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Program Requirements

North Park’s master of music in vocal performance is a 36-semester hour degree, plus ensemble participation requirements for each year of the two-year program. Major and supporting courses make up 32 of the required hours, with an additional 4 hours available for elective credits so you can choose the coursework that meets your career goals.

Course numbers and descriptions for these courses are available at the bottom of this page.

Required Major and Support Courses

Semester Hours

Applied Voice and Recital (4 courses) 8
Opera Workshop 2
Opera Production 2
Performer's Survey (3 courses)
  • I: Art Song
  • II: Opera
  • III: Oratorio/Cantata/Mass
9
Applications in Musical Analysis 2
Vocal Pedagogy I, II, Clinical (3 courses) 4
Master Class in Vocal Performance 1
Music Bibliography 1
Lyric Diction: IPA and Latin (required), plus 2 elective diction courses 3
 

32 hours total

Elective Course Options

Semester Hours

Interpretive Performance Studies 2
Career Seminar 1
Any music course, other than those filling entrance and program requirements 3
Communication arts acting courses, with the consent of the MMVP director 3
Lyric Diction courses in Spanish and English, Italian, German, French 1 semester hour each
 

4 total hours required

Ensemble Requirements

First Year

One full year of participation in either the University Choir or Chamber Singers, subject to audition and openings. Participation may include touring and/or short run-outs. Solo work for these ensembles is by audition/assignment.

Second Year

Additional ensemble work in either the University Choir, Chamber Singers, or Opera Workshop or Production:

  • Choral Work — Supplemental participation over a year, totaling 15 weeks and 4 concerts, with instructor's consent 
  • Opera Workshop or Production — One semester (or two quads) in a full production or in scenes, in addition to the required four semester hours of opera courses, with instructor's consent (may be taken for zero credit) 

Course Descriptions 

Click the links below for course descriptions of all graduate music courses. Applied music course descriptions are also available.

MUS 5000 – Music Bibliography
An introduction to the basic canon of library resources in music research. Study will include general library resources, bibliographies of composers, music, music literature, and music sources. It will give a broad view of dictionaries, encyclopedias, discographies, dissertations, and Festschriften as well as histories, library catalogs, periodicals, periodical indexes, thematic catalogs and monuments. A key project in the class will be providing an appropriate bibliography for a selected research topic.

MUS 5001 – Performer's Survey I: Art Song (+lab)
After a brief summary of the origins of music for the solo voice beginning in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, this class will focus on art song repertoire in the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods. As appropriate for each period, it will foster a system of analysis for performance preparation that involves melody, harmony, rhythm, and poetic synthesis. Assignments will include readings and research papers, as well as out-of-class listening. The lab will offer an opportunity for the application of relevant elements through coached student performances in a master class setting.

MUS 5002 – Performer's Survey II: Opera (+lab)
The origins of opera, beginning in the late 16th century. 17th century opera will be explored using recorded examples to illustrate the development of early opera and the relationship between music, libretto, and forms. These relationships will continue to be a focus in Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary opera as will the major operatic composers of each period. The objective of the course is to foster a broad knowledge of many operatic works and detailed knowledge of selected operas. Assignments will include readings and research papers, as well as out-of-class listening. The lab will offer an opportunity for the application of relevant elements through coached student performances in a master class setting.

MUS 5003 – Performer's Survey III: Oratorio/ Cantata/Mass (+lab)
Detailing the rise of the cantata out of the 16th century monadic style and the madrigal, this course follows the development of the cantata beginning with the 17th century cantata da camera and cantata de chiesa, the latter fully developed by J.S. Bach and others in the Baroque period. Cantatas and other extended works under different nomenclatures and in different styles, as developed in various countries, will be explored. Early oratorios, with dramatic elements not found in cantatas, will be studied as precursors to the larger oratorios of the late Baroque and on, when large choirs took positions of importance and drama resembled opera. The objective of the course is to foster a broad knowledge of many works in this genre and detailed knowledge of selected works from the Baroque through the Contemporary periods. Assignments will include readings and research papers, as well as out-of-class listening. The lab will offer an opportunity for the application of relevant elements through coached student performances in a master class setting.

MUS 5100 – Student Recital
Practicum in performance on weekly student recitals and attendance at evening recitals. Attendance at a minimum of 9 student recitals and 4 evening performances is required each semester in order to receive a Pass on the transcript. Periodic performance, above and beyond the undergraduate requirement, is expected to be at the graduate level of presentation. Specific requirements are delineated in the Student Handbook.

MUS 5300 – Applications in Musical Analysis
A practical application of music theory and analysis skills aimed at exploring the factors that give unity and coherence to musical masterpieces. The course will survey important analytic methods and techniques and apply them to a designated repertoire, to be determined in part by the performance repertoire of the class, and in part by representation of important works in various musical genres.

MUS 5401 – Vocal Pedagogy I
Physiological workings of the voice and pedagogical methods for teaching singing, with clinical, critiqued student teaching experience.

MUS 5402 – Vocal Pedagogy II
A continuation of the work of MUS 5401 Vocal Pedagogy I as follows: Physiological workings of the voice and pedagogical methods for teaching singing, with clinical, critiqued student teaching experience. Emphasis will be placed on internship in applied teaching with critiqued demonstrations in class.

MUS 5421 – Lyric Diction: IPA and Latin
An overview of the sounds of Latin and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors, and the repertoire most commonly confronted in solo and choral works. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments. This course is a prerequisite for all other diction courses.

MUS 5422 – Lyric Diction: Spanish and English
An overview of the sounds of Spanish and English. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors, and the repertoire most commonly confronted in solo and choral works. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.

MUS 5423 – Lyric Diction: Italian
An overview of the sounds of Italian. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors, and the repertoire most commonly confronted in solo and choral works. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.

MUS 5424 – Lyric Diction: German
An overview of the sounds of German. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors, and the repertoire most commonly confronted in solo and choral works. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.

MUS 5425 – Lyric Diction: French
An overview of the sounds of French. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors, and the repertoire most commonly confronted in solo and choral works. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.

MUS 5450 – Opera Workshop
For a select group of experienced singers determined by the consent of the instructor. Emphasis is on the development of singing-acting skills through lecture, discussion, and exercises in character interaction using appropriate staging techniques. A scene recital is presented at the conclusion of the course. Performances may be in a foreign language or English.

MUS 5455 – Opera Production
For a select group of experienced singers determined by the consent of the instructor. The skills developed in scene recital work will be called upon in this intensive preparation for a complete opera production. Chamber and full-length operas will be performed in yearly alternation, and may be in a foreign language or English as appropriate. Chamber operas will be accompanied by piano or an instrumental ensemble, and full-length operas will be with orchestra.

MUS 5500 – Vocal Pedagogy Clinical
Each student will teach 3 students per week (thirty minute lessons) or one voice class (fifty minute class) for two semesters. Supervisors will observe at least twice in each semester and critique the teaching in private consultation with master's candidate.

MUS 5510 – Vocal Pedagogy Clinical
Each student will teach 3 students per week (thirty minute lessons) or one voice class (fifty minute class) for two semesters. Supervisors will observe at least twice in each semester and critique the teaching in private consultation with master's candidate.

MUS 5650 – Master Classes in Vocal Performance
The master class format will be used to work on style and presentation of solo vocal works in art song, opera or oratorio through the externalization of an informed interpretation, synchronized with an equally informed accompaniment. Individual preparatory research will include form, melody, harmony, text setting, and/or historical placement, as needed for an informed performance. Performances will be followed by in-class coaching, the goal being to achieve a stylistically correct and convincing approach to the work under study. Face, eye, body work and gesturing will be included at least once, and meet all research requirements as put forth by the clinician. The class schedule will be posted before registration and may involve evening or weekend hours. Auditors are welcome but may not perform in class.

MUS 5700 – Career Seminar
This seminar will focus on the professional packaging needed in a singing career, including topics such as the audition process, setting up a teaching studio, writing resumes, management of business aspects and assessment of professional opportunities.

MUS 5800 – University Choir
Graduate choral work advances the undergraduate choral work (see MUS 0800) by offering leadership roles in the ensemble, either as a supplementary chorister (with concurrent registration in Chambers Singers), section leader or soloist. Grading will be P/F basis, with a minimal expectation of A work being the basis for a pass.

MUS 5890 – Chamber Singers
As a graduate small ensemble experience (approximately 15 in number), the goals of the undergraduate experience must be advanced to a higher degree of mastery. The goal for this ensemble is to function as a group of soloists in the true chamber style, performing music that profits from more intimate renderings. The expectation for tone, accuracy, and phrasing is inspired by professional standards of performance. The auditions are competitive. One year requirement, or two years concurrent with one year supplementary registration in University Choir.

MUS 5910 – Independent Study in Graduate Music

Music Program Requirements