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    May 29, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performance (specialization: Voice), BM

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The purpose of the Bachelor of Music with a major in performance and a specialization in voice is: to provide students with training which will develop their native vocal talent; to develop their musicianship through the study and performance of music from various periods and genres; to prepare students to apply for continued study in master’s graduate performance degrees at the highest quality institutions and to help especially gifted students prepare for immediate entry into the professional arena as performers and teachers; to encourage students to investigate an expanded array of professional opportunities in the field of music; to expose students to successful individuals who are working as performers, teachers, coaches, and as professional agents through periodic master classes held on our campus; and to prepare students for professional careers in music through student participation in external performances, lectures/master classes and cultural exchanges.

 Program requirements

Bachelor of Music

Click here to view the general “Bachelor of Music ” requirements within the “College of Music ” section.

Major in Performance

The following choices are available under performance.

  • Piano (performance)
  • Piano (pedagogy)
  • Organ (performance)
  • Organ (church music)
  • Harpsichord
  • Voice
  • Orchestral Instruments
    • Strings: violin, viola, cello and double bass
    • Winds: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, woodwinds (a combination of all five instruments), trumpet, trombone euphonium, horn and tuba
    • Percussion
    • Harp
    • Classical Guitar

General requirements for majors in Performance

Students who have not fulfilled the following requirements at the beginning of the fifth term/semester are not allowed to major in applied music.

  1. Completion of at least 60 semester hours with an average of C or better.
  2. Completion of
  3. Completion of sophomore applied major study, or equivalent for transfer students, with at least a grade of B.
  4. Successful completion of Upper Division Examination.

Graduation requirements for majors in Performance

  1. Completion of 20–32 hours in the major instrument/voice. (Number of hours varies according to the instrument.)
  2. Completion of 6–16 hours supplementing the major instrument (literature, pedagogy, diction, chamber music, advanced conducting).
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in solo playing in public recitals, and in ensemble and chamber music, as appropriate.
  4. Presentation of all senior recital capstone requirements, content approved in advance and public performance graded by faculty. All proficiencies (including theory, piano and Upper Division Examination) must be met the semester before applying for the senior recital capstone.
  5. Completion of 6–12 hours in upper-level MUTH, MUCP and MUED. Credit hours and courses vary by performance area.
  6. Other music and general electives 3–10 hours (see program outlines below for specific recommendations).
  7. A total of 121–134 hours are required.

Degree requirements

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 134 hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Music  requirements.

Music theory

17 hours in music theory, including:


8 hours (3 of which must be advanced).

Other requirements

  • All non-keyboard majors must enroll in secondary piano each long term/semester until proficiency is passed.
  • Prior to the fifth term/semester, the student must have completed diction courses in English, Italian, German and French, and one year of foreign language (see degree outline, in this section).
  • Presentation of a junior recital (one-half length).
  • Presentation of a senior recital that includes a group of Italian, French, German and English songs and an aria from opera or oratorio.

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