Musical Theatre

Undergraduate Program (BA)

Students have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to be a successful musical theatre artist. Fostering a practical, cross-cultural and student-oriented curriculum, the Musical Theatre program prepares students for professional experience outside of Xavier.

Sample Four-Year Musical Theatre Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
ENGL 101/115 3
CORE 100 3
CORE 101 0
THTR 196: MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO 0
THTR 100:INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE 3
THTR 120: ACTING I 3
THTR 197: VOICE FOR THEATRE MAJORS 0.5
BALLET 1 1
Second Semester Semester Hours
THEO 111 3
CORE 102 0
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES 3
THTR 197: VOICE FOR THEATRE MAJORS 0.5
THTR 221: AUDITION PROCESS 3
BALLET 2 1
THTR 195: VOICE AND MOVEMENT ENSEMBLE 1
THTR 199: THEATRE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP 1
THTR 196: MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO 0
THTR 150: STAGECRAFT 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
FOREIGN LANGUAGE 1/2 3
MATH PERSPECTIVES 3
THEATRE HISTORY I/ORAL FLAG 3
THTR 196: MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO 0
THTR 197: VOICE FOR THEATRE MAJORS 0.5
THTR 208: VOCAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR ACTORS 1
JAZZ 1 1
THTR 219: AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE 3
THTR 195: VOICE AND MOVEMENT ENSEMBLE 1
Second Semester Semester Hours
FOREIGN LANGUAGE 2/2 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE 3
THEATRE HISTORY II/WRITING FLAG 3
THTR 196: MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO 0
THTR 197: VOICE FOR THEATRE MAJORS 0.5
THTR 209: HEARING FOR MUSICAL THEATRE ACTOR 2
JAZZ 2 1
THTR 232: ADVANCED MUSICAL THEATRE 3
THTR 199: THEATRE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP 1

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
LIT AND THE MORAL IMAGINATION 3
THTR 196: MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO 0
THTR 197: VOICE FOR THEATRE MAJORS 0.5
TAP 1 1
THTR 250: ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE 1
THTR 211: SCRIPT ANALYSIS 3
ACTING II 3
THTR 195: VOICE AND MOVEMENT ENSEMBLE 1
Second Semester Semester Hours
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES 3
DIVERSITY ELECTIVE 3
THTR 196: MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO 0
THTR 197: VOICE FOR THEATRE MAJORS 0.5
TAP 2 1
THTR 250: ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE 1
THTR 198: THEATRE TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP 1
GENERAL ELECTIVE 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
QUANTITATIVE FLAG 3
THTR 196: MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO 0
THTR 197: VOICE FOR THEATRE MAJORS 0.5
DANCE ELECTIVE 1 1
THTR 199: THEATRE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP 1
GENERAL ELECTIVE 3
GENERAL ELECTIVE 1
Second Semester Semester Hours
ER&S ELECTIVE 3
THTR 460: SENIOR MT THESIS 1
THTR 196: MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO 0
THTR 197: VOICE FOR THEATRE MAJORS 0.5
DANCE ELECTIVE 2 1
THTR 199: THEATRE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP 1
GENERAL ELECTIVE 3
GENERAL ELECTIVE 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Musical Theatre major at Xavier:

THTR 196: Musical Theatre Studio - This recurring course offers Musical Theatre majors the opportunity to meet and interact with each other in a studio setting, under the guidance of a musical director and musical theatre stage director. Weekly meetings will be used to work and hone musical theatre acting and singing techniques, develop musical theatre repertoire as an ensemble, work on individual performance opportunities, and workshop with professional theatre artists.

THTR 208: Vocal Health and Wellness for Actors - Utilizing examples from and exercises based upon musical theatre repertoire, teaches techniques for keeping the vocal instrument healthy, reducing vocal and overall stress, and managing external factors such as performance anxiety. Presents a detailed look at vocal anatomy to foster a cross-genre approach to healthy, life-long singing.

THTR 209: Musicianship for Actors - To develop competency in music reading, develop critical listening, develop an analytical understanding of the tonal language of classical and popular theatre genres, develop fundamental keyboard skills to develop aural competencies.

THTR 221: Auditions - This course, through practical application, research, mock auditions and professional guest presentations, will develop skills, knowledge and experience that will enable the student to more confidently prepare and engage in the audition process.

98% of Xavier students are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

98%

of Xavier students are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

Stand Out That's the Xavier Difference

Professional Collaboration

Get connected with professionals, including Tony award winners, who teach classes, host workshops, coordinate internships and direct and design Xavier productions. You can also participate in Xavier Theatre's new play development collaboration with NYC's Fault Line Theatre.

SUPPORT TO SUCCEED

Beginning your first year, you'll have the opportunity to be part of Xavier productions, and that includes the chance for leading roles. We'll also help you create your online portfolio, so you're ready for the next step after graduation.

FOCUSED CURRICULUM

Xavier's B.A. in Musical Theatre trains students for graduation through a rigorous and diverse curriculum including advanced courses in musical theatre, acting and dance. 

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