Lessons, Studio Class, Departmental

Attendance is required at all studio classes, voice faculty recitals, and voice guest recitals and master classes. 


Students are required to schedule their private lessons with their assigned teacher no later than the first full week of classes, or risk being dropped from lessons for the semester.

The College of Music has established THIRTEEN as the normal number of lessons per semester, and EIGHT as the minimum number of lessons a student must attend to receive a passing grade. Therefore, students who have missed a total of SIX lessons, either excused or unexcused, will be asked to drop voice for the semester.

If you must miss a lesson, your teacher should be notified by text, phone, or e-mail with at least 24 hours notice. If this notice is not provided, your teacher is not obligated to make up your missed lesson, unless there are unavoidable and extenuating circumstances. Students should arrange make-up lessons owed as quickly as possible;  failure to communicate with the teacher about make-up lessons in a timely manner may result in forfeiture of those lessons.  If a student misses two lessons without notification, the student will receive a “Notice of Unsatisfactory Progress” report. If an additional lesson is missed without notification, the student will be dropped with a F.

Lessons missed by the teacher are always to be made up, as well as lessons missed due to “University Excused Absences.”  Students who feel that their teachers are missing an excessive number of lessons, or that make-ups are not being offered in a timely manner, should contact the Division Chair immediately.  

Lessons that occur on official university holidays (e.g., Thanksgiving) do not have to made up by your teacher nor do lessons that were scheduled for a day that the university is closed due to inclement weather.

It is expected that voice students will seek appropriate outside employment singing and teaching voice once they are properly prepared to do so. Students are encouraged to get the approval of their teachers BEFORE accepting such employment. Students should consult with their teachers before accepting any public appearance, whether paid or not, or participating in any musical organization, either on or off-campus. The caution expressed in this position stems from the concern that a student may become overcomitted and hinder their academic and performance progress in doing so.

Pianist Policy, updated 8/24/2020:  https://collaborativepiano.music.unt.edu/sites/default/files/Pianist%20Guidelines%20Fall%202020.pdf



Faculty studio classes are scheduled on Tuesdays.  For the Spring 2021 semester, students need to check with their individual studio teachers about studio class times and expectations.  


Division of Vocal Studies Departmental Recitals will be held on the following Tuesdays in Spring 2021:
    January 12         February 9       February 23
    March    9        March 23           April 6
    April 13

Recitals will be broadcast over Zoom, and will last from 5:00 – ca. 5:45 p.m.  Attendance is required of all students enrolled in MUAM or MUAC applied voice lessons.  If students have an unavoidable conflict, they should discuss this with their teacher.   Attendance will be taken by the teacher, or teacher-appointed student, in the case of a teacher having a conflict during that time.


The College of Music expects each student with a major in music to attend a variety of concerts and recitals in addition to required departmental recitals as a graduation requirement. Voice students are expected to attend six such programs each semester, in addition to the Departmental Recitals. Additional programs may include UNT recitals, concerts, and UNT Opera Theatre productions. Other events may count toward this total only with the prior approval of the student’s voice teacher. Voice students who fail to meet these requirements will have their grade for Studio Voice lowered by one full letter grade. This policy is to be strictly enforced, regardless of major or instructor!