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THE2021 Introduction to Music Theatre Production

Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Scott Alderdice
Moderator: Bernadette Meenach


Pre-requisite: (THE1000 and THE1021) or (MUI1001 and MUI1002) or
(MEA1000 and MEA1001 and MEA1002) or (VSA1002 and VSA1021)

Other requisites

Students not enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts will need to meet with BCA Program coordinator to confirm enrolment option this course.


Artistic practice in Music Theatre requires a sound working knowledge of the collaborative procedures employed between the Music and Theatre disciplines.This multi-faceted form of collaborative artistic practice is processed through a clear framework of professional roles and responsibilities. The individual working within this collaborative environment is expected to provide discipline specific input into the process, and practice teamwork protocols and techniques. The individual is also expected to exercise self-reflection and analysis of their own process, to identify the strengths and limitations within the professional work environment and to recognise their contribution to Music Theatre forms. This course expands upon the learning outcomes of THE1000 Introduction to Creative Practice and Creative Development as well as THE2003 Childrenís and Young Peopleís Theatre by focusing attention on Music Theatre practice. This course expands on Music Practice courses by allowing students to explore in more depth a genre of music and to contextualise repertoire they may have been working on in MUI 1001, 1002, 2003, 2004, 3005, 3006, MUI 2002 Songwriting and Musicianship, and MUI 2000 Musical Contexts from 1900 to present: Concert Music, Jazz and Music Theatre

For Creative Media and Visual Arts students this course will
expand their versatility of production experiences as well as collegially engage them with the spirit of the BCA which is to create flexible and collaborative opportunities.


This course provides a theoretical introduction to Music Theatre forms. Students are introduced to the personnel, principles and processes employed within this collaborative creative practice. Students are then supervised through a process of applying these specific principles in the practical Music Theatre work environment. Students are also required to document a reflective analysis of their learning and development through the collaborative practicum.


On completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an application of their comprehension and professional literacy of the theoretic and historic principles of Music Theatre practice and the roles within production;
  2. teamwork, management, planning and initiative in developing the preparation and delivery of a performance outcome;
  3. a critical and aesthetic literacy in regard to the professional protocols, processes, cultural contexts and production outcomes of a Music Theatre project.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Roles within the professional Music Theatre forms 20.00
2. Introduction to Music Theatre practice (Practical Project):
dramaturgy, orchestration, arrangement, conducting, repetiteuring, musical direction, ensemble playing, digital technical production, technical production, acting, singing, dancing, spatial construction, rehearsal, educational liaison, production.
3. Journal reflection and analysis 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • De Mallet Burgess, T & Skilbeck, N 2000, The Singing and Acting Handbook, Routledge, London.
  • McLamore, A 2004, Musical Theatre: an appreciation, Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
  • Walters, R 2000, The Singerís Musical Theatre Anthology, H. Leonard Corp, Milwaukee.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Internet Broadway Database,
  • Musical Theatre research Guide,
  • The Voice and Speech Trainers Association,
  • Trade Association of Broadway,

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Lectures 50.00
Practical Projects 75.00
Private Study 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PRODUCTION REPORT 100 30 16 Jul 2013
QUIZ 100 20 16 Jul 2013 (see note 1)

  1. Students will be advised of the assessment due dates at the first class meeting.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the studentsí responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.