Courses

MTR 105: Musical Theatre Practicum

MTR 109 Ballet I (1 credit, 3 hours per week)
This course introduces the basic elements of ballet technique. Technique is based on the five positions of the legs and feet, coupled with appropriate arm positions. The class consists of a basic ballet barre warm-up that includes stretching and developing strength and turn-out used in dance positions and combinations. Instruction includes jumping, turning, and connecting steps with movement. Ballet terminology is addressed.

MTR 110 Ballet II (1 credit, 3 hours per week)
Continuation of MT109, Beginning Ballet I, building upon techniques learned in that course. Prerequisite: MTR 109.

MTR 111: Musical Theatre Lab

MTR 120: History of American Musical Theatre

MTR 131: Music Theory for Musical Theatre

MTR 132: Group Piano

MTR 133: Sight Singing

MTR 209 Tap Dance I (1 credit, 3 hours per week)
Introduction to the basic elements of tap dancing. Tap technique is geared to enhance rhythm and motor skills, basic elements that will be used to connect several steps and movements into combinations. Other variations such as “soft shoe” or “clogging” are included.

MTR 210 Tap Dance II (1 credit, 3 hours per week)
Continuation of MTR 209. Combinations most often used in music theater productions are emphasized. Prerequisite: MTR 209.

MTR 211 Ballet III (1 credit, 3 hours per week)
Intermediate ballet, expanding upon Ballet II and concentrating upon the American lineage of ballet training. Prerequisite: MTR 110

MTR 212 Ballet IV (1 credit, 3 hours per week)
of MT211. Intermediate ballet, expanding upon Ballet III and concentrating upon the American lineage of ballet training. Prerequisite: MTR 211

MTR 215: Musical Theatre Performance: Song

MTR 218: Musical Theatre Scene Study I

MTR 219: Musical Theatre Scene Study II

MTR 255: Musical Theatre Repertoire I

MTR 256: Musical Theatre Repertoire II

MTR 309 Jazz Dance I (1 credit, 3 hours per week)
Based upon the ballet foundation, this course explores the expressive style of jazz dance, and basic Western theatrical dance forms and social dances used most often on the stage. Prerequisite: MTR 109.

MTR 310 Jazz Dance II (1 credit, 3 hours per week)
Continuation of MTR 309. Prerequisite: MTR 309.

MTR 313 Ballet V (1 credit, 3 hours per week)
Advanced ballet, expanding upon Ballet IV and concentrating upon the American lineage of ballet training.  Inclusion of advanced combinations, physical development and coordination skills. Prerequisite: MTR 212

MTR 314 Ballet VI (1 credit, 3 hours per week)
Advanced ballet, expanding upon Ballet IV and concentrating upon the American lineage of ballet training.  Inclusion of advanced combinations, physical development and coordination skills. Prerequisite: MTR 313

MTR 317 Music Theater Auditions: Preparation and Technique (3)
This course, building upon skill-sets established in the Music Theater singer-actor curriculum, introduces and hones the skill-sets critical to preparing for auditions. Genres and styles of music most often required for auditioning in the industry will be prepared and explored. An audition “book,” based upon the demands of the industry, as well as the most suitable material for each student will be built. When appropriate, guests from the industry will be invited to present master classes and evaluations in a “mock audition” process. Prerequisites: MTR 207, MTR 216, MTR 217, MTR 492, and MTR 496.

MTR 335 Speech for the Actor (3)
This course introduces and develops speech techniques, specifically in the areas of relaxation, posture and alignment, respiration, phonation, support, registration, resonance, and articulation. Students learn to consistently produce a free, resonant, fully supported speaking voice.  Exercises will increase flexibility and range of speaking and will foster heightened responsiveness to feeling. Regular practice in the delivery of both impromptu and prepared monologues is required.  This course includes studies in Neutral American Speech.

MTR415: Musical Theatre Dance I

MTR 416: Musical Theatre Dance II

MTR 492 The Singing Actor: Music Theater (3)
This semester combines all dramatic and musical studies to create an authentic and believable character that is both emotionally truthful and musically expressive.  Music is studied as “script,” and dramatic choices are prepared in relationship to all elements present in the score. Prerequisites: MTR 216 and MTR 217

MTR 493 Music Theater Production (2)
Preparation and performance of a solo or ensemble role in a fully staged music theater production. Concurrent participation in stage crew activities is required.

MTR 496 Music Theater Workshop (3)
This class, building upon the foundational studies associated with preparation and exploration (both dramatic and musical), focuses on performance.  Students are taught methods for synthesizing all former training in acting, music, and movement to the needs of the character and the play/score.  Each student fully prepares at least two complete roles from the music theater repertoire.  The class culminates in a performance of scenes – The Junior Cabaret! Prerequisites: MTR 216, MTR 217, MTR 492