School of Music

Vocal Performance (BM) Sample Course Plan (first 3 semesters)

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This is an example course plan based on the 2019-2020 University Catalog; your actual schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to select appropriate courses.

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Course Course Units

Applied Major - Voice


Applied Minor


Vocal Diction and Literature





Survey of Music History


Keyboard Basics (or proficiency)


Functional Piano


Fundamentals of Conducting


Upper Division Theory

choose from:


Upper Division Music History

choose from:

Opera Theatre .5
Ensembles (8 semesters) 2
Music Electives 4.5
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire  (7 semesters) NC

Performance Requirements:

Junior Recital

Senior Recital



Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

May Term

  • Optional

** Students can take a keyboard proficiency exam which is given during New Student Orientation, and if they test out of MUS 100A/B, then they take: MUS 205 (non-keyboard majors) in the Fall Semester and MUS 206 (non-keyboard majors) in the Spring Semester.

Year 2

Fall Semester


Ensemble Information

Ensemble auditions are held during the first week of class. Depending on audition placement, students may need to
implement an alternate class schedule. If the student is a BM: Voice (s)he must keep the following schedule
times open until after ensemble assignments have been posted:

Collegiate Choir MUS 023

MWF 4:00 - 5:15 PM

R 5:30 - 6:30 PM

University Choir MUS 026

MWF 3:00 - 3:50 PM

Singers may also audition for Chamber Singers, which would be taken as an elective or for X-credit:

Chamber Singers MUS 031-6

T R 2:35 - 3:50 PM

Singers who also play an orchestral instrument may also audition for these ensembles, which would be taken as electives or for X-credit:

Orchestra MUS 021

M 4:00 - 6:00 PM

W 4:00 - 5:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Wind Ensemble MUS 022

MWF  12:30 - 1:50 PM

Symphonic Winds MUS 024

T 4:05 - 5:35 PM

R 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Jazz Ensemble MUS 034-1

T R 2:35 - 3:50 PM

Jazz Lab Band and Combos*  MUS 034-2

7:00 - 8:15 PM

Unlicensed Syncopation MUS 175

T R   2 : 3 5 - 3 : 50 PM

*The Jazz Lab Band is open to all students with NO audition.

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