Musical Theater

MUSI 1159, 2159

  • State Approval Code: 5009036126
  • Semester Credit Hours: 1
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 2
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

Study and performance of works from the musical theater repertoire. Lecture hours = 2; Lab hours = 0


Order of courses: 1159, 2159

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness.
  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.

Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts

  • To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  • To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To engage in the creative process or interpretive performance and comprehend the physical and intellectual demands required of the author or visual or performing artist.
  • To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

After preparing the choral repertoire the student should be able to perform that repertoire demonstrating good musical preparation and performance standards. The student should also show a record of excellent class and concert attendance with proper concert attire and etiquette.

Specific Course Objectives

After preparing the musical theater repertoire the student should be able to complete all behavioral/learning objectives listed below with a minimum competency of 70%.
1.Attendance at all performances.
2.Consistent rehearsal attendance.
3.Demonstration of musical preparation exhibiting good diction, intonation, vocal sound production, blend, rhythm and note accuracy, and memorization.
4.Demonstration of successful musical performances that include all principals discussed in class.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

Musical Theater is an ensemble class designed to teach fundamentals of music reading and performance on the theater stage.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

The primary method of instruction will be small and large group rehearsals. Occasionally students may be required to attend sectional rehearsals outside of class time as needed. In all rehearsals the instructor will lead by example and may ask students to demonstrate musical knowledge aurally as well.


Evaluations will be given in three ways:
1.Daily participation grades.
2.Concert participation grades.
3.Quality concert performances, which showcase the results of successful rehearsals, determined by director assessment and audience response and attendance.
Because this is an ensemble, productive practice with the group is essential for every performing member. When you are not here, you not only affect your performance, but that of your fellow classmates. For this reason, excessive absence from class is not acceptable. Students will be allowed only three unexcused absences from class per semester. Every unexcused absence beyond three will result in the student’s grade being LOWERED by ONE LETTER for each absence. See below.
0 – 2 absences = A 3 absences = B
4 absences = C 5 absences = D
6 + absences = F
Three tardies equal one unexcused absence. Please be on time to class. Note that you may receive a failing grade due to absences, tardies, or some combination of both.
For an absence to be excused the instructor must be informed no later than one class period after the absence. Absences that may be excused include: illness with a doctor’s note; school field trips once the professor has signed the official excuse form; funerals with a funeral program provided to the professor; and other significant events with appropriate documentation. Excused absences will only be granted when official documentation of the absence has been presented to, and accepted by, the professor.
Because this is an ensemble every member of the group is essential; therefore, concert attendance is mandatory. Any unexcused absence from a concert will result in a FAILING GRADE in the course. Concert attendance points will also be deducted for arriving late/leaving early and incorrect attire. Excused absences from a concert will only be accepted due to 1) severe and/or contagious illness with a doctor’s note or 2) other immediately impacting significant events to be determined at the discretion of the director. Excused absences will only be granted when official documentation of the absence has been presented to, and accepted by, the professor. WORK DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXCUSED ABSENCE.

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

Students will be provided with all music which must be returned at the end of the semester to Mr. Clay Grizzle. In addition, students will be expected to work with AccompanEase software either on personal or practice room computers.