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The MM program in performance with a concentration in musical theatre and opera performance provides students the opportunity to choose from two specific emphases: opera or musical theatre. Students have ample opportunities to study both musical theatre and opera.
The opera emphasis provides intensive practical training and performance experience to prepare students for professional careers in opera. In addition to studio voice instruction and advanced work in acting, movement, audition techniques, career skills and vocal coaching, students study standard and contemporary operatic repertoire and are required to perform roles in at least two ASU opera and musical theatre productions.
The musical theatre emphasis provides intensive practical training and performance experience to prepare students for professional careers as musical theatre artists. In addition to studio voice instruction and advanced work in acting, dance, movement, audition techniques, career skills and vocal coaching, students study repertoire from the traditional and contemporary musical theatre canon and are required to perform roles in at least two ASU opera and musical theatre productions.
Music Theatre/Opera Performance, MM
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts
The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
Spring 2020: October 1, 2019
Fall 2020: December 1, 2019
Checksheets break down the course requirements for each degree program and are listed below by area.
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The credit requirements for the concentrations in music theatre performance and opera performance are as follows:
studio instruction (8 credit hours)
courses in specified emphasis (12 credit hours)
music history, music theory and electives (12 credit hours)
Opera Emphasis: Sixteen credit hours or four semesters of college-level credit in more than one foreign language, chosen from French, German or Italian, are required for graduation. In addition, placement tests in both foreign language diction and sight-singing are required upon entry into the program. Students who are judged to be deficient in diction are required to complete and pass a course in advanced diction. Students who are judged to be deficient in sight-singing are required to complete and pass the Musicianship for Singers course.
Music Theatre Emphasis: A placement test in sight-singing is required upon entry into the program. Students who are judged to be deficient in sight-singing are required to complete and pass the Musicianship for Singers course.
The credit requirements for the degree in music theatre performance direction are as follows:
piano studio instruction (4 credit hours)
courses in emphasis (15 credit hours)
music history, music theory and electives (13 credit hours)
Additional Curriculum Requirements
Completion of diagnostic exams in music history and music theory is required of all new graduate music students prior to enrollment in the ASU School of Music.
Additional information about degree requirements for all graduate music programs may be found on the check sheets. https://music.asu.edu/degree-programs/graduate/