Music B.M. – Vocal Performance Emphasis

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact: Diane Bolden–Taylor, M.M., Head, Voice Area

Location: Frasier Hall 108

Telephone: 970.351.2993

Fax: 970.351.1923


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of two parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Music degree is the initial professional degree in music. Its primary emphasis is on development of the skills, concepts and sensitivity essential to the professional life of a musician. It also prepares students for advanced study in graduate school.

Program Admission Requirements:

    • Students planning to major in music are required to submit an application for admission to the School of Music. An audition is required for all applicants to music degree programs; for some graduate programs, an interview may be conducted in lieu of an audition. Current School of Music admission guidelines and audition requirements are available at:
    • Students meeting the general admission requirements of the University may be accepted as undeclared majors. However, students may only be designated as music majors upon successful completion of the School of Music application and audition process.
    • Minimum Proficiencies. Minimum proficiency in music fundamentals and ear training as assessed by the Music Theory Placement Exam to enter MUS 113/114.

    Program Requirements:

    • In all MUS courses, a student must receive C- or better to fulfill degree requirements.
    • Any student receiving lower than a C- in a MUS prefix class for the second time in the same class will be placed on probation. If the student receives lower than a C- a third time in the same class, the student will be removed from the major.
    • Students are required to take MUS 100 8 times, based on degree. This is not tied to lessons.
    • After students have fulfilled the requirements for applied lessons in their degree, additional applied lessons will be at the discretion of the studio teacher and Director.
    • All students in applied lessons must enroll in a major ensemble. Students that do not have a major ensemble required for the duration of the degree program should follow their degree requirements.
    • Any student receiving a grade below a C- in applied lessons will be placed on probation. A second semester of a grade below a C- in applied lessons will result, upon consent from the area, in removal from the major.
    • A half Junior Recital and full Senior Recital are required for all emphasis.
    • Placement in MUS 285/MUS 485 or MUS 286/MUS 486 is by audition and advisement. Four semesters are required.
    • 8 credits, of 400-level instruction (Individual Instruction) are required.
    • The student must pass an upper-level qualifying examination, determined by the performance area, before he/she may enroll in 400-level instruction. This examination is to be taken by the end of the fourth semester of 200-level instruction. If the student does not pass this examination on the first try, he/she may retake it once in the subsequent semester. If the student does not pass a second time, they will be removed from the degree.

    Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

    Degree Requirements

    1. Required Specified LAC — 12 credits

    LAC area 3.a. — Arts

    MUS 243History of Music I


    Additional LAC area 3 or 5

    MUS 143Musical Styles and Context


    LAC area 7 - International Studies

    Take Foreign Language. Preferably German or French.

    LAC — Electives

    MUS 244History of Music II


    Remaining LAC — 28 credits

    See “Liberal Arts Core”.

    2. Required Major - 58 credits

    Take all of the following courses:

    MUS 100Recitals, Concerts and Productions


    MUS 113Music Theory I


    MUS 114Aural Skills and Sight Singing I


    MUS 115Music Theory II


    MUS 116Aural Skills and Sight Singing II


    MUS 160Class Piano I


    MUS 161Class Piano II


    MUS 170Performance Study


    MUS 213Music Theory III


    MUS 214Aural Skills and Sight Singing III


    MUS 215Music Theory IV


    MUS 216Aural Skills and Sight Singing IV


    MUS 260Class Piano III


    MUS 270Individual Performance in Voice


    MUS 302Form and Analysis


    MUS 323Choral Techniques and Conducting


    MUS 410Vocal Pedagogy


    MUS 444English Diction


    MUS 445German Diction


    MUS 446French Diction


    MUS 447Italian Diction


    MUS 470Individual Instruction in Voice


    Major Musical Organization


    MUS 170: Take 2 credits

    MUS 270: Take 4 credits

    MUS 470: Take 8 credits

    Choose six credits from the following courses:

    (Selected in consultation with advisor) (Placement is by audition):

    MUS 285Performance in Opera Theatre

    1- 3

    MUS 286Scene Studies in Opera

    1- 3

    MUS 329Stage Techniques for Singers


    MUS 334Acting for Singers


    MUS 485Performance in Opera Theatre


    MUS 486Scene Studies in Opera

    1- 3

    Remaining Major - 15-19 credits

    Take 15-19 credits of MUS-prefix courses.

    Foreign Language

    Take 1 year of Foreign Language totaling up to 10 credits. Foreign Language courses may count toward LAC requirements and electives in the content area.