The Catholic University of America

This text is excerpted from the 2013-2014 CUA Announcements. Please refer to the Announcements for further information on academic policies and programs.

VOICE

Voice majors are required to complete a minimum of two credits of Class Piano or Secondary Piano, as assigned. The adviser may approve Secondary Piano based upon the student's prior piano study. Students study at their own pace until target proficiencies are acquired and must pass a 10-minute proficiency examination, which is scheduled at the end of the semester in which the student and his or her instructor feel that the student is prepared. Students who enter with no piano background may require more than two semesters to attain the target proficiencies. After the proficiency examination is passed, students may elect further study in piano by advisement, paying the elective study private instruction fee.

In the satisfaction of foreign language requirements, voice majors will normally take Italian 101 and 102, German 101 and 102, and French 101 and 102. High school study in any of these languages does not replace these courses.  A student may, however, take the university's Modern Language Test, and, if placed out of 101 or 102 level in a given language, will be permitted to substitute academic electives for the missing language credits.

An evaluation by the voice faculty to determine acceptability for admission to junior level courses will take place during the third semester jury.

Participation on one crew (set, costumes, props, makeup, lighting, sound) each academic year is required. No crew may be repeated.

In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a fee for each dance class taken at The Catholic University of America. Contact the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music for applicable fees.

Coaching is available for undergraduate voice majors by request, for one semester hour of credit only and only in the semesters in which the junior and senior recitals are scheduled. For this coaching, students pay the elective study (higher) private instruction fee.

If it becomes necessary for a voice major to take more than one set of voice lessons in a given semester, all lessons must be taken with the same instructor. Students are not permitted to study for credit with two different voice instructors in any given semester.

MUS 337, 420, 420A, 472A, and 472B are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. 

Music elective credits, when used as substitutes for music course credits, must be satisfied by MUS courses.  Private instruction (MUPI) may not be used.

In order for MUPI credits to count toward the degree, a jury is required.

 

 

 
Major Area
credits
MUPI 191
Private Instruction: Voice (8 semesters @ 3 credits)
24
MUS 399
Junior Solo Recital (30 minutes)
0
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (60 minutes)
0
MUS ___
Chorus (8 semesters @ 1 credit each)
8
MUS 472
Italian Lyric Diction and Repertoire
3
MUS 472A
French Lyric Diction and Repertoire
3
MUS 472B
German Lyric Diction and Repertoire
3
MUS 481
Seminar in Vocal Performance
3
MUS 435A Introduction to Vocal Pedagogy and Physiology 2
 
Crews (1 per year)
0
 
Total Major Area:
46
 
Supportive Courses in Music
 
MUS 100
Studio X (8 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (2 credits each)
8
MUS 321
Form and Analysis I
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337
Basic Conducting
2
MUS 420, 420A
Opera Workshop I, II (2 semesters @ 2 credits each)
4
MUS 436A, 436B
Stage Movement for Singers I, II (1 credit each)
2
MUS or MUPI
Class or Secondary Piano as assigned (2 semesters @ 1 credit each)
2
 
Piano Proficiency Examination
0
 
Total Supportive Courses in Music:
38
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Writing: Logic and Rhetoric (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classics in Conversation (Sophomore year)
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-/400-level
Theology Course
3
TRS 200-/300-/400-level
Theology Course
3
ENG 201
Form and Value in Poetry
3
DR 206
Acting I
3
ITAL 101, 102
Elementary Italian, Intermediate Italian
(2 semesters @ 4 credits each)
8
FREN 101, 102
Elementary French, Intermediate French
(2 semesters @ 4 credits each)
8
GER 101, 102
Elementary German, Intermediate German
(2 semesters @ 4 credits each)
8
 
Total General Studies:
51
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
135