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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

CAP21 (Collaborative Arts Project 21) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Composer Lyricist Project (Production Course)


Version 1: 87 hours (8 weeks). Version 2: 96 hours (8 weeks).

CAP21, 18 W. 18th Street, New York, NY.

Version 1: August 2009 - June 2015. Version 2: July 2015 - June 2017.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: deepen vocal performance skills using specific text dissection and vocal tools and apply those skills to a structured performance. Version 2: Students will be able to: apply lyric analysis to performance pieces (themes, storytelling, use of metaphor, etc.); master character development; bring a song to life; apply vocal technique; research a chosen composer/lyricist; and apply music theory skills to solo and group numbers.


Version 1 and 2: The purpose of this course is to enable actors to sustain and further develop the skills acquired in Vocal Performance  and employ them in a rehearsal and public performance setting. The focus of the course is on the application of breaking songs into beats, finding actions, creating a specific scene partner relationship, appropriate vocal technique, employment of physicality and text analysis/research to illuminate comprehension of a lyric and the overall journey of the song. Materials from the canon of a successful musical theatre composer are chosen and songs are studied, rehearsed, and performed. The composer project consists of an opening and closing number, solos, duets, trios, quartets, and may include movement or dance pieces, which will be approximately 90 minutes in length.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Musical Theatre, Drama, and related disciplines (5/10) (7/15 revalidation).