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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Noreen Barnes


Typically, singing training for the musical theatre student is divided into three subjects: music theory, private voice instruction and acting through song. By separating the study of the components of musical theatre performance, musical theatre programs reinforce this compartmentalization and few students are able to make connections between these components in performance. This thesis gives an account of my design of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of musical theatre, specifically a class I developed called Singing for the Actor. In this class, I focused on connecting three components of musical theatre singing: music theory, vocal production (specifically the Estill Voice Training System) and acting. My intent was to help students connect these skills so that they would be able to tell a story through song with more specificity. In this thesis, I detail my research and the design of the course, as well as the outcome and student response.


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Date of Submission

May 2013