Voice, BMUS

for the degree of Bachelor of Music Major in Voice

department website: https://music.illinois.edu

department faculty: Music Faculty

college catalog page: Fine & Applied Arts

college website: https://faa.illinois.edu/

The Voice Performance degree is designed to develop skilled performers in all areas of vocal techniques. Voice majors learn the appropriate stylistic approaches to the vocal literature of various historical periods and also study Italian, French, and German in order to better master the diction of works performed in these languages. There are opportunities to perform onstage throughout the degree program either in solo performance or in group productions with our Lyric Theatre program.  

For Jazz Voice, please visit the BMUS-Jazz Performance pages. 

for the degree of Bachelor of Music Major in Voice

Minimum required major and supporting course work: At least eight semester hours each in the Italian, French, and German languages are required for the voice major. A student who has not completed at least two years of Italian in high school should take Italian during the first year. Completion of this requirement does not complete the campus general education language requirement, which is twelve semester hours.

Third- and fourth-year students must present satisfactory public junior and senior recitals as part of the requirements for the Vocal Performance Major within the Bachelor of Music degree.

General Education and College Orientation 

Orientation to Arts at Illinois
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
General Education Requirements
Composition I 4
Advanced Composition 3
Humanities and the Arts - fulfilled by MUS 313 and MUS 3146
Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Culture(s) 3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Culture(s) 3
Cultural Studies: US Minority Culture(s)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Quantitative Reasoning I and II 6
Natural Sciences and Technology6
Foreign Language 10-12
Total Hours 241-53

Music Core and Vocal Performance Coursework 

Music Theory and Musicianship
MUS 101Music Theory and Practice I2
MUS 102Music Theory and Practice II2
MUS 201Music Theory and Practice III2
MUS 202Music Theory and Practice IV2
MUS 107Musicianship I2
MUS 108Musicianship II2
MUS 207Musicianship III2
MUS 208Musicianship IV1
Advanced Music Theory6
MUS 110Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect2
MUS 313The History of Music I 13
MUS 314The History of Music II3
Advanced Musicology6
Performance Studies
MUS 18112
MUS 48112
Choral Ensemble 28
MUS 172Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I 32
MUS 173Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II 32
MUS 242Elements of Conducting2
Vocal Studies
MUS 120English Diction1
MUS 121Italian Diction1
MUS 122German Diction1
MUS 123French Diction1
MUS 430Applied Music Pedagogy4
MUS 474Vocal Repertoire I1
MUS 475Vocal Repertoire II1
Piano 48
Junior Recital
Senior Recital
Electives as needed to total 130 hours minimum
Total hours130