Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance

This program has two emphases or tracks. The pedagogy emphasis entails private lessons, voice literature, opera, vocal pedagogy, supervised student teaching and a full recital. The performance emphasis entails private lessons, voice literature, opera, vocal coaching, vocal pedagogy, and a full recital supported by carefully researched program notes. For students whose undergraduate work has not included a public recital, presentation of a 30-minute recital is required before work on the graduate recital may begin. Weekly coaching classes as well as studio and performance classes offer frequent performance opportunities.


Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance Performance Emphasis (36-38 semester hours)

 Major Area

25-27

Applied Primary Study
8
VC641Voice Primary (3 terms)
6 (2 per term)
VC655Voice Primary (1 term)
2

Performance

5-7

VC704

Voice Repertoire

1

Choose two of the following courses:

4-6

VC592

Opera Workshop

2

VC593

Opera Theater

2
VC730

The Singing Actor: Opera

3
VC731

Opera Auditions: Preparation and Techniques

2
VC753

Special Topics in Voice Performance Practice

3
Voice Science and Pedagogy6
VC723Voice Pedagogy I: Voice Science 3
VC724Voice Pedagogy II: Methods 3

Literature
Choose two courses from the following, at least one of which must be a song literature course:

6
VC621

Oratorio Solo Literature

3
VC627

Opera Literature I

3
VC628Opera Literature II3
VC633Seminar in Opera Literature3
VC635Seminar in Song Literature3
VC661German Lieder3
VC662French Melodie3
 Core 11
MH731Introduction to Musicology 3

CR509

Symphonic Choir (2 terms)

2 (1 per term)
 Theory or Music History elective (1 course)
3
 Core elective (1 course)
3
 Electives 3

 

Free electives

3

Notes

  1. The core elective must be a single, 3-credit graduate-level course outside the student’s major area, area of emphasis and/or area of applied study.
  2. Prior to graduation, students must complete at least one year of undergraduate-level study in two of the three major European singing languages (Italian, German, and French). Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in these courses. Grades of “C-“ or below are not accepted.
  3. Students are required to present a public recital following approval by the department. Registration for VC655 is a pre-requisite for this approval.

Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance Pedagogy Emphasis (36-38 semester hours)

Major Area

25-27

Applied Primary Study
8
VC641Voice Primary (4 terms)
8 (2 per term)

Voice Science and Pedagogy

10

VC723

Voice Pedagogy I: Voice Science 3

3

VC724

Voice Pedagogy II: Methods 3

3

VC725

Voice Pedagogy III: Teaching Practicum 3

3

VC726

Voice Research
Peer reviewed research in voice is evaluated and research methodologies are explored. The class culminates in an original, quantitative research project using the facilities of Westminster’s renowned voice laboratory.

3

Performance
Choose one of the following courses:

1-3

VC592

Opera Workshop

2

VC593

Opera Theater

2

VC704

Voice Repertoire

1
VC730

The Singing Actor: Opera

3
VC731

Opera Auditions: Preparation and Techniques

2
VC753

Special Topics in Voice Performance Practice

3

Literature

6
VC661German Lieder3
VC662French Melodie3
VC722Literature for Teaching
A survey of graduated teaching literature for beginning, intermediate and advanced voice students. Literature will be explored that is particularly well-suited to specific vocal issues (e.g. legato, coloratura, staccato, etc.).
3
 Core 11
MH731Introduction to Musicology 3

CR509

Symphonic Choir (2 terms)

2 (1 per term)
 Theory or Music History elective (1 course)
3
 Core elective (1 course)
3

Notes

  1. Students are strongly encouraged to take VC730 as an elective if they have not already selected this as a “Performance” course.
  2. The core elective must be a single, 3-credit graduate-level course outside the student’s major area, area of emphasis and/or area of applied study.
  3. Prior to graduation, students must complete at least one year of undergraduate-level study in two of the three major European singing languages (Italian, German and French). Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in these courses. Grades of “C-“ or below are not accepted.
  4. Students are required to present a public recital following approval by the department.

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