Vocal Pedagogy

DMA students who specialize in voice must demonstrate proficiency in voice pedagogy by passing the graduate entrance exams administered during new student orientation, or by taking MUAG 5300 (Science and Pedagogy of the Singing Voice).

Registration Information

All sections of Voice and Vocal Coaching require permission of the Division of Vocal Studies. Students who are eligible to enroll will be given the four or five digit “Class Number” for the appropriate course and section. These numbers should only be distributed by individual voice teachers, advisors, the Division Administrative Assistant, or the Division Chair. Students who register without permission will be dropped from Voice.

Employment and Musical Participation

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 thier academic and performance progress in doing so.

Teaching Fellowships

  1. The deadline for submitting 2018-2019 Teaching Fellowship Application materials for both current and prospective students is JANUARY 12, 2018.  The following application materials must be uploaded to the College of Music Admission site (Acceptd):
    • current resume.
    • 750 - 900 word teaching philosophy.
    • 30’ video recording of a lesson, including both vocal exercises and the coaching of repertoire.

Final Comprehensive Examination Guidelines - Doctor of Musical Arts - Voice Performance

All DMA students are advised to read and consult the College of Music DMA handbook throughout the course of their program. The student has sole responsibility for understanding and abiding by policy and procedures contained therein:


Students completing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance must pass written and oral comprehensive examinations.

Program Notes

All degree recitals require written program notes. Notes will reflect a degree-appropriate level of scholarship and will indicate any sources referenced in footnotes or a bibliography. Approximately two paragraphs per group are expected. Program notes will also include original language texts and English translations, noting the source for the translation. DMA students who are performing an opera role in fulfillment of one of the DMA recitals will be expected to write program notes for the performance as well. 


Subscribe to Vocal Studies | College of Music RSS