Musical Theatre Major (B.F.A.)

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Musical Theatre provides rigorous training with a concentrated focus in acting, dance and music, preparing students to work in the musical theatre industry. Musical Theatre majors develop exceptional performance skills through a combination of intense classroom work and production opportunities.
The program is based in the Department of Theatre & Dance.  For further information, go to: BFA Musical Theatre.  (Note: All Theatre & Dance majors must pass yearly juries/portfolio reviews and faculty evaluation for continuation in the programs.)

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
GNED 199New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
CSIT 100Introduction to Computer Concepts3
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
Total Credits19

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages3-6
World Cultures0-3
Total Credits3-9

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements19
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements92-95
Free Electives6-0
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Required Theatre Courses
THTR 115Acting I - BFA3
THTR 130Acting II - BFA3
THTR 139Stage Make-Up1
THTR 150Introduction to Technical Theatre1
THTR 200Production Stagecraft1
THTR 201Production Operations1
THTR 202Production Costumes1
THTR 204Performance Production I1
THTR 206Performance: Production II1
THTR 210Theatre History: Early World3
THTR 222Acting III - B.F.A.: Scene Study I3
THTR 315Advanced Scene Study I for Musical Theatre3
THTR 223Acting IV - B.F.A.: Scene Study II3
THTR 316Advanced Scene Study II for Musical Theatre3
THTR 238Musical Theatre I3
THTR 338Musical Theatre II3
THTR 425Senior Showcase for Actors3
Required Music Courses
MUGN 136The History of Broadway3
MUCP 101Theory I3
MUCP 102Theory II3
MUCP 103Aural Skills I1
MUCP 104Aural Skills II1
MUCP 122Advanced Music Theory and Aural Skills for Musical Theatre2
MUPR 140Performance Practicum for Performance Majors (Complete 6 times.)3
MSSN 101Keyboard Musicianship I1
MTTH 131Freshman Studio I1
MTTH 132Acting for the Singer I2
MTTH 133Vocal Technique for Musical Theatre2
MTTH 231Acting for the Singer II2
MTTH 331Musical Theatre Repertoire and Audition Technique1
MUEN 130Opera Workshop (Must take MUPR 199 as a co-requisite.)1
Complete the following course for a total of 12 credits.12
Applied Music
Required Dance Courses
Complete 7 credits from the following (to be repeated as necessary):7
Dance Technique: Ballet I
Dance Technique: Ballet II
Dance Technique: Ballet III
Complete 10 credits from the following (to be repeated as necessary):10
Musical Theatre Dance I
Musical Theatre Dance II
Musical Theatre Dance III
Musical Theatre Dance IV
Suggested Collateral
Depending on total from General Education and World Languages and Cultures, complete 0-3 credits as necessary.0-3
Special Topics in Dance Arts
Acting for the Screen
Keyboard Musicianship II
Musical Composition
Private Study in Composition
Play Direction I
Total Credits92-95

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
DNCE 112 Dance Technique: Ballet I 2
THTR 115 Acting I - BFA 3
MUCP 101 Theory I 3
MUCP 103 Aural Skills I 1
MTTH 131 Freshman Studio I 1
MTTH 133 Vocal Technique for Musical Theatre 2
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
DNCE 212 Dance Technique: Ballet II 2
THTR 130 Acting II - BFA 3
THTR 150 Introduction to Technical Theatre 1
MUCP 102 Theory II 3
MUCP 104 Aural Skills II 1
MUSI 499 Applied Music 2
MUPR 140 Performance Practicum for Performance Majors 0.5
MTTH 132 Acting for the Singer I 2
 Credits17.5
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
DNCE 121 Musical Theatre Dance I 2
THTR 204 Performance Production I 1
THTR 222 Acting III - B.F.A.: Scene Study I 3
MSSN 101 Keyboard Musicianship I 1
MUSI 499 Applied Music 2
MUPR 140 Performance Practicum for Performance Majors 0.5
MTTH 231 Acting for the Singer II 2
MUEN 100
Montclair State University Chorale
or Montclair State University Singers
or Opera Workshop
0.5
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
DNCE 221 Musical Theatre Dance II 2
THTR 125 Voice and Speech I 2
THTR 139 Stage Make-Up 1
THTR 200 Production Stagecraft 1
THTR 223 Acting IV - B.F.A.: Scene Study II 3
MUCP 122 Advanced Music Theory and Aural Skills for Musical Theatre 2
MUSI 499 Applied Music 2
MUPR 140 Performance Practicum for Performance Majors 0.5
MUEN 100
Montclair State University Chorale
or Montclair State University Singers
or Opera Workshop
0.5
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
World Language 1 3
DNCE 321 Musical Theatre Dance III 2
THTR 201 Production Operations 1
THTR 207 Performance: Production III 1
THTR 210 Theatre History: Early World 3
THTR 315 Advanced Scene Study I for Musical Theatre 3
MUPR 140 Performance Practicum for Performance Majors 0.5
MUSI 499 Applied Music 2
 Credits15.5
Spring
World Language 2 3
DNCE 421 Musical Theatre Dance IV 2
THTR 238 Musical Theatre I 3
THTR 316 Advanced Scene Study II for Musical Theatre 3
MUPR 140 Performance Practicum for Performance Majors 0.5
MUGN 136 The History of Broadway 3
MUSI 499 Applied Music 2
 Credits16.5
Fourth Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
THTR 338 Musical Theatre II 3
MUPR 140 Performance Practicum for Performance Majors 0.5
MUSI 499 Applied Music 2
MTTH 331 Musical Theatre Repertoire and Audition Technique 1
 Credits12.5
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
World Cultures 3
DNCE 421 Musical Theatre Dance IV 2
THTR 202 Production Costumes 1
THTR 425 Senior Showcase for Actors 1
DNCE 312 Dance Technique: Ballet III 2
 Credits12
 Total Credits122