Austin Children's Theater

Conservatory Training Courses

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The Conservatory program offers students a 5-hour-per-week curriculum that consists of training in a variety of Musical Theater areas. This program is focused exclusively on training, with no production component.

Conservatory Classes (not all offered every year)

Ballet Work at the barre and center floor is practiced in order to strengthen classical technique, develop strength and flexibility, and provide the student with core foundational principles for choreography encountered in musical theatre. Dress code.

Musical Theatre Dance Students learn and refine progressions, combinations, and choreography in various musical theatre styles. Each class includes warm-up, high-intensity choreography work, and cool-down. Dress code.

Conditioning for Musical Theatre Development of core strength and flexibility provides a focused, intensive workout tailored to the needs of musical theatre performers. Dress code.

Acting for Musical Theatre Musical theatre scenes and monologues are rehearsed and performed in a lab environment, in tandem with instruction on multiple acting techniques and methods. Resources studied include Acting in Musical Theatre (Joe Deer and Rocco Dal Vera) and Acting the Song (David Brunetti). Dress code.

Ensemble Voice for Musical Theatre Students learn skills in sight-reading, ear training, harmonizing, blend, style, and technique applicable to singing in musical theatre ensembles. An extensive number of well-known musical theatre chorus parts are studied and memorized. Additional topics covered include vocal anatomy, physiology, and health; alignment and breath work; and register exercises.

Musical Theatre History/Literature Students learn and explore musicals from Showboat (1927) to the present. Various styles and genres of musicals are studied, with a focus on gaining a knowledge of the musical theatre literature applicable to performance contexts.

Musical Theatre Industry Each student develops a binder of industry-related materials related to preparing for future training and work in the musical theatre.

Specialty New, innovative, and specialized practices encountered by musical theatre performers are examined and explored.