Entrance Requirements

The student's undergraduate degree should be in vocal performance with evidence of vocal proficiency in three languages and a senior recital. All entering graduate students in the Master of Music degree program in vocal pedagogy must take the Music Theory Placement Examination and the Music History Placement Examination.

Program of Study

This program is designed for the teacher of voice. The recommended length of study for this program is two years, although it can be completed in one year and two summers. Foreign language prerequisites include two semesters of undergraduate study in each of the following languages: Italian, French, and German, with a grade of B or better, taken at an accredited college or university as approved by the adviser and dean. In lieu of taking undergraduate courses, students who place into Italian 103, French 103, or German 103 on the university's Modern Language Test will be considered to have satisfied the prerequisite requirement in the given language(s). Coaching is available for graduate vocal pedagogy majors by request, in the semester in which a recital is scheduled. Further coaching is available with permission of the adviser. For this coaching, students pay the elective study (higher) private instruction fee.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Successful completion of a memorized solo recital (MUS 936) of 60 minutes duration for a faculty committee is required.
  2. The candidate shall present to a faculty committee a research paper (MUS 937) on an aspect of vocal pedagogy. The paper shall be written under the guidance of the graduate adviser in vocal pedagogy and completed not later than four weeks before the end of the semester in which the student plans to graduate
  3. Students must also successfully complete a final comprehensive examination (MUS 698A w/classes; MUS 698B w/o classes) in vocal pedagogy integrating material covered in pedagogy courses taken during the degree program. This comprehensive examination typically will be a written examination, though an oral segment may be required at the discretion of the Vocal Performance Academic Area.

Minor in Latin American Music

Requirements listed above apply, with the following exceptions:

  1. Six semester hours of Latin American music electives and one semester of chorus replace the seven semester hours of electives.
  2. A significant portion of the student's performance repertoire for juries and the final recital must consist of music by Latin American composers, and the research paper should be related to Latin American music.