Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)
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Throughout the four years, you will become an educated and skilled musical theatre artist through class work and studio practice. A wide variety of performance opportunities allow you to apply your techniques as you continue to develop them.
Your dance, acting, and music training begins immediately with over 20 hours of in-class studio instruction per week including private voice lessons, vocal repertoire class, basic piano skills, scene study, voice and movement for the stage, ballet, and jazz dance. Critical analysis of plays begins with a course in script analysis. You will receive specific feedback about your work, allowing you to begin to identify your strengths and areas for growth.
Foundational development continues as your acting, voice, and movement studies focus on building a character. You will learn a variety of techniques including acting ensemble skills, Viewpoints, mask work and develop your speaking voice by working with heightened text. Your studies will progress in dance (ballet and modern), music theory, and sight singing, along with continuing private voice lessons and repertoire class. You are introduced to the roots of your craft through courses in theatre history.
Your skills in combining singing, acting, and movement are developed and expanded through your work in Fundamentals of Musical Theatre Song Performance. Advanced studies in styles of acting include working with Shakespeare, tragedy, farce, and high comedy. Dance studies continue with upper-level elective choices in ballet, jazz, modern or tap. Lessons and repertoire classes continue with private voice faculty. You may choose to take a semester abroad at Ithaca College’s London Center, where you will broaden your perspective on the world in an international environment.
The senior year is geared toward preparing you to enter the profession. A suite of advanced courses brings together your practical skills in dance, acting, and singing through studies in the history of American musical theatre, dance for the musical stage, and historical and contemporary repertoire and performance styles. You will have the opportunity to interact with theatre professionals in courses that teach you audition techniques and the “business of the business.” Field Studies week in New York City includes attending workshops and seminars with IC theatre alumni working in the field and Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre performances. Our Showcase provides an opportunity for you to debut before an audience of industry professionals.