MTHR-Musical Theatre

MTHR 1102. Tap Foundations.2 Credit Hours.

Introduction to the basic concepts of tap dance. Students learn step development, basic rhythms, and the rudiments of placement, balance, and weight change. (F, Sp)

MTHR 1112. Tap I.2 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with DANC 1112) Prerequisite: 1212 and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. A beginner class emphasizing tap fundamentals and terminology that includes weight change, proper placement and simple step patterns. The course concentrates on basic rhythms, counting, ear training and clarity of sound. (F, Sp)

MTHR 1402. Jazz Foundations.2 Credit Hours.

Introduction to the basic concepts of jazz movement. Students learn basic motor skills used in musical theatre and focus on the rudiments of placement, alignment, flexibility, and assimilation. (F, Sp)

MTHR 1442. Jazz I.2 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with DANC 1442) Prerequisite: 1212 and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. A beginner class that provides the student with a comprehensive understanding of the technical fundamentals of jazz dance including basic rhythms, vocabulary and skills. Focus is aimed towards proper placement, strength and flexibility development. (F, Sp)

MTHR 1501. Music Theory Notation.1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: admission to Musical Theatre program. Lecture/discussion class to enhance the ability to read music and attain a general understanding of the theory of music, including treble and bass clefs, major and minor scales, diatonic intervals and chords. A rhythmic component is added to attain mastery of simple and compound meters. (F)

MTHR 1502. Studio Voice I.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: majors only. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Establishing basic vocal technique for musical theatre singing, including vocal exercises and breathing technique. Application of technique through the study of beginning level Broadway up-tempos and ballads as well as English art song and American folk song. (F, Sp)

MTHR 1551. Sight Reading and Theory.1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: admission to Musical Theatre program. Lab practice of theory, rhythm and pitch recognition, including the ability to perform diatonic intervals, ascending/descending, as well as simple/compound rhythms in both division and subdivision. (Sp)

MTHR 1713. Understanding Musical Theatre.3 Credit Hours.

A course for non-majors in musical theatre appreciation covering basic aspects of the various components, and history of, the musical theatre genre(s). (F, Sp) [IV-AF].

MTHR 1911. Rehearsal and Production.1 Credit Hour.

(Crosslisted with DRAM 1911) Prerequisite: Majors only. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Study, practice and participation in every phase of dramatic production work and management; attendance and critical discussion of plays. Kinds of service are given unit evaluations in terms of relative difficulty and time consumption. Laboratory (F, Sp, Su).

MTHR 2101. Performance Practicum.1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Study and practice in rehearsal and performance as a cast member in musical theatre productions including cabaret work of the freshman/sophomore level. (F, Sp)

MTHR 2112. Tap II.2 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with DANC 2112) Prerequisite: 1112 and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. An advanced beginner class that maintains focus on proper placement and clarity of sound while introducing more complicated rhythms, step patterns and vocabulary. Counting and ear training continues as the student hones assimilation skills. Focus is placed on tap dynamics including accenting, shading and movement quality. A variety of styles will be introduced. (F, Sp)

MTHR 2122. Auditions.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. An introduction to musical theatre performance through the practice of auditioning. Study involves an overview of song form, style, and composers. Assignments include casting notices, resume format and research tools. Emphasis is placed on assembling a portfolio of song cuttings. (Sp)

MTHR 2222. Core Practice.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: departmental permission. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Designed to provide physical conditioning for musical theater performers. Included in the training will be C.O.R.E. principles (Corrective Oppositional Resistance Exercise), injury prevention, circuit training, kinesiological awareness designed to improve students' level of dance and mind/body connection. (F, Sp)

MTHR 2442. Jazz II.2 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with DANC 2442) Prerequisite: 1442 or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. This advanced beginner class expands on the techniques learned in Jazz I with focus on cleanly executed technique, well connected movement quality, dynamics and increased strength and flexibility. A variety of jazz styles will be introduced. (F, Sp)

MTHR 2502. Studio Voice II.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: majors only; MTHR 1502. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Continuing practice of vocal technique for musical theatre singing; includes developing range, flexibility and tone color. Application of technique through the study of intermediate level Broadway up-tempos and ballads, as well as Italian art song and European operetta. (F, Sp)

MTHR 2552. Singing for the Stage.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Class is designed for non-majors only. May be repeated; maximum credit eight hours. Vocal technique for musical theatre singing, including technical exercises and application through the study of songs. (F, Sp)

MTHR 2970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

MTHR 3112. Tap III.2 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with DANC 3112) Prerequisite: Majors only; MTHR 2112 or DANC 2112, or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. An intermediate class with focus placed on refinement of technical and assimilation skills while dramatically increasing tap vocabulary. Students focus on tap dynamics, performance quality, style variety and movement coordination while learning longer and more complicated step patterns. Tap improvisation is introduced. (Irreg.)

MTHR 3142. Song Study I.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 2122 or permission of instructor. Development of musical theatre performance technique through the study of solo song. Study includes exploring aspects of interpretation and expression to support the vocal, physical and mental aspects of performing. Emphasis is placed on integrating singing and acting skills. (F)

MTHR 3143. History of American Musical Theatre.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: English 1213. Surveys history of the American musical theatre from its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present. (F, Sp) [IV-AF].

MTHR 3152. Song Study II.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 3142. Expand analytical and performance skills through extended song forms. Study includes breath, body and visualization techniques to continue integrating vocal, physical and mental aspects of performing. (Sp)

MTHR 3162. Repertoire I.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Musical Theatre majors only, MTHR 3152. Investigation of Broadway and Hollywood songwriting during the first half of the 20th Century. Performance material will consist of songs appropriate for the student's vocal range. Study includes critical listening to period recordings. (F)

MTHR 3172. Repertoire II.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Musical Theatre majors only, MTHR 3162. Exploration of musical theatre repertoire from the second half of the 20th Century. Performance material will consist of songs appropriate for the student's vocal and physical range. Study includes viewing performances of artists from the Broadway stage. (Sp)

MTHR 3182. Musical Scenes I.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 3152 or permission of instructor. Application of musical theatre performance technique utilizing scenes from the Broadway stage. Study includes using show research and script analysis to develop characterization. Emphasis is placed on creating unified performance both dramatically and musically. (F)

MTHR 3192. Musical Scenes II.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 3182. Application of musical theatre performance skills using contemporary scenes from the Broadway stage. Study includes larger scene-song forms including one-acts or new-works from the musical theatre. (Sp)

MTHR 3440. Mentored Research Experience.3 Credit Hours.

0 to 3 hours. Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. For the inquisitive student to apply the scholarly processes of the discipline to a research or creative project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Student and instructor should complete an Undergraduate Research & Creative Projects (URCP) Mentoring Agreement and file it with the URCP office. Not for honors credit. (F, Sp, Su)

MTHR 3442. Jazz III.2 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with DANC 3442) Prerequisite: 2442 or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. An intermediate class that moves at a heightened pace, this level expands on the techniques learned in Jazz II. Additional focus is placed on style variety, assimilation skills, and more advanced movement coordination and rhythms. (Irreg.)

MTHR 3502. Studio Voice III.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 2502. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Broadening development of vocal technique for musical theatre singing; includes learning to blend the vocal registers for healthy tone production. Application of technique through the study of advanced level Broadway up-tempos and ballads, as well as German art song and American operetta. (F, Sp)

MTHR 3960. Honors Reading.1-3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: admission to Honors program and permission of instructor. Consists of either reading topics or independent study designated by the instructor in keeping with the student's major program. Covers materials not usually presented in the regular courses. (F, Sp)

MTHR 3970. Honors Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Subjects covered vary. Deals with concepts not usually treated in regular courses. (Irreg.)

MTHR 3980. Honors Research.1-3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: admission to Honors program and permission of instructor. Provides an opportunity for the gifted Honors candidate to work at a special project in the student's field. (F, Sp)

MTHR 3990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and junior standing. May be repeated once with change of content. Independent study may be arranged to study a subject not available through regular course offerings. (F, Sp, Su)

MTHR 4101. Advanced Performance Practicum.1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Study and practice in rehearsal and performance as a cast member in musical theatre productions, including mainstage or cabaret/revue participation during the junior and senior years. (F, Sp)

MTHR 4112. Tap IV.2 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with DANC 4112) Prerequisite: 3112 or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. This advanced class furthers the tap dancer's vocabulary, refines technical skills, greatly increases assimilation ability and furthers the study of tap improvisation. (Irreg.)

MTHR 4172. Theatre Dance Styles I.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 2112 and 2442, and senior standing, or permission of instructor. A practical and historical study of the Broadway dance styles. The main focus is in the jazz idiom; however, strong ballet, jazz, and tap skills are required. Emphasis is placed on technique, performance quality and auditioning skills. (F)

MTHR 4173. Coaching.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: senior standing and permission of instructor. Advanced techniques of musical theatre performance through individual coaching. Study includes developing a song notebook appropriate to one's type for professional auditions and assignments related to working in the Broadway profession. Emphasis is placed on presenting a variety of musical and dramatic styles. (F)

MTHR 4182. Theatre Dance Styles II.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 4172. This course is a continuing study of Broadway dance styles. Strong skills in jazz, ballet, and tap are required. Emphasis placed on techniques, performance quality and auditioning skills. (Sp)

MTHR 4183. Capstone Experience.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: senior standing and permission of instructor. Requires written documentation in appropriate format. Senior year project which demonstrates mastery of skills and knowledge in musical theatre, selected under advisement and guided by appropriate faculty. (F, Sp) [V].

MTHR 4190. Special Studies.1-4 Credit Hours.

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: junior standing, major in musical theatre, and permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Varying individual or small group topics or projects in the study and practice of musical theatre not covered in regularly scheduled courses. (Irreg.)

MTHR 4252. Advanced Tap.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 4112 or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit eight hours. Class conducted at a professional level. Step breakdown will be minimized and students will be asked to create their own choreography and work heavily in improvisation. (F, Sp)

MTHR 4442. Jazz IV.2 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with DANC 4442) Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. An advanced class emphasizing strong technique and assimilation skills as well as the ability to adapt to any jazz style. Continued focus is placed on flexibility, strength, dynamics, and solid performance quality. (Irreg.)

MTHR 4452. Advanced Jazz.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 4442 or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit eight hours. Class conducted at a professional level. Superior flexibility, strength, dynamics and advanced technique are expected. (F, Sp)

MTHR 4502. Studio Voice IV.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 3502. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Furthering development of vocal technique for musical theatre singing; includes practical application of technical skills and knowledge. Application of technique through the study of classics and contemporary Broadway up-tempos and ballads as well as French art song and American art song. (F, Sp)

MTHR 4960. Directed Readings.1-4 Credit Hours.

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: good standing in University; permission of instructor and dean. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Designed for upper-division students who need opportunity to study a specific problem in greater depth than formal course content permits. (Irreg.)

MTHR 4970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

MTHR 4990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)