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Does Canada Need Graduate Training for Musical Theatre Creators?


Does Canada Need Graduate Training for Musical Theatre Creators?

Monro, Jonathan (2022) Does Canada Need Graduate Training for Musical Theatre Creators? Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Musical theatre is big business in Canada, contributing to our culture and economy. However, Canadian musical theatre creators (composers, lyricists, book-writers, musical directors, and directors of musicals) often leave the country to acquire their skills and pursue opportunities in the industry. Canada does not offer official diploma, degree, or graduate programs for musical theatre creators. My project assesses whether Canada needs such a training program at the graduate level. I collected data through three methods: a survey for professional musical theatre creators; a survey for pre-professional musical theatre creators; and focus groups for musical theatre creators of varying experience levels for cross-case analysis. Surveys were analyzed, cross-tabulated, and then triangulated with the coded focus group data. My analytical approach combined Carliner's ADDIE framework and Mezirow's critical reflection theory, as well as examining data through a phenomenological lens, and I found there was support for a graduate program among practitioners as well as systemic issues, including the existence of misperceptions of musicals and the artists who create them in the general public. Further research might address how audiences, funding bodies, theatre companies, and policymakers view these artists; measure the cultural and economic impact of such artists; and hopefully improve their ability to train in Canada and make a living.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies > Individualized Program
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Monro, Jonathan
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Individualized Program
Date:30 March 2022
Thesis Supervisor(s):Beckett, Christine and Cambre, Carolina and Drew, Noah
Keywords:Musical Theatre, Education, Training, Music, Theatre
ID Code:990390
Deposited By: Jonathan Monro
Deposited On:16 Jun 2022 14:54
Last Modified:16 Jun 2022 14:54


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