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Curriculum: Voice Graduate Students

Life isn’t an audition.

Any music school can make you a better player. Our interconnected courses are built to transform you intellectually, artistically, professionally, and individually. You’ll understand the roots of your music, freeing you to take it somewhere new. You’ll see how your training broadens your options, rather than narrowing them. You'll find your voice. And you'll enter the world with the same confidence you bring to the stage.

Required Courses

Curriculum: Master of Music in Voice
Credit Total: 55

Rec. Course #/Title Cr.
Private Instruction
1st/2nd yr. PVL 600 Major Instruction 16
Performance Class
1st/2nd yr. PRF 462 Vocal Performance Lab 2
Musicianship and Music Theory
Credits earned for MMT 602/604 will not count towards the overall credit requirements for graduation, but will affect the student’s GPA.
1st yr. MMT 602 Musicianship Review 3
2nd yr. MMT 604 Music Theory Review 3
Music History and Literature (12 credits total)
Students may pass part or all of the music history placement exam. Students who fail the 1st part must take MHL 602, and students who fail the 2nd part must take MHL 603. MHL 602 and 603 will count towards the 12 credits required. Students will not receive credit by exam for placing out of MHL 602 or 603. MHL 300-500 are undergraduate courses and do not count for this requirement.
1st yr. MHL 602 Topics in Music History 3
1st yr. MHL 603 Topics in Music History 3
1st yr. Proseminar MHL 650-699 3
  MMT 702 or MHL 600-799 3-9
Applied Practical Training
  APP 203 Vocal Pedagogy
*APP 202 Vocal Physiology, or exemption by exam, is a prerequisite to this requirement.
1st yr. APP 210 Basic Phonetics
*Students who have taken Lyric Diction as undergraduates at the Conservatory are exempted from this specific requirement.
  APP 211 Lyric Diction: French 1
  APP 212 Lyric Diction: German 1
  APP 213 Lyric Diction: Italian 1
Foreign Language
All graduate students in voice must enroll in at least one year (six credits) of the same language (French, German, or Italian). The only students exempt from this requirement are those who can demonstrate proficiency in all three languages (French, German, and Italian) at a level equivalent to three years of college study (the Conservatory’s advanced level). Proficiency may be demonstrated by a placement exam given at the beginning of each semester.
HMS 220-245 6
Career and Professional Development (2 credits)
Any class with the PDV prefix will fulfill this requirement. Students are also encouraged to develop a well defined and focused Independent Study Project.
Ensembles (6 credits total)
ENS 200-599 6
Winter Term
1st yr. Project
2nd yr. Project
Electives (5 credits total)
Courses numbered HMS 202-590, MMT 202-799, and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, MHL and PDV series that aren’t used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.
Juries and Recitals
1st yr. JRMM1 First Graduate Jury
2nd yr. JRMM2 Second Graduate Jury
2nd yr. RCTMM1 Graduate Recital

The first-year graduate student in voice is required to prepare a full recital for the second semester jury examination, following the general requirements of the senior recital but at a more advanced level. The jury will consist of material selected by the voice faculty from the recital program. At the end of the semester in which students are not doing a jury (usually the fall semester), they may be required to perform a piece chosen by the voice faculty for an evaluation. Students will receive written comments on both evaluation and jury performances.

A public performance of the first-year graduate recital program is optional for students who performed an undergraduate recital as part of their undergraduate degree. If the student has never performed an undergraduate recital, it is recommended that he or she present a solo recital in public as a first-year graduate student, at the discretion of the major teacher. This recital does not require a preview. All first-year graduate students will perform a year-end jury.

Second-year graduate students may be required at the end of the first semester to perform a piece chosen by the voice faculty for an evaluation. A solo recital of 60 to 65 minutes of music is to be presented in public, usually in the second semester. Second-year graduate students who have presented standard repertoire in previous recitals may present recitals comprising repertoire of specialized interest. In close consultation with the teacher, a program can be designed that will satisfy the artistic and educational requirements for the master's degree while not strictly adhering to the senior repertoire guidelines. Some students who do not have much recital performance experience (such as students whose undergraduate degrees were in majors other than music) may, however, benefit by following the guidelines for senior recitals, but at a more advanced level appropriate to graduate studies. The program for the recital, whether specialized or standard, must be approved by the major voice professor, and a portion of the recital may be required to be presented to the voice faculty at least four weeks prior to the recital date during a recital preview. The voice faculty will either approve the memorized recital or ask for a second preview. If the second preview is not approved, the recital must be rescheduled for a later date.

At the time of the preview, materials for the program must be turned in to the major teacher and voice faculty for their review. This must include the recital repertoire (including opus numbers and composers' dates), translations, program notes (limited to 150 words per piece on the program) and an optional biography (limited to 150 words).

The recital preview will be the second-year graduate jury. An exit evaluation will be required at the end of the semester, consisting of one piece chosen by the student.

The second-year graduate student may also perform an optional second recital whose program reflects a special interest. This second recital may not occur until the requirements for the first recital have been fulfilled.

All recital and jury materials are to be prepared under the guidance and with the approval of the major voice professor.