Graduate Requirements

All incoming Graduate Voice Performance Majors entering the University of North Texas, College of Music are required to take a Proficiency Exam in Vocal Literature. This test will be administered during Graduate Orientation week, prior to the first semester of study. This exam is the first step in assuring competency in song literature. Competency in this area will be evaluated at the end of the MM and DMA degrees as a part of the exit examinations for both degrees.

Graduate Guidelines

All Graduate Voice Performance Majors entering the University of North Texas, College of Music are required to take a Proficiency Exam in Italian, German, and French Lyric Diction. This exam will be administered during Graduate Orientation week, prior to the first semester of study. This exam is the first step in assuring competency in foreign language diction. Competency will ultimately be evaluated at the end of the MM and DMA degrees as a part of the exit examinations for both degrees.

Undergraduate Guidelines

Undergraduate Guidelines 

All undergraduate voice performance majors and music education majors with their concentration in voice are required to take four semesters of foreign language diction. Vocal performance majors are required to take a total of two years of foreign language study, with Italian as the required first language. There is no conversational language requirement for Music Education majors.

Upper Divisional Exam

Upper Divisional Exam (UDE)

All undergraduate voice majors and concentrations must pass the Upper Divisional Exam (UDE) before advancing to the 3000 level of voice study. The jury of the fourth semester of study at the major or concentration level serves as the UDE. Students may neither postpone the UDE to a later semester nor take it before the fourth semester of study.*  

Disqualification from the Major or Concentration

Voice students may be disqualified from the major or concentration at any time during the course of study by vote of the voice faculty. Students who have been disqualified must re-audition for acceptance at the major or concentration level. There is no guarantee that such students will be allowed to register for secondary voice lessons or that they will be readmitted at the major or concentration level after a period of secondary or private study.

Academic Progress

All voice students are expected to make progress toward their degrees each semester. If the voice faculty finds that a student is not making sufficient academic progress, that student may be disqualified from the voice major or concentration. The College of Music is also closely monitoring academic progress and taking action where there are concerns.

Continuous Enrollment

It is expected that all undergraduate and master’s voice majors and concentrations will enroll in voice each long semester until their requirements are met (either by completing the senior or master’s recital for performance majors or the concentration proficiency for concentrations.) Students who fail to receive a passing grade (i.e. other than “I”, “W”, “WF” or “F”) for two long semesters may be required to re-audition for acceptance as a voice major or concentration.

Incompletes

A grade of “I” (“Incomplete”) will only be given for verified medical reasons with permission of the major professor. Make up juries will be held on the Tuesday afternoon immediately following jury week. If the student is still not capable of completing the exam they will sing the jury at the first departmental date at the beginning of the following semester. Make-up juries may not be done after these dates.

Grades

All voice students are expected to make progress toward their degrees each semester. If the voice faculty finds that a student is not making sufficient academic progress, that student may be disqualified from the voice major or concentration at any time. The College of Music is also closely monitoring academic progress and taking action where there are concerns.

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