Musical Theatre Minor

Musical Theatre is an expressive, collaborative form of communication that through its storytelling power can entertain, enlighten, and impact the world in which we live.

Within the Department of Theatre and Dance at Saint Mary’s, musical theatre is offered as a minor to complement other majors. The musical theatre minor provides opportunities for students in other majors to explore music, theatre, and dance. The musical theatre minor offers courses in Script Analysis, Acting, Music Theory, Musical Theatre I and II, Ear Training, Musical Theatre Dance, Dance Technique, and more.

The department produces one musical production on the Winona Campus each spring, providing practical experience for students in the department as well as campus wide.

Career Options

Graduates may choose to pursue further studies in this area, but they all gain skills that further their appreciation for this art form, making musical theatre part of their personal repertoire of life experiences and serving as a healthy activity and form of entertainment.

High School Preparation

Music; Theatre; Dance; English; Literature

Enhance Your Experience

Students who minor in Musical Theatre oftentimes pursue majors in Music, Art, English, Psychology, and many more.

Degree Requirements

A. One of the following

MU130 Music Fundamentals I (1 cr.)

This course is designed to be an introduction to music reading and understanding. The fundamentals of pitch and rhythm are covered along with ear training and score reading in this computer-assisted course.

MU131 Music Fundamentals II (1 cr.)

This is a continuation of Music Fundamentals I.

MU160 Music Theory I (3 cr.)

This course is designed for students interested in increasing their knowledge of the basic elements of music. Concepts covered include: keys, scales, simple and compound rhythms, intervals, triads, 7th chords, principles of voice leading, harmonic progression, cadences, phrases and periods.

MU171 Piano Class (3 cr.)

This course provides a basic introduction to music and the keyboard. Students learn to read music in treble and bass clefs, become familiar with basic music vocabulary and symbols, and develop keyboard skills. Students also study the history of piano music and piano playing in order to deepen their understanding of the instrument. This course is open to all students with an interest in music, and fulfills the general education aesthetics content area course requirement.

B All of the following:

DA365 Musical Theatre Dance (2 cr.)

This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of and ability to perform dances of the modern American musical stage. Students learn techniques and styles of contemporary dance as it is specifically applied to musical theatre, emphasizing theatre dance styles from the 1920s to the present. The course also encompasses research of the styles of major musical theatre choreographers and performers noteworthy for their musical dance innovations.

MU170 Ear Training I (2 cr.)

The objective of this course is to develop aural skills involving melody, rhythm and harmony. Concepts covered include: identification of intervals, scales, triads, sight-singing and one voice melodic and rhythmic dictations.

TA100 Script Analysis and Dramatic Literature (3 cr.)

Through the examination of a variety of plays from different eras and aesthetics, students learn methodologies from Aristotle to modern performance theory in order to critically and theoretically analyze a script for potential production. This course includes an introduction to theatre research and writing methods, and serves as a foundation for other major courses in theatre.

TA155 Acting I: Introduction (3 cr.)

The basic tasks of the actor are considered in three distinct units: voice and movement; creativity and imagination; and, character and scene development. The course serves as an introduction to theatrical performance, and provides a knowledge and appreciation of theatre as a process of fostering creative expression.

TA257 Musical Theatre I: Auditioning (3 cr.)

Through a performative approach, learners explore the relationship between acting and singing through analysis of lyric and score, character development, and various musical theatre acting approaches. Students explore performance techniques and selection of repertoire applicable to auditioning for musical theatre.

TA357 Musical Theatre II: Performance Study (3 cr.)

Individualized instruction through a performative approach prepares each learner for advanced work in musical theatre. The course focuses on the analysis of text and score through the examination of historical context, dramatic structure, and character and action analysis. The process of applying the analysis through rehearsing music, staging, choreography, and building toward a performance-ready showcase is the primary goal of the course.

C. Two dance technique level II courses

D. Two credits of

DA175/TA175 or DA375/TA375