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Master of Music in Vocal Performance with Concentration in Music Theatre

 A minimum of thirty-two (32) credits is required for the completion of a Master of Arts 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. Also available is the Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy.

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 32 points required for the degree.

Registration for Private Voice Instruction is required for each semester that you are enrolled on a full-time basis (10 credits or more: 3 credits taken per semester for the first two semesters of study, and 2 credits taken during the third and fourth semesters of study).

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 six (6) 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 are often accompanists already associated with particular voice studios.

Minimum Grade Requirement

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.

Program of Study

You must earn nineteen (19) credits in core courses:

Program of Study
Course # Course Name Credits
MPAVP-GE.2111 Vocal Training (Private Voice Lessons)* 10
MPAVP-GE.2151 Script Analysis & Dramaturgical Process 2
MPAVP-GE.2141 Graduate Acting for Singers I 2
MPAVP-GE.2142 Graduate Acting for Singers II 2
MPAVP-GE.2112 Vocal Coaching: Advanced* 3

*Students must be registered for these classes during the semester of their recital.

A total of nine (9) area concentration credits are required. They include:

Program of Study
Course # Course Name Credits
MPAVP-GE.22xx Music Theatre Workshop (taken 4 times for 1 credit) 4
MPAVP-GE.2351 Music Theatre History I* 2
MPAVP-GE.2352 Music Theatre History II* 2
  Ensemble 1

* Exemption exams are offered for these courses. Being exempted from one or more of these courses allows room in your schedule for more elective credits.

Students choose 2 dance courses from the list below or other dance courses by advisement for a total of two (2) credits:

Program of Study
Course # Course Name Credits
MPAVP-GE.2123 Beginning Ballet 1
MPAVP-GE.2124 Beginning Modern Dance Techniques 1
MPAVP-GE.2125 Jazz Dance Technique 1
MPAVP-GE.2126 Tap Dance 1
MPAVP-GE.2025 Hip-Hop Dance Culture 1-3
MPAVP-GE.2127 Music Theatre Dance (recommended) 1

The culminating experience for the degree consists of three projects: a workshop in which the student performs a song incorporating elements of vocal technique and acting, a research-based paper, and performance of a musical set, all in support of the final public recital.

Program of Study
Course # Course Name Credits
MPAVP-GE.2121 Colloquy 2
  Recital 0