Musical Theater Writing II

This upper level musical theater writing course will delve into the creation of new musical works for the stage, with an emphasis on music as an essential dramatic language. In the first half of the course, students will explore the fundamentals of music composition, including song structure, melody, harmony, and vocal writing. In the second, students will create and workshop 15-minute musicals, harnessing music as a tool to tell stories, illuminate character, and express ideas with impact and resonance. The workshop will culminate in a presentation of these short musicals-in-progress.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:

Music reading and notation skills are not required, but students will be expected to create and share compositions, and should also be comfortable playing basic chords on either piano or guitar. Students may also apply as a 2-person songwriting team, with at least one team member meeting the above requirements.

Enrollment by application or interview. Departmental permission required. Please apply for this course below:

Applications are now closed. Please email with questions.




U01 — Geraldine Anello + Adam Gwon

Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM


Adam Gwon