Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theater: Musical Theater Vocal Pedagogy


Program Overview

Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theater: Musical Theater Vocal Pedagogy is a one-of-a-kind program that draws on Boston Conservatory’s expertise in musical theater and vocal pedagogy. While obtaining a terminal degree in theater, students focus on the power of the human voice by integrating knowledge of pedagogies for singing, voice and speech, movement, and acting. The Conservatory’s world-class theater faculty, who have deep expertise in successful theories of teaching, combined with the school’s unique and personal learning atmosphere, create a pioneering and comprehensive education for musical theater performers and teachers for the 21st century.

Throughout the program, students explore a range of vocal teaching pedagogies from classical to pop to learn about vocal health and longevity of the singing actor, as well as appropriate singing and acting repertoire for their teaching libraries and the audition setting.

Our Students

This program is designed for theater actors, singers, and teachers who are committed to helping others develop their voices and performance abilities with healthy practices and techniques. Students who will thrive in this program are inquisitive thinkers, eager to understand the anatomical functions of the human voice and body in various musical styles and genres. This program is especially beneficial for those who wish to develop a language to effectively  communicate pedagogical ideas and concepts with their students, colleagues, and creative collaborators.

Core Curriculum

This program features a five-semester (60 or more credits) sequence of courses in vocal pedagogy, voice and speech, and acting. A student’s path may vary based on experience and aptitude. Courses may include:

  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Acting and Voice and Speech
  • Musical Theater Styles/Performance
  • History of Musical Theater/Theater
  • Academic Research/Thesis
  • Applied Mentored Teaching
  • Applied Voice
  • Recital/Performance

Throughout the program, students receive weekly one-one-one lessons with a member of the Conservatory's esteemed voice faculty, as well as vocal coaching.

Your Future

With a degree in musical theater vocal pedagogy from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, career options are endless. Whether pursuing performance, teaching, production, or an entrepreneurial endeavor, this program prepares students with a versatile toolkit for success. Example employment opportunities include:

  • Actor/singer
  • Accent-reduction tutor
  • Acting instructor
  • Casting director
  • Business entrepreneur
  • Education administrator
  • Movement instructor
  • Musical theater teacher
  • Private voice instructor
  • Talent manager
  • Theater director
  • Vocal pedagogy instructor
  • Voice and speech instructor

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