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Music Theatre BFA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 10.04 MUSIC-PERFORM-COMP-THEOR, CIP: 50.0509 Musical Theatre.)

Department of Theatre and Dance

285 Alumni Arena
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-5030

Anne Burnidge
Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance

Nathan R. Matthews
Director of Music Theatre

Veronica Sedota
Assistant to the Chair

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Music Theatre BFA Program

Academic Requirements

Practical application of coursework is an integral part of the Music Theatre BFA. At a minimum, BFA students perform in four faculty led performances (musicals, drama theatre shows, university choir, or Zodiaque). Student productions provide a great opportunity for both directing and performance experience, but are not applicable to the performance requirement for the degree. BFA Students are required to audition each semester, but must have a 3.000 major GPA to be eligible to be cast. Students can begin performing as early as their second semester freshman year. BFA Students are also required to complete three practicums, which include crew assignments on one of the eight departmental productions each year.

Academic Advice

Interested prospective or current students are encouraged to speak to the departmental advisor and program director to discuss their career goals and the program requirements. The Music Theatre BFA is a high-credit degree that requires students to follow a specific course sequence of technique training. Due to the nature of the program, students who do not follow advised sequencing or do not maintain the minimum C+ grade for major courses may delay their progress toward degree. Students must receive at least a C+ in all their major courses as well as maintain an overall GPA of at least a 2.000 to remain in good standing.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students wishing to transfer into the Department of Theatre & Dance should consult with the Program Director and Academic Manager in order to assess applicable coursework toward their degree. Transfer coursework is evaluated by our faculty, and requires the submission of a course syllabus as well as previous transcripts. Students will be placed in the appropriate level of technique courses based on this evaluation, which may not correspond directly to student’s academic year.

Residency Requirement

A core requirement of the Music Theatre BFA is the students’ practical work on and in productions. As performers, students need to be in residence at UB in order to complete degree requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre
TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 109 Basic Acting 2
DAC 263 Jazz Dance 1
DAC 210 Tap Dance 1
DAC 213 Ballet 1

Required Courses

MTR 210 Music Theatre Repertory

MTR 220 Musical Theater Dance 1  
MTR 302 Musical Theatre History
MTR 305 Musical Theatre Workshop
MTR 320 Music Theatre Dance II
MTR 410 Music Theatre Repertory II
MTR 420 Musical Theatre Scene Study
MTR 460 Applied Voice for Music Theatre
MUS 105 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I
MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint II
TH 208 Method Acting 1
TH 209 Method Acting 2
TH 227 Voice Training 1
TH 235/TH 236 Production Practicum, or TH 335/TH 336 Production Practicum (3 credit hours total)
TH 302 Theatre History and Literature 2
TH 308 Poetic Text
TH 409 Mime/Movement for Actors
DAC 381 Social Dance Forms 1
One level 2 course in Ballet, Jazz, or Tap

Four performance requirements:

Two semesters of MTR 405 GEMMS Musical Theatre Company and two others from the following:

Vocal Instruction

MTR 460 Applied Voice; must be taken for 8 credits

Elective courses

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Music Theatre BFA degree
Credits Required for Major91
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  34
Additional Credits Required for Electives 1
Total Credits Required for Degree 126

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Nov 23, 2021 13:19:37