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Chair:
David Neal
Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 216
Phone: 607-753-2811
Fax: 607-753-5728

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Program Details

Musical Theatre [MUTH] (Major)

The Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre in the Performing Arts Department provides comprehensive training in musical theatre while maintaining a firm grounding in the liberal arts. The goal is to foster flexibility and versatility in students to enable them to participate in musical theatre on a number of levels. The program's objectives are far reaching. Students will leave the program with the knowledge and confidence to participate in educational, professional or semiprofessional productions with competence and skill. Performance opportunities include senior voice recitals, usually given in the spring semester of the senior year.

Graduates are active in community and professional theatre organizations, assist and provide leadership in primary and secondary school productions and often continue their education in musical theatre in an M.F.A. or M.A. program in music, theatre or musical theatre.

Career Potential

  • Actor/singer
  • Choreographer
  • Director
  • Theatre technician

Students must audition for admittance to the program. In addition to the College-wide requirements in writing, Quantitative Skills, foreign language and General Education, the B.A. in musical theatre requirements will be met by successful completion of the following courses and portfolio or project assessment:

A. Music Courses: 17 credit hours
  • MUS 105 - Basic Musicianship I (3 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 106 - Basic Musicianship II (3 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 160 - Applied Piano (2 cr. hr.) or
  • MUS 180 - Piano Class I (2 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 164 - Applied Voice (2 cr. hr.) (two semesters)
  • MUS 264 - Applied Voice (2 cr. hr.) (two semesters)
  • MUS 240 - Choral Union (1 cr. hr.) or
  • MUS 249 - College Singers (1 cr. hr.)
B. Theatre Courses: 13 credit hours
  • THT 120 - Acting I (3 cr. hr.)
  • THT 220 - Acting II (3 cr. hr.)
  • THT 240 - Technical Theatre I (3 cr. hr.)
  • THT 260 - Influences on the American Musical Theatre (3 cr. hr.)
  • THT 399 - Participation in Theatre (.5 cr. hr.) (two semesters)
C. Dance Courses: Eight credit hours

Students must complete four semesters of ballet (from DNC 101, 201, 301, 401). Students are required to complete DNC 101 and DNC 201 at a mimimum. Each ballet course may, by advisement, be repeated once.

The additional Dance courses listed below must also be taken:

  • DNC 102 - Jazz Dance I (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 103 - Tap Dance I (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 203 - Tap Dance II (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 302 - Jazz Dance II (1 cr. hr.)
D. Musical Theatre Courses: 11 credit hours
  • DNC 423 - Theatre Dance I (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 424 - Theatre Dance II (1 cr. hr.)
  • THT 361 - Musical Theatre in American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • THT 461 - Seminar in Musical Theatre (3 cr. hr.)
  • THT 331 - Musical Theatre Performance I (1 cr. hr.)
    Cross-listed with MUS 331
  • THT 430 - Musical Theatre Performance II (2 cr. hr.)
    Cross-listed with MUS 430
E. Additional Requirement - Three credit hours
  • ENG 204 - Introduction to Drama (3 cr. hr.)
F. Portfolio, senior presentation, exit interview
G. Technical Theatre Practica
Students must also complete at least six noncredit technical theatre practica (one per semester for six semesters — e.g., working backstage for productions on costumes, set painting, props, etc.). Work at previous institutions may be accepted for part of this requirement. Students must audition for all departmental theatre productions and accept roles as cast.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the undergraduate degree in Musical Theatre over four years
First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign language
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 101 - Ballet I (1 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 105 - Basic Musicianship I (3 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 164 - Applied Voice (2 cr. hr.)
  • THT 120 - Acting I (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • Foreign language
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 201 - Ballet II (1 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 106 - Basic Musicianship II (3 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 164 - Applied Voice (2 cr. hr.)
  • THT 220 - Acting II (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • 2 GE courses
  • Foreign Language
  • DNC 102 - Jazz Dance I (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 301 - Ballet III (1 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 180 - Piano Class I (2 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 264 - Applied Voice (2 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • 2 GE courses
  • Foreign language
  • DNC 302 - Jazz Dance II (1 cr. hr.)
  • DNC 401 - Ballet IV (1 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 264 - Applied Voice (2 cr. hr.)
  • THT 240 - Technical Theatre I (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • 2 GE courses
  • DNC 103 - Tap Dance I (1 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 204 - Introduction to Drama (3 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 249 - College Singers (1 cr. hr.)
  • THT 260 - Influences on the American Musical Theatre (3 cr. hr.)
  • THT 399 - Participation in Theatre (.5 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • 2 GE courses
  • Two electives
  • DNC 203 - Tap Dance II (1 cr. hr.)
  • THT 361 - Musical Theatre in American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • Two electives
  • DNC 423 - Theatre Dance I (1 cr. hr.)
  • THT 331 - Musical Theatre Performance I (1 cr. hr.)
  • THT 399 - Participation in Theatre (.5 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Three electives
  • DNC 424 - Theatre Dance II (1 cr. hr.)
  • THT 430 - Musical Theatre Performance II (2 cr. hr.)
  • THT 461 - Seminar in Musical Theatre (3 cr. hr.) (WI)