Music (BM) in Music Direction for Musical Theatre


2019-2020 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

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This program is offered by the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Music, and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

Program Description

The bachelor of music in music direction for musical theatre is designed for the students who wished to pursue a career as a professional music director for musical theatre. Extensive applied instruction and classes on technique, coaching and musical theatre performance styles, as well as ensemble experience, constitute the core of the curriculum.

Piano or voice will be the primary instrument for all students in this degree. The instrument that is not the main instrument will be considered the secondary instrument.  

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours to include:

  • 99-100 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours, with accommodations for the bachelor of music
  • Electives

Global Citizenship Program for Bachelor of Music

  • FRSH 1200 First Year Seminar
  • 6 credit hours from courses designated ‘Roots of Cultures’ (One course with the MUSC prefix can fulfill GCP and major requirements simultaneously.)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Social Systems & Human Behavior’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Global Understanding’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Physical & Natural World’ or ‘Quantitative Literacy’
  • KEYS 4XXX Global Keystone Seminar

NOTE: Except where specified otherwise, the above courses must not also satisfy major requirements. GCP skills requirements may be fulfilled with the courses above, courses in the major, or electives. 'Arts Appreciation' is satisfied in meeting the requirements for the major.

Required Courses

Core Music Courses

  • MUSC 1010, MUSC 1020, MUSC 2010, MUSC 2020 Music Theory I-IV (12 hours)
  • MUSC 1810, MUSC 1820, MUSC 2810, MUSC 2820 Musicianship I-IV (8 hours)
  • MUSC 2030, MUSC 2040 Survey of Music History I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 4700 Advanced Topics in Music (taken in junior or senior year only) (2-3 hours)

Performance Courses

  • MUSC 0890 Recital Attendance (six semesters required) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 0990 Master Class (taken every semester) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 2602, MUSC 3002, MUSC 4002 Applied Voice
    or MUSC 2601, MUSC 3001, MUSC 4001 Applied Piano (eight semesters required) (16 hours)
  • MUSC 4950 New Music Ensemble (after two semesters, may be repeated as elective concurrently with Major Ensemble) (2 hours)

Major Ensemble
8 hours over eight semesters to be selected from:

  • MUSC 4900 Webster University Concert Choir (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4910 Webster University Chamber Singers (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4920 Webster University Aurelia (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4955 Webster University Jazz Singers (1 hour per semester)

Supportive Courses

  • MUSC 1080, MUSC 1085, MUSC 2001, MUSC 2501 Secondary Instrument: Class Piano or Applied Piano (eight consecutive semesters required; minimum four hours of applied instruction in individual lessons)
    or MUSC 2002, MUSC 2502 Secondary Instrument: Applied Voice (8 hours)
  • MUSC 3010 Composition (3 hours)
  • MUSC 1500 Music Software Applications (2 hours)
  • MUSC 3070 Orchestration I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3410 Conducting I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4006 Applied Conducting (four semesters required) (4 hours)
  • MUSC 4710 Music Directing Practicum (assisting Conservatory or other shows, four semesters required) (4 hours)
  • MUSC 4250, MUSC 4255 Voice Pedagogy I, II (4 hours)
  • MUSC 4450 World Music and Ethnomusicology (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4610 Readings in Music Directing (two semesters required, one hour each) (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4930 World Music Performance Ensemble (1 hour)
  • MUTH 1030 History of American Musical Theatre (3 hours)
  • THEA 1080, THEA 2080 Studio Acting I, II (6 hours)

Students in this degree should also audit both Musical Theatre Dance Styles courses (MUTH 2410, MUTH 2420), during the sophomore or junior years. A year of ballet enrollment is also encouraged, but not required. The Working Musician (MUSC 4360) in encouraged, but not required.