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Graduate Final Projects

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Graduate students in the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance, or in Voice Pedagogy and Performance are required to present:

1) A full recital, and

2) One of the following:

(a) A lecture-recital, or

(b) A research paper.


Graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts degree in Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre are required to complete:

1)  An internship with a voice professional or group of voice professionals during the summer that follows the completion of their course of study.

2)  A monograph based on the internship experience.

3)  A teaching portfolio containing compiled journal observations and papers.



All recitals must be memorized (exceptions for certain literature may be made upon request to the voice faculty). The recital literature will be determined at the discretion of the applied music teacher.

The recital will be graded by a special committee appointed by the School of Music Graduate Committee.



A hearing is to be scheduled for degree recitals and must take place at least two weeks prior to the performance date. Hearings are generally held during the voice area faculty meetings, which take place from 11:00-12:00 Friday mornings in 113, Music Building I; alternatively, a hearing immediately following Voice Forum will be arranged if the earlier time is not possible due to class conflicts.  The student will present seven copies of a list of the recital repertoire to the voice faculty and may begin with the selection of his or her choice. The voice faculty will continue the hearing by requesting additional selections.  Hearings typically last no more than 20 minutes.  Insufficient preparation will result in an unsatisfactory recital hearing.

In addition, the student must present a list of memorized repertoire, including music from undergraduate studies, which shows serious study of works from a broad range of styles and languages (art song in English, Italian, German, French, and/or other languages), music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern periods, opera (some in the original language), oratorio, cantata.

In the case of an unsatisfactory recital hearing, the student will be required to reschedule the hearing following adequate preparation time.



The recital must be presented during the scheduled academic year (from the first day of classes through the last day of classes in the fall and spring semesters).



A lecture-recital consists of two parts. One is the actual public lecture-recital. The other is the lecture portion in written form, together with a bibliography and other pertinent material. The written lecture is presented to the chair of the Graduate Committee in the same form required for master's papers. The procedure for developing a lecture-recital varies in several points from the master's paper, however.

For information concerning the procedures and guidelines for the master's paper, refer to the School of Music Graduate Handbook.



The lecture-recital must be presented during the scheduled academic year (from the first day of classes through the last day of classes in the fall and spring semesters).



The master's paper should be a written study of some musicological, theoretical, or performance issue that reflects the student's particular interests and expertise, and should have the support of the advising faculty.  Its scope should exceed that of a research paper routinely written for an academic music course, but may have such a paper as its basis. It is expected that the paper will be developed and written under the close consultation of a faculty adviser and one or more second readers, and will be reviewed in drafts before the final paper is submitted.  The master’s paper for students in the Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance degree is to be specified in an area of voice pedagogy.

For information concerning the procedures and guidelines for the master's paper, refer to the School of Music Graduate Handbook of the year of your admission to the program.

In addition to the details contained in the Graduate Handbook, the voice faculty requests that the first draft of the paper be completed eight weeks before the end of classes. Later submissions run the risk of missed graduation deadlines. 

The student may not expect faculty members to read papers between the last day of finals and the first day of classes of the subsequent semester (fall and spring).



Oral exams should be scheduled by the fourth week of the semester in which they are to be taken. The exam will be evaluated by the studio professor and two other professors assigned by the School of Music Graduate Committee.  Students may request that specific professors serve on their committees. Refer to the School of Music Graduate Handbook for additional information.

The "other areas of literature pertinent to the major" found in the Graduate Handbook may include, in addition to material on the degree recital, history and literature of the art song, opera, oratorio, cantata, chamber music, pedagogical collections, and other relevant areas of study.

The student will be expected to understand general concepts of style, general historical context, and demonstrate reasonable listening skills. 

Part of the examination may be take-home projects.



PPC Students will be expected to focus on performance activities over the course of the year; this will include voice lessons at the 530J level and a minimum of either a major opera role or a full-length recital.  In conjunction with voice lessons (which will not be juried), PPC students must attend 7 Voice Forums and 7 approved Voice Events.  Having students explore performance opportunities beyond these requirements is expected and encouraged.