Musical Theatre Major
Taylor’s BFA in Musical Theatre is for serious artists who are passionate about music, theatre, and dance. Taylor Theatre provides a unique space for artists to engage with difficult questions while pursuing excellence in a collaborative community of performers.
Music, Dance & Theatre faculty will challenge you to take your art to the next level and engage your faith with your understanding of the theatre arts. As an artist, you will be challenged to embrace performance techniques that will set you apart in the musical theatre world.
The Musical Theatre curriculum focuses on honing your creative skills in acting, musical and opera, and various styles of dance. Learn how to prepare for professional auditions, develop acting techniques, build and refine a vocal and monologue repertoire, and make a living in the theatre industry. Take vocal diction and strengthening lessons with vocal coaches and learn ballet, tap, jazz, and musical terminology and techniques in performance dance classes. Other theatre classes go behind-the-curtains to get a closer look at stagecraft, theatre history, stage diction, and play directing.
During your senior year, you will develop your own music theatre showcase, featuring a variety of musical theatre genres. The Musical Theatre program culminates with a capstone performance, demonstrating students' skills and talents through scenes, monologues, and songs.BFA Audition Guidelines
At Taylor, faith is not compartmentalized, but it strongly informs and influences everything we do. Every Taylor Theatre production is an opportunity to identify spiritual themes, wrestle with our brokenness, and look to the cross. Mitchell Theater hosts most of our musical theatre and opera productions, where our students audition for a variety of roles and practice on stage what is taught in the classroom.
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The department of Music, Theatre & Dance emphasizes active learning in every program. By joining our Music and Theatre majors, you won’t just sit and study methods and theories—you’ll put them into action.
Through ensemble rehearsals, concerts, theatrical productions, student recitals, and fully staged musicals and operas, our students take their learning from the desk to the stage. You’ll also gain a technical background in music theory, acting methods, and dance techniques to take your gifts and skills to the next level and pursue industry-related careers on top of performance.
All prospective music and musical theatre majors must audition for admission into the Music, Theatre & Dance department. Our programs offer both merit- and need-based awards that are designed to enhance the University’s financial aid package. To be considered for music scholarships, students interested in music majors or minors must be complete their auditions by March 15.
To sign up for an audition time, speak with a Taylor Music or Theatre professor, or to receive additional information about music auditions and scholarships, please contact Lisa Royal, the music program assistant.
Some of our Music, Theatre & Dance graduates have gone one to complete their master’s degrees at the following colleges:
- Bowling Green State University
- Ball State University
- Indiana University
- Southern Illinois University
- University of Michigan
No matter which Music, Theatre & Dance major you pursue, you will have a wide range of career opportunities, from music composer to performer to teacher to stage manager. The Music, Theatre & Dance department has a 96% career placement rate, and our faculty and Calling and Career Office work hard to connect students to employment and internship opportunities throughout their time at Taylor.
The Smith-Hermanson Music Center houses an electronic music studio, a music technology lab, teaching studios, rehearsal rooms, and practice rooms. The attached 218-seat Butz-Carruth Recital Hall boasts a Bösendorfer grand and a Steinway piano. The Recital Hall is designed to provide the best acoustics for performance recording. The electronic studio and technology lab are equipped with music composition and editing software.
- 47 pianos across campus
- Wind, brass, string, and percussion instruments
- Electronic and pipe organs
- Five-octave handbells
- African drums
- Drum sets and keyboards
We offer ensembles and private lessons in all instrumental and choral areas.
- Instrumental: symphony Orchestra, wind and jazz ensembles, jazz combos, bell choirs, and chamber music ensembles such as string quartet, brass ensemble, and flute choir
- Piano: piano, piano pedagogy, piano class, and accompanying
- Voice: voice, musical theatre, lyric theatre, opera, and three choral ensembles