Minor in Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre Minor is intended for students in the performing arts who are majoring in either dance or the acting concentration of the theatre major in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. These are individuals who wish to expand upon their performance skills in a related study, which has an emphasis in Musical Theatre. This minor is not intended for students outside the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Prerequisites for the Minor in Musical Theatre:

  1. MUS 103, Rudiments of Music Theory I
  2. MUS 222, Singing in Musical Theatre
  3. THEA 170, Fundamentals of Acting (dance majors only)
  4. DANC 101, Modern Dance I (acting majors only)
  5. DANC 107, Ballet I (acting majors only)

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must be dance or acting majors who have completed at least 30 credit hours prior to the January application period to become eligible for admission review.
  2. Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses prior to the January application period to become eligible for admission review and must have Academic Good Standing status (2.0 cumulative GPA or higher), plus have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher in prerequisite courses.
  3. Formal application is made through the School of Music Admissions Office in the Music Building. Email: musicadmissions@illinois.edu.
  4. Applications are reviewed in February, and successful applicants are invited to audition for the Lyric Theatre faculty. Final decision of all applicants is made by the end of March.
  5. Only those students officially admitted into the Musical Theatre Minor Program by the School of Music may earn the Musical Theatre Minor.

Course Requirements

The Musical Theatre Minor requires the successful completion of 21 semester hours for Dance majors and 22 semester hours for Acting concentration in Theatre majors according to the following distribution.

Musical Theatre Minor Requirements - Dance Majors

Prerequisite Courses for Dance Majors
MUS 103Rudiments of Music Theory I3
MUS 222Singing in Musical Theatre1
THEA 170Fundamentals of Acting I3
Required Courses for Dance Majors
MUS 107Musicianship I2
MUS 181Voice (two semesters)4
MUS 422Musical Theatre Repertoire (two semesters)4
MUS 472Senior Project Showcase (two semesters)2
DANC 209Lyric Theatre Dance2
Total Hours21

Musical Theatre Minor Requirements - Acting Concentration in Theatre Majors

Prerequisite Courses for Acting Concentration in Theatre Majors
MUS 103Rudiments of Music Theory I3
MUS 222Singing in Musical Theatre1
DANC 101Modern Dance I2
DANC 107Ballet I2
Required Courses for Acting Concentration in Theatre Majors
MUS 107Musicianship I2
MUS 181Voice (two semesters)4
MUS 422Musical Theatre Repertoire (two semesters)4
MUS 472Senior Project Showcase (two semesters)2
DANC 209Lyric Theatre Dance2
Total Hours22