Musical Theatre Minor

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.

The Musical Theatre minor is open to any FSU student who demonstrates proficiency in voice, acting and dance in an on-campus audition with the departments of Music and Theatre. A successful Musical Theatre minor from any major program will be well-prepared to shine in their role on the world stage!

  • Hone your singing, dancing and acting chops on FSU’s gorgeous performance stages, and prepare yourself to shine brightly in any spotlight, classroom or boardroom.
  • Regardless of major, you can complete this minor in two years or less with 28 credit hours.

MUSICAL THEATRE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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, which features 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.

ABOUT OUR MUSICAL THEATRE FACULTY

  • Learn from a diverse group of experienced professional musicians and theatrical performers who have played famed stages and halls around the world.
  • Work closely with passionate Music, Theatre and Dance faculty, learning from their experiences and yours as you collaborate to stage top-notch musical theatre productions.

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.

CAREER OUTLOOK FOR MUSICAL THEATRE ARTISTS

Trained musical artists can find opportunities to perform for various venues and occasions, such as recording studios, musical theatre, orchestras, weddings, 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. Formal training in music can also lead to many careers other than performance, including sound engineer, composer, director, conductor, entertainment lawyer, instrument care, music store associate, talent scout, music therapist, critic, theatre staff and more! For more information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Musicians and Singers and Music Directors and Composers (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).

Theatre minors gain key skills in communication, collaboration and commitment, and are appreciated for their outgoing personalities and flexibility within the workplace. Some job titles specific to theatre include: acting, directing, choreography, design, stage management, dramaturgy, playwright, electrician, carpenter, technical director, charge artist and box office/front-of-house management. Theatre majors can build careers through traveling companies, regional theatres, TV, film, theme parks, cruise ships, radio, voice-overs and road crews. For more information, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Actors and Producers and Directors (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).

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