Certificate in Musical Theater: Theater Focus

The Certificate of Achievement in Musical Theater with Theater concentration is a 44-unit CTE program that will prepare students for careers in the musical theater industry. The purpose of the Certificate in Musical Theater, Theater is to prepare students to succeed in auditions for regional and national shows. Students must complete the program earning a grade of C or better in all required courses.

Students who complete the Certificate in Musical Theater, Music will be able to:

  • Demonstrate acting, singing, and dancing proficiency suitable for a musical theater audition
  • Perform standard musical theater repertoire, solo and ensemble, at a collegiate level
  • Read music notation with a proficiency level suitable to learn new music quickly
  • Apply musical theater, music, dance and acting terminology and language to critiques of musical theater performances
  • Develop and demonstrate informed artistic choices in performance
  • Analyze musical theater literature
  • Demonstrate collaboration and team building skills
  • Creatively solve problems

Careers in musical theater include:

  • Musical Theater Singer, Dancer, Actor
  • Floor Shows (Hotels, casinos, clubs)
  • Band Member (Vocalist)
  • Broadway, Off-Broadway, Touring Shows: National, Regional, Local
  • Voice Over
  • Recording Artist
  • Productions, Concerts and Recitals: performer
  • Music Director (Musical Theater)
  • Community musical theater director
  • Musical Theater Teacher: Community School; Parks & Rec Program

Theater: Technique and Production (23 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 11A Script Analysis: Classical 3 units
THEA 12 Survey of Musical Theater 3 units
THEA 21A Practical Theater (Scene & Stage) I 1 unit
THEA 22A Practical Theater (Costume & Makeup) I 1 unit
THEA 35A Voice Production and Articulation 3 units
THEA 40A Acting One 3 units
THEA 40B Acting Two 3 units
THEA 70A Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: American Representational 3 units
THEA 70D Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: Musical and Children's Theater 3 units

Music: Theory & Musicianship (9 units)

Based on entry placement audition, take MUSC 003A or MUSC 005. Complete both MUSC 020A and 020B. Complete one piano class; placement based on entry audition. Complete MUSC 070.

Course Number Course Title Units
MUSC 3A Music Theory Level 1 3 units
OR
MUSC 5 Fundamentals of Music 3 units
MUSC 20A Musicianship Level 1 1 unit
AND
MUSC 20B Musicianship Level 2 1 unit
MUSC 30A Beginning Piano, Level 1 1 unit
OR
MUSC 30B Beginning Piano, Level 2 1 unit
OR
MUSC 31A Intermediate Piano Level 3 1 unit
OR
MUSC 31B Intermediate Piano Level 4 1 unit
MUSC 70 Music Business 3 units

Music: Voice Instruction (4 units)

Complete a total of four semesters of voice instruction: Take 2-3 semesters of class voice, MUSC 032A, 032B, 033A, 033B; placement based on program entry audition. Complete 1-2 semesters of MUSC 039G, based on Applied Music entry audition.

Course Number Course Title Units
MUSC 32A Beginning Voice, Level 1 1 unit
OR
MUSC 32B Beginning Voice, Level 2 1 unit
OR
MUSC 33A Intermediate Voice, Level 3 1 unit
OR
MUSC 33B Intermediate Voice, Level 4 1 unit
MUSC 39G Applied Music: Voice 1 unit

Music: Ensemble (2 units)

Complete 2 semesters of MUSC 042 concurrent with enrollment in MUSC 039G or beginning in the third semester of the program, whichever comes first

Course Number Course Title Units
MUSC 42 Concert Choir 1 unit

Dance: Ballet, Tap, Jazz or Modern (6 units)

Take two semesters each of Ballet and Tap. Take one additional semester of Jazz or Modern. Take one additional semester of any intermediate or advanced dance class listed. Placement in each genre will be based upon entry audition.

Course Number Course Title Units
DANC 1 Ballet: Beginning Level 1 1 unit
OR
DANC 2 Ballet: Beginning Level 2 1 unit
OR
DANC 3 Ballet: Intermediate Level 3 1 unit
OR
DANC 4 Ballet: Advanced Level 4 1 unit
AND
DANC 31 Tap for Musical Theatre: Beginning Level 1 1 unit
OR
DANC 32 Tap for Musical Theatre: Beginning Level 2 1 unit
OR
DANC 33 Tap for Musical Theatre: Intermediate Level 3 1 unit
OR
DANC 34 Tap for Musical Theatre: Advanced Level 4 1 unit
AND
DANC 11 Jazz Dance: Beginning Level 1 1 unit
OR
DANC 12 Jazz Dance: Beginning Level 2 1 unit
OR
DANC 13 Jazz Dance: Intermediate Level 3 1 unit
OR
DANC 14 Jazz Dance: Advanced Level 4 1 unit
OR
DANC 21 Modern Dance: Beginning Level 1 1 unit
OR
DANC 22 Modern Dance: Beginning Level 2 1 unit
OR
DANC 23 Modern Dance: Intermediate 1 unit
OR
DANC 24 Modern Dance: Advanced Level 4 1 unit
AND
DANC 3 Ballet: Intermediate Level 3 1 unit
OR
DANC 4 Ballet: Advanced Level 4 1 unit
OR
DANC 13 Jazz Dance: Intermediate Level 3 1 unit
OR
DANC 14 Jazz Dance: Advanced Level 4 1 unit
OR
DANC 23 Modern Dance: Intermediate Level 3 1 unit
OR
DANC 24 Modern Dance: Advanced Level 4 1 unit
OR
DANC 33 Tap for Musical Theatre: Intermediate Level 3 1 unit
OR
DANC 34 Tap for Musical Theatre: Advanced Level 4 1 unit

Total Certificate Units: 44 units

Last Updated 10/25/21