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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: Music Theatre

    Undergraduate Degree in Musical Theatre, Acting, and Dance.

    • Offered on the Los Angeles Campus (See Integrated Certificate to BFA for NY Campus Option)
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 2.5 years
    • Access to AMDA’s Mainstage Production Opportunities
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production in Los Angeles
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Program Description +

The BFA Music Theatre Degree Program offers an essential blend of music, acting, and dance training for the aspiring Music Theatre artist. This immersive performance-based degree program provides the tools necessary for a career in contemporary musical theatre performance blended with a dynamic range of academic studies resulting in a well-rounded and vibrant theatre arts education. Fundamental curriculum includes individual voice instruction, piano, and sight-singing to help establish a strong musical foundation. AMDA’s clearly defined approach to vocal performance emphasizes a genuine union of music to lyrics, allowing students to explore a variety of genres that include Classical, Contemporary, Jazz, Blues, Pop, etc. Acting techniques, scene study, acting for the camera, music for the individual artist, and voice production and speech courses provide essential skills necessary for creating transcendent performances on stage, screen, and in the recording studio. AMDA’s BFA Music Theatre Degree Program provides access to numerous production and performance opportunities throughout the eight terms of study. With an eye towards the current competitive demands of the industry, courses in career preparation, networking, audition techniques, and entrepreneurship help prepare for the exciting transition into the professional performing arts industry. The final term includes an original showcase opportunity that provides a unique production experience built upon the strengths of each performer.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the BFA Music Theatre program should be able to:

    • Create convincing, compelling characters performed with vocal, physical, and emotional specificity.
    • Perform a variety of musical styles with a synthesis of acting, singing, and movement skills.
    • Present a professional audition music portfolio, containing historical and contemporary styles, and a variety of music theatre sub-genres.
    • Utilize healthy vocal techniques.
    • Demonstrate competency in musicianship, keyboarding, and aural skills.
    • Perform harmonies based on professional ensemble work.
    • Identify historical and cultural dimensions of music theatre, including the works of leading musical librettists, lyricists, and composers.
    • Apply standard entertainment industry business practices regarding preparation, communication, and professionalism.

Curriculum +

  1. Summary of Required Courses

    Program Category KeyCredits
    Music Theatre Foundation78.5 - 79.5
    Elective (options may vary)11.5 - 12.5
    General Education30.5
    Total Program Credits 121.5-123.0
  2. Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC100Acting I: Beginning Scene Study2.5
    DN150Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist I1.0
    DNB11_Ballet1.0
    IV101Individual Voice I0.5
    MT130, MT130LMusical Theatre I: Techniques & Accompanist Music Lab3.5
    MT141Iconic Music Theatre History1.0
    MU141Piano Fundamentals1.0
    MU144Sightsinging Fundamentals1.0
    FS100First-Semester Seminars0.5
    ENG101English Composition3.0
    Total Credits15.0

    Second Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC110Acting II: Contemporary Scene Study2.5
    DN170Dance and Movement for the Performing Artist II1.0
    DNB111-113Ballet1.0
    IV102Individual Voice II0.5
    MT134, MT134LMusical Theatre II: Styles & Accompanist Music Lab3.5
    MU143Piano Techniques1.0
    MU148Sightsinging Techniques1.0
    VP140Voice, Production and Speech I: Foundations2.0
    General Education Selection3.0
    Total Credits15.5
    Total First Year Program Credits30.5

    Third Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC227 Acting III: Advanced Scene Study 3.5
    DNJ11_ Jazz 1.0
    IV201 Individual Voice III 0.5
    MT233, MT233L Musical Theatre III: Scenes & Accompanist Music Lab 3.5
    VP141 Voice, Production and Speech II: Techniques 1.5
    Select two of the following elective courses: 2.0
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano Based (1.0)
    MU150 Introduction to Guitar (1.0)
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals (1.0)
    MU231 Small Vocal Ensemble: Motown, Doo-Wop, Barbershop (1.0)
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (1.0)
    VS200 Essential Vocal Anatomy & Physiology of the Professional Singer (1.0)
    General Education Selection 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

    Fourth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DNJ11_ Jazz 1.0
    FL120 Acting for the Camera I 2.0
    IV202 Individual Voice IV 0.5
    MT240, MT240L Musical Theatre: Audition Preparation & Accompanist Music Lab 3.0
    VP243 Voice, Production and Speech III: Advanced Techniques 1.5
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MU131 Jazz Harmonies
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano-Based
    MU150 Introduction to Guitar
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals
    MU153 Guitar Techniques I
    VS202 Comparative Vocal Pedagogies: Classical and Contemporary Techniques
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering
    General Education Selection 1 3.0
    General Education Selection 2 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Total Second Year Program Credits 30.0

    Fifth Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC226 Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hair 1.0
    AC318 Career Preparation 1.0
    DNT111-113 Tap 1.0
    FL121 Acting for the Camera II 2.0
    IV301 Individual Voice V 0.5
    VS301 Vocal Coaching V 0.5
    Select one of the following required courses: 2.0
    MT307, MT307L Musical Theatre Auditions: Mastering
    the Callback & Accompanist Music Lab
    MT309, MT309L Commercial Music: Fundamentals
    of Performance & Accompanist Music Lab
    Select two of the following elective courses: 1.0-2.0
    MU237 Large Vocal Ensemble: Broadway (2.0)
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano-Based (2.0)
    MU150 Introduction to Guitar (2.0)
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals (2.0)
    MU153 Guitar Techniques I (2.0)
    MU235 Small Vocal Ensemble: Historical and Contemporary Repertoire (2.0)
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (1.0)
    VS200 Essential Vocal Anatomy & Physiology of the Professional Singer (1.0)
    General Education Selection 1 3.0
    General Education Selection 2 3.0
    Total Credits 16.0

    Sixth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DNT111-113 Tap 1.0
    FL418 Media for the Music Theatre Performer 2.0
    IV302 Individual Voice VI 0.5
    VS302 Vocal Coaching VI 0.5
    Select one of the following required courses: 3.0
    MT327, MT327L Musical Theatre Styles: Creating A
    New Musical Character & Accompanist Music Lab
    3.0
    MT329, MT329L Commercial Music: Performance Techniques & Accompanist Music Lab 3.0
    Select one of the following required courses: 1.0-1.5
    AC122 Improvisation I: Foundations (1.5)
    SC100 Stage Combat I: Unarmed (1.5)
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (1.0)
    VP300 Voice, Production and Speech: IPA/Introduction to Dialects (1.5)
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MU239 Large Vocal Ensemble: Advanced Jazz Harmonies
    MU145 Songwriting: Piano-Based
    MU150 Introduction to Guitar
    MU151 Guitar Fundamentals
    MU153 Guitar Techniques I
    MU233 Small Vocal Ensemble: Madrigals and Contemporary Vocal Bands
    VS202 Comparative Vocal Pedagogies:
    Classical and Contemporary Techniques
    General Education Selection 1 3.0
    General Education Selection 2 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0-15.5
    Total Third Year Program Credits 31.0-31.5

    Seventh Semester Sample Curriculum

    AC422 Art of the Monologue 1.0
    DN331 Musical Theatre: Dance Audition Techniques 1.0
    DNJ111-113 Jazz 1.0
    FL202 Acting for the Camera III 2.0
    IV401 Individual Voice VII 0.5
    PI244 Original Content Creation 1.5
    Select one of the following required courses: 3.0
    MT417, MT417L Musical Theatre Company: Repertory Roles & Accompanist Music Lab
    MT419, MT419L Commercial Music Project & Accompanist Music Lab
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0-1.5
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (1.0)
    VP410 Dialects: Directed Studies German/South African (1.5)
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MU165 Songwriting: Guitar Based
    VS204 Vocal Injury & Fitness Prevention
    General Education Selection 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0-15.5

    Eighth Semester Sample Curriculum

    DNJ111-113 Jazz 1.0
    IV402 Individual Voice VIII 0.5
    MT404, MT404L Industry and Networking: Music Business
    Essentials & Accompanist Music Lab
    1.5
    MT406 Industry and Networking: Music Media 2.0
    MT430 BFA Musical Theatre Senior Showcase 4.0
    MU231 Small Vocal Ensemble: Motown, Doo-Wop, Barbershop 1.0
    VS402 Vocal Coaching VIII 0.5
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MT410 Commercial Music Repertoire: Collaborative Songwriting
    MT412 MT Auditions: Essential Repertoire
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MT413 MT Auditions: Mock Panel
    MT416 Commercial Music: Session Singing
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.0
    MT414 MT Auditions: MT Specialty Categories
    MT418 Commercial Music: Home Studio Production for Vocalists
    Select one of the following elective courses: 1.5-2.0
    PI233-251 Finding Your Voice: Rotational Offering (Select Two Offerings) (2.0)
    VP410 Dialects: Directed Studies German/South African (1.5)
    Total Credits 15.0-15.5
    Total Fourth Year Program Credits 30.0-30.5
    Total Program Credits121.5-123.0

    The BFA in Music Theatre Degree Program requires two Harmony credits, two Ballet, two Tap and two Jazz courses. Students must audition and successfully perform in at least one production (includes Showcase, BFA Play, BFA Musical, Dance Theatre Concert and BlackBox).

Admission Requirements +

Please note that applying to AMDA is a multi-step process. Be sure to follow ALL 6 steps below to ensure the submission of a successful application.

  1. Submit Your Application +

    To apply, you must be at least 16 years old and/or in the final two years of high school/secondary education*.

    AMDA also accepts applications from CommonApp and Royall VIP. If you have already applied through one of our partners, you do not need to apply again through our website.

    * If you are not yet 16, we would encourage you to consider attending the AMDA High School Conservatory.

  2. Complete Your AMDA Audition +

    Admission and scholarship consideration to AMDA require an audition. AMDA offers a robust calendar of auditions including regional auditions, campus auditions, live-online auditions and video submissions. Scheduling your audition will prompt a phone call with one of our enrollment specialist (or another term for call center) to help you prepare for a successful audition.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To better prepare for your AMDA audition, we strongly encourage ALL applicants to review the Audition Instructions page prior to scheduling an audition or submitting a video submission.
  3. Phone interview with Admissions +

    This interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you, and for you to tell us about your educational background, and your interest in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts at AMDA.

    We will be calling you, but if you would like to schedule an appointment for this interview, please email admissionsteam@amda.edu with the best day, time, and phone number to reach you.

  4. SUBMIT YOUR PERSONAL ESSAY +

    Towards the bottom of the application, space is provided for you to write a personal essay (500 words minimum) on the following topic: "Describe a challenging experience in your life and what you learned from it." Remember, this is an important part of your application, so answer thoughtfully!

    If you submitted your application but still need to submit your essay, click the button below.

  5. Submit One Letter of Recommendation +

    Please request and submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, school leaders, guidance counselors, coaches, or anyone familiar with your background and potential. Your recommendation letter must be written in English and signed and dated. To help with this process, please feel free to use AMDA's recommendation form by clicking the link below. Recommendation letters/forms may be submitted via email to docs@amda.edu or by mailing to the address on the form.

  6. Submit Your Academic Records (Transcripts) +

    Send an official transcript from your high school and (if applicable) college. Official transcripts from every educational institution that you listed in your application must be forwarded to AMDA. Please select one of the following options for submitting your official transcripts:
    1. If your high school or college uses the free service Parchment, please click below.

    2. If your high school or college does not use Parchment, please send the transcript request form to your guidance counselor/transcript office and request that they send your transcript(s) to AMDA using the address on the form.


    Important Note: The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for AMDA's programs is 2.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent in other grading systems.


Multiple dancers in matching white costumes frolic in synchrony
Two dancers share an intimate interpretive dance
A dancer strikes a triangular pose with his elbow and gaze towards the sky as he is filmed
A dancer moves into the embracing support of another while a third dancer walks past in the background
A dancing duet with one dancer supporting the standing splits of the foremost of the pair
A dancer in a long white dress dips backwards with the assistance of another's embrace
A dancer wearing an unmarked jersey strikes a pose with arms lifted and both palms pushing outwards the ground