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Master of Music / Advanced Certificate
Vocal Performance: Classical Voice / Vocal Pedagogy

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Prepare for a career as a classical performer while you develop pedagogical skills and methods for teaching voice. You’ll study one-on-one with renowned faculty, receive intensive training in voice, diction, and acting, and build a vocal repertoire for teaching. You’ll also have the opportunity to perform in fully staged productions under the guidance of professionals with backgrounds in opera companies and theatre both in and out of New York City.

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Master of Music in Vocal Performance: Classical Voice and Opera Studies and Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy

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You’ll graduate with a knowledge of healthy vocal technique that will prepare you well for a career in any area of voice performance. Your specialized course work will include classes in opera performance, classical song repertoire, acting, and dance as well as private voice instruction with leading New York City vocalists working in opera, recital, and concert singing. While you hone your vocal skills, you’ll also gain a deep understanding of vocal pedagogy theory and practice, including how to build a vocal repertoire for teaching.

You'll take courses in areas such as script analysis and dramaturgical process; research, aesthetic, and literature classes; foreign language diction for singers; pedagogy; and guided electives, such as opera workshop and theatre dance.

In addition to work in classrooms and studios, the program offers performance opportunities in fully staged productions under the guidance of professional directors, choreographers, designers, and conductors who count among their credits opera companies and theatre both in and out of New York City. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in music theatre workshops and productions.

As your terminal degree experience, you will perform a graduate recital, which should demonstrate a technical foundation in vocal production that will allow your voice to evolve efficiently and healthily throughout your career Additionally, you must demonstrate a respect for the value of the text – the words that are sung as well as the sounds that are made. Your training in this dual degree will help you gain the level of performance excellence you need as a professional vocal performer.


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