Explore the Foundation of Music and Voice Performance
Learn the nuances of lyric diction and voice science by becoming a vocal performance major at Grand Canyon University. The Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Voice Performance degree program provides rigorous training in vocal performance. Students receive the personalized attention necessary to improve their range and strengthen their vocal skills, enabling them to take command of the stage. Share your vocal talents with those around you while you prepare for a meaningful career pursuing your passion.
Offered by the College of Fine Arts and Production, the voice performance degree delivers a well-rounded liberal arts education integrated with the Christian worldview. There is an emphasis on harmonizing and vocal arrangements. The rigorous curriculum blends music theory with its practical application on stage. Students benefit from multiple performance opportunities that enable them to showcase their talents and demonstrate their progress.
All applicants to the music BA with an emphasis in vocal performance degree are required to undergo an audition and to complete a music theory assessment prior to acceptance into the program.
Strengthen Your Vocal and Chorus Performance Skills With a Bachelor of Arts in Music - Vocal Performance Degree
GCU’s diverse learning community welcomes all students of many religions, while maintaining a Christian worldview. Within this faith-based setting, students are given all the support they need to reach their full potential by cultivating their God-given talents. Vocal performance majors develop a strong foundation in solo performance and collaborative performance, along with vocal techniques, literature and pedagogy.
In courses such as Orchestration and Arranging, Vocal Pedagogy and Song Literature, students will demonstrate their mastery of the following topic areas:
- The techniques of scoring and arranging music for various combinations of musical mediums, with a look at scoring for strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and voices
- Voice science and pedagogy for voice instruction, with an emphasis on pedagogical application
- The great composers, their styles and literature from the beginning of solo song through the romantic period to the contemporary period
- German, Italian and French song transliteration using the International Phonetic Alphabet, including the correct performance of sounds
- Vocal skill development through regular performance opportunities
In addition, the required junior and senior solo recitals provide students the opportunity to present solos in a formal, public setting. Students receive intensive instruction in performance skills and techniques. There are regular opportunities to perform as part of an ensemble, and students are encouraged to practice their skills as participants in the Canyon Choral Society and the Canyon Chorale.
Before graduating, vocal performance majors often complete Professional Success within the Fine Arts. This course prepares students for life after graduation, with an insider’s look at the music industry and its business practices.
Future Careers for a Vocal Performance Major
The BA in Voice Performance is aligned to the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) as a professional performance degree. The music performance degree is a versatile choice that can pave the way toward many rewarding career paths. It’s common for graduates to pursue careers as solo musicians, ensemble musicians and private instructors. Upon graduation, Bachelor of Arts in music – emphasis in vocal performance degree holders may choose to pursue careers as solo singers and recording artists. Others may choose to explore opportunities as backup singers, choir directors, vocal coaches or studio instructors. There is a diverse range of work settings that may hire vocal performers, including:
- Touring companies
- Regional theatre companies
- Music therapist
- Cruise ships
- Music production agencies
- Private clubs
Other potential work settings may include churches, schools, arts organizations and performance groups.
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.
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.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
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.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
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.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
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.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
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, cross-cultural 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.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.