The primary purpose of the Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance is to ensure students' advanced development of their own technical skills and overall musicianship while also receiving an outstanding liberal arts education. The degree provides significant depth in performance, repertory, pedagogy, and in related musical areas such as history and theory, while also developing students' broader skills and knowledge through full immersion in the College of Arts and Sciences general education program--the Common Learning Agenda. Consequently, students pursuing the performance degree not only become advanced performers, they are able to place their musical performance and related work in a broader cultural context. 

Students completing the degree choose a variety of paths upon graduation: many continue their education by enrolling in a variety of excellent graduate programs--often times in performance, but because of the breadth of their undergraduate experience, some elect to pursue different (though related) areas of study.

Candidates in performance are reviewed at the end of each semester through an examination by a jury composed of members of the faculty of the Department of Music. At the end of the sophomore year, students must be approved for upper-level study by the department. Candidates whose progress is determined to be insufficient will not be permitted to continue in the Bachelor of Music degree program.

Voice majors in the Bachelor of Music Performance curriculum must demonstrate basic proficiency in Italian, French and German. Students enrolling in the university who have had at least the equivalent of one college semester of study in a language (one full year in secondary school) may petition the voice faculty to waive further study in that language during the degree process. Singers are encouraged to pursue as much language study as possible.

Culminating Experience: Performance majors are expected to appear in several successful performances prior to presenting a full public recital in the senior year as a culminating experience. The senior recital demonstrates a student's synthesis of theoretical and historical knowledge, technical skills, understanding of musical language and concepts, and musicality.

The following is a brief outline of required courses of study. Detailed information on this program will be supplied by the Department of Music. Thirty-two course credits are required for graduation, distributed as follows:

Courses other than Music:
Core College Curriculum courses and electives


Courses in Music:
MUSC 200, 201, 202, 249 or another course in world music, 252, 253, 259, 340*, 341*, plus five music electives (including one in jazz theory or history, and one each in 19th- and 20th-century topics).



Courses in Solo Performance (Private Lessons): 4 semesters at .50 credit per semester and 4 at 1 credit per semester



Other Requirements:

Senior Recital
Recital Attendance
Functional Keyboard

Total Number of Credits:


*Half-credit course.


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