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Bachelor of Music Performance – Emphasis in Voice

If God has gifted you with a unique voice and a love for songs, music and performance, Southeastern can help you develop the vocal technique, repertoire and other knowledge to sing professionally. Your education here will include many performance opportunities, where you will practice your craft live, as well as specialized voice courses that consist of studio, classroom and stage components. Study alongside professors with extensive experience in the field — including training at top conservatories, performing abroad and playing in a myriad of settings.Our voice professors will teach you time-proven techniques that will extend your range and enable you to sing with greater ease. In addition to performance opportunities and lessons, your classroom learning will include vocal literature from the European Baroque periods to songs of today; proper diction for singing in English, Italian, French and German; and masterful communication through vocal nuances, facial expressions, gestures and other aspects of singing. We will also prepare you for a lifetime of ministry, whether through singing in churches or sharing Christ with nonbelievers in the arts world.

Learn time-proven techniques that will extend your range and enable you to sing with greater ease.

Program Details

69 hours of major core
55 hours of general education
6 hours of electives

Total credit hours — 130

Music Majors, Ensembles and Scholarship Auditions

In addition to acceptance to Southeastern University, each student pursuing a music degree at SEU must also apply and be accepted to the Department of Music. Music minors do not require an audition. The online music application must be completed via Acceptd in order to schedule an audition. After completing the music application, an audition time will be sent to you for the date requested. Please note that music scholarships are listed as part of an applicant’s financial aid award package. Therefore, applicants must complete the university application process before a music award can be confirmed.

Sample Core Courses

  • Diction for Singers (MUSC 1912) — Survey course designed to instruct the voice student in the correct pronunciation of Italian and German as they relate to art music. Through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, the student will learn to transcribe Italian and German texts in order to pronounce them more accurately and effectively. An emphasis will be placed on studying and singing works in Italian and German.
  • Vocal Pedagogy (MUSC 3412) — This course is a survey of the art and science of teaching voice. Students will become familiar with historical and rational pedagogical approaches. The emphasis of this course is on practical application.
  • Opera Theatre (MUSC 3911) — This performance-oriented course is designed to equip advanced vocalists with basic drama and performance skills. Students will study, prepare and perform scenes from a variety of musical-dramatic genres, including operetta, opera, musical theatre and church musicals.
  • Vocal Literature (MUSC 4012) — This course will familiarize the student with standard vocal repertoire from Pre-Baroque through the present, with an emphasis on repertoire assignments based on the age, voice, pedagogical need and level of technical development of the student.