Music Performance BM Vocal

Program Purpose


This is a limited-enrollment program requiring departmental admissions approval. Please see the college advisement center for information regarding requirements for admission to this major.

The purpose of the BM in Music Performance degree is to prepare students for admission into graduate studies, for professional work as performers, studio teachers or a combination of both. It is intended to attract students with exceptional technical development and artistic ability as a singer. The program provides private study, juried performances, solo and ensemble experiences, and supportive academic courses in lyric diction, repertoire, performance techniques, and vocal pedagogy.

Curricular Structure

The BM in Performance includes core of classes required of all music majors. In addition, performance students have other requirements that combine many of the following: private instruction, pedagogy, literature, practicum, supervised teaching,  workshops, and electives so that the total required hours is 128 hours. (See specific requirements by selecting a link below.)

Major Academic Plan Music Performance Vocal Emphasis

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Learning Outcomes


We support the aims of a BYU education, to strengthen students' lives spiritually, enlarge their intellectual experience, build their character, and prepare for lifelong learning and service. As reviewed and approved by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), all music students, through the core requirements of all music degrees, show proficiency in music theory, music history, performance, ensemble playing, conducting, sight singing and music dictation.

Students in vocal performance will:

1.  Show general knowledge of the vocal styles of the western vocal traditions, namely: art song, oratorio, and opera.

2.  Demonstrate competency in the pronunciation of the primary languages of the western vocal tradition: English, Italian, German, and French.

3.  Demonstrate mastery of the vocal and performance techniques required to perform this repetoire successfully.

4.  Demonstrate the ability to participate in the auditioning process which forms the basis of this career track without jealousy of the success of others or vanity at one's own success.

5.  Demonstrate the ability to teach these skills to others.

6.  Be educated about, and exposed to, a variety of professional vocal opportunities, including: solo concert work, contemporary vocal ensembles, crossover contemporary vocal styles and techniques, and choral ensembles. This includes encouraging students to participate in a vocal program every summer.

Vocal History

Show general knowledge of the vocal styles of the western vocal traditions: art song, oratorio, and opera.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 402A MUSIC 472
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence
Vocal Skill Development
  1. Demonstrate mastery of vocal and performance techniques required to perform this repertoire successfully.
  2. Demonstrate diction competency in singing the primary languages of the western vocal tradition: English, Italian, German and French.
Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 472
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Lifelong learning
Effective Auditioning

Demonstrate the ability to participate in the auditioning process which forms the basis of this career track without jealousy of the success of others or vanity at one's own success.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 472
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Character
Teaching Skills

Demonstrate the ability to teach the skills listed above to others.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 472
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Lifelong service
Career and Professionalism

Be educated about, and exposed to, a variety of professional vocal opportunities, including: solo concert work, contemporary vocal ensembles, crossover contemporary vocal styles and techniques, and choral ensembles. This includes encouraging students to participate in a vocal program every summer.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: None

Evidence of Learning


All students are encouraged to complete faculty and course evaluations at the end of each course. Faculty members may use exams, projects, papers, recital attendance and juried performances to evaluate their students. Performance faculty draw on individual curricula to establish specific instrumental and vocal goals. Students' readiness to present public recitals are evaluated by faculty at a juried exam three weeks prior to the performance. The performance may also be juried. Each semester of performance study is evaluated by the private instructor and a committee of faculty drawn from the instrumental or vocal emphasis.

Direct Measures

School of Music faculty prize certain subjective, critical components of a music education such as musicality, creativity, and originality. They recognize the difficulty of assessing such elements objectively, and understand the very act of measuring them drains away their virtue and value. Faculty assess other more explicit evidence of learning using traditional tools throughout the course of classes and lessons, and at periodic advisement points as determined by the college advisement center. These tools include:

Indirect Measures

Indirect evaluations include reviewing the following information:

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


Professors are represented by individuals who serve on the Undergraduate Council. This committee supervises the undergraduate curriculum and policies and serves to assess all areas of the program. The Performance Council supervises all performances in the School of Music, equipment, rehearsal space and related matters to the physical needs generated by the curriculum. The Assistant Director for Admissions and Scholarships and the Assistant Director for Development oversee recruiting, scholarships and admission procedures. All performance faculty are involved in the recruitment of the most prepared and talented students. Recruiting is a diverse and multi-faceted commitment and may include, for instance, teaching pre-college students, faculty recordings and broadcasts, concerts, masterclasses, a highly visible and consistant private studio and festival and adjudication participation.