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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.

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.


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 course offers an opportunity for the application of relevant elements through coached student performances in a master class setting.


The origins of opera, beginning in the late 16th century. Opera of the 17th century 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 course offers an opportunity for the application of relevant elements through coached student performances in a master class setting.


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 course offers an opportunity for the application of relevant elements through coached student performances in a master class setting.


Students registered for this course are required to attend and participate in various performance-related assemblies including, but not limited to, recitals and/or studio classes, specified in each semester's syllabus.


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.


Lecture/Performance class emphasizing collaborative techniques, knowledge of performance practice, and analytical skills needed to perform standard keyboard repertory in combination with other instruments from all historical periods. The course offers an opportunity for the application of relevant elements through coached student performances in a master class setting.


Physiology of the voice and pedagogical methods for teaching singing. Mentored clinical teaching with in-class observation and critique. Tests cover text and lectures. Expectations and requirements for graduate students are higher than for undergraduates who may be enrolled in the class, in teaching, and on tests.


A continuation of the work of MUS 5401 Vocal Pedagogy I: Physiology of the voice and pedagogical methods for teaching singing. Mentored clinical teaching with in-class observation and critique. Tests cover text and lectures. Research paper on a voice related topic, either in the area of voice science or pedagogy. More emphasis on clinical teaching. Expectations and requirements for graduate students are higher than for the undergraduates in teaching, on tests, and in research.


An overview of the sounds of Latin and English and foundational rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments. This course is a prerequisite for all other diction courses.


An overview of the sounds of Spanish and the basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.


An overview of the sounds of Italian and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.


An overview of the sounds of German and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.


An overview of the sounds of French and basic rules for pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previous language study is desirable but not necessary. A supplement to traditional language study focusing on authoritative pronunciation for the unique needs of singers and choral conductors. Includes lecture, written tests, and assignments.


For experienced singers selected through auditions by 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. Scenes may be performed in a foreign language or in English.


For a select group of experienced singers cast through auditions by 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 in English. Chamber operas will be accompanied by piano or an instrumental ensemble, and full-length operas will be with orchestra.


The first semester of a two-semester clinical teaching experience. Each student will teach 3 students per week (thirty minute lessons) or by advisement, one voice class (fifty minute class). A course supervisor observes all lessons at least twice in the semester and, in private consultation, critiques the student's teaching.


The second semester of a year-long clinical teaching experience. Each student teaches 3 students per week (thirty minute lessons) or by advisement, one voice class (fifty minute class). A course supervisor observes all lessons at least twice in the semester and, in private consultation, critiques the student's teaching.


The Master Class is a workshop on style and presentation of solo vocal works in art song, opera, or oratorio specifically for the purposes of preparing students for future auditions. A convincing performance is built on an authoritative interpretation as well its physical externalization. The interpretation is developed through the student's research of form, melody, harmony, text setting, and/or historical placement as appropriate. The externalization focuses on the contributions of the face, eyes, and gestures to a complete performance. The class schedule will be posted before registration and may involve evening or weekend hours. The course will address performance consideration for both singers and collaborative pianists.


This seminar will focus on various aspects of a professional career in music including topics such as the audition process, setting up a teaching studio, writing resumes, management of business aspects and assessment of opportunities in the field.


Graduate choral work builds on the undergraduate experience (see MUS 0800) with a more advanced level of execution expected. Graduate students may be offered leadership roles in the ensemble, as section leaders and/or soloists.


Graduate participation in Chamber Singers assumes a high degree of mastery of vocal skill, musicianship, and professionalism. 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. Students participate in multiple performances both on and off campus. Auditions are competitive and based on the needs of the ensemble.


Independent instruction in music at the Graduate level.