B.F.A. in Musical Theatre - Voice Primary

Admission as a Freshman
Audition: A satisfactory audition must be completed before a student is accepted into this major. Audition requirements may be found in the college view book or on our Web site.

General Requirements
B.F.A.–Musical Theatre majors must earn a minimum grade of “B-” each semester in the primary applied music field in order to make satisfactory progress. If a grade of “C+” or lower is earned, the student must repeat the semester.

Students must meet attendance and performance requirements in studio performance classes and Musical Theatre Lab.

Applied Music – Voice Primary Study
Students in the B.F.A.-Musical Theatre degree must register for applied music in each semester of study, to a maximum of eight semesters. Six terms are taken under MUS-168A (2-credit, 1-hour lesson) and two semesters are taken under MUS-168B (1-credit, half-hour lesson). The section number corresponds to the instructor with whom the student will study.

Musical Theatre Lab
All majors are required to attend a weekly musical theatre lab during every semester of enrollment. The lab supplements curricular instruction with presentations by guest artists, managers, agents, and casting directors. This interface provides each student with an opportunity for interaction with some of the most important professionals in the musical theatre business.

Performing Opportunities at Rider University
The musical theatre program offers three fully staged productions led by faculty and experienced and notable directors, conductors and choreographers from the professional community. The Theatre and Dance Department also offers a well-established theatre program that provides additional performing opportunities in three major productions. Majors also are encouraged to participate in student-directed and produced events, presented each year on both campuses.  The Voice Department at the Princeton campus offers two Opera Theater productions each year.  Both are open by audition to all Rider University students except freshmen. Consult the Musical Theatre Handbook for the Audition Policy.

School of Fine and Performing Arts
General Education Requirements
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Applied Music

15
MUS-168AApplied Voice (2-credits)
12
MUS-168BApplied Voice (1-credit)2
MTR-132
Group Piano1

Theory, History, Technology

18

MTR-120
History of American Musical Theatre
3
MTR-131Music Theory For Musical Theatre3
MTR-133Sight Singing
3
THE-105 Theatre History to 17003
THE-106
Theatre History Since 17003
THE-115Stagecraft3

General Electives
Discipline-specific minor or 2nd major encouraged.

9

Professional Studies
36
Dance Requirements9
Must take three ballet courses 
MTR-109
Ballet I
1
MTR-110
Ballet II
1
MTR-210Ballet III
1
MTR-211Ballet IV
1
MTR-212Ballet V 1
Must take two tap courses
MTR-209Tap Dance I1
MTR-210Tap Dance II1
Must take two jazz courses
MTR-309Jazz Dance I1
MTR-310Jazz Dance II1
MTR-311Jazz Dance III1
MTR-312Jazz Dance IV1
Must take two capstone dance courses
MTR-415
Musical Theatre Dance I1
MTR-416
Musical Theatre Dance II1
Acting Requirements18
THE-107Acting I: Introduction to Acting3
THE-110Acting II: Scene Study3
THE-208Acting III
3
THE-209Acting IV3
MTR-317Auditions: Preparation and Techniques
3
MTR-335Speech for the Actor3
Music Theatre Requirements 19
MTR-105
Musical Theatre Practicum 2
MTR-111 Musical Theatre Lab (8 semesters) 0
MTR-215 Musical Theatre Performance: Song 3
MTR-218
Musical Theatre Scene Study I3
MTR-219Musical Theatre Scene Study II3
MTR-255Musical Theatre Repertoire I
3
MTR-256
Musical Theatre Repertoire II  3
MTR-493Musical Theatre Production1
MTR-493T
or
THE-127T
Musical Theatre Production – Tech
 
Theatre Production – Tech
1
TOTAL CREDITS 121