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 to the School of Music. The music application and appropriate instructions are provided by the Admissions Office upon request, or upon receipt of an Application for Admission that specifically indicates a music major. Auditions are required of all applicants to the School of Music. Information concerning auditions may be requested from the School of Music, University of Northern Colorado, Frasier Hall, Greeley, Colorado 80639, phone 970.351.2993 or at our website
  • Students meeting the general admission requirements of the University may be accepted as undeclared majors. Students will be designated as music majors and accepted by the School of Music after a successful audition.
  • 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:

  • MUS 100 Recitals, Concerts and Productions must be taken each semester in residence.
  • Students must take Individual Instruction or Performance study in addition to Major Musical Organizations during each semester in residence. See “Major Musical Organizations”.
  • Placement in MUS 285/MUS 485 or MUS 286/MUS 486 is by audition and advisement. Four semesters are required.
  • Each student must demonstrate proficiency in functional piano. Each entering student must schedule a conference/audition with the piano faculty to determine proficiency level and recommendations for further study, if any. Students must pass a formal piano proficiency exam.
  • A half Junior Recital and full Senior Recital are required for all emphasis.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 6 credits

LAC area 3.a. — Arts

MUS 243History of Music I


LAC — Electives

MUS 244History of Music II


Remaining LAC — 34 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major - 62 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 143Musical Styles and Context


MUS 160Beginning Class Piano I


MUS 161Beginning Class Piano II


MUS 213Music Theory III


MUS 214Aural Skills and Sight Singing III


MUS 215Music Theory IV


MUS 216Aural Skills and Sight Singing IV


MUS 260Intermediate Class Piano I


MUS 261Intermediate Class Piano II


MUS 302Form and Analysis


MUS 323Choral Techniques and Conducting


MUS 410Vocal Pedagogy


MUS 444English Diction


MUS 445German Diction


MUS 446French Diction


MUS 447Italian Diction


Major Musical Organization


Individual Instruction in Voice


Performance Study


NOTES: Four semesters, with a minimum of 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.

Choose six credits from the following courses:

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

MUS 285Performance in Opera Theatre


MUS 286Scene Studies in Opera


MUS 329Stage Techniques for Singers


MUS 334Acting for Singers


MUS 485Performance in Opera Theatre


MUS 486Scene Studies in Opera


Remaining Major - 8 credits

Take 8 credits of MUS-prefix courses

Foreign Language - 10 credits

Take 10 credits

Two foreign language courses may count toward LAC requirements and electives in the content area.