Curriculum - Music Theatre

Master of Music in Vocal Performance with Concentration in Music Theatre and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy


A minimum of forty-eight (48) credits is required for the completion of the dual degree.  These credits must be earned at the 2000-level, and any classes taken at the 0000 or 1000- level are considered remedial and will not count toward the degree.  The recommended time for the completion of this degree is four semesters.

Placement Exams
  • Music Theory and Aural Comprehension
  • Music History

Placement exams are given before the start of the first semester. For each exam, or part of an exam, that you do not pass you will be assigned an undergraduate course. Any undergraduate review courses you are required to take do not count toward the 48 points required for the degree.

Voice Jury

At the end of two semesters of private voice study you are required to perform a voice jury. You must prepare a minimum of eight (8) songs and must demonstrate that you are making vocal progress and are covering sufficient repertoire to enable you to prepare your Master’s Recital.

Note: Vocal Performance majors must provide their own accompanists for lessons, juries, and recitals. Accompanists can be found through the program, and there often accompanists already associated with particular voice studios.

Minimum Grade Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of a B in any MPAVP-GE course in order for the credits for that course to count toward the degree.

Students must earn a minimum of a B in Vocal Pedagogy in order to remain in the Advanced Certificate or Dual Degree Program. Students who earn lower than a B in the fall course – Vocal Pedagogy: Research (MPAVP-GE.2171) – will be allowed to continue teaching for the spring semester but will no longer be in the Pedagogy Program. They will not be hired to teach the following year. Students who earn lower than a B in the spring course – Vocal Pedagogy: Practice (MPAVP-GE.2172) – will no longer be in the Pedagogy Program and will not be hired to teach the following year.

Program of Study
You must earn six (6) credits in core courses including:
  MPAVP-GE Script Analysis & Dramaturgical Process 3
Three (3) additional credits – assigned by advisement – must be earned from Research/Music History/Literature courses such as:
  Music Criticism 3
  Intro to Music Therapy 3
  Film Music: Historical Aesthetics/Perspectives 3
  Therapeutic Approach in Speech Pathology: Voice Disorders 3
  Voice Disorders 3
  Opera in the 20th Century 3
A total of thirty-two (32) specialization credits are required. They include:
MPAVP-GE.2111 Private Voice Instruction 12
MPAVP-GE.2321 Music Theatre Workshop 3
MPAVP-GE.2141 Graduate Acting I 2
MPAVP-GE.2142 Graduate Acting II 2
MPAVP-GE.2112 Vocal Coaching 3
MPAVP-GE.2171 Vocal Pedagogy I (Theory) 3
MPAVP-GE.2172 Vocal Pedagogy II (Practice) 3
MPAVP-GE.2173 Vocal Repertoire for Teaching: Classical 2
MPAVP-GE.2174 Vocal Repertoire for Teaching: Music Theatre 2
A total of four (4) credits of Music Theatre History are required. Those courses are:
MPAVP-GE.2351 Music Theatre History I* 2
MPAVP-GE.2352 Music Theatre History II* 2
A total of four (4) credits of Graduate Diction are required. Those courses are:
MPAVP-GE.2131 Graduate Italian Diction* 1
MPAVP-GE.2132 Graduate English Diction* 1
MPAVP-GE.2133 Graduate German Diction* 1
MPAVP-GE.2134 Graduate French Diction* 1
* Exemption exams are offered for these courses. If you choose to take all six of these courses the total credits required for your dual degree will be forty-nine (49) rather than forty-eight (48).
The terminal experience for the degree is a graduate recital with related course work:
MPATC-GE.2026 Colloquy in Music 3