Dec 10, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performance, Vocal Emphasis, B.M.

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Bachelor of Music Performance, Vocal emphasis is intended for undergraduate students wanting to pursue voice performance. The preparation emphasis is on performance with numerous solo and ensemble opportunities. It also includes a strong music academic component, as well as the general education required of all undergraduate students at Chapman. We aspire for our students to achieve a level of proficiency that prepares them to enter a graduate voice program for a master’s degree or certificate in performance as the next step toward a professional singing career. In addition we prepare our voice performance majors to teach private voice to an appropriate age group as they matriculate out of our program.

General education requirements for the Bachelor of Music Performance, Vocal emphasis

Three credits of language are required at or above the 200-level to satisfy the language study component of the Global Citizens Cluster General Education requirement. Those seeking the B.M. in Performance, Vocal Emphasis, are restricted to French, German, Italian, or Spanish language to satisfy this requirement.

Additional degree information

Specific transfer requirements, proficiency requirements, applied music policies, minimum grade policy, retake course policy, are listed at General Information for all Music Programs . Requirements for lessons and studio classes are listed at Applied Music Courses .

Students must participate in at least one large instrumental or choral ensemble each semester while in full-time residence, as assigned by director of orchestral or choral activities.

The B.M. in Performance, Vocal Emphasis may be combined with the B.M. Composition degree, both emphases and with the B.M. (Pre-Music Education Certification) degree, both emphases to satisfy the GE interdisciplinary cluster requirement. The B.M. in Performance, Vocal Emphasis may be combined with the Conducting and KCA Emphases of the B.M. Performance degree and with all the areas in the Instrumental Emphasis, but this does not satisfy the GE interdisciplinary cluster requirement. The BM in Performance, Vocal Emphasis cannot be combined with the General Music minor but may be combined with the Film Music, Music Technology, and Music Business minors.

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.M. in Music Performance.

Students pursuing the B.M. in Performance, Vocal emphasis are required to:

  • Demonstrate the following proficiency requirements
    º​ Sight Singing Proficiency Requirement
    º​ Piano Proficiency Requirement
  • Take jury exams at the end of each semester of applied lessons.
  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.000 for all required major courses.
  • Complete all courses in the major for a letter grade. The only exceptions are studio classes, recitals and information literacy classes.
  • Pass courses with a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses in music theory, music history, music cultures, and music technology.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits from upper-division courses in the major.
  • Complete the senior capstone requirement MUS 498G .

eight credits of large ensemble (8 credits)

as assigned by vocal and choral directors, taken over eight semesters

nine credits from one group of specialized courses (9 credits)

classical/music theatre


total credits 77

*May be fulfilled by passing Music Theory Placement Exam

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