Concentration in Musical Theatre

Concentration in Musical Theatre

NEW PROGRAM – FALL 2020

The departments of Music and Drama at Bishop’s University are pleased to offer a new 30-credit concentration in Music Theatre as a supplement to the Major in Music or Drama. This is a program unique among Quebec universities. Students entering the Music program will be required to complete an additional 12 credits of cognates in Drama and vice versa. The successful student with a Drama or Music Major plus the Concentration in Music Theatre will earn a total of:

30 credits (Concentration) + 48 credits (Major) + 12 credits (corequisites/cognates) = 90 credits.

1. Courses
2. Additional Elective Courses in Musical Theatre
3. Course Descriptions
4. Corequisites / Cognates
5. Music Theatre Concentration – Sample 3-Year Plan
6. After Graduation
7. Video Clips from Past Productions

Courses

MTH 100 – Intro. to Dance & Movement I : 3 credits

Plus 2 of:

MTH 200 – Dance II: Ballet : 3 credits
MTH 201 – Dance III: Tap : 3 credits
MTH 202 – Dance IV: Contemporary : 3 credits
MTH 203 – Dance V: Jazz : 3 credits

Other required courses:

MTH 110 – Intro. to Acting with Song I : 3 credits
MTH 210 – Acting with Song II: Operetta : 3 credits
MTH 211 – Acting with Song III: The Golden Age : 3 credits
MTH 212 – Acting with Song IV: Modern : 3 credits
MTH 151 – Hist. of Musical Theatre to 1975 : 3 credits
MTH 152 – Hist. of Musical Theatre 1975 – Present : 3 credits
MTH 300 – Musical Production I : 3 credits OR
MTH 301 – Musical Production II : 3 credits

Total: 30 credits

Additional Elective Courses in Musical Theatre (offered on rotation)

MTH 400 – Independent Study I : 3 credits
MTH 401 – Independent Study II : 3 credits
MTH 410 – Song Writing for Musical Theatre : 3 credits

Course Descriptions

MTH 100 – Intro. to Dance & Movement I

Students learn fundamental techniques commonly applied to all genres of dance including isolation exercises, posture and alignment study as well as dynamics, rhythm and interpretation.

MTH 200 – Dance II: Ballet

Students learn basic techniques commonly applied to the genre including barre, floor, and centre work as well as the concepts of rhythm, dynamics, space and balance. Elements of good posture, body alignment, turnout, pointing the toe, etc., are interwoven with the French terminology associated with specific ballet moves. Prerequisite MTH 100 or consent of instructor.

MTH 201 – Dance III: Tap

Students are presented with rigorous and repetitive series of isolation exercises series for the ankle and foot that develop the basic steps associated within the genre of tap. Development of a clear sense of rhythm and syncopation also a focus of the course. Prerequisite MTH 100 or consent of instructor.

MTH 202 – Dance IV: Contemporary

Students focus on rhythm and various types of movement, communication and interpretation, and the effective use of a performing space in both solo, duet and small ensemble settings. Prerequisite MTH 100 or consent of instructor.

MTH 203 – Dance V: Jazz

Students are presented with rigorous exercises to develop the basic moves associated within the 6 genres of jazz – Classic, Street, Afro, Commercial, Latin and Contemporary, Development of a clear sense of rhythm and syncopation also a focus of the course. Prerequisite MTH 100 or consent of instructor.

MTH 110 – Intro. to Acting with Song I

This course explores the intimate relationship between acting and music and will be centered around the analysis, discussion and performance of short scenes taken from the standard repertory. Prerequisites: MUS 172, MUS 120, MUS 130, DRA 131, and/or consent of instructor(s).

MTH 210 – Acting with Song II: Operetta

A continuation of MTH 110, this course explores the intimate relationship between acting and music and will be centered around the analysis, discussion and performance of short scenes taken specifically from the operetta repertoire. Prerequisite MTH 110.

MTH 211 – Acting with Song III: The Golden Age

A continuation of MTH 110, this course explores the intimate relationship between acting and music and will be centered around the analysis, discussion and performance of short scenes taken specifically from the Broadway repertoire. Prerequisite MTH 110.

MTH 212 – Acting with Song IV: Modern

A continuation of MTH 110, this course explores the intimate relationship between acting and music and will be centered around the analysis, discussion and performance of short scenes taken specifically from the contemporary repertoire. Prerequisite MTH 110.

MTH 300 – Musical Production I

This course prepares students to mount a public presentation of a full-scale musical theatre production taken from the standard repertory as well as new and hybrid musicals. Successful audition required.

MTH 301 – Musical Production II

This course prepares students to mount a public presentation of a full-scale musical theatre production taken from the standard repertory as well as new and hybrid musicals. Successful audition required.

MTH 400 – Independent Study I

This upper-level course allows the advanced student the opportunity to develop projects under faculty supervision specific to their interest and career path.

MTH 401 – Independent Study II

This upper-level course allows the advanced student the opportunity to develop projects under faculty supervision specific to their interest and career path.

MTH 151 – History of Music Theatre to 1975 (formerly MUS 109 Music and Theatre)

This course will cover the field of popular musical theatre from its origins in 19th- century comic opera and operetta; and then Broadway musicals up to ca. 1975. Kern, Rogers and Hart/Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe; the more sophisticated works of Bernstein. Not open to students who have successfully completed MUS 109.

MTH 152 – History of Music Theatre: 1975 – present

Musical Theatre starting in 1975 – the new “Golden Age” with sophisticated Sondheim; the blockbuster shows of Andrew Lloyd Weber, Shonberg/Boublil and Disney; “Poperettas”; Juke-box Musicals; and subjects as diverse as Wicked, Book of Mormon and Hamilton.

MUS 120 – Musicianship I (formerly MUS 121 Intro. To Musical Skills I)

An introduction to the fundamental skills necessary for musicians, including ear-training, sight-singing, rhythmic and melodic dictation as well as basic keyboard skills. Not open to students who have successfully completed MUS 121.

MTH 410 – Song Writing for Musical Theatre

Students will analyze the standard musical theater repertory, examining song forms, the incorporation of characters, time, place, mood, spoken dialogue, subtext etc. Students composers and/or lyricists will collaborate to adapt dramatic scenes into songs for the musical stage. Works-in-progress will be collectively critiqued followed by performances of original works in class. Prerequisite MUS 120 and MUS 130, or consent of instructor.

Corequisites / Cognates

In an effort to balance the skill sets between Music and Drama, Drama Majors in the concentration must complete the following Music courses:

MUS 172/173/270 – Voice Lessons : 2+2+1 = 5 credits
MUS 181/281 – Choral Ensemble (2nd term pop show only) : 1+1 = 2 credits
MUS 120 – Musicianship I : 2 credits
MUS 130 – Rudiments of Music Theory : 3 credits

Total: 12 credits

Similarly, Music Majors in the concentration must complete the following Drama courses:

DRA 102 or DRA 110 – Int. Theatre I & II : 3 credits
DRA 131 – Acting I : 3 credits
DRA 132 – Acting II : 3 credits
DRA 101 – Int. To Tech. Theatre : 3 credits

Total: 12 credits

Music Theatre Concentration – Sample 3-Year Plan

Year 1

Fall:

MUS 172 – Voice Lessons : 2 credits
MUS 130 – Rud. Music Theory : 3 credits
MUS 120 – Musicianship I : 2 credits
DRA 131 – Acting I : 3 credits
MTH 100 – Intro. to Dance & Mvt. I : 3 credits

Total: 13 credits

Winter:

MUS 173 – Voice Lessons : 2 credits
MTH 110 – Int. Acting with Song : 3 credits
MUS 181 – Choral Ensemble II : 1 credits
DRA 132 – Acting II : 3 credits
MTH 200 – Dance II : 3 credits

Total: 12 credits

Year 2

Fall:

MUS 270 – Voice Lessons : 2 credits
MTH 210 – Acting with Song II : 3 credits
DRA 101 – Int. to Tech. Theatre : 3 credits
DRA 102 – Int. to Theatre I (or DRA 110) : 3 credits

Total: 11 credits

Winter:

MUS 281 – Choral Ensemble IV : 1 credits
MTH 300 – Musical Production I : 3 credits
MTH 151 – Hist. Music Theatre to 1975 : 3 credits
MTH 201 – Dance III : 3 credits

Total: 10 credits

Year 3

Fall:

MTH 211 – Acting with Song III : 3 credits
MTH 152 – Hist. Music Theatre 1975 – Present : 3 credits

Total: 6 credits

Winter:

MTH 212 – Acting with Song IV : 3 credits
MTH 202 – Dance IV : 3 credits

Total: 6 credits

Program delivery combines lecture-based, physical labs (dance), one-on-one instruction (vocal lessons) and supervised small and large ensemble instruction (Acting with Song, Musical Production). Hybrid delivery may occur in the area of Acting (Drama focus) with Song (Vocal coaching) courses. At this juncture, no on-line component is present. As with any production course, there is the potential for extra rehearsals in preparation for any public presentation.

After Graduation

Our research coupled with alumni feedback suggests that this concentration will give an edge to graduates in the areas of:

  • employment in the field of professional Musical Theatre;
  • employment in an arts administration organization,
  • employment as an educator in primary or secondary institutions;
  • continued studies in a MA, MFA and Music Therapy programs.

Video Clips from Past Productions