Wilkes University

Musical Theatre, B.F.A.

Requirements

The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre provides pre-professional training in voice, acting, dance, and music theory as a foundation to a career in musical theatre. The program also offers opportunities for advanced study in each area. Students majoring in Musical Theatre are required to take the following:

Theatre, Music, and Dance courses 70 credits
Electives 18 credits
General Education courses 34 credits
Total required for graduation 122 credits

Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester Credits

 

FYF-101 First-Year Foundations

3

ENG-101 Composition

4

THE-121 Stagecraft I

3

THE-132 Voice & Diction I (OPO)

3

MUS-100 Voice

1

MUS-119 Studio Class

0

MUS-102 Music Fundamentals (can be waived with permission of the instructor)

3

MUS-125 University Chorus

1

THE-190 Theatre Laboratory

1

Total Credits

19

Second Semester

 

ENG-120 Intro to Literature and Culture

3

MUS-100 Voice

1

MUS-119 Studio Class

0

MUS-103 Music Theory I

3

MUS-125 University Chorus

1

THE-100 Approach To Theatre

3

THE-233 Voice & Diction II

3

THE-131 Acting 1

3

THE-190 Theatre Laboratory

1

Total Credits

18

Third Semester

 

Distribution Requirements

9

MUS-200 Voice

1

MUS-219 Studio Class

0

THE-190 Theatre Laboratory

1

THE-232 Acting II

3

Total Credits

14

Fourth Semester

 

Distribution Requirements

6

THE-214 Script Analysis

3

THE-216 Design for the Theatre

3

MUS-200 Voice

1

MUS-219 Studio Class

0

THE-190 Theatre Laboratory

1

Total Credits

14

Fifth Semester

 

Distribution Requirement

6

MUS-300 Voice

1

MUS-319 Studio Class

0

THE-211 Theatre History I

3

THE-190 Theatre Laboratory

1

THE-331 Acting III

3

DAN-250 Classical Ballet

3

Total Credits

17

Sixth Semester

 

Electives

3

DAN-230 Jazz Dance I

3

MUS-300 Voice

1

MUS-319 Studio Class

0

THE-311 Theatre History II

3

THE-234 Directing I 

3

THE-190 Theatre Laboratory

1

Total Credits

14

Seventh Semester

 

Electives

9

Distribution Requirement

3

MUS-400 Voice

1

MUS-419 Studio Class

0

THE-190 Theatre Laboratory

1

THE-493 Senior Capstone

1

Total Credits

15

Eighth Semester

 

Electives

9

THE-394 The Business of Theatre/Auditions 

3

THE-190 Theatre Laboratory

1

MUS-400 Voice

1

MUS-419 Studio Class

0

Total Credits

14

Theatre Arts

THE-100. Approach to Theatre

Credits: 3

Attention will be directed to the importance of the dramatic imagination in reading and viewing plays, with the objective of developing a critical appreciation of the theatre. Lecture, discussion, demonstration, films, college, and professional theatre performances.

THE-121. Stagecraft I

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Fall

An exploration of the many physical facets of theatrical production by introducing the student to the process of translating the concept of a design into physical actuality and of adapting a production to the requirements of a stage. Class and workshop.

THE-131. Acting I

Credits: 3

Basic acting techniques. Creating a variety of characters for the stage through the use of vocal interpretation, physical movement, improvisation, and theatre games.

THE-132. Voice and Diction I

Credits: 3

Applied course introducing voice and speech training that combines practical vocal exercises with a method of analyzing and correcting speech problems. The expectation of the course is improvement in the voice and speech work of the individual student, as well as increased body awareness.

THE-190. Theatre Laboratory

Credits: 1-3

The production aspect of theatre including rehearsals, performances, scene shop, costume shop, lighting shop, propshop, stage management and box office. Required of Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre majors every semester.

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THE-191. -291-391-491 Department Practicum in Theatre Production

Credits: 1-3

Credits can be awarded for a major contribution to Theatre Program productions. Approval required from the Director of Theatre.

THE-198. -298-398-498 Topics

Credits: 1-3

A study of topics of special interest not extensively treated in regularly offered courses.

THE-211. Theatre History I

Credits: 3

A survey of the historical development and background of theatrical art from ancient times through the seventeenth century.

THE-214. Script Analysis

Credits: 3

An approach to dramatic literature for the theatre artist to read, interpret, and analyze dramatic texts for production and performance values.

THE-216. Design for the Theatre

Credits: 3

This class will explore through lecture and practical exercises the skills and concepts needed to produce scenic, lighting, and costume designs for the theatre.

THE-217. Autocad for the Stage

Credits: 3

This class will develop familiarity with using AutoCAD as a tool for generating drawings for the stage. Offered every other year.

THE-219. Sound Design

Credits: 3

This class develops the knowledge base and skills necessary to execute the Sound Design of a live theatrical performance. Topics include a basic working knowledge of sound equipment, sound itself, and industry-standard show control software. Offered every other year.

THE-220. Stagecraft II

Credits: 3

Advanced exploration of the many physical facets of theatrical production in order to refine the process of translating the concept of a design into physical actuality and of adapting a production to the requirements of a stage. Class and workshop.

THE-222. Lighting Design

Credits: 3

An introduction to designing lighting for theatre. Emphasis on the development of visual skills, idea development (script and image), and notation. Production work is required.

THE-224. Rendering for the Theatre

Credits: 3

An introduction to drawing skills, rendering and visual communication for theatre.

THE-225. Historic Scenic Styles

Credits: 3

A survey of art through design projects for the theatre.

THE-226. Scenic Painting

Credits: 3

An introduction to scene painting techniques, methods, approaches and applications used by the scenic artist.

THE-227. Costume Design

Credits: 3

An introduction to the basic elements of Costume Design including: Line, Mass, Form, Balance, Hue, and Chroma. Class projects provide an opportunity for the student to render costume sketches, analyze plays, research costume history, and construct basic pattern shapes. Offered every other year.

THE-228. Stage Makeup

Credits: 3

This course offers students the opportunity to learn and apply the fundamental principles of standard, character and special effects stage makeup. Offered every other year.

THE-230. Stage Management

Credits: 3

An introduction to the art of stage managing a live theatre performance. Offered every other year.

THE-232. Acting II

Credits: 3

An introduction to the major theories, aims, and styles of acting through performing various roles and monologues in selected dramatic scenes.

Pre-Requisites

THE-233. Voice and Diction II

Credits: 3

Applied course that continues the refinement of vocal expressiveness and interpretation exploring colloquial and complex texts for purposes of oral communication of the written texts.

THE-234. Directing I

Credits: 3

An introduction to the principles of directing, including play selection, composition, casting, blocking, and rehearsing. Class and workshop.

Pre-Requisites
THE-131 or departmental permission.

THE-311. Theatre History II

Credits: 3

A survey of the historical development and background of theatrical art from the eighteenth century to the present.

THE-321. Scenic Design

Credits: 3

Introduces through practical exercises concept development and skills needed to produce scenic designs for the theatre.

THE-331. Acting III

Credits: 3

Attention to special problems in acting in terms of classical style. Continued self-discovery through improvisation, kinesthetic awareness, and other basic acting techniques learned in THE-232 are expanded upon.

Pre-Requisites
THE-131, THE-132, THE-232, or permission of the instructor.

THE-334. Directing II

Credits: 3

A study of special problems in directing. Students will prepare a prompt book, critique productions, and direct a one-act play.

Pre-Requisites

THE-394. The Business of Theatre/Auditions

Credits: 1-3

Discussion of information and preparation to navigate the theatrical and entertainment industries.

THE-395. -396 Independent Research

Credits: 1-3

Independent study and research for advanced students in theatre under the direction of a faculty member. A research paper at a more substantial level beyond a term paper is required.

Pre-Requisites
Approval of the department chairperson.

THE-399. Cooperative Education

Credits: 1-6

Professional cooperative education placement in a private or public organization related to the student’s academic objectives and career goals. In addition to their work experience, students are required to submit weekly reaction papers and an academic project to a Faculty Coordinator in the student’s discipline. (See the Cooperative Education section of this bulletin for placement procedures.)

Pre-Requisites
Sophomore standing, minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, consent of academic advisor, and approval of placement by the department chairperson.

THE-431. Acting IV

Credits: 3

Scene study, analysis, and development of acting theories for a sophisticated preparation of audition material and rehearsal technique for the working actor.

Pre-Requisites
THE-131, 132, 232, 331, or permission of the instructor.

THE-493. Senior Capstone

Credits: 1-3

Individual performance project intended to inspire students to take on responsibility for self-governance and, through effort, create a meaningful expression of their aesthetic.

Music

MUS-100. - 400. Applied Performance

Credits: 1 or 2

Individual instruction offered in all keyboard, band, and orchestral instruments, guitar, and voice. 

MUS 100 - Freshman level
MUS 200 - Sophomore level
MUS 300 - Junior level
MUS 400 - Senior level

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Pre-Requisites
Permission of the instructor.

MUS-101. Introduction to Music I

Credits: 3

An introduction to the materials of music and their interrelationships, with an emphasis on developing active listening skills, recognizing and comparing the elements of differing musical styles, and exploring cultural contexts and differing functions of music in diverse groups. Three subtopic areas are offered:

  • Western Art Music – An exploration of the traditional Western classical music canon.
  • Music in the United States – A broad approach that examines both American vernacular music (blues, jazz, folk, rock, pop, etc.) and the Western classical music canon.
  • The History of American Popular Music – An in-depth exploration of American popular music.

MUS-102. Music Fundamentals

Credits: 3

This course gives students a solid grounding in the fundamentals of reading and performing music. No previous experience with music is required. Offered every fall.

MUS-103. Music Theory I

Credits: 3

This course presents fundamental materials and structures of music theory. Theoretical, aural, and keyboard skills are developed through practice and study of music examples. Offered every spring.

Pre-Requisites
Familiarity with music notation or MUS-102.

MUS-104. Music Theory II

Credits: 3

A continuation of MUS-103 (Music Theory I). This course presents materials and structures of music theory. Theoretical, aural, and keyboard skills are developed through practice and study of music examples.

Pre-Requisites
MUS-103 or placement by a diagnostic exam.

MUS-119. - 419. Voice Studio Class

Credits: 0

Voice Studio Class provides students a structured environment in which to present live performances of vocal repertoire in collaboration with an accompanist. Students receive feedback on their presentations by the instructor, who delivers coachings in a masterclass format. Required for MUT majors.

MUS 119 - Freshman level
MUS 219 - Sophomore level
MUS 319 - Junior level
MUS 419 - Senior level

Co-Requisites
MUS 100/200/300/400

MUS-121. Wilkes Civic Band

Credits: 0 or 3

The Wilkes University Civic Band provides a large symphonic band experience, and is open to the University student community and qualified local community members, by audition. Literature is chosen from the standard band repertoire, and the ensemble performs a minimum of two formal concerts per year. May be repeated for credit.

Pre-Requisites
Permission of the instructor.

MUS-122. Chamber Winds

Credits: 1

Students will study, rehearse and perform a variety of large and small ensemble works for chamber wind ensemble. May be repeated for credit. 

Pre-Requisites
Permission of the instructor.

MUS-123. Marching Colonels

Credits: 2

The Wilkes University Marching Colonels Marching Band provides an opportunity for rehearsal, study, and performance of a marching band field show presented at home football games and select on and off-campus performances. Members must commit to a one week band camp before classes commence, perform at all home football games, and attend all rehearsals. May be repeated for credit. Offered every fall.

MUS-125. University Chorus

Credits: 0-3

The Wilkes University Chorus is a large mixed choral ensemble in which students develop musical skills and artistry through the regular rehearsal, discussion, and performance of a wide variety of choral repertoire. Membership open to all members of the University and surrounding community, by audition. May be repeated for credit.

Pre-Requisites
Permission of the instructor.

MUS-126. Chamber Singers

Credits: 0.5

The Wilkes University Chamber Singers provides students an opportunity to practice advanced ensemble skills through the regular rehearsal and performance of a wide variety of primarily a cappella choral repertoire. Membership is open to any student member of the University Chorus. May be repeated for credit.

Pre-Requisites
Permission of the instructor.

MUS-127. Jazz Ensemble

Credits: 0 or 3

Open to all members of the University community. The ensemble rehearses and presents performances of literature encompassing a wide range of jazz styles and techniques. May be repeated for credit.

Pre-Requisites
Permission of the instructor.

MUS-128. Chamber Performance

Credits: 1

Students will study and publicly perform chamber literature appropriate to their instruments. Coaching and supervision by faculty members, as assigned. May be repeated for credit.

Pre-Requisites
Permission of the instructor.

MUS-132. Chamber Orchestra

Credits: 0 or 3

Students will study, rehearse and perform a variety of large and small ensemble works for chamber orchestra. May be repeated for credit.

Pre-Requisites
Permission of the instructor.

MUS-135. Flute Ensemble

Credits: 1

Students will study, rehearse and perform a variety of large and small ensemble works for flute ensemble. May be repeated for credit.

Pre-Requisites
Permission of the instructor.

MUS-138. Percussion Ensemble

Credits: 1

Students will study, rehearse and perform a variety of large and small ensemble works for percussion ensemble. May be repeated for credit.

Pre-Requisites
Permission of the instructor.

MUS-198. Topics

Credits: 3

A study in topics of special interest not extensively treated in regularly offered courses.

MUS-210. Music History I: Ancient Through Baroque

Credits: 3

A study of the history of music and the genres, styles, and forms of the stylistic periods of musical composition, Ancient through Baroque, and the movements, eras, and themes associated with these periods. Offered in alternate years, in the fall.

Pre-Requisites
MUS-103 or permission of the instructor.

MUS-211. Music History II: Classical Through Twentieth Century

Credits: 3

A study of the history of music and the genres, styles, and forms of the stylistic periods of musical composition, Classical through 21st Century, and the movements, eras, and themes associated with these periods. Offered in alternate years, in the fall.

Pre-Requisites
MUS-103 or permission of the instructor.

MUS-395. - 396 Independent Research

Credits: 1-3

Independent study and research for advanced students in music under the direction of a faculty member. A research paper at a more substantial level beyond a term paper is required.

Pre-Requisites
Approval of the department chairperson.

Dance

DAN-100. Dance Appreciation: Comprehensive Dance Forms

Credits: 3

This course provides a general introduction to classical ballet, modern dance and jazz dance. It is designed to provide a structured, personal engagement in dance whose objective is the acquisition, at each individual student's pace, of the qualities of grace, physical stamina, muscular and ligament flexibility, and movement musicality. 

DAN-120. Tap Dance

Credits: 3

In this course, students will acquire and develop tap dance technique through drills and exercises, and will develop an appreciation of the rich history of tap dance in America through lectures, videos, demonstrations and readings.

DAN-210. Modern Dance I

Credits: 3

This course provides the student with the fundamentals of modern dance based on the methodology of Lester Horton. It is designed to provide an experimentation structure and professionally-informed exploration of the art of modern dance. Its objective is the acquisition, at each individual student's pace, of the qualities of grace, physical stamina, muscular alignment, flexibility, and movement musicality. This course also introduces fundamentals of contemporary dance allowing the student to investigate how this genre of dance has pulled elements of movement from classical, modern and jazz styles. 

DAN-211. Modern Dance II

Credits: 3

This course is the sequel to DAN-210, providing the truly committed student with the opportunity, at an intermediate level, for an even more substantive and diversified participatory engagement in modern and contemporary dance. It engages the student-dancer in highly individualized movements based on personalized, multi-faceted, and changing artistic standards. 

Pre-Requisites
DAN-210 or permission of instructor.

DAN-220. Advanced Tap

Credits: 3

In this course, students will acquire and develop advanced tap dance technique through drills and exercises, and will develop an appreciation of the rich history of tap dance in America through lectures, videos, demonstrations and readings.

Pre-Requisites
DAN-120 or permission of instructor.

DAN-230. Jazz Dance I

Credits: 3

The first course involving an intensive and progressively challenging engagement in jazz technique and performance utilizing a fusion of methodologies all of which are ballet based. This course is designed for the student with limited dance experience, still having a basic understanding of ballet terminology and body placement. Core skills as well as body conditioning are emphasized, investigating different genres within the context of the jazz discipline. Classical Jazz, Musical Theatre Jazz, Video Style Jazz, and Lyrical Styles of Jazz will be introduced.

DAN-231. Jazz Dance II

Credits: 3

The second in the progressively demanding courses in the four-semester sequence in which students are intensively engaged in learning and executing jazz techniques and performance skills by utilizing a fusion of methodologies, all of which are ballet based. Through the study of jazz dance techniques as systematized using various methods, students are encouraged to perceive the nature of dance movement and to acquire some proficiency in its application to stage performance and achieve greater awareness of body structure and function. Select choreographers, directors, and teachers will play a significant role in the material chosen for this course.

Pre-Requisites
DAN-230 or permission of instructor.

DAN-250. Classical Ballet I

Credits: 3

The first course in the study of the theory and techniques of Russian classical ballet, as pursued in the curricula of the schools of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets and derived from the methodology devised by Agrippina Vaganova and Cecchetti.

DAN-251. Classical Ballet II

Credits: 3

This course is designed to build on the foundation acquired in DAN-250 for an intensive intellectual, emotional, and physical engagement in the study of the theory and techniques of Russian classical ballet, as pursued in the curricula of the schools of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets and derived from the methodology devised by Agrippina Vaganova and Cecchetti.

Pre-Requisites
DAN-250 or permission of instructor.

DAN-310. Modern Dance III

Credits: 3

This is an advanced course in modern dance, affording the student the opportunity to engage, experientially, in some of the more technically and choreographically demanding and innovative aspects of modern dance. In the exploration of these movement elaborations, the aesthetic vision of the choreographers may be perceived, especially in terms of how they adapted much of the disciplined technique of classical ballet in an exciting syncretic fusion.

Pre-Requisites
DAN-211 or permission of instructor.

DAN-311. Modern Dance IV

Credits: 3

An advanced level course in Modern Dance technique. In addition to continued study of the concepts from DAN-310, specific contemporary styles will be explored.

Pre-Requisites
DAN-310 or permission of instructor.

DAN-320. Dance Composition

Credits: 3

An introduction to the craft of making dance works. Class emphasis is on developing movement material, structuring solid dance works and documenting the creative process. A writing component is required.

Pre-Requisites
Permission of instructor.

DAN-330. Jazz Dance III

Credits: 3

Jazz Dance III is third in the progressively demanding courses in the four-semester elective sequence in which students are intensively engaged in learning and executing jazz techniques and performance skills using various methodologies, all of which are ballet based. Students at this level are expected to have a greater understanding of ballet terminology and body placement. Emphasizing a blending of theory and practice, this course is intended to encourage students to explore another dimension of personal fulfillment while cultivating realistically their potential as physically coordinated, aesthetically sensitive, poised, and graceful persons, with a deeper understanding of dance as recreation vs. dance in a professional environment relating to theatre studies. Within this course, the student will investigate the intent of the choreographer and director as well as experience the choreographic process itself. Creativity, logic, and reasoning skills will be enhanced, with the intention of aiding the student in transferring these aspects to their chosen major. Select choreographers, directors, and teachers will play a significant role in the material presented, with the expectation of the student delving more deeply into the creative process of dance.

Pre-Requisites
DAN-231 or permission of instructor.

DAN-331. Jazz Dance IV

Credits: 3

The fourth level in the progressively demanding courses in the four-semester elective sequence in which students are intensively engaged in learning and executing jazz techniques and performance skills per various methodologies, all of which are ballet based. At this level, the student is expected to have an adequate knowledge of ballet terminology, body placement, and body conditioning, with a focus on transferring these skills to choreography, improvisation, class structure, and the creative process itself. This course is intended to take the dance student to a higher level of physical and creative awareness. A greater understanding of physics, as it relates to dance, kinesiology, anatomy, and the processing of more intricate exercises and combinations are a major focus. Once again, select choreographers, directors, and teachers, will play a significant role in the material presented. A deeper understanding of a person’s creative potential will be investigated, using life experiences of selected persons.

Pre-Requisites
DAN-330 or permission of instructor.

DAN-350. Classical Ballet III

Credits: 3

This course is designed to build on the foundation laid in DAN-251. Course presentation will employ lecture, demonstration, and studio exercises designed to explore the movement dynamics that are especially appropriate to the classical dance genre. The objective of this course is the continued individually paced development of the qualities of grace, physical stamina, muscular and ligament flexibility, and movement musicality, especially via direct and active engagement in classical dance technique.

Pre-Requisites
DAN-251 or permission of instructor.

DAN-351. Classical Ballet IV

Credits: 3

This course is designed to continue to build on the foundation laid in DAN-350. Special emphasis will be given in this course to the development of sound classical ballet technique (per a modified Vaganova methodology) as the foundation for the cultivation of poise, stage presence, kinetic flexibility, and physical stamina.

Pre-Requisites
DAN-350 or permission of instructor.

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