Performing Arts

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Arts and Humanities

LOVE THEATER AND MUSIC? TURN YOUR PASSION INTO A CAREER WITH A B.A. IN THE PERFORMING ARTS

You'll be hard-pressed to find a performing arts degree quite like this one. Perfect for students whose interests are not singularly focused in music or drama, but span both — you'll be able to soak up as much experience and knowledge as possible in college. MMC's fine arts degree combines our robust choral, instrumental music and active theater programs to feed your passions and help you develop into a professional ready for a successful career in the industry.

 

A WELL-ROUNDED, FLEXIBLE DEGREE —  EASILY COMBINE PERFORMING ARTS AND ANOTHER AREA OF INTEREST TO EXPAND CAREER OPTIONS 

If you have an interest and passion in both music and theatre, but want to study another field or major outside of the arts, this degree will allow you enough spare time to pursue your performing arts passions and improve your career prospects through interdisciplinary study. A double major in education or in a variety of other academic tracks, such as business, philosophy, history, or English.

HANDS-ON LEARNING AND LIMITLESS OPPORTUNITIES

MMC's performing arts students complete a core 24 hours — 12 focused on music studies and 12 in theater studies — plus an additional 24 hours of study of your choosing. Specialize in music or theater, or continue a combination of both.

 

THE PROGRAM COMBINES ALL THREE AREAS, BUT YOU CAN CHOOSE TO COMBINE ALL THREE, FOCUS ON TWO, OR MASTER JUST ONE OF THE PERFORMING ARTS AREAS BELOW:

  • Theater 
    • 1 musical production each year in cooperation with the music department.
    • 1-2 non-musical productions. See past productions.
    • Produces the annual Stations of the Cross presentation during Holy Week.
    • Hosts The National Players Tour, America's Longest-Running Touring Company.
    • Coordinates a high school oral interpretation contest.
    • Attends and competes in the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). 

  • Choral
    • 3 Choirs Include
    • Produces the annual Christmas Vespers performance held in Bishop Marty Chapel.
    • Performs one major work each spring.
    • Smooth Benediction, on campus acapella group, competes in the annual International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA).
    • Participates in the Midwest American Choral Directors Conference.

  • Instrumentals 
    • 3 Ensembles include
    • Supports pit music for musical theatre productions.
    • Participates in the Midwest Band Clinic.
    • Invites regional high-school jazz bands for on-campus clinics.

Career paths for fine arts grads often include the following:

  • Work in community theater as a technician, director, designer, and education director;
  • An education career;
  • Event or wedding planning;
  • and more.

Did you know? MMC’s Catholic Benedictine heritage uniquely prepares performing arts majors for careers in music or drama ministry.

  • Internships with groups like the Kalamazoo Civic Theater
  • On campus and regional concerts and performances
  • Theater performances that draw regional crowds
  • Regional and national competitions

Popular degree combinations include, but aren't limited to:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • English

Major Course Requirements

  • MUS 100 Music Theory
  • MUS 101 Music Theory
  • MUS 300 History of Music
  • MUS 301 History of Music
  • STH 117 Theatre Practicum (minimum two credits)
  • STH 125 Introduction to Acting
  • STH 204 Stagecraft
  • STH 210 Lighting and Sound Design
  • STH 376 Theatre History and Literature I

 

Students must complete one, or a combination, of the following tracks to complete the required additional 24 credits needed:

  • Music:
  • MUS 420 Recital and Research
  • MUS 485 Intership (minimum one credit)
  • Plus an additional 22 credits from:
  • MUS 160-172 Applied Lessons
  • MUS 124-128 Ensembles
  • MUS 200 Music Theory
  • MUS 201 Music Theory
  • MUS 203 World of Music: The American Musical
  • MUS 302 Music History
  • MUS 308 Instrumental Conducting
  • MUS 309 Choral Conducting
  • MUS 315 Elementary School Music Methods
  • MUS 329 Liturgical Music
  • MUS 330 Contemporary Liturgical Music
  • MUS 331 Hymndoy
  • MUS 452 Methods of Instrumental Instruction
  • MUS 453 Methods of Choral Instruction
  • Theatre:
  • STH 490 Senior Capstone
  • STH 485 Internship (minimum one credit)
  • Plus an additional 21 credits from:
  • STH 201 Oral Interpretation
  • STH 202 Creative Dramatics
  • STH 203 Costumes and Makeup
  • STH 221 Movement
  • STH 260 Playwriting
  • STH 319 Scenery and Props
  • STH 330 Scenic Painting
  • STH 355 Shakespeare's Drama
  • STH 361 Play Directing
  • STH 366 Stage Directing
  • STH 380 Theatre History and Literature II
  • STH 422 Drama in the Church
  • STH 435 Theatre Management

 

** Course listings as of the MMC 2017-2018 Course Catalog.

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