BFA in Music Theatre

Housed in the School of Performing Arts, and in collaboration with the School of Music, the BFA in music theatre is an intensive, interdisciplinary, performance-oriented major. Admittance into the program is by competitive auditions held twice a year. The program offers equal emphasis in music, theatre and dance skills. Career counseling and an understanding of the business is emphasized. Students interested in music theatre as a profession will gain the training and techniques needed to succeed in this demanding and competitive career.

Graduation requirements:

  • total credit hours for graduation 124 credit hour minimum, overall GPA 2.000, 2.500 in major (3.000 for scholarship consideration);
  • must complete 42 credit hours of general education and must have 45 credit hours of upper-division credits.

Major Requirements: 82 credit hours including:

Core Curriculum Courses
THEA 180EPerforming Arts Seminar (freshman seminar)1
THEA 243Acting I3
Movement class (stage movement, dance, mime/physical theatre; DANC 227, 201, 210 or THEA 218)3
Technical theatre class (costuming, stagecraft, lighting; THEA 253, 244 or 345)3
Theatre Requirements
THEA 254Stage Makeup2
THEA 260History of Musical Theatre3
THEA 330Musical Theatre Laboratory2
THEA 342Advanced Acting3
THEA 530Musical Theatre Scene Study2
THEA 610Directing the Musical3
THEA 630Music Theatre and Opera Audition3
THEA 643Styles In Acting3
THEA 555Senior Project1
Dance Requirements
DANC 210Ballet 1 (credit hours are counted in the core curriculum)0
DANC 201Modern Dance Technique 13
DANC 310Ballet 2 (or as advised)3
DANC 235Jazz 1 (or as advised)3
DANC 335Jazz 2 (or as advised)3
DANC 240Tap 13
DANC 340Tap 2 13
DANC 332Music Theatre Dance I 23
DANC 432Music Theatre Dance II 33
Music Requirement
Take six semesters of the following:12
Applied Music Instruction for Majors - Voice
and Applied Music Instruction for Majors - Voice
MUSC 127Theory I2
MUSC 128Theory II2
MUSC 129Aural Skills I2
MUSC 130Aural Skills II2
Take two semesters of the following:2
Piano Class Level I - Music Majors
and Piano Class Level II - Music Majors
Take two semesters of the following:2
Voice Coaching
Take two semesters of the following:2
A Cappella Choir (two semesters)
Total Credit Hours82

Incoming students with previous training in dance will be assessed to determine appropriate class level. With approval from instructors, those with prior training may substitute upper-division courses for entry level classes. Credit hours must still total 124.

Students with prior piano skills may take a proficiency exam and test out of piano class.

Music theatre majors must audition for all department musicals. Students receiving scholarships are required to perform as cast. All majors must obtain departmental approval prior to performing off campus. Permission is granted on a case-by-case basis. With instructor’s consent, students not cast in department musicals are encouraged to audition for roles and internships at the many professional and community theatres that flourish in Wichita. Majors are encouraged to audition for, and participate in theater, dance and opera productions, as well as musicals.

The faculty seeks to produce graduates who will be competitive in the professional performing world.