigan in CMU's Summer Theatre program for professional experience, pay, and college credit.

Careers & Outcomes

With a degree in dance you’ll be prepared for a variety of careers in music, theatre, film and television and other related fields.

Career Projected Salary
Actor $42,097
Stage Manager $32,915
Musician/Singer $65,158
Choreographer $68,532
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