The Division of Voice offers 2 programs (Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts) for singers interested in art song, opera, oratorio, concert, other classical pieces or vocal teaching. Students receive training in vocal technique, languages and diction, vocal repertoire, acting and the theatrical arts. Performance opportunities range from workshops to fully staged productions, allowing students to develop their talents at the most beneficial pace.

A total of 125 credit hours is required and is designed to further the student's knowledge, practice, and experience in voice. To graduate, a student must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all major courses and a minimum average of 2.0 in all course work.

Students will be studying with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized.  Courses in music theory and musicology are part of the exploration of music as are private instruction, ensemble and chamber music opportunities.  All students pursuing the B.M. degree will perform a senior recital on their primary instrument/voice.  In addition, performance majors will also complete a junior recital and music composition majors will also give a music composition recital.

With this degree, students can go on to pursue graduate studies in music, establish private studios, audition for music ensembles, or create their own paths in music or music-related endeavors.

Undergraduate Admission to the School of Music

First-year students should enter the school directly. Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and are eligible to return to the college or university last attended in addition to completing a successful audition. Other students can be admitted only with the permission of the dean. Send applications to the Office of Admissions. Visit the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions for information about international admissions.

Students who wish to major in music must audition. All music students academically approved for admission to the School of Music are admitted contingent upon demonstration by audition of satisfactory level proficiency in their areas of applied music. Music audition information and application forms are available online.  There is a limit of two times a prospective student may request an audition for entrance into one of the School's undergraduate degree programs.  The second request must be within 12 months of the first and may be as early as 1 month following the first audition.  The limitation also applies to students within the School auditioning from one program into another.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), are eligible to return to the college or university last attended, and complete a successful audition. Only grades of C or higher are accepted in transfer credit toward degrees offered by the School of Music. Students who wish to transfer performance credit from another institution toward any music degree at KU must validate this credit by audition. Music audition information and application forms are available online.  There is a limit of two times a prospective student may request an audition for entrance into one of the School's undergraduate degree programs.  The second request must be within 12 months of the first and may be as early as 1 month following the first audition.  The limitation also applies to students within the School auditioning from one program into another.

Music Theory Placement

The music theory placement examination is required of all undergraduate transfer students who have not completed a 4-semester theory sequence with an accredited NASM school. It is administered as announced on the School of Music website each semester.

B.M. Degree Requirements for the Voice Major

A total of 124 hours is required, distributed as follows:

Music Theory (19)
MTHC 105Theory I4
MTHC 115Theory II4
MTHC 205Theory III4
MTHC 315Theory IV4
MTHC 410Tonal Forms3
Musicology (12)
MUSC 320Music History I3
MUSC 340Music History II3
MUSC 440Music History III3
MUSC 480Music History IV3
Music Courses (49)
VOIC 120
VOIC 320
Vocal Performance in English
and Vocal Performance Class II
2
Applied music lessons: 8 semesters each for 3 credits, plus junior and senior recitals25
VOIC 405Vocal Literature I2
VOIC 406Vocal Literature II2
VOIC 408Vocal Pedagogy1
Ensembles: 8 semesters each for credit8
Piano (proficiency level of PIAN 288)4
COND 245Conducting I2
REC 100Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters)0
VOIC 270
VOIC 470
Lyric Diction for Singers: _____
and Lyric Diction for Singers: _____
3
Basic Courses (44)
THR 106Acting I3
GERM and ITAL (2 semesters of each)20
ENGL 101Composition (or any course that fulfills GE21)3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing (or any course that fulfills GE21)3
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication (or any course that fulfills GE22)3
MATH 101College Algebra (or any course that fulfills GE 12)3
Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3
Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523
Total Hours124
Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1013ENGL 1023
MTHC 1054MTHC 1154
PIAN 144 (considered remedial-does not count towards degree)1PIAN 1481
REC 1000REC 1000
VOIC 1213VOIC 1213
VOIC 1201Ensemble1
Ensemble1GERM 108 or ITAL 120: continue same language5
GERM 104 or ITAL 1105 
 18 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
COMS 1303MTHC 3154
MTHC 2054MUSC 3403
MUSC 3203PIAN 2882
PIAN 2842REC 1000
REC 1000VOIC 4701
VOIC 2213
FREN, GERM or ITAL, all 3 req'd
 
Ensemble1VOIC 2213
 Ensemble1
 MATH 1013
 16 17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MTHC 4103MUSC 4803
MUSC 4403VOIC 4701
VOIC 3201
FREN, GERM or ITAL, all 3 req'd
 
VOIC 4701VOIC 6223
FREN, GERM or ITAL, all 3 req'd
 Ensemble1
VOIC 6223GERM 108 or ITAL 120 (continue same language)5
Ensemble1VOIC 4052
GERM 104 or ITAL 1105 
 17 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
VOIC 6223VOIC 6223
Ensemble1VOIC 6231
VOIC 4081Ensemble1
COND 2452VOIC 4062
Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3
THR 1063Socical Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
 13 13
Total Hours: 126