BM in Performance - Vocal Emphasis

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BM in performance - vocal emphasis. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of the College of Fine Arts, students must meet the following requirements:

Course Title Hours
General Education
Select courses to meet General Education requirements 134-35
Applied Music (28 credit hours)
Applied Voice24
Class Piano4
Piano Class Level I - Music Majors
Piano Class Level II - Music Majors
Piano Class Level III - Music Majors
Piano Class Level IV - Music Majors
Required Music Core (13 credit hours)
MUSC 127Musicianship 12
MUSC 128Musicianship 22
MUSC 129Aural Skills 12
MUSC 130Aural Skills 22
MUSC 229Aural Skills 32
MUSC 113Introduction to Music Studies and Professional Skills3
Musicology Electives (6 credit hours)
Select 6 credit hours from the following6
Survey of the Western Musical Canon
History of Jazz
Topics in Musicology: Aesthetics
Topics in Musicology: Ethnography
Topics in Musicology: Gender
Topics in Musicology: Popular Musics
Theory/Composition Electives (6 credit hours)
Select 6 credit hours from the following6
Jazz Improvisation
Post-Tonal Music
Jazz Music Theory
Introduction to Music Composition
Form and Analysis
Topics in Music Technology
18th Century Counterpoint
Performance and Analysis
Topics in Analysis: Music in Media
Topics in Analysis: Popular Music Analysis
Performance - Vocal Emphasis Required Courses (23 credit hours)
MUSP 211EOpera Lab1
or MUSP 411E Opera Lab
Literature and Diction
MUSP 121Italian Diction1
MUSP 122English Diction1
MUSP 221German Diction1
MUSP 222French Diction1
MUSP 625Voice Pedagogy2
MUSC 726Voice Literature3
Ensembles 2, 310
Select 3 credit hours from the following3
Choral Conducting
Opera Lab 3
Opera Lab 3
Voice Coaching
Essential Somatics for Singers
Opera Literature
Ballet Technique 1 4
Acting I
MUSP 105Recital Attendance (specified number of recitals per semester for four semesters)0
MUSP 300Junior Recital0
MUSP 400Senior Recital0
World Language (10 credit hours)
ITAL 111Elementary Italian I5
Select 5 credit hours from the following5
Elementary Italian II
Total Credit Hours120

Required major courses may also count towards General Education requirements. Students will need to select additional electives to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation with assistance from an advisor.


See degree check sheets for specified ensembles.


Ensembles are counted by semester.


If not taken in performance studies.

Piano Proficiency

Students who have not satisfied all piano proficiency requirements must enroll in class piano until they meet those requirements. All music majors must pass the piano proficiency examination before graduation and BME students must have it completed before the student teaching semester.

Applied Learning 

Students in the BM in performance - vocal emphasis program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing a recital ( MUSP 400) in their senior year.