Music Vocal Performance (BM)


Departmental Admission Requirements

Students in this unit are admitted directly into their degree program.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 1,231
The following courses are required by this program and should be used to fulfill the respective General Education Requirement:
African-American Music - AH, D1
Music in World Cultures - SB, D2

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

School of Music Requirements
MUS 141Theory I 34
MUS 142Theory II 34
MUS 241Musicianship III2
MUS 242Musicianship IV2
MUS 248Theory Modules I 72
MUS 249Theory Modules II 82
MUS 361Music Literature I (1000-1750)3
MUS 362Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music)3
MUS 363Music Literature III (1860-present)3
MUS 109Major Ensembles (eight 1-hour courses) 48
MUS 97Recital Attendance (four semesters of “S”)0
MUS 131Piano Class1
MUS 132Piano Class1
MUS 231Piano Class III 51
MUS 347Analysis I2
MUS 104Major Applied Study4
MUS 203Major Applied Study4
MUS 100Introduction to Music Study1
MUS 297Piano Proficiency0
Minimum Total Hours47

Program/Major Requirements

Vocal Performance Requirements
MUS 101Major Applied Study2
MUS 204Major Applied Study4
MUS 303Major Applied Study4
MUS 304Major Applied Study4
MUS 403Major Applied Study4
MUS 404Major Applied Study4
MUS 561Literature (Vocal Literature I)2
MUS 562Literature (Vocal Literature II)2
MUS 123Diction1
MUS 124Diction1
MUS 571Pedagogy (Voice Pedagogy)2
MUS 119Minor Ensembles (two ½ hour courses of Opera Workshop)1
MUS 497Senior Recital - CUE 60
Minimum Total Hours31
Supporting Courses
MUS 121Secondary Applied Study1
MUS 122Secondary Applied Study1
MUS 359Conducting I2
Foreign Language
Complete the following two sequences:16
Sequence One:
GER 121German Language and Culture I4
or GER 122 German Language and Culture II
Sequence Two:
French Language and Culture I
French Language and Culture II
Minimum Total Hours24

Upper Division Assessment

All students enrolled in a music degree program will be reviewed at the approximate midpoint of the selected program in order for students to achieve Upper Division status. Students must meet the standards of this review to register for 400-level courses in music. Both the elements and standards of the review are established by the faculty and include credit for MUS 242 Musicianship IV  or Analysis (MUS 347 for BA General; MUS 349 for BA Jazz Studies; MUS 350 for BA Music & New Media); MUS 361 ; 4 semesters of Applied Instrument at the course numbers required for the degree; Piano Proficiency Examination; MUS 97 Recital Attendance , with a grade of S for 4 semesters; Ensemble participation; cumulative 2.5 GPA (good standing); minimum of 48 credit hours completed; pass ENGL 101 or ENGL 105; and 3 additional General Education/Cardinal Core courses.

Additional specific elements and standards appropriate to specific degree programs in jazz studies (including jazz performance, music education and music therapy with tracks in jazz studies, and the BA in jazz studies), music composition, music education, music history, instrumental and vocal performance, pedagogy, music theory, and music therapy are required of students in order to achieve Upper Division status and to continue in the degree program.  Specific degree requirements are determined by the concentration and area faculties and are outlined in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Senior Recital - CUE

Students are required to take MUH 214 African-American Music - AH, D1 and MUH 205 Music in World Cultures - SB, D2.


MUH courses will not be accepted as music electives or cardinal core courses with the exception of ANTH 205/MUH 205 and PAS 214/MUH 214.


Students who do not pass the computer-based Fundamentals Test prior to the beginning of the fall semester are required to enroll in MUS 91 Fundamentals of Music I for 0 credit concurrently with MUS 141 Theory I.  Students who do not pass MUS 141, and students who enter the School of Music in January and do not place into MUS 142 Theory II, must enroll in MUS 92 Musicianship Ifor the spring semester.  Credits for MUS 92 do not count toward the degree.


Solely dependent on the ensemble audition.  Two semesters of Opera Theater are recommended.


Students will take the Piano Proficiency Examination at the end of MUS 231. Any student not completing the Piano Proficiency Examination will be required to take MUS 232 until the proficiency exam requirement is complete.


The Senior Recital is considered to be the senior capstone/culminating experience for the BM degree in Vocal Performance and is accompanied by written program notes which are to be approved by the applied teacher and one other faculty member.


Students must complete a 1-credit hour module in Term 1 and a 1-credit hour module in Term 2 the same semester that they are registered for MUS 241 Musicianship 3.


Students must complete a 1-credit hour module in Term 1 and a 1-credit hour module in Term 2 the same semester that they are registered for MUS 242 Musicianship 4.

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
MUS 100 Introduction to Music Study 1
MUS 101 Major Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 141 Theory I 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-02) 0
MUS 123 Diction 1
MUS 131 Piano Class 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
MUS 104 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 142 Theory II 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-02) 0
MUS 124 Diction 1
MUS 132 Piano Class 1
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Year 2
MUS 203 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 241 Musicianship III 2
MUS 248 Theory Modules I 2
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-02) 0
MUS 231 Piano Class III 1
MUS 297 Piano Proficiency 0
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
MUS 204 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 242 Musicianship IV 2
MUS 249 Theory Modules II 2
MUS 361 Music Literature I (1000-1750) 3
MUS 359 Conducting I 2
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-02) 0
MUS 121 Secondary Applied Study (Piano) 1
Year 3
MUS 303 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 347 Analysis I 2
MUS 362 Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music) 3
MUS 561 Literature (Vocal Literature) 2
MUS 122 Secondary Applied Study (Piano) 1
MUS 119 Minor Ensembles (Opera Workshop) 0.5
Foreign Language (Sequence 1a) 4
MUS 304 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
MUS 562 Literature (Vocal Literature) 2
Foreign Language (Sequence 1b) 4
Year 4
MUS 403 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 119 Minor Ensembles (Opera Workshop) 0.5
MUS 571 Pedagogy (Voice Pedagogy) 2
Foreign Language (Sequence 2a) 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
MUS 404 Major Applied Study 4
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 497 Senior Recital - CUE (CUE) 0
Foreign Language (Sequence 2b) 4
MUH 205 Music in World Cultures - SB, D2 3
MUH 214 African-American Music - AH, D1 3
 Minimum Total Hours129

The Flight Plan outlined above is intended to demonstrate one possible path to completing the degree within four years.  Course selection and placement within the program may vary depending on course offerings and schedule, elective preferences, and other factors (study abroad, internship availability, etc.). Please consult your advisor for additional information about building a flight plan that works for you.

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan, and which requirements are still outstanding. Degree audits also take transfer credits and test credits into account. "What-if" reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

Flight Planner
The Flight Planner tool is available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan to graduation.  Advisors have access to review your Flight Planner and can help you adjust it to ensure you remain on track to graduate in a timely manner.

To create these reports:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Select the appropriate report.
    1. To run a Degree Audit report, click on "View my Degree Audit."
    2. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."
    3. To run a Flight Planner report, click on "Use My Flight Planner."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, create a What-if report, or run a Flight Planner report.