Minor in Musical Theatre

Be ready for your role on the world stage!

In the words of Shakespeare, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” The collaborative Musical Theatre minor is the perfect way to meld acting and singing into a dynamic blend without the time demands of a double-major in Music and Theatre. Yet the skills, confidence and competence developed by Musical Theatre minors offer an advantage in almost any profession, be it leading a classroom, a business meeting or any major organization.

Overview

  • College: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Program Type: Minor
  • Program: Musical Theatre

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What You Will Learn

A collaboration between the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music, the minor provides training in music, theatre and dance for a total of 28-credit hours of specialized study.

  • Gain a broad overview of musical theatre techniques with instruction in private voice, music theory, voice and movement, musicianship, acting and dance.
  • Thrive with small workshops, classes, and private instruction that offer one-on-one learning opportunities, and build lasting relationships with talented faculty.
  • Learn, practice and play your parts in Frostburg’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center, featuring two fully equipped drama theatres, one of the finest recital halls on the East Coast and a full array of teaching studios, rehearsal and practice rooms.

Sample Musical Theatre Courses You May Take

MUSIC: Musical Theatre Voice – Individual instruction in voice specifically for students in the Musical Theatre minor.

THEATRE: Acting: Basic Principles and Applications – An introduction to and exploration of the basic principles of various modern acting methods through lecture, exercises and the practical application of these methods.

DANCE: Dance for Musical Theatre – Study of dance techniques, styles and genres used in musical theatre productions.

ENSEMBLE: Opera Workshop – Designed to enhance the vocal art by exploring different aspects of performance. The skills covered will culminate in the performance of opera scenes or a complete operatic performance.


Facilities

FSU’s Pealer Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the art facility featuring three theatre spaces, a costume shop, scene shop and electrics lab, rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms and classrooms. Dance classes take place in our spacious Dance Studio.

Pealer Arts Center front of building
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learning theatre combat in teh dance studio

 


Career Outlook for Musical Theatre Artists

Trained musical theatre artists can find opportunities to perform for various venues and occasions, such as traveling companies, regional theatres, theme parks, cruise ships, churches and taverns. Since musicians typically get jobs through auditions, a strong performance history and good audition are must-haves. Proficiency in more than one instrument or style and an ability to self-promote can also boost the odds of finding a job. Performing arts minors gain key skills in communication, collaboration and commitment, and are appreciated for their outgoing personalities and flexibility within the workplace. For more information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Musicians and Singers, Music Directors and Composers, Actors and Producers and Directors(U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).


 

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