2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Voice Pedagogy, MMus

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Steven Heyman, Chair, Department of Applied Music and Performance
310 Crouse College, 315-443-1638, sheyman@syr.edu


Janet Brown, Eric Johnson, Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, Julianna Sabol


The Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy is offered through the Setnor School of Music, part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. It is a degree designed to meet the needs of the student who has an undergraduate degree in Music with voice as the main instrument, and who desires to pursue a career as a voice instructor, either in an academic setting or a private one. This degree will develop the student into a knowledgeable teacher of singing while enhancing the student’s own development as a singer, offering an intensive curriculum in voice pedagogy, pedagogical issues, repertoire, diction, career planning methods, voice study, performance, and experience in teaching. In addition, students will have access to the most current voice science laboratory equipment in collaboration with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, part of the College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University.


  • Students admitted to the Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy must hold a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music or Bachelor of Science in Music with Voice being the principal performance area. At least six semesters of voice study within that Bachelor degree are required, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Acceptance into the Setnor School of Music is via a graduate music audition.
  • Admission to the Syracuse University Graduate School.
  • Admitted students will take diagnostic examinations in Music Theory/Aural Skills, Music History, and diction of French, German and Italian. Remedial course work or passing the test upon a second sitting is required if these examinations reveal deficiencies in any of these areas.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate advanced competencies to develop research studies and utilize findings in fields of artistic or pedagogical practice

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the advanced elements and organizational patterns of music and their aural and verbal analysis and a functional understanding of musical forms, processes, and structures

3. Demonstrate the required knowledge and skills to create and present a culminating demonstration of master’s level capability in relating or integrating research and practice through the completion of a final project consistent with the goals of the degree program

4. Demonstrate knowledge of physiology of the vocal tract and its related physical functions, appropriate repertoire for teaching voice, and the ability to use current technology in the field of vocology

5. Demonstrate through research presentations and vocal performance the specifics of lyric diction and poetry in the language styles of French, German, and Italian

6. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking, academic research, and writing about music as they pertain to the development of recital programs and preparation of music for public performance

Program Requirements

All course work must be chosen from 500-level courses or higher, with no less than half of the course work chosen from 600-level courses or higher. A lecture recital and capstone project must be completed as well as an oral examination in the last semester of study. A student completing this degree will be knowledgeable to instruct in classical vocal technique and literature in either a private setting or in higher education.

Major Field/Specialization Area: 11 credits

Studio Emphasis: 9 credits

Ensemble Participation: 0 credits

The student in the MM Voice Pedagogy degree should have two semesters of Ensemble participation.

Transfer Credit:

A maximum of 9 graduate-level credits can be transferred from another institution.

Total Credits Required: 32

Degree Awarded: M.M. in Voice Pedagogy

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