Music Theatre Minor

Students perform in a theatre production at George Fox, a top Christian college

Whether you wish to perform or teach, you will gain a solid foundation in music and stage performance in George Fox’s music theatre minor.

Our 21-credit-hour program allows you to customize the minor to your liking. Courses include instruction in sight singing and ear training, voice, dance performance, stage voice and movement, and music theatre performance.

All music theatre minors are required to join Concert Choir or Chorale, take a voice class, choose between a dance performance or ballroom dance course, and take 10 hours of theatre courses.


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Minor Requirements

21 credit hours

Complete the following:

A course designed to help the student systematically acquire basic information and interrelated skills that will be of value in future musical endeavors as performer, teacher, or composer. Includes work in part writing, keyboard harmony, analysis, and creative writing. Corequisite: MUSI 131 Sight Singing and Ear Training I.
A lab experience designed to develop proficiency in singing prepared melodies, melodies at sight, rhythmic patterns, and in taking basic melodic dictation. Corequisite: MUSI 121 Theory I.

Choose one of the following:

The Concert Choir is committed to excellent choral singing in a wide variety of styles, including contemporary sacred and gospel arrangements, spirituals, and hymn settings. The choir's combined commitment to excellence and ministry finds expression in concerts given on campus and in churches throughout the Northwest. Rehearsals are held four days a week. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: audition.
The Concert Choir is committed to excellent choral singing in a wide variety of styles, including contemporary sacred and gospel arrangements, spirituals, and hymn settings. The choir's combined commitment to excellence and ministry finds expression in concerts given on campus and in churches throughout the Northwest. Rehearsals are held four days a week. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: audition.
A chorus of men's and/or women's voices using a variety of sacred and secular literature that is appropriate to members' skill level. Students learn proper tone production and sight-reading skills and experience rehearsal techniques that will prepare them for Concert Choir and/or singing beyond graduation. This class meets twice a week. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: instructor's permission at the beginning of each semester.
A chorus of men's and/or women's voices using a variety of sacred and secular literature that is appropriate to members' skill level. Students learn proper tone production and sight-reading skills and experience rehearsal techniques that will prepare them for Concert Choir and/or singing beyond graduation. This class meets twice a week. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: instructor's permission at the beginning of each semester.

Choose one of the following:

Study of proper voice production, with emphasis on posture, breathing, and resonance. Studies from the standard repertoires, including English songs, Italian classics, German lieder, French art songs, oratorio and operatic arias, and selected contemporary works. Additional course fee is required.
May be repeated for credit. This course is intended to improve and strengthen the voice as a solo instrument. The ability to read music is helpful although not necessary. Attendance and class participation coupled with a minimum of four 15- to 30-minute individual practice sessions each week will enable consistent growth and increased strength. Students will sing individually to the group using exercises and songs worked on in class. The group format and class size provide an excellent built-in performance opportunity.

Complete the following:

Instruction in basic to intermediate steps and etiquette in ballroom dance including 6 count and 8 count swing, fox-trot, waltz, and tango.
Study of basic principles of acting, including survey of acting theories, performance of scenes, and critical observation and analysis of productions. This course requires additional outside-of-class time for rehearsal and performance of selected material.
A study of the basic principles and techniques of increasing vocal and physical awareness and production on the stage, including life study projects and an introduction to basic theoretical approaches to voice and movement. This course requires additional outside-of-class time for rehearsal and performance of selected material. Prerequisites: THEA 100 Acting I - Fundamentals and instructor's permission.
An introduction to the acting, dance, and vocal techniques required for music theatre performance. Through in-depth scene study, vocal training, dance, and in-class performances, the student will be introduced to the various artistic challenges inherent in music theatre since its inception. This course requires additional outside-of-class time for rehearsals and performance of selected material. Additional course fee is required. (Identical to MUSI 350.) Prerequisites: THEA 100 Acting I - Fundamentals and MUSA 105 VC Applied Voice or MUSI 125T Music Theatre or MUSI 325T Music Theatre.
The practical application of technical techniques in connection with university theatre main stage productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite:instructor's approval.
The practical application of technical techniques in connection with university theatre main stage productions. Open to any student taking part in a university theatre production. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite:instructor's approval.
Theatre (THEA) or music theory and literature (MUSI) coursework (3 hours)

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