Undergrad Catalog

Music Theater (MUS / THR)

Program Option:  B.A.

The music theater major provides the opportunity for St. Kate's students to engage in the rigorous and creative study of music and theater.  Through the study of these disciplines, students will develop individual performance skills in music and theater; participate in music and theater performances; deepen their appreciation of, and literacy in, music and theater traditions of the west; and explore global perspectives.  The students will develop leadership skills preparing them for positions with professional theaters, private studio teaching, or to pursue graduate studies.  Most courses are open to all students, regardless of major.

Private music instruction is offered at St. Kate's in voice, piano, organ, guitar, flute, harp and strings.  These courses are listed with the "MUSL" designation.  Students should follow normal online registration for their choice of lesson AND contact the department office (651-690-6690) to complete additional paperwork.  Those seeking lessons in other wind or brass instruments should also contact the Music Office for assistance in registering for lessons through the ACTC.  For piano and voice, students with little or no experience are expected to register for Beginning Voice (MUS 1070) or Beginning Piano (MUS 1060) for their first semester of study.

Participation in music ensembles is generally dependent upon an audition with the group's director.  Ensemble courses are designated as  "MENS" courses.  Students seeking acceptance into an ensemble should hold the timeslot for the course open and register for the course upon acceptance into the ensemble.  Contact the Music Office (651-690-6690) or the ensemble director for audition information.  Alternatively, a student may indicate her intention to participate in the ensemble by registering for the course prior to an audition, with the understanding that the registration might need to be adjusted.

All other music courses appear in the catalog with the prefix "MUS."

All courses in music and theater fulfill the fine arts core requirement.  Four semesters of ensemble and/or private music lessons will satisfy the requirement, provided that at least two of the four semesters are consecutive and in the same ensemble or applied area (instrumental or voice).

See also: Music in the Church, Music Studies

Major Requirements:

MUS 1130 Music Skills I
MUS 1150 The Art of Listening or MUS/CRST 2180 World Music
MUS 2130 Music Skills II
MUS 3350 Women and Music
4 semesters of music lessons, (1000 & 2000 levels)(1 credit per semester)
4 semesters of music ensemble (1 credit per semester)
THR 2140 Acting: Leadership in Performance
THR 2150 Directing: Event Production
THR 2310 Dance for Musical Theater
THR 3100 Survey of Musical Theater
THR 4XXX Senior Thesis and Performance Project
Participation in four productions (at least two musicals) on a St. Catherine University stage or, through a partnership currently in development with a Twin Cities professional theater, on a Twin Cities professional theater stage.

Music theater majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing MUS 3350 Women and Music.  You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990, and any other writing-intensive course in the Music or Theater Departments or another department).

Second Major Certificate in Music Theater  

Students who have received a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University or another regionally accredited institution may pursue a second major at St. Catherine. To be awarded the second major (post-baccalaureate) certificate, you must complete all of the requirements for the major, including required supporting courses.  A minimum of one-half of the courses in the major must be completed in residence.  The residency requirement of 48 out of the last 64 credits does not apply to second major certificate students.

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