Music: Vocal (Minor)

Minor: Music - Vocal
Program Code: M211

About This Minor. . .

The Vocal Music Minor provides training and performance opportunities for students seeking music development in voice as their secondary area of study.   Fundamental studies in piano, music reading and theory, two years of voice lessons, three years of performing in choral ensembles, studies in diction and conducting, and performance training in opera scenes comprise this minor.  Audition for acceptance into the Vocal Minor is required.

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Institutional Minor Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU minors. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • A minor consists of 15-24 semester hours. There may be prerequisites required for the minor which will increase the total number of credit hours for a student who has not already taken those prerequisites.
  • Courses taken to satisfy Essential Learning, major requirements, or electives can be counted toward the minor if applicable.
  • At least 33 percent of the credit hours required for the minor must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
  • At least 25 percent of the classes must be taken at CMU.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher for the courses used for the minor.
  • A minor is not a degree by itself and must be earned at the same time as a baccalaureate degree.
  • A minor must be outside the major field of study.
  • A student may earn up to five minors with any baccalaureate degree at CMU.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements sheet you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Program Specific Minor Requirements

Students must choose one of two tracks: Regular Vocal Music Concentration (Track A) or Music Theatre Concentration (Track B).

  • 25 semester hours for the Minor in Music – Vocal, Regular Vocal Music Concentration (Track A).
  • 20-22 semester hours for the Minor in Music – Vocal, Music Theatre Concentration (Track B).

Track A: Vocal, Regular Vocal Music Concentration

 (25 semester hours)

MUSA 113Fundamentals of Theory3
or MUSA 114 Theory I-Introduction
MUSA 116Ear Training and Sightsinging I2
MUSA 129Singer's Diction I: English and German1
MUSA 130Class Piano I2
MUSL 137Voice 11
MUSL 137Voice 11
MUSL 237Voice 21
MUSL 237Voice 21
MUSP 365Opera Workshop1
MUSA 410Vocal Pedagogy3
MUSA 318Vocal Literature3
or MUSA 319 Choral Literature
Complete 6 semester hours of MUSP Vocal Ensemble, 2 hours each at 100, 200, and 300 levels:
MUSP 1__1
MUSP 1__1
MUSP 2__1
MUSP 2__1
MUSP 3__1
MUSP 3__1
Total Semester Credit Hours25

Track B: Vocal, Music Theatre Concentration

(20-22 semester hours)

MUSA 115Theory II-Diatonic Concepts3
MUSA 117Ear Training and Sightsinging II2
MUSA 230Class Piano III2
MUSL 337Voice 11
MUSL 337Voice 11
MUSL 437Voice 21
MUSL 437Voice 21
MUSA 410Vocal Pedagogy3
MUSP 420Senior Recital/Presentation1
Select one of the following:1-3
Singer's Diction II: Italian & French
Vocal Literature
Choral Literature
Complete 4 semester hours of MUSP Vocal Ensemble, 2 semester hours must be at 400 level:
MUSP ___1
MUSP ___1
MUSP 4__1
MUSP 4__1
Total Semester Credit Hours20-22

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a minor. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and developing a suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended minor.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a minor. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head for the minor. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

A minor cannot be awarded by itself.  It must be combined with a baccalaureate degree outside the major field of study. Students should follow the graduation process outlined for the baccalaureate degree and list their majors and minors on the “Intent to Graduate” form.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.