The College of Arts and Architecture

Master of Fine Arts in Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre

Program Description

The MFA in Musical Theatre Voice Pedagogy is a three year course of study and offers a unique kind of teacher training designed to prepare voice teachers to meet the demands of 21st century musical theatre singing while still honoring our rich vocal heritage. A graduate of this program should feel equally at home teaching classical and musical theatre vocal technique while respecting the important distinctions between them. It is a terminal degree consisting of 60 credit hours shared between music and theatre and includes weekly classical and musical theatre voice lessons, sequential pedagogy classes, supervised studio teaching, acting, voice/speech/movement classes, the repertoire and history of musical theatre and opera and private piano. During the summer after the first year of study, all graduate students attend a 5-week intensive in London, seeing shows and taking classes. Additional international study is supported and encouraged. There are also ample opportunities to perform in both our musicals and our operas.

For information regarding how to apply, please visit the School of Theatre website.

The individual paths leading to the MFA will vary and be tailored to each student according to experience, orientation and aptitude.

Sample Curriculum

FALL FIRST YEAR 12 CREDITS
M418 VOICE PEDAGOGY 2
V510J APPLIED VOICE 2
V462J APPLIED VOICE 2
THEA 500 RESEARCH 3
THEA 497 OR TBD VOICE/MOVEMENT/ACTING 2
M497 PIANO 1
SPRING FIRST YEAR 13 CREDITS
M425 ADVANCED PEDAGOGY 2
M588 MUSICAL THEATRE LIT 2
V510 APPLIED VOICE 2
V462 APPLIED VOICE 2
THEA496 OR TBD VOICE/MOVEMENT/ACTING 2
THEA 408 MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY 3
SUMMER FIRST YEAR 3 CREDITS
THEA811 INTERNATIONAL STUDIO 2
THEA596 LONDON THEATRE 1
FALL SECOND YEAR 8 CREDITS
M483 MUSICAL THEA PED SEMINAR I 2
V510 APPLIED VOICE 2
V462 APPLIED VOICE 2
THEA496 OR TBD ACTING/VOICE/MOVEMENT 2
SPRING SECOND YEAR 10 CREDITS
M425 VOICE PED SEMINAR II 2
M480 OPERA LIT or TBD 2
V501J APPLIED VOICE 2
V462J APPLIED VOICE 2
THEA 320 OR TBD ACTING or TBD 2
FALL THIRD YEAR 6 CREDITS
M483 MUSICAL THEATRE LAB SUPERVISED TEACHING 2
V462J APPLIED VOICE 2
V510J APPLIED VOICE 2
SPRING THIRD YEAR 8 CREDITS
M462J APPLIED VOICE 2
THEA 495 or TBD RESEARCH PROJECT/ 5
INTERNSHIP/M594 PERFORMANCE PROJECT 1
TOTAL CREDITS: 60