Program Details

Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Voice Performance

Offered By: College of Fine Arts and Production
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Approx. Course Length:
Campus: 15 weeks
Total Program Credits:
120 Credits
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division

Overview

Strengthen Your Vocal and Chorus Performance Skills

The College of Fine Arts and Production aims to develop your skills in harmonizing, singing and vocal arrangements. Our Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Voice Performance is the perfect program to embrace your passion for singing and exercise your talents onstage. In this vocal performance program, you receive a strong liberal arts foundation that focuses on effective communication, critical thinking and the Christian worldview.

The voice performance degree program integrates theory with practical application and performance. Progressive classes and private voice lessons encourage you to strengthen your vocal skills and improve your range. Learning is supplemented with multiple opportunities to perform, including recitals and performance ensembles with peers. This program culminates with a senior, solo recital, hosted by Grand Canyon University’s music department.

Please note that an audition is required for acceptance into the vocal performance degree program.

Degree Outcomes

Explore the Foundation of Music and Voice

In the Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Voice Performance degree program, you advance your knowledge of vocal range, collaboration with other instruments, solo performance, pedagogy and counterpoint. You review voice, piano and instrument techniques and hone your skills in arranging, choral conducting and teaching. Ample opportunities to perform as part of an ensemble and on your own increase your comfort and familiarity with the stage.

What You Will Learn

Comprehensive Voice Performance Curriculum

In this vocal performance program, you review a wide range of topics, including:

  • Orchestration and arranging
  • Piano pedagogy and conducting
  • Advanced choral conducting
  • Contrapuntal practice from the 18th century
  • Classic piano and voice
  • Form and analysis of structures in music

Career Outcomes

Future Careers for Voice Performance Majors

Common careers with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Voice Performance include singer, backup singer, vocal coach, choir director and performance instructor. Potential workplaces include television and film production agencies, music production agencies, radio stations, private clubs or organizations and small bands or performance groups.

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. In order to view the specific course content and credit length available for your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
66 credits
Open Elective Credits:
14-20 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
120 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Requirements

Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

GCU Course Options

  • UNV-103, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

GCU Course Options

  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits
  • COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

GCU Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4 credits
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.

GCU Course Options

  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

GCU Course Options

  • INT-244, World Religions: 4 credits
  • PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

Study is devoted to the structure of music, which includes harmony, melody, form, and rhythm. Skill development in analysis and composition is emphasized. The music of the "common practice period" will be studied. Co-requisite: MUS-130L.

Course Description

This course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Study is devoted to the structure of music, which includes: harmony, melody, form, and rhythm. Skill development in analysis and composition is emphasized. The music of the “common practice period” will be studied. Co-requisite: MUS-130.

Course Description

This course is designed as class instruction for students with limited or no previous piano training. Instruction includes the study of piano technique and literature designed to pass Part I of the Piano Proficiency Examination.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor's approval.

Course Description

A study of Italian song transliteration, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet and emphasizing the broad skills of correct choice, correct performance of sounds, and performance practice of sung Italian. (Preferred default course)

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-130, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. Prerequisites: MUS-130 and MUS-130L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-160L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-130L, this course emphasizes aural skill development through practical study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-130 and MUS-130L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-160.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MPC-109. It includes passing Part II of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MPC-109 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor's approval.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey of music from primitive times to the mid-18th century. It presents the growth of music in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through the contrapuntal schools, culminating in the work of J. S. Bach and the development of opera and oratorio during the baroque period.

Course Description

A study of German song transliteration, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet and emphasizing the broad skills of correct choice, correct performance of sounds, and performance practice of sung German. Prerequisite: MUS-111 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-160, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. Music examples are selected from Bach through Wagner. It also includes an advanced study in analysis and part writing utilizing modulation and chromatic harmony. Prerequisites: MUS-160 and MUS-160L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-262L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-160L, this course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training will be utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-160 and MUS-160L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-262.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MPC- 259. It includes passing Part III of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MPC-259 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor's approval.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey of music from the mid-18th century to modern times. Study is devoted to the rise of homophonic music, the art song, the nationalistic schools, and the principal composers of the classical, romantic, and contemporary periods. Prerequisite: MUS-360 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

A study of French song transliteration, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet and emphasizing the broad skills of correct choice, correct performance of sounds, and performance practice of sung French. Prerequisite: MUS-111 or Music Department approval. (Preferred default course)

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-262, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. This course includes analysis and composition methods of music of the late 19th through the 20th century. Prerequisites: MUS-262 and MUS-262L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-351L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-262L, this course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training will be utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-262 and MUS-262L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-351.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MPC-359. It includes passing Part IV of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MPC-359 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor's approval.

Course Description

This course is a study of the various organizational structures in music, from motive, phrase, and period, through binary and ternary forms to the most complex, such as the variation, rondo, and sonata. Works of the masters are analyzed from the standpoint of form. Prerequisites: MUS-351 and MUS-351L, or MUS-275 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey study of the composers, their styles, and literature from the beginning of solo song through the early romantic period. Prerequisite: MUS-369 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the applied private study for music majors in their secondary instrument or area, and/or the applied private study for nonmusic majors. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor's approval.

Course Description

Coached instruction in chamber and small ensemble settings. Members are selected through an annual audition open to both music and non-music majors at Grand Canyon University. Prerequisite: Admission into this ensemble by audition only or instructor's permission. Co-Requisite: Enrollment in Private Studio instruction.

Course Description

This course is a study of the fundamentals and techniques of conducting. Emphasis is placed on basic conducting skills, fundamentals of baton technique, left hand technique, non-verbal communication, leadership, conducting terminology, transpositions, and score reading.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey study of the composers, their styles, and literature from the middle romantic period of solo song through the contemporary period. It is a continuation of MUS-375. Prerequisite: MUS-375 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the applied private study for music majors in their secondary instrument or area, and/or the applied private study for nonmusic majors. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor's approval.

Course Description

A formal, public recital, sponsored by the music department, in which the student presents a solo recital of a length appropriate to the major. The recital is to be given in the student's junior year. The student must concurrently be enrolled in the appropriate level of private instruction.

Course Description

This course is a study and application in techniques of scoring and arranging music for various combinations of musical mediums. Includes scoring for strings, woodwinds, brasses, percussion, and voices.

Course Description

This course is a study of advanced techniques of choral conducting. Rehearsal techniques, score reading, artistic interpretation, baton technique, and rehearsal techniques will be explored. Prerequisite: MUS-223 (Preferred default course).

Course Description

This course is a study of skills for the teaching of voice to individuals or groups. The physical voice is studied, potential vocal problems are analyzed, and historical methods of correction are presented. Prerequisite: Advanced Standing approval or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the applied private study for music majors in their secondary instrument or area, and/or the applied private study for nonmusic majors. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor's approval.

Course Description

This course is a survey of contrapuntal practice from the 18th century. Background reference is made to early polyphonic music. Emphasis is given to 16th century species counterpoint and to analyzing and writing inventions and fugues in the 18th century style of J. S. Bach. An introduction is provided for the use of counterpoint in 20th century composition. Prerequisites: MUS-351 and MUS-351L, or MUS-275.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor’s approval.

Course Description

A formal, public recital, sponsored by the music department, in which the student presents a solo recital of a length appropriate to the major. The recital is to be given in the student's senior year. Student must concurrently be enrolled in the appropriate level of private instruction.

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