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    May 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 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)

  • 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

Graduation requirements for majors in Performance

  1. Completion of 20–32 hours in the major instrument/voice (the 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 piano and the 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 elective 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

15 hours in music theory, including:

Music communication and literature

3 hours from the following courses

Followed by

Other required courses

Music laboratory

Vocal performance majors are required to enroll in a music laboratory each long term/semester, a  minimum of 8 hours from


13 hours (or as many as needed to complete the requirements for the degree).

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.

Supplemental information

  • Completion of the University Core Curriculum (42 hours). See “University Core Curriculum requirements.” Some courses required on degree plans may be used to fulfill requirements under Communication, Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences, American History, Government/Political Science, Creative Arts, Language, Philosophy and Culture, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Core Option (Component Area Option) Courses. 
    • Communication (6) — ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1320 recommended.
    • Mathematics (3) — MATH 1580 or MATH 1581 recommended.
    • Life and Physical Sciences (6) — met by PHYS 1270 and an additional laboratory science course.
    • Language, Philosophy and Culture (3) — met by MUET 3030.
    • American History (6) — met by HIST 2610 and HIST 2620.
    • Government/Political Science (6) — met by PSCI 2306 and PSCI 2305.
    • Creative Arts (3) — met by MUMH 1610, MUMH 2050, MUMH 2060, MUMH 3100 or MUMH 3200.
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3).
    • Core Option/Component Area Option Courses (6) — met by MUMH 3500 and MUMH 3510.
  • Proficiency examinations:
    • Piano Proficiency Examination.
    • Successful completion of the Upper Division Examination in applied lessons (MUAC and MUAM). 

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