Master of Voice Pedagogy

Westminster's Master of Voice Pedagogy program is specifically designed to serve the needs of professional singers, voice teachers, school music teachers and voice coaches who want advanced training in the art and science of voice teaching. Supported by the latest developments in voice science, and thoroughly grounded in practical application, the program offers the most comprehensive training for singing teachers available anywhere. Because of the high artistic standard required for admission to this program, applications will be considered only from candidates who can document significant professional experience, and who have worked in their chosen field for at least five years since their undergraduate degree was completed.

Coursework is offered during Westminster's six-week Summer Session, allowing degree candidates to maintain performance schedules and teaching jobs during the year.

The distinguished Master of Voice Pedagogy faculty includes Lindsey Christiansen and Christopher Arneson. This unique program is for experienced singers who are ready to become true masters in the art of teaching.

Master of Voice Pedagogy (32 semester hours)

Major Area


VC650Pedagogy Thesis3
VC722Literature for Teaching 3
VC723/724Voice Pedagogy I/II
6 (3 per term)
VC791Teaching Internship *1
Literature Courses6
VC661German Lieder 3

French Mélodie

Core 9
MH731Introduction to Musicology 3
 Theory or Music History elective (1 course)
 Core elective *2
Electives 5

Free electives *3



  1. Students who have had significant teaching experience in American schools may petition to substitute another graduate course for VC791. The department, if granting, will specify acceptable course alternatives.
  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. Students may fulfill free elective requirements through completion of summer workshops and/or Saturday Seminars with prior approval of the Voice Department.
  4. Students with limited prior singing experience, as determined through departmental evaluation of past vocal study, performance career and/or performing skill as demonstrated through live or recorded performance, may be required to complete up to four credits of applied voice instruction in addition to the major area course requirements. Such required developmental lessons will result in additional charges.
  5. In addition to the above requirements, all students must demonstrate competency in at least two of the three major European singing languages (Italian, German, French). This may occur through completion of at least one year of college-level study in each language, intensive work through language institutes or practical experience living and/or working in a foreign country, as verified by diagnostic testing at Westminster.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.