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Academic Program Guide

Music Theatre (College of Music)

College: Music
Degree: Bachelor of Music
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Dr. Joanna Hunt
Address: 204-D Housewright Music Bldg., Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180
Phone: (850) 644-4833

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The program in Music Theatre prepares students to become professional performers and scholars. Entering students audition to determine placement in appropriate Applied Music classes. Students choose voice as their principal instrument. A junior recital equivalency (MVV 3970) is required prior to graduation. Graduates of the program receive the Bachelor of Music degree (BM).

Prerequisite Coursework

Students should complete the following courses in preparation for placement in upper division status:
MUT X111, X112 (3, 3) Basic Theory I, II
MUT X116, X117 (3, 3) Basic Theory III, IV
MUT X241, X242 (1, 1) Sight singing I, II
MUT X246, X247 (1, 1) Sight singing III, IV
MUN XXXX (4) Courses in Ensemble
MVX XX1X (2-4) Applied Music
MVX XX2X (3) Applied Music
Secondary Piano--proficiency by examination.
(or MVK X111 & MVK X112 & MVK X121 & MVK X122 as needed to achieve piano proficiency)

Additional courses may be required; contact the department.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Admission Requirements to the Major
All entering students must meet appropriate minimum standards through a placement audition (heard by a faculty jury) in applied music before being granted admission to the College of Music. Candidates for the degree are required to demonstrate proficiency in Theatre, Dance and Music.


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (63 hours)
Placement auditions for all entering students are given prior to registration. Jury examinations are given at the end of each applied music series. Proficiency examinations for acting, dance and music are given annually.

Applied Music (16 hours)
MVV 1312 (2, 2) Applied Principal Voice
MVV 2322 (2, 2) Applied Principal Voice
MVV 3332 (2, 2) Applied Principal Voice
MVV 4342 (2, 2) Applied Principal Voice

Music Theatre majors must register for Voice study each term of residence. Students will be required to complete a successful “exit” jury (voice, dance, and theatre) prior to graduation.

Applied Secondary (4 hours)
MVK 1111 A-B, 2121 A-B, or MVK 1211 (2-2)

If the student exempts (without credit) the Class Piano proficiency of MVK 2121, the student will be required to enroll in MVK 1211. All students must have a minimum of 4 hours of Applied Music Secondary Piano study.

Music Theatre Repertoire (4 hours)
MVV 3532 (1, 1) Musical Theatre Repertoire
MVV 4542 (1, 1) Musical Theatre Repertoire

Music Theatre Workshop (8 hours)
MUO 4006 (2, 2, 2, 2) Music Theatre Workshop

Basic Music Theory (16 hours)
MUT 1111-1112 (3, 3) Basic Theory I, II
MUT 1241-1242 (1, 1) Sight singing I, II
MUT 2116-2117 (3, 3) Basic Theory III, IV
MUT 2246-2247 (1, 1) Sight singing III, IV

Ensembles (2 hours required)

Music History/Lit (10 hours)
MUL 2110 (2) Survey of Music Literature
MUH 2512 (2) Music Cultures of the World I
MUH 3211 (3) Survey of Music History I
MUH 3212 (3) Survey of Music History II

Student Recital Attendance (0 hours)
MUS 1010, 0 hours. Entering freshmen must register for this course for six semesters. Transfer students must consult advisor regarding completion of this requirement.

Junior Recital Equivalency (0 hours)
MVV 3970 (0) Junior Recital Equivalency

Other Music (2 hours)
MUS 2360 (1) Introduction to Music Technology
MUG 3104 (1) Conducting

Other Required Coursework (29 hours)
TPP 2110 (3,3) Acting Techniques I
TPP 2111 (3,3) Acting Techniques II
THE 4244 (3) Music Theatre History I or
THE 4245 (3) Music Theatre History II
TPP 3510 (3) Movement Techniques I
TPP 3511 (3) Movement Techniques II
TPP 4512 (3) Advanced Movement for the Theatre
Dance: (12) to be selected in consultation with advisor

Digital Literacy (3 hours)
This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course; see advisor.

Oral Communication Competency (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 132
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 91
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 3
Oral Communication 0-3
Other Coursework/Electives to bring total hours to 132

*NOTE: Some required Music History, Music Literature and Music Theory courses may also be used to partially fulfill requirements of General Education.


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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Performer or Artist, Instructor, Arranger/Choreographer.

Representative Employers: Theatre Companies, Television Stations, Entertainment Centers.

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