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Webster University's Bachelor of Music in Music Direction for Musical Theatre is a pre-professional degree, designed for students who wish 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.

To our knowledge, Webster University is the first university in the country to offer this specialized pre-professional training as an undergraduate program. This unique program builds on the strength of many faculty members, and on partnerships with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (resident on this campus), the Muny (a major, national-profile summer theatre in Forest Park), and the year-round artists of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (also resident on this campus) in providing this specialized degree within an academic and performance context. Further strengthening this degree are musical direction opportunities that exist within the larger St. Louis musical theatre community, including a half dozen semi-professional companies that produce musical theatre at a very high level. St. Louis is very much a theatre town!

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If you plan to major or minor in music, you must complete an audition as part of your application to Webster. Students in this degree should possess noteworthy piano skills as you start college.

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Webster University continues to be highly ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report, now listed as 16th in Midwest Regional Universities and included in four best-of categories. This year, the University's score rose to its highest level since the ranking system was established.

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Bachelor of Music in Music Direction for Musical Theatre

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.  

Program director for this degree is Dr. Jeffrey Carter, who was named Outstanding Musical Director in 2014 by the St. Louis Theatre Critics Circle, for his work on New Line Theatre's Bonnie and Clyde in its first post-Broadway production.

As a student in this program, you'll take all the core music courses of any music degree. You'll study vocal pedagogy and diction; serve as assistant music director of three different musicals before music-directing your own show in the senior year; take courses in conducting, musical theatre scoring, acting, and musical theatre history; and study some dance. The finale is your own engagement as musical director of a show, the same way that performance majors present a senior recital.

Plan Your Webster Education

The Bachelor of Music in Music Direction for Musical Theatre four-year plan helps you visualize the courses you'll take each year of your education journey at Webster University.

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Music Direction for Musical Theatre

To learn more about our program and course offerings, email Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Director of Music Direction for Musical Theatre.

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