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San Marcos, Texas 78666

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San Marcos, Texas 78666
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Musical Theatre Curriculum

To have a prolonged career in the industry, performers must be as versatile as possible. The formal curriculum includes equal emphasis on acting, voice and dance. Having said that, at its core, the focus is always as an actor first and foremost. Regardless of which area of your training you are focusing on, the primary principle the program is based on is making sure you are a strong and versatile actor in every area of your work in order to become a fully integrated performer.

Each student will take four years of musical theatre performance, acting, voice lessons, dance training (ballet, jazz, tap, and musical theatre styles). They will also receive piano training, music theory, voice and speech, movement, theatre history, and sight-singing, as well as the required university liberal arts core curriculum. There are 125 hours in the degree plan, 42 are academic core-based hours. The remaining 83 hours are performance-based credits.


In addition to the listed curriculum there is an on-camera intensive to prepare students for film and television work. Senior year, additional emphasis is placed on a “Business of the Business" Lab series. In addition, industry professionals are brought in every semester as part of the Bowman Guest Artist Series to teach, assess student work, and provide insight into the current state of our ever-evolving profession.

We do not believe in a "one-size-fits-all" approach, and so when appropriate, a student, in consultation with the Head of Musical Theatre, the Theatre Department Academic Adviser, and the Department Chair, may make course substitutions that will enhance his or her specific education, training, and preparation for a career in the profession. Texas State's Musical Theatre program is not a conservatory, but rather includes a liberal arts university core curriculum as well as specific training in Musical Theatre.  


BFA Musical Theatre

Graduation requirements:

125 Total hours

36 Advanced Level Hours

University Core Curriculum must be met

A minor in a subject outside of theatre is optional but not required.

If you are interested in the University Honors Program please click here.

Musical Theatre 4 Year Curriculum

Freshman Year

Fall                                                                             Spring

TH 1210 Intro to Musical Theatre I                                   TH 1211 Intro to Musical Theatre II

TH 1364 Beginning Acting                                              TH 1365 Intermediate Acting    

TH 2111 Theatre Activities                                              MU 1314 Musicianship II

MU 1312 Musicianship I                                                 MUSP 1121 Vocal techniques

MUSP 1121 Vocal Techniques                                        DAN 2181 or DAN 3182 Ballet

DAN 1180 or DAN 2181 Ballet                                        DAN 2161 or DAN 3162 Jazz

DAN 1160 or DAN 2161 Jazz                                          TH 1350 Intro to Theatrical Design

University Seminar                                                         3 hours University Core*

3 hours University Core*


Sophomore Year

Fall                                                                         Spring

TH 2210 Intermediate Musical Theatre I                       TH 2211 Intermediate Musical Theatre II

TH 3364 Acting Realism                                             TH 2345 Experiencing Speech                           

TH 3120 Applied Voice                                               TH 3120 Applied Voice

DAN 3151 Musical Theatre Tap I                                 TH 3322 History of Musical Theatre

DAN 3171 Musical Theatre Dance I                             MU 1135 Piano Technique I

9 hours University Core*                                             DAN 3152 Musical Theatre Tap II

                                                                                DAN 3172 Musical Theatre Dance II

                                                                                3 hours University Core*


Junior Year

Fall                                                                            Spring

TH 3390 BFA I                                                              TH 4390 BFA II

TH 3320 Theatre History I                                              TH 3321 Theatre History II

TH 2354 Characterization                                              TH 4361 Dialects

TH 3120 Musical Theatre Singing Technique                   TH 3120 Musical Theatre Singing Technique

DAN 4171 Musical Theatre Dance III                              DAN 4172 Musical Theatre Dance IV

6 hours University Core*                                                6 hours University Core*


Senior Year

Fall                                                                             Spring

TH 4391 BFA III                                                             TH 4392 BFA IV

TH 4364 Directing I                                                        TH 4120 Applied Voice 

TH 4120 Applied Voice                                                   DAN 3162 Adv Jazz or DAN 3182 Adv Ballet**

DAN 3162 Adv Jazz or DAN 3182 Adv Ballet**                 1-3 hours Musical Theatre Elective**

6 hours University Core*                                                 6 hours University Core*


NEW YORK SHOWCASE — May after graduation

*Core may also be completed in summer school, through AP or Dual credit in High School, or through CLEP testing.

**Choosen in conjunction with the musical theatre faculty as necessary