Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Curriculum - Classical Voice and Opera Studies

Master of Music in Vocal Performance with Concentration in Classical Voice


A minimum of thirty-six (36) credits is required for the completion of a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. 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. However, it is possible to complete in three semesters if the student has no remedial requirements. For Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy information and curriculum, go here.

Placement Exams

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 a remedial course. Remedial courses do not count toward the 36 points required for the degree.

Registration for Private Voice Instruction is required for each semester that you are enrolled on a full-time basis (12 credits or more). A minimum of three semesters is required for the degree. You must be enrolled in Private Lessons, Vocal Coaching, and Colloquy in the semester in which you give your recital. (Students must provide their own accompanists for both their lessons and recitals.)

Prerequisite Vocal Recital

Students who have not performed an undergraduate voice recital must register for Undergraduate Recital (MPAVP-UE 1092) and present a recital under the guidelines for a senior recital in classical voice. The prerequisite recital must be completed before you can begin work on a graduate recital.

Credits for a prerequisite recital do not count toward the 36 points required for your degree.

Program of Study

You must earn six (6) credits in core courses including:
MPAVP-GE 2066 Script Analysis & Dramaturgical Process 3
Three (3) additional credits – assigned by advisement – must be earned from Research/Music History/Literature courses such as:
MPATC-GE 2046 Music Criticism 3
MPATC-GE 2039 Contemporary Music 3
MPATC-GE 2440 Music Literature: Baroque Era 3
MPATC-GE 2069 Opera in the 20th Century 3
MPATC-GE 2073 Music Literature: Classical Era 3
MPATC-GE 2460 Music Literature: Romantic Era 3
A total of nineteen (19) specialization credits are required. They include:
MPAVP-GE 2363 Private Voice Instruction 9
MPAVP-GE 2260 Opera Workshop 3
MPAVP-GE 226x Song Repertoire 2
MPAVP-GE 2064 Acting II for Singers 2
MPAVP-GE 2364 Vocal Coaching 3
The terminal experience for the degree is a graduate recital with related course work:
MPATC-GE 2026 Colloquy in Music 3
The remaining eight (8) credits are guided electives – by advisement – to be selected from such courses as those listed below.
MPAVP-GE 2365 Vocal Pedagogy 1-3
MPAVP-GE 2068 Music Theatre Workshop 1-3
MPAVP-GE 2260 Opera Workshop 1-3
MPAVP-GE 2364 Vocal Coaching 2-3