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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Musical Theatre

The Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Musical Theatre degree provides a foundation in performance and production practices in music, theatre, and dance. The degree is designed to prepare students to meet selective admission criteria for programs, such as the Bachelor of Musical Theatre, which may require an audition.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Musical Theatre (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8127
Total Credits Required
66-81
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate fundamental technical and artistic proficiency in singing, dancing, and acting.
  2. Create convincing characters through techniques in voice, movement, and interpretation.
  3. Locate and evaluate multiple sources of information in order to inform performance.
  4. Examine and interpret relevant historical and cultural context to inform individual performance and the production process.
  5. Integrate the unique characteristics, complexities, and best practices of the performing arts to inform individual performance and the production process.
  6. Interpret and apply constructive feedback as appropriate.
  7. Collaborate effectively by identifying the importance of individual roles and contributions, diverse experiences, and opinions.
  8. Apply the required time, focus, and acquired skills to achieve short, mid-, and long term goals.
  9. Develop and employ an effective collection of audition/portfolio materials to highlight relevant aspects of music, dance, and theatrical abilities.
  10. Adhere to ethical standards and current practices related to intellectual property and copyright laws, permissions, and revision of source material.
  11. Communicate effectively in written, verbal, and nonverbal forms.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

$64,250

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$48,490

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Actors
  • Choreographers
  • Dancers
  • Singers
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of five credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the following areas: Music Theatre, Ballroom, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop. 1–2
MTC101 or
(MTC105 and
MTC106)
or
(MTC155 and
MTC156)
or
(MTC205 and
MTC206)
or
(MTC255 and
MTC256)
Introduction to Music Theory or (Music Theory I and Aural Perception I) or (Music Theory II and Aural Perception II) or (Music Theory III and Aural Perception III) or (Music Theory IV and Aural Perception IV) 3–4
MUP101AA or
MUP102AA
Private Instruction: Voice or Private Instruction: Voice 1–2
MUP/THP270 or
MUP/THP270AA or
MUP/THP273
Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Production Critical course Gateway course Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/THP273. MUP/THP273 may be completed for credit twice. MUP/THP270AA may be completed for credit twice. 1–2
THP112 Acting I Critical course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics Critical course OR Any higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
MUP131 or
MUP132 or
MUP231 or
MUP232
Class Piano I or Class Piano II or Class Piano III or Class Piano IV 1–2
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of five credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the following areas: Music Theatre, Ballroom, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop. 1–2
MUP151AA or
MUP152AA
Private Instruction: Voice or Private Instruction: Voice 1–2
MUP/THP270 or
MUP/THP270AA or
MUP/THP273
Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/THP273. MUP/THP273 may be completed for credit twice. MUP/THP270AA may be completed for credit twice. 0–2
MHL146 Survey of Broadway Musicals HU 3
THE220 Modern Drama HU, L 3
THP212 Acting II 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of five credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the following areas: Music Theatre, Ballroom, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop. 1–2
MUP/THP270 or
MUP/THP270AA or
MUP/THP273
Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/THP273. MUP/THP273 may be completed for credit twice. MUP/THP270AA may be completed for credit twice. 0–2
MUP202AA Private Instruction: Voice 2
THP213 or
(DAN210 and
THP201AA)
or
(THP202AA)
Introduction to Technical Theatre or (Dance Production I and Theatre Production I) or (Theatre Production I Scene Shop) THP213 OR [DAN210 and (THP201AA OR THP202AA)] 3–4
COM/THP271 or
THP131
Voice and Diction or Stage Movement 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4
DAH100 or
DAH250 or
THE111
Introduction to Dance or Dance in Popular Culture or Introduction to Theatre HU or C, HU 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of five credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the following areas: Music Theatre, Ballroom, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop. 1–2
DAN+++++ or
MUP+++++ or
THP+++++
Any DAN Dance Course or Any MUP Music: Performance Course or Any THP Theatre Performance/Production Course Select an elective course within the area of Dance, Music and Theatre in consultation with the Faculty, Program advisor and/or the Visual and Performing Arts student success analyst. Courses cannot be used to satisfy Required Courses. 1–3
MUP252AA Private Instruction: Voice 2
MUP/THP270 or
MUP/THP270AA or
MUP/THP273
Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/THP273. MUP/THP273 may be completed for credit twice. MUP/THP270AA may be completed for credit twice. 0–2
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application Recommend MTC180 CS 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MTC101 or
(MTC105 and
MTC106)
or
(MTC155 and
MTC156)
or
(MTC205 and
MTC206)
or
(MTC255 and
MTC256)
Introduction to Music Theory or (Music Theory I and Aural Perception I) or (Music Theory II and Aural Perception II) or (Music Theory III and Aural Perception III) or (Music Theory IV and Aural Perception IV) 3–4
MUP101AA or
MUP102AA
Private Instruction: Voice or Private Instruction: Voice 1–2
THP112 Acting I Critical course 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of five credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the following areas: Music Theatre, Ballroom, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop. 1–2
MUP131 or
MUP132 or
MUP231 or
MUP232
Class Piano I or Class Piano II or Class Piano III or Class Piano IV 1–2
MUP151AA or
MUP152AA
Private Instruction: Voice or Private Instruction: Voice 1–2
THP212 Acting II 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP/THP270 or
MUP/THP270AA or
MUP/THP273
Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Production Critical course Gateway course Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/THP273. MUP/THP273 may be completed for credit twice. MUP/THP270AA may be completed for credit twice. 1–2
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics Critical course OR Any higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of five credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the following areas: Music Theatre, Ballroom, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop. 1–2
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MUP/THP270 or
MUP/THP270AA or
MUP/THP273
Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/THP273. MUP/THP273 may be completed for credit twice. MUP/THP270AA may be completed for credit twice. 0–2

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP202AA Private Instruction: Voice 2
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of five credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the following areas: Music Theatre, Ballroom, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop. 1–2
MHL146 Survey of Broadway Musicals HU 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP/THP270 or
MUP/THP270AA or
MUP/THP273
Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/THP273. MUP/THP273 may be completed for credit twice. MUP/THP270AA may be completed for credit twice. 0–2
THP213 or
(DAN210 and
THP201AA)
or
(THP202AA)
Introduction to Technical Theatre or (Dance Production I and Theatre Production I) or (Theatre Production I Scene Shop) THP213 OR [DAN210 and (THP201AA OR THP202AA)] 3–4
THE220 Modern Drama HU, L 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM/THP271 or
THP131
Voice and Diction or Stage Movement 3
DAH100 or
DAH250 or
THE111
Introduction to Dance or Dance in Popular Culture or Introduction to Theatre HU or C, HU 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of five credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the following areas: Music Theatre, Ballroom, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop. 1–2
MUP252AA Private Instruction: Voice 2
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN+++++ or
MUP+++++ or
THP+++++
Any DAN Dance Course or Any MUP Music: Performance Course or Any THP Theatre Performance/Production Course Select an elective course within the area of Dance, Music and Theatre in consultation with the Faculty, Program advisor and/or the Visual and Performing Arts student success analyst. Courses cannot be used to satisfy Required Courses. 1–3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application Recommend MTC180 CS 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP/THP270 or
MUP/THP270AA or
MUP/THP273
Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Workshop or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/THP273. MUP/THP273 may be completed for credit twice. MUP/THP270AA may be completed for credit twice. 0–2
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4

Dance Technique

Students must complete a total of five credits from the list below. No more than two credits may be taken from any one of the areas listed below.

Music Theatre

DAN129 Musical Theatre Dance I
DAN130 Musical Theatre Dance II
DAN229 Musical Theatre Dance III
DAN230 Musical Theatre Dance IV

Ballroom

DAN104++ Any Ballroom Course
DAN204++ Any Ballroom Course
DAN106AA Latin I 
DAN106AB Latin II 
DAN206AA Latin III 
DAN206AB Latin IV

Jazz

DAN133 Jazz Dance I 
DAN136 Jazz Dance II 
DAN233 Jazz Dance III 
DAN233AA Jazz Dance III: Intensive
DAN236 Jazz Dance IV 
DAN236AA Jazz Dance IV: Intensive

Ballet

DAN131 Ballet I 
DAN134 Ballet II 
DAN231 Ballet III 
DAN231AA Ballet III: Intensive
DAN234 Ballet IV 
DAN234 Ballet IV: Intensive

Modern

DAN132 Modern Dance I 
DAN135 Modern Dance II 
DAN232 Modern Dance III 
DAN232AA Modern Dance III: Intensive
DAN235 Modern Dance IV 
DAN235AA Modern Dance IV: Intensive

Tap

DAN140 Tap Dance I 
DAN145 Tap Dance II 
DAN240 Tap Dance III 
DAN245 Tap Dance IV 

Hip Hop

DAN102++ Any Hip Hop Course 
DAN202++ Any Hip Hip Course 

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Musical Theatre (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=142569).


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