Performance opportunities abound for Marietta College students, who work in a close, collegial relationship with their professors. Our music faculty members are known regionally, nationally, and internationally as performers and scholars who are committed to quality in every endeavor.

The Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance is a program designed to allow students to pursue in-depth professional study within a challenging liberal arts environment. The coursework is designed to guide each student to a better understanding and mastery of their vocal instrument in an environment that provides the individual attention needed to develop both technical and interpretative skills. It will also help each student to develop a broad understanding of the field of music and the factors that influence its role in the United States and abroad. The program also includes a strong emphasis on the study of vocal pedagogy (the teaching of singing) and other skills necessary to develop and manage a successful portfolio career as an artist. In addition to the core music courses, students find many opportunities in both solo and ensemble settings and elective courses organized to help students prepare for continued study at the graduate level.

The major requires a broad range of courses designed to prepare students for graduate school and work in the profession. In addition to its core music courses, performance students lay a foundation for their future careers through multiple courses in foreign language diction, vocal literature, acting, and a sequenced study of vocal pedagogy, that concludes with supervised teaching in our community music program. Students are provided with numerous opportunities to develop their performance skills through frequent recitals, an opera workshop program, full-stage productions, and a large variety of choral ensembles.

Designed to allow you the opportunity to explore your own unique creative impulse, the major also builds technical skills and musical knowledge in a highly personalized environment. Admission each year is based on previous academic success, a performance audition, a music résumé, a teacher recommendation letter, and a personal interview. At Marietta College you will find a community within a challenging liberal arts environment that includes frequent individual contact with active performers and scholars, abundant performance opportunities to help you become a successful musician, coursework that provides an in-depth knowledge of the vocal mechanism and its pedagogy to help you become a successful educator, and the skills and tools you need to become a leader in the music profession.

Degree Requirements

Main Coursework
MUED 110 Music Education Foundation 3 credit hours
MUSC 111 Music Theory I 3 credit hours
MUSC 112 Music Theory II 3 credit hours
MUSC 121 English and Italian Diction 1 credit hours
MUSC 122 French and German Diction 1 credit hours
MUSC 141 Keyboard Skills I 1 credit hours
MUSC 142 Keyboard Skills II 1 credit hours
MUSC 171 Aural Skills I 1 credit hours
MUSC 172 Aural Skills II 1 credit hours
MUSC 211 Music Theory III 3 credit hours
MUSC 212 Music Theory IV 3 credit hours
MUSC 241 Keyboard Skills III 1 credit hours
MUSC 242 Keyboard Skills IV 1 credit hours
MUSC 271 Aural Skills III 1 credit hours
MUSC 272 Aural Skills IV 1 credit hours
MUSC 303 Beginning Conducting 2 credit hours
MUSC 312 Orchestration & Arranging 2 credit hours
MUED 321 Introduction to Vocal Pedagogy 2 credit hours
MUED 325 Adv. Vocal Pedagogy 2 credit hours
MUSC 330 Music History I 3 credit hours
MUSC 331 Music History II 3 credit hours
MUSC 340 Junior Recital 3 credit hours
MUED 425 Pedagogy Practicum 2 credit hours
MUSC 440 Senior Recital 3 credit hours
MUSC 485 Senior Capstone 3 credit hours
THEA 106 Acting I 3 credit hours


Two Semesters of Each
MUSC 332 (2 semesters) Special Topics in Vocal Literature 6 credit hours
MUSC 362 (2 semesters) Opera Workshop 2 credit hours
Two semester of the same foreign language 8 credit hours
Applied Study
MUSC 151   2 credit hours
MUSC 251   2 credit hours
MUSC 351   2 credit hours
MUSC 451   2 credit hours
Lessons must be taken every semester
8 credit hours    
Additional requirements
  • 8 hours of an approved ensemble. The student is required to participate in a major ensemble every semester of enrollment> MUSC 16x
  • MUSC 105 – Recital Attendance is required each semester of enrollment (8 semesters)
  • Recital Requirement – all majors are required to complete a 30-minute junior recital and a 1-hour senior capstone recital (MUSC 485)
  • Piano Proficiency – Each student is required to pass a piano proficiency exam after the completion of 4 semesters of Keyboard Skills
  • Aural Skills Proficiency – Each student is required to pass an aural skills proficiency exam after the completion of 4 semesters of Aural Skills


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