Minor in Musical Theater Writing
The musical theater writing minor allows students to explore various aspects of creating musical theater. Students can specialize in any or all of the following: music, lyrics, book, and orchestration.
Students gain experience in collaborative songwriting for dramatic situations, and learn to integrate spoken and sung dialogue into musical numbers. Students refine and communicate a thematic statement to the world by conceiving an original piece of theater.
Students' final portfolios will include a pitch for this musical show or film, including story and highlights in the form of scenes and songs, with notation and demo recordings. Collaboration and cowriting will be facilitated and encouraged.
Upon completion of this program, students will:
- demonstrate proficiency in collaborative songwriting for dramatic situations, with a specialization in music, lyrics, or both;
- incorporate character, time, place, mood, subtext, and genre into songwriting;
- utilize song form as a roadmap for storytelling;
- integrate spoken and sung dialogue (recitative) into musical numbers;
- communicate a thematic statement through an original piece of theater;
- understand the collaborative workflow among composer, lyricist, bookwriter, orchestrator, director, music director, and performers;
- gain competence in piano/vocal score notation; and
- develop additional skills in optional subspecialities, including composing, orchestration, and lyrics or bookwriting.