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.

Requirements: 82 credit hours including:

Core Curriculum Courses
THEA 243Acting I3
Movement class (stage movement, dance, mime/physical theatre)3
Technical theatre class (costuming, stagecraft, lighting)3
Theatre Requirements
THEA 260History of Musical Theatre3
THEA 254Stage Makeup2
THEA 342Advanced Acting3
THEA 643Styles In Acting3
THEA 610Directing the Musical3
Select one from the following (included in the core curriculum):
Costuming for the Stage and Film
Stage Lighting
Stage Management
Dance Requirements
Included in the core curriculum:24
Jazz 1
Jazz 2
Tap 1
Tap 2
Modern Dance Technique 1
Ballet 1
Ballet 2
Musical Theatre Dance 1
Musical Theatre Dance 2
Music Requirement
MUSC 127Theory I2
MUSC 128Theory II2
Take four semesters of the following:8
Applied Music Instruction for Majors - Voice
Take two semesters of the following:4
Applied Music Instruction for Majors - Voice
MUSC 129Aural Skills I2
MUSC 130Aural Skills II2
MUSA 113PPiano Class Level I - Music Majors1
MUSA 114PPiano Class Level II - Music Majors1
Take two semesters of the following:2
Voice Coaching
Take two semesters of the following:4
A Cappella Choir (two semesters)
Interdisciplinary Requirements
THEA 630Music Theatre and Opera Audition3
THEA 180EPerforming Arts Seminar (freshman seminar)1
THEA 330Musical Theatre Laboratory2
THEA 530Musical Theatre Scene Study2
THEA 555Senior Project1
Total Credit Hours84

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 24.

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. Although students are encouraged to obtain professional experience and credits, this may not be at the expense of the music theatre program. This rule is also intended to ensure that students gain technique rather than reinforce inadequate training. 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.

As part of the required Senior Project (THEA 555) capstone course, all majors present a senior concert to include 30 minutes of diverse material staged and performed by the student, determined in consultation with the music theatre faculty. Students are also required to submit a paper, which includes a written analysis and description of the framework, compositional development, analysis of rehearsal process and production, and conclusions about the experience. These materials are submitted to the music theatre faculty for grading. The faculty seeks to produce graduates who will be competitive in the professional performing world.