Vocal Performance Music Furman University

Vocal performance courses emphasize the technical and interpretive skills necessary for artistic self-expression. Students grow in their technique, artistry and knowledge of the appropriate repertoire. Vocal performance studies courses combine historical, theoretical, technical, physiological and psychological components of music into successful performing.

Audition and declaration requirements

Furman students intending to major in music must perform an audition and complete a music theory placement examination. Paperwork should be submitted to our department during your sophomore year. Declare your major by downloading our form as a PDF.

General requirements

The bachelor of music in vocal performance provides students with an opportunity to perfect their skills through one-on-one instruction and performance studies. Specific courses pertaining to the study of vocal performance are supplemented by the opportunity to participate in Furman's outstanding choral ensembles.

Core courses:

  • Basic Musicianship I (MUS-111)
  • Basic Musicianship II (MUS-112)
  • Introduction to Music Literature (MUS-120)
  • Basic Musicianship III (MUS-211)
  • Basic Musicianship IV (MUS-212)
  • World Music I (MUS-220)
  • Music History I (MUS-221)
  • Music History II (MUS-320)
  • Music History III (MUS-321)
  • Basic Conducting (MUS-352)
  • Two credits of performance topics
  • Recital Attendance for seven semesters (MUS-050)
  • Freshman Music Colloquium for one semester (MUS-051)
  • Membership in at least one ensemble: Symphony orchestra (MUS-060), Furman band (MUS-061), Furman Singers (MUS-062), Furman men's chorale (MUS-063), or Furman women's chorale (MUS-064)

Additional courses for vocal performance:

  • Opera Performance Studies (MUS-355)
  • Lyric Diction I (MUS-356)
  • Literature of the Instrument (MUS-420)
  • Vocal Pedagogy (MUS-450)
  • Lyric Diction II (MUS-456)
  • At least 24 credits of voice performance studies
  • Eight credits of music electives including at least six credits in courses numbered between 300 and 499

Course sequence

 Class Fall Spring
 Freshman MUS 111 Musicianship I CGA

MUS 511 Performance Studies (2)
MUS 510 Vocal Performance Topics (2)

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

MUS 051 Colloquium
MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
MUS 112 Musicianship II

MUS 511 Performance Studies (2)
MUS 120 Introduction to Music Literature (2)

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
 Sophomore MUS 211 Musicianship III

MUS 511 Performance Studies (2)
MUS 221 Music History I (2)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
MUS 212 Musicianship IV

MUS 511 Performance Studies (2)
MUS 352 Basic Conducting (2)

MUS 220 World Music (4) CGA

CGA (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
 Junior MUS 511 Performance Studies (4)

MUS 511 Performance Studies (2)
MUS 221 Music History I (2)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
MUS 551 Performance Studies (4)

MUS 321 Music History III (2)
MUS 356 Lyric Diction I (2)**

Music Elective (2)
MUS 420 Literature of the Instrument (2)**

CGA (4)

Junior Recital (0)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
 Senior MUS 511 Performance Studies (4)

Music Elective (2)
MUS 450 Vocal Pedagogy (2)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

MUS 050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
MUS 511 Performance Studies (4)

Music Elective (2)
MUS 456 Lyric Diction II (2)**

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

Senior Recital (0)

Major Ensemble

*Of the total of eight elective credits, six must be in courses numbered in the 300's and 400's.
**Alternating years

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