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Music Theatre

Hartt's Music Theatre program is dedicated to a comprehensive and rigorous style of training that creates artists who are physically, intellectually, and emotionally prepared for the extraordinary demands of the acting profession.  In a carefully planned progression of acting, voice, dance and musicianship classes -- along with weekly individual singing lessons and coachings -- students expand both their craft and their creative imagination so that they can be successful in a wide range of theatrical styles from the contemporary to the classical.  Our unique partnerships with the renowned Goodspeed Musicals and the Tony Award-winning Hartford Stage company are part of our thorough career preparation curriculum that readies our students to seek work as professional actors.

Performance opportunities at Hartt are extensive and designed to expose students to musicals and other plays from across the theatrical repertoire.  Starting with second year projects and culminating with full-scale, professionally designed productions, the season is chosen to provide each class with challenging onstage experiences.  in the fourth year, our students are in residence at Goodspeed Musicals for three weeks in January working on a festival of new works.  Music Theatre students may also audition for the Hartford Stage Company's annual production of A Christmas Carol as well as other Equity productions in the company's season.  Many of our students join the Equity Membership Candidate Program during their time at Hartt.

Our location puts Hartt in the middle of this country's most vibrant theatrical community.  From New York to Boston to a vast array of highly regarded regional theatres, Hartt students have a short trip to the best professional theatre in America.  In addition to our relationship with Goodspeed Musicals and the Hartford Stage Company, our students regularly find opportunities with TheatreWorks of Hartford, Cape Cod's Monomoy Theatre and other local companies. The final year of study culminates with our showcase for industry professionals in New York.



Major in Music Theatre (137 credits)

First Year

Subject code Course Title Credits Credits
Sem. 1 Sem.2 
HTC 488 Applied Voice 2 2
HTD 110-111 Ballet I 1 1
HTA 110-111 Voice I - II 3 3
HTS 140 or 141 Stagecraft or Wardrobe & Make-up 1 1
HTA 130-131 Acting I - II 3 3
TH 110 Music Theory Fundamentals 2 -
TH 111 Diatonic Harmony - 2
TH 120-121 Elementary Ear-Training I-II 2 2
HTC 104-105 Music Theatre Chorus 1 1
MUS 110-111 Paranov Performance Hour 0.5 0.5
WRT 110-111 Rhetoric and Writing I - II 3 3
HLM 020 Information Literacy in the Performing Arts 0 -
Total Credits 18.5 18.5

Second Year

HTC 488 Applied Voice 2 2
ACO 488 Vocal Coaching 0.5 0.5
HTD 210-211 Ballet II 1 1
HTD 112-113 Tap I 0.5 0.5
HTD 114-115 Jazz I 0.5 0.5
APC 122-123 Piano Keyboard Class 2 2
HTA 230-231 Acting III-IV 3 3
HTA 210-211 Voice III-IV 3 3
DRA 362 Development of Theatre - 3
TH 220 Intermediate Ear Training I 2 -
ENG 140 Introduction to Literature 3 -
HTC 204-205 Music Theatre Chorus 1 1
MUS 111 Paranov Performance Hour - 0.5
Total Credits 18.5 17

Third Year

HTC 488 Applied Voice 2 2
ACO 488 Vocal Coaching 0.5 0.5
HTD 212-213 Tap II 0.5 0.5
HTD 214-215 Jazz II 0.5 0.5
HTA 330-331 Acting V - Period Styles Acting VI 3 3
AUC All University Curriculum 3 3
  Academic Elective 3 -
ENG 348 or 349 Modern Drama: Realism and Naturalism or Modern and Contemporary Drama - 3
HLM 111 History of Music Theatre 3 -
HTA 325 Movement for the Music Theatre Actor - 3
HTC 304-305 Music Theatre Chorus 1 1
MUS 110 Paranov Performance Hour 0.5 -
HTA 315 Contemporary Theater - 3
Total Credits 17 16.5

Fourth Year

HTC 488 Applied Voice 2 2
ACO 488 Vocal Coaching 0.5 0.5
HTA 430 Acting VII 3 -
HTA 451 Career Preparation - 3
ENG 361/362 Shakespeare - 3
AUC All University Curriculum 3 3
ENG 361 or 362 Shakespeare: Plays to 1600 or Shakespeare: Plays after 1600 - 3
HTC 488 Private Lesson 2 -
HTC 404-405 Music Theatre Chorus 1 1
REC 440 Recital (or Cabaret) - 0-2
M Math Elective M114 or M116 - 3
  Academic Elective(s) 3, 3 -
Total Credits 15.5 17.5-19.5

1 If these requirements are waived, alternate work must be chosen in consultation with an advisor to make up the equivalent credits.

2 Academic electives must be liberal arts courses approved by the advisor

Note: Theatre students must maintain a 2.67 major GPA at all times.





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