Music Performance (BM)
The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance—Voice degree prepares singers for careers not limited to work with professional vocal ensembles, opera companies, production companies, and music academies. Viterbo University singers can receive rigorous training in both classical and contemporary styles and are competitive in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Classical Singer, and Schubert Club competitions. Viterbo performance graduates consistently matriculate to prestigious graduate programs and opera internships. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
- All music majors are required to attend the weekly music department forum every semester in which they are enrolled except for the semester they register for MUSC 425 and 429.
- All music majors are required to register for MUSC 137/337 (Concert Choir) every semester in which they are enrolled as full-time students.
- All MUVO or MUPI 171/371 credits (applied lessons) required in Bachelor of Music degrees must be completed in the same major applied area, either piano or voice, except as noted for specific major requirements.
- All music majors must register for a piano class each semester until all packages are successfully completed. Music majors who have not completed all levels of Piano Proficiency by the end of their sixth semester of full time study in music must petition the music department to continue as a music major. Students have an option of testing out.
- Applied Music – Private Lessons
- Music Majors - the 171 level is for freshman and sophomore standing and the 371 level is for junior and senior standing
- Each credit of applied study is a 25-minute lesson per week with minimum of twelve lessons to satisfy the credit requirement. The consent of the instructor or music chairperson is required
- Voice students register for vocal coaching (MUVO-172/372) concurrently with applied lessons.
- For majors other than music the 168 level is for freshmen and sophomore standing and the 368 level is for junior or senior standing
- An applied lesson fee is charged for each credit of applied lessons – see Tuition and Fees
- All students giving a Full Recital (CNSV-450 Voice or CNSV-455 Piano) are required to complete a Full Recital Permission Hearing for faculty in their major area (piano or voice) no less than three weeks before the recital. Consult the Department Handbook for details.
- Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance choose an emphasis in voice or piano. Formal admission is attained by completing a performance hearing for a faculty committee. For incoming freshmen and underclass transfer students, the hearing should take place no later than the fourth semester of fulltime study as a music major. For upper class transfer students, no later than the second semester of fulltime study as a music major. Hearing requirements are posted online in the department handbook.
- Demonstrate performance skills requisite for artistic self-expression in voice or piano and proficiency in keyboard, sight reading, and conducting.
- Understand and employ the common elements and organizational patterns of music through analysis, arrangement, composition, and improvisation.
- Distinguish the major eras, composers and genres of music history and literature within broad historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts
- Apply knowledge of current teaching methods, materials, and technology to individual and group instruction in voice or piano.