Music Theatre Performance | St. Clair College
Program Code: A887
Status: Open
Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Starts: September

Temporary Delivery Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Fall 2020 Program/Course Delivery

Contact:
Katherine Kaszas
519-972-2727 ext. 4184

Program Overview

This is a conservatory-style training program that prepares emerging talents for careers in the entertainment industry. The curriculum focuses on those three areas that comprise the “triple threat” performer; acting, singing, and dancing. Students train with professional instructors active in their field. Acting is of primary importance with a wider variety of styles and methodologies taught to prepare individuals for stage and film. Vocal music work includes technique, interpretation and solo work supported by one on one tutorials. A rigorous dance curriculum includes styles with a specific music theatre focus. Musicianship will be stressed through key-board instruction, sight singing instruction, choral work, and elementary composition.

Program Highlights

  • Performance opportunities in every semester, with the shows distinguished by high production values.
  • Our productions are presented in our 1200-seat Chrysler Theatre in Windsor in addition to a smaller intimate studio setting.
  • When you apply to this program, you are welcome to attend any of our performances which take place in December and April.
  • Learn from industry professionals; faculty members are working artists within the industry.
  • View our Professional Faculty active within the entertainment industry.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will find work as performers in professional theatres, on cruise ships, in dinner theatres, in theme parks, summer festivals and in commercial musical theatre productions as well as in film. Opportunities also exist in commercial voiceovers and studio recording.

Why Choose This Program?

A comprehensive, focused conservatory-style training program, Music Theatre Performance offers a solid base for your future career. Learn from industry professionals; our faculty members are working artists within the industry. Attention to supporting the individual and fostering professional development is ensured by one on one coaching. Blending the classical with the contemporary, St. Clair's Music Theatre Program concentrates on practical strategies for stretching the imagination and developing strong performance skills, without neglecting the business of "the business."

Our Music Theatre Program's acting courses include Theatre History and Stagecraft, Text Analysis & interpretation, Character Development, Improvisation & Physical Comedy. The music component offers the History of Music Theatre, Musical Theory, Ear Training and Sight-singing, Vocal Technique & Interpretation. Dance courses include Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary. Master Classes are offered by guest artists from the world of entertainment.

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Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Recommended: One of Dance, Dramatic Arts or Music (Grade 11 or 12 (U), (C), (M) or Open)

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Additional Requirements

After your ontariocolleges.ca application has been processed, your acknowledgement letter will let you know that this program requires an audition. Assuming that you have met all other requirements of the Music Theatre Program, you will need to do the following to be considered for the program.

There will be four components to the audition:

  • Acting - one to two minute monologue from a contemporary/modern play, fully memorized.
  • Singing - two contrasting songs from the musical theatre repertoire (one ballad and one up tempo). An accompanist on the piano will be provided.
  • Dance ability will be assessed in a group situation; the Choreographer will conduct a group warm-up and teach a series of dance moves plus a combination.
  • Musical understanding will be examined through a written test (those with RCM certificates are exempt), as well as an ear test (for everyone).

Please bring your resume with an 8x10 headshot to the audition.

View upcoming Audition Dates and additional information about the auditions.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
PART122
Theatre History
2
PART112
Acting I
2
PART117
Improvisation I
2
PART119
Voice And Text I
2
PART105
Vocal Technique I
2
PART116
Dance I
8
PART118
Vocal Interpretation & Perform
2
PART129
Musical Theory I
2
PART131
Ear Training I
2
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
PART133
Industry Practices I: Stagecraft
1
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
PART211
Theatre History & Stagecraft II
2
PART212
Acting II
2
PART217
Movement For Actors I
2
PART222
Performance I
1
PART219
Voice And Text II
2
PART206
Dance II
7
PART225
Vocal Technique II
2
PART218
Vocal Interpretation & Perform II
2
PART229
Musical Theory II
2
PART231
Ear Training II
2
PART233
Industry Practices II: Working In Theatre
1
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
PART306
Movement For Actors II
2
PART305
Acting III
2
PART319
Voice & Text III
2
PART308
Dance III
6
PART325
Vocal Technique III
2
PART303
Vocal Interpretation & Perform III
2
PART320
Musical Theory III
2
PART310
Ear Training III
2
PART333
Industry Practices III: Auditioning-Monologue Preparation
2
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
PART410
History Of Musical Theatre
2
PART401
Movement For Actors III
2
PART402
Vocal Technique IV
2
PART408
Acting IV
2
PART403
Dance IV
6
PART427
Vocal Interpretation & Performance IV
2
PART431
Ear Training IV
2
PART429
Musical Theory IV
2
PART411
Performance II
2
PART433
Industry Practices IV: Auditioning -Song And Monologue Preparation
1
PART424
Acting For Media
2
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
PART504
Acting V
3
PART501
Voice And Text IV
2
PART502
Dance V
6
PART503
Vocal Technique V
2
PART527
Vocal Interpretation And Performance V
2
PART529
Musical Theory V
1
PART531
Ear Training V
1
PART507
Performance III
3
PART535
Vocal Workshop I
2
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
PART533
Industry Practices V: Dance Calls
1
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
PART602
Acting VI
3
PART616
Dance VI
8
PART625
Vocal Technique VI
2
PART627
Vocal Interpretation & Performance VI
2
PART629
Musical Theory VI
2
PART633
Theatre Business - The Artist As Entrepreneur
2
PART622
Performance IV
2
PART635
Vocal Workshop II
2

Past Cohorts:

SEMESTER 1
Code Title Credits
PART122 Theatre History 2
PART 112 Acting I 2
PART 117 Improvisation 2
PART 119 Voice and Text 2
PART 105 Vocal Technique 2
PART116 Dance 1 8
PART 118 Vocal Interpretation and Performance 2
PART 129 Music Theory 2
PART131 Ear Training 2
ELEC1030 General Education Elective 3
PART133 Industry Practices 1: Stagecraft 1
SEMESTER 2
Code Title Credits
PART211 Theatre History and Stage craft -- 2 2
PART 212 Acting II 2
PART 217 Movement for Actors 2
PART222 Performance 1
PART 219 Voice and Text 2
PART206 Dance II 7
PART 225 Vocal Technique 2
PART 218 Vocal Interpretation and Performance 2
PART 229 Music Theory 2
PART231 Ear Training 2
PART233 Industry Practices 2: Working in Theatre 1
SEMESTER 3
Code Title Credits
ELEC1030 General Education Elective 3
PART 306 Movement for Actors 2
PART 305 Acting III 2
PART 319 Voice and Text III 2
PART308 Dance III 6
PART 325 Vocal Technique 2
PART 303 Vocal Interpretaion and Performance 2
PART 320 Music Theory 2
PART 310 Ear Training 2
PART333 Industry Practices 3: Auditioning - Monologue Preparation 2
SEMESTER 4
Code Title Credits
PART 410 History of Music Theatre 2
PART 401 Movement for Actors III 2
PART 402 Vocal Technique 2
PART 404 Acting IV 4
PART403 Dance IV 6
PART 427 Vocal Interpretation and Performance 2
PART 431 Ear Training 2
PART 429 Music Theory 2
PART411 Performance II 2
PART433 Industry Practices 4: Auditioning - Song and Monologue Preparation 1
SEMESTER 5
Code Title Credits
PART 504 Acting V 3
PART 501 Voice and Text V 2
PART502 Dance 6
PART 503 Vocal Technique 2
PART 527 Vocal Interpretation and Performance 2
PART 529 Music Theory V 1
PART 531 Ear Training V 1
PART507 Performance 3
PART 535 Vocal Workshop 2
ELEC1030 General Education Elective 3
PART533 Industry Practices 5: Dance Calls 1
SEMESTER 6
Code Title Credits
PART 602 Acting VI 3
PART616 Dance VI 8
PART 625 Vocal Technique 2
PART 627 Vocal Interpretation and Performance 2
PART 629 Music Theory VI 2
PART 633 Theatre Business 2
PART622 Performance IV 2
PART 635 Vocal Workshop II 2

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2020-2021 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

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Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Music Theatre Performance (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (MTCU Code 61912)

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Integrate singing, acting and dancing into a performance that will meet the standards of the Canadian Musical Theatre Industry.
  2. Execute choreography and perform with proficiency, the three dance techniques that form the foundation of dance in Music Theatre - jazz, tap and ballet/modern.
  3. Exhibit a critical understanding of period, contemporary and modern day theatrical texts through performance and character work.
  4. Sing with proficiency, a repertoire of classical, contemporary and modern day musical compositions.  
  5. Demonstrate musical skills in elementary arranging, transposition, and sight reading.
  6. Develop an audition portfolio to fulfill the requirements of a professional audition in the Canadian Music Theatre Industry.
  7. Research, analyze and interpret performance material through oral, written and practical presentations.
  8. Interact and work in a professional manner with diverse groups of people in a variety of situations that lead to the completion of goals.
  9. Display a fundamental understanding of stagecraft principles and techniques.
  10. Perform intermediary competencies for recording in video and audio studios.
  11. Apply the business skills necessary to flourish within the Canadian Music Theatre industry. 

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