Musical Theater

Selected Course Offerings:

Shen Curriculum for Musical Theater

A number of electives in Musical Theater are offered on a regular basis.  They include:

Music 214a:  Composition of Musical Theater I.
Professor Andrew Gerle.
Introduction to elements of music- and lyric-writing for theater songs. Focus on the development of compositional proficiency in the musical theater idiom and on the refinement of each student’s compositional voice.

Music 228a:  Musical Theater Performance I
Professor Annette Jolles.
The structure and meaning of traditional and contemporary musical theater repertoire. Focus on ways to “read” a work, decipher compositional cues for character and action, facilitate internalization of material, and elicit lucid interpretations. For singers, pianists and directors.

Music 229b:  Musical Theater Performance II
Professor Annette Jolles. A guided exploration of central elements in musical theater performance. Discussion of specific aspects of musical theater including choreography, music direction and originating new works, will be followed by their application in performance.

Music 246a/Theater Studies 236a:  American Musical Theater: History and Context
Professor Daniel Egan.
Critical examination of relevance and context in the history of the American musical theater. Historical survey combined with text and musical analysis; non-musical historical trends and how they interact in the musical theater of a given era.

Music 313b:  Composition of Musical Theatre II.
Professor Joshua Rosenblum.
Intermediate and advanced projected-oriented studies in composition of musical theater.

Music 337a:  Stephen Sondheim and the American Musical Theater Tradition
Professor Daniel Egan.
The musical theater of Stephen Sondheim, both as a popular phenomenon of the contemporary Broadway stage and in relation to models and forms employed in the past.

Theater Studies 414a/Drama 77a:  Writing for Musical Theater and Opera I
Professor Rachel Sheinkin.
A practical introduction to the art and craft of libretto/lyric writing for musical theater and opera. Study and analysis of books of musicals and libretti/lyrics for opera from Da Ponte to Hammerstein to today. Exercises in writing one-act musical books, lyrics to “trunk” songs. The possibility of collaboration with student composers.

Theater Studies 414b/Drama 67b:  Writing for Musical Theater and Opera II
Professor Michael Korie.
A practical introduction to the art and craft of libretto/lyric writing for musical theater and opera. Study and analysis of books of musicals and libretti/lyrics for opera from Da Ponte to Hammerstein to today. Exercises in writing one-act musical books, lyrics to “trunk” songs. The possibility of collaboration with student composers.