Apr 13, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Music, Vocal Performance Emphasis, BA

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The study of musical performance is at the center of preparation for a career in music.  Through study in the vocal arts, students are prepared for live performance in traditional and contemporary vocal genres and learn flexible techniques which can be utilized in a variety of professional settings.  Students also study the history of singing, lyric diction and vocal music literature as well as the pedagogical techniques necessary to create a successful vocal studio.  Vocal performance students are given frequent opportunities to showcase their talents in solo and ensemble performances to demonstrate growth, refine skills and further help to prepare them for a lifetime of singing. 

Music Core Courses: Required for all Bachelor of Arts in Music majors

Music History: 8 Credits

Ensembles: 8 semesters

Large ensemble appropriate to the student’s instrument or voice each semester in residence; may be taken for 0 or 1 credit. Students with junior standing or above may register at the 300-level for upper-division credit.

Piano: 2 Credits

(and pass the Piano Proficiency Test)

Recital Attendance: 0 Credits

Total: 34-42 Credits

* Waived for students who pass the Piano Proficiency Test without enrolling in these courses

Total: 57 Credits

Vocal performance majors are also encouraged to take courses in European languages, including German, French and THEA 110 - Acting I: Fundamentals , and any introductory course in Dance.

Program Details

Program Length

Four years for a complete BA degree.  Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree.  Program length may vary depending upon the student’s course load and academic progress.

Program Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing a major in Vocal Performance, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of literature and repertoire appropriate to vocal performance.
  • Demonstrate a high level of technical skill and mastery of vocal performance.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of pedagogical practices specific to vocal performance.
  • Research and prepares a junior recital under faculty supervision.
  • Research and prepares a senior recital under faculty supervision.
  • Create and produce a printed recital program for public performance with appropriate format and annotations.
  • Create and produce and distribute publicity materials such as print and electronic media.
  • Perform publicly a junior recital according to the guidelines outlined in the student recital handbook.
  • Perform publicly a senior recital according to the guidelines outlined in the student recital handbook.

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