The College of Arts and Architecture

Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance with track in Voice

Program Goals

The Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance with track in Voice is intended to offer an intensive curriculum not only in performance, but also in voice pedagogy and pedagogical literature. It provides students the opportunity to diversify their interests in the two fields without diluting either. Singers who complete the degree can expect to achieve an extremely high standard of performance and a thorough working knowledge of voice physiology, pedagogy, and literature.

Study and Performance Environment

The voice area at Penn State is vibrant, supportive, and comprehensive. Performance opportunities abound with a weekly voice area Bach’s Lunch concert series, a weekly Voice Forum, recitals, opera theatre, guest master classes, coaching residencies, and scholarship and concerto competitions. The voice faculty are widely recognized for their teaching, performance and scholarship, and work together to provide each student with the best experience and mentoring. Singers have the opportunity to work with each of our faculty through lessons, coursework, opera theatre, Voice Forum, independent study, and other interactions. 

In addition to opera theatre, the School of Music offers an array of outstanding choirs, and orchestral, band, and jazz ensembles. Both the Penn State Philharmonic and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble sponsor annual student solo competitions. Ensembles combine for our annual Mosaic showcase, and rotate for the annual President’s Concert. Each year the School of Music sponsors more than 200 student and faculty recitals and concerts, while the University's Center for the Performing Arts brings internationally known soloists, ensembles, and orchestras to Penn State.

Program Description

The Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance with track in Voice is a dynamic program consisting of a core curriculum in applied voice, voice pedagogy, and vocal literature. To provide maximum hands-on teaching opportunities, only students awarded an assistantship are accepted into this program. Teaching one-on-one lessons and voice classes begins immediately. Students enroll for MUS602 (Supervised Experience in College Teaching) each semester for faculty guidance and feedback. This course meets weekly and provides mentoring directly related to teaching duties. Pedagogy study covers traditional methods and anatomy, cross-training and contemporary resources, and historical and comparative pedagogy. Knowledge of the history and theory of Western art music must be demonstrated by satisfactory completion of competency examinations or completion of specified courses in addition to the curricular requirements listed here, and an oral examination in the major area must be passed near the completion of the program.

The 36-credit requirement is as follows:

Requirements Credits
Applied Voice 16
Voice pedagogy 6
Ensemble (Opera Theatre, Choir) 2
Graduate Degree Recital 1
Lecture-Recital or Master's Paper 1
Vocal Literature or Opera Literature  3
Seminar in Music Literature of the Major Performance Area 2
Introduction to Music Reference and Research Materials 2
Music Theory or History 3

Admission Requirements

A candidate applying for admission to the Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance with track in Voice must have earned a recognized bachelor's degree in music with at least a 2.8 junior-senior grade-point average. A typical bachelor’s degree in music includes the following:

  • 12-16 credits in music theory and analysis
  • 6-9 credits in music history

A candidate who is deficient in any area may be considered for admission, but must be prepared to make up the deficiency, without credit toward the degree.

Pedagogy and Performance degree applicants must show evidence of performance abilities and repertoire consistent with those expected of graduating Penn State students in the bachelor of music in performance program.

Student Aid

For an overview of current tuition and fees as well as the financial assistance programs available to graduate students at Penn State, see Graduate Financial Aid.

Admission Procedures

Please click on "voice" in graduate audition requirements to discover what is required. Then, access Application Process for general directions. 

Please note that ALL application materials are to be uploaded to the online application EXCEPT the pre-screening recording. Upload the following materials:

  • an official transcript - NOT an advising or unofficial transcript - (or equivalent documents for institutions outside the U.S., e.g., degree/study certificates, diplomas, etc.) from all post-secondary institutions attended, in the language of instruction (and an official English translation if English is not the language of instruction)
    Chinese applicants must also submit an official graduation certificate and official diploma, in Chinese and translated English, if the applicant has already earned the previous degree(s).
  • names of two references and their email addresses (Penn State will contact your references directly)
  • statement of purpose (your professional goals and how graduate study will help you attain these goals)
  • statement detailing teaching experience (if any) and pedagogy coursework (can be submitted in a resumé)
  • repertoire list of solo material, noting works performed
  • recital program(s) from a solo recital or other major performance (i.e. a performance with orchestra)
  • application for School of Music Graduate Assistantship (optional), see Graduate Financial Aid
The following should be submitted to Penn State by the testing agencies at your request.  Select "Penn State University" as the destination for your TOEFL or IELTS scores by selecting the correct school code below:
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores (international applicants only) - School Code 2660

School of Music Graduate Admissions

The Pennsylvania State University

233 Music Building I

University Park, PA 16802-1901

Phone: 814-865-5568
Fax: 814-865-6785