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Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre

two women dancing on stageLet your voice soar and grow your stage presence toward your dream career with a Bachelor of Music in musical theatre from the University of Central Oklahoma’s award-winning program.

Part of the College of Fine Arts and Design, the Musical Theatre division strives to create versatile, multifaceted and adaptable performers who captivate on stage and use the full extent of their talents. This comes through the curriculum blending singing, acting and dance and exposing you to all parts of putting on a show. Supplementing this, you’ll uncover ample opportunities for appearing in school and professional productions to build your experience and your resumé. 

The Bachelor of Music in musical theatre is geared toward accomplished performers interested in refining their singing, acting and dancing skills. Candidates must audition and be accepted, and a limited number of students are admitted for fall and spring semesters. Freshmen and transfer students are welcome to audition. 

Why Musical Theatre? | Curriculum | Careers | Admission Requirements | Scholarships & Waivers | Transition Your Talent 

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Why Major in Musical Theatre at UCO?

In 2020, Performer Staff named Central’s musical theatre program one of the strongest in the western U.S. and one to watch on a national scale in terms of talent and opportunities. For interested B.M. in musical theatre candidates, what should you expect once accepted?

  • Guidance from seasoned professionals: Our faculty and staff come from rigorous, esteemed stage backgrounds, bringing their experience into the classroom, whether that’s for a one-on-one voice lesson, dance classes or stage productions. 
  • A comprehensive approach: Successful musical theatre professionals draw from an arsenal of skills—singing, dancing and acting, as well as an understanding of what goes on behind the scenes. This interdisciplinary bachelor’s in musical theatre strengthens what you need to make it through an audition while broadening your perspective of productions as a whole. You’ll study music theory, music history, piano, directing, stage makeup, stagecraft and production and participate in ensembles. 
  • Multiple performance opportunities: You know the classics, and while we start here, we push limits and engage audiences with contemporary and ground-breaking productions. B.M. in musical theatre students have the chance to perform in two full-scale musicals each year, along with two jazz revues. These are held in the division’s Mitchell Hall Theatre
  • Launching your career: The Musical Theatre division collaborates with local professional companies and hosts the UCO Broadway Tonight series, a session of masterclasses, workshops and performances led by esteemed stage and film actors. Earn professional performance credits before you graduate, setting yourself apart with a stronger track record. 

Musical Theatre Curriculum

All bachelor’s in musical theatre students take a minimum of 135 credit hours once enrolled in the program. Class instruction benefits from our close relationships with departments across the College of Fine Arts and Design.

Your concentrated, yet uplifting, education is divided into three key parts:

Required Music

Become a more nuanced and knowledgeable singer through this comprehensive sequence exposing you to music theory, music history, sight-singing and directing. As the launching point for your progress here, these courses help you hone your key performance skills to make an impact on stage and prepare for auditions. At the same time, this comprehensive array helps you better understand music composition and what goes into stage production.

Required Musical Theatre

Develop into a versatile performer ready to stand out in any production through dance classes focusing on ballet, tap, jazz and theatre techniques. You’ll also explore in more detail the behind-the-scenes aspects, including set design, stage sounds and visuals, costume design and makeup, and continue to become a more convincing, versatile actor.

Performance Courses

Applied voice lessons have you focusing directly on your singing technique, while ensembles hone these skills in a group setting. As well, you’ll learn or continue to enhance your piano skills and will participate in department productions starting from your freshman year. This specialized training combined with a dedicated emphasis on musical theatre helps transform you into a powerhouse performer.

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Career Opportunities

The B.M. in musical theatre’s emphasis on performance helps you organically graduate to a professional setting. As a result, many of our students start to audition following the completion of their degree or opt for a career working behind the scenes. Potential opportunities include:

  • Performing;
  • Directing;
  • Writing; and,
  • Stage Management.

To plant the seeds of your future career, take advantage of these opportunities in the Oklahoma City metro area, which may spark your interest and even boost your resume.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the B.M. in musical theatre program is competitive. Along with completing an application for UCO as a freshman or transfer student, you’ll schedule an audition to showcase your performance abilities. Review times and requirements to prepare.  

Scholarships and Tuition Waivers

The UCO College of Fine Arts and Design annually awards more than $150,000 in scholarships through more than 90 opportunities. Our talented and ambitious students ensure that CFAD remains a center for excellence in the fine and performing arts. CFAD scholarships recognize the dedication displayed in the classroom, in performances and in exhibitions, as well as help our students make their studies a primary focal point and not monetary stress.


Transition Your Talent Into a Career With UCO’s B.M. in Musical Theatre

When you’re drawn to being on stage, channel your passion and skills through UCO’s Bachelor of Music in the musical theatre program. To learn more, contact the School of Music or request additional information today.