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.
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 | View Requirements
|MUS-168A||Applied Voice (2-credits)||12|
|MUS-168B||Applied Voice (1-credit)||2|
Theory, History, Technology
|MTR-120||History of American Musical Theatre||3|
|MTR-131||Music Theory For Musical Theatre||3|
|THE-105|| Theatre History to 1700||3|
|THE-106 ||Theatre History Since 1700||3|
Discipline-specific minor or 2nd major encouraged.
|Must take three ballet courses |
|MTR-212||Ballet V ||1|
|Must take two tap courses|
|MTR-209||Tap Dance I||1|
|MTR-210||Tap Dance II||1|
|Must take two jazz courses|
|MTR-309||Jazz Dance I||1|
|MTR-310||Jazz Dance II||1|
|MTR-311||Jazz Dance III||1|
|MTR-312||Jazz Dance IV||1|
|Must take two capstone dance courses|
|MTR-415||Musical Theatre Dance I||1|
|MTR-416||Musical Theatre Dance II||1|
|THE-107||Acting I: Introduction to Acting||3|
|THE-110||Acting II: Scene Study||3|
|THE-208||Acting III ||3|
|MTR-317||Auditions: Preparation and Techniques ||3|
|MTR-335||Speech for the Actor||3|
|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 I||3|
|MTR-219||Musical Theatre Scene Study II||3|
|MTR-255||Musical Theatre Repertoire I||3|
|MTR-256||Musical Theatre Repertoire II ||3|
|MTR-493||Musical Theatre Production||1|
|Musical Theatre Production – Tech|
Theatre Production – Tech
|TOTAL CREDITS ||121|