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Interdisciplinary Fine Arts: Musical Theater Track, BA


IT ALL ADDS UP – More than 50 theater and dance courses, six fully realized Mainstage productions, and more than 20 student productions a year give you plenty of opportunities to get experience in all aspects of theater through our program, which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts–Musical Theater track is a unique academic program that blends key elements of a traditional musical theater curriculum with an expanded focus on the essential techniques essential to all genres of theater.

Please Note: Pending approval by the Pennsylvania State System, this program will soon change to a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater (expected spring 2015).

The Musical Theater Track can prepare you for entry-level work, or graduate school training toward a career in theater and related occupations of the entertainment industry. Competition is keen in musical theater, and this degree will prepare you for additional training if it’s your dream to become a musical theater professional.

Many graduates also find themselves well suited to other careers that require collaborative skills and creative imagination coupled with the discipline of musical theater training and performance. Advertising, law, counseling, and event management are examples.

Audition/Interview Requirements

  1. Must be accepted to IUP prior to auditioning.
  2. Must be accepted into both the Music and the Theater/Dance departments
  3. Audition dates and times for both departments are coordinated by Terri Williams, e-mail:; phone 724-357-2965. Please contact Terri if you have any questions.

“I always wanted to write a musical, but never thought I could do it. IUP showed me how!”
—Joe York, student

This track combines the outstanding resources of IUP’s Department of Theater and Dance with the Department of Music. All applicants for this degree program audition for both departments in a unified audition.

Musical Theater Auditions:

  • Music Selection: Prepare two memorized musical theater songs (in their entirety) of contrasting style with no repeats. One of the songs must be from a Golden Age musical pre-1960 (i.e., Rogers & Hammerstein, Rogers & Hart, and/or Lerner & Lowe, etc.).
  • Music Presentation: Sheet music should be placed in a binder arranged with the fewest page turns as possible. Prepare your audition by providing the name, composer, and key signature as well as the name of the book or anthology from which you have selected your songs.
  • Musical Accompaniment: An accompanist will be provided. No a capella singing.
  • Acting Selection: In addition to the required music audition, each applicant needs to prepare a short (one- to two-minute), age-appropriate monologue from a published play. Avoid excessively stylized pieces, dialects, extreme physicality, and props.
  • Dance: Auditionees will be required to learn and repeat a dance combination. This is only a diagnostic. Those with little or no dance background may still be admitted to the program, but we need to see your movement capabilities and potential. Time will be given for you to dress for movement and then change for your vocal/monologue audition. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear with you.
  • Special Testing: On the audition day, all applicants must complete the Music Department theory test. In preparation for your audition, please contact your music teacher/mentor and have them review music theory, sight reading, and pitch matching.
  • Questions? Please contact Rob Gretta ( and/or Dr. Mary Logan-Hastings

Once accepted into the Music-Theater track of the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts degree, a student is assigned a primary advisor in the Department of Theater and Dance and a secondary advisor in the Department of Music. This will ensure that each Music-Theater major can meet all degree requirements within a regular four-year course of study at IUP.

Curriculum Overview of Bachelor of Arts–Interdisciplinary Fine Arts — Music Theater Track

Please Note: Pending approval by the Pennsylvania State System, this program will soon change to a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater (expected spring 2015). Curricular changes include four courses specifically for Musical Theater (auditioning, scene study, history, and performance).

Liberal Studies: 53 Credits

As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications:

Fine Arts: MUHI 101 or DANC 102

Mathematics: 3cr

Liberal Studies Electives: 9cr, no courses with FIAR prefix

Major: 40 Credits

Required Courses: 33-36 Credits

Dance: 6-12 cr

DANC 102 Introduction to Dance, 3 cr1

DANC 150 Fundamentals of Dance, 3 cr2

DANC 260 Beginning Jazz, 3 cr


DANC 485 Dance Studio: Jazz, 3 cr3

DANC 270 Beginning Ballroom/Tap, 3 cr


DANC 485 Dance Studio: Ballroom/Tap, 3 cr4

Music: 9-12 cr

MUHI 101 Introduction to Music, 3 cr5

MUSC 111 Music Theory Skills I, 2 cr

MUSC 115 Music Theory I, 3 cr

APMU 105 Private Voice I, 1 cr

APMU 155 Private Voice II, 1 cr

APMU 205 Private Voice III, 1 cr

APMU 255 Private Voice IV, 1 cr

Theater: 9 cr

THTR 111 Foundations of Theater, 3 cr

THTR 240 Acting I, 3 cr

THTR 487 Acting Studio, 3 cr

Ensemble/Production Requirements:6 3-6 cr

MUSC 126 Music Theater, 1-3 cr

THTR 486 Practicum in Production7, .5-3 cr

Required Electives:8 4-7 cr


DANC 250 Modern, 3 cr

DANC 280 Ballet, 3 cr

DANC 290 Ethnic, 3 cr

DANC 351 Choreography, 3 cr

DANC 485 Dance Studio: Modern, 3 cr

DANC 485 Dance Studio: Ballet, 3 cr


MUSC 112 Music Theory Skills II, 2 cr

MUSC 116 Theory II, 3 cr

MUSC 153 Class Piano I, 1 cr

MUSC 154 Class Piano II, 1 cr

MUSC 351 Italian Diction, 1 cr

MUSC 353 French Diction, 1 cr

MUSC 354 German Diction, 1 cr


THTR 116 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design, 3 cr

THTR 120 Stagecraft, 3 cr

THTR 122 Costume Workshop, 3 cr

THTR 130 Stage Voice, 3 cr

THTR 131 Stage Movement, 3 cr

THTR 221 Basic Stage Lighting, 3 cr

THTR 223 Stage Makeup, 3 cr

THTR 341 Acting Styles, 3 cr

THTR 350 Directing, 3 cr

THTR 484 Directing Studio, 3 cr

THTR 487 Acting Studio, 3 cr

Controlled Electives:

APMU 305 Private Voice V, 1 cr

APMU 355 Private Voice VI, 1 cr

APMU 405 Private Voice VII, 1 cr

APMU 455 Private Voice VIII, 1 cr

MUSC 126 Music Theater, 1-3 cr

THTR 486 Practicum in Production, .5-3 cr

Free Electives: 21-27 cr

Total Degree Requirements: 120

1If a student in this track selects DANC 102 for the Liberal Studies requirement in the Fine Arts, this requirement is satisfied by that choice.

2Students with considerable dance training in three or more dance genres would not be required to take this course.

3Choice of level of Jazz course would depend upon previous training level of student.

4Choice of level of Ballroom/Tap course would depend upon previous training level of student.

5Required for major unless MUHI 101 has been used for the LS Fine Arts requirement.

6Six ensemble/production experiences over a minimum of six semesters. At least two production experiences need to be non-performance experiences.

7In the last year of this track, students would be required to do a major production responsibility under THTR 486 as a senior project in Music-Theater.

8As advised and in addition to any course listed above as an alternative.

  • Theater and Dance Department
  • Waller Hall, Room 104
    401 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2965
  • Fax: 724-357-3885
  • Department Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.