Other Tips from Trish Causey
• Learn to accept and become comfortable with who you are as you train and prepare for your career. Insecurity at an audition is glaring and won’t get you where you want to be.
• The business side of musical theatre includes learning how to market yourself as a “brand” and requires that you have a professional résumé, a website, and up-to-date headshots in the most popular style of the moment.
• Your voice teacher should be teaching you to be aware of what is healthy and safe for your voice. Pain, hoarseness, and raspiness are all troublesome signs.
• Be wary of teachers or mentors who feel they can do everything for you. You are better off learning from a team of teachers and mentors with strengths in different areas.
• It’s got to be in your DNA to get through the lean times. Only if you can’t live without it should you consider musical theatre as a career path.
ToMAYto or TomAHto?
According to NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). sponsor of the National Music Theater Competition, the terms “music theater” and “musical theatre” (or “theater”) are used interchangeably to describe the same field. While “theatre” has historically been associated with the European spelling, many programs and schools in the U.S. use this as well.
MajoringInMusic.com has chosen to use “musical theatre” except where a specific program uses a different spelling.
Participating Schools Where You Can Study Musical Theatre
Baldwin Wallace Conservatory
Ithaca College (Music in combination with theater)
Interlochen Arts Academy (pre-college)
Walnut Hill School for the Arts (pre-college)
Idyllwild Arts Academy (pre-college)
Photo Credits –
Top of column: Berklee Musical Theater Summer Intensive (Berklee College of Music)
Sidebar: Idyllwild Arts Summer Program (Vocal Music: Song & Dance)