The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.
Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.
Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Demonstrate a solid vocal technique and a high level of musicianship and artistry such that the student could be admitted to a graduate program in vocal performance.
- Apply an understanding of style and languages of operatic and art song repertoire.
- Apply historical and theoretical components of music so that they may have a better understanding of and context for their own solo vocal/operatic study and performance.
- Recognize and define all genres, time periods, key composers, forms, and the analytical tools necessary to provide the student with a more holistic view of their repertoire.
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I (ANCH 103 Recommended) 1||3|
|Anchor II 1||3|
|Anchor III 1||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus B 1||3|
|Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)|
|Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
Constitution Course Requirement
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process|
|U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|Constitutional History of the United States|
|Honors American Government (Focus C) 1|
|American Government (Focus C) 1|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:
- Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
- Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
- Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
- Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
|CONSVTY 141||Musicianship I||4|
|CONSVTY 142||Musicianship II||4|
|CONSVTY 241||Musicianship III||4|
|CONSVTY 242||Musicianship IV||4|
|CONSVTY 110||Keyboard Skills I||1|
|CONSVTY 123||Keyboard Skills II||1|
|CONSVTY 223||Keyboard Skills III||1|
|CONSVTY 310||Keyboard Skills IV||1|
|VOICE 101||Freshman Voice I||2|
|VOICE 102||Freshman Voice II||2|
|VOICE 201||Sophomore Voice I||3|
|VOICE 202||Sophomore Voice II||3|
|VOICE 301||Junior Voice I||4|
|VOICE 302||Junior Voice II||4|
|VOICE 401||Senior Voice I||4|
|VOICE 402||Senior Voice II||4|
|VOICE 300 (enroll with applied lesson each semester)|
|CONSVTY 351||History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A)||3|
|CONSVTY 352||History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus A)||3|
|Analysis and Conducting|
|CONSVTY 380||Basic Conducting - Choral||2|
|VOICE 411||Vocal Coaching: Voice Recital Preparation (2 semesters)||2|
|CONSVTY 301E Opera Theatre Ensemble (2 semesters)|
|CONSVTY 301E||Opera Theater Ensemble (any combination of the two courses for two semesters)||2-4|
|or CONSVTY 319||Opera Role Performance|
|CONSVTY 319||Opera Role Performance||2|
|CONSVTY 417||Opera Workshop (2 semesters)||2|
|CONSVTY 417E||Scene Study (3 semesters)||6|
|CONSVTY 417F||Opera Role Preparation and Audition Techniques||1|
|CONSVTY 185B||Foreign Language For Singing II (Italian Diction)||2|
|CONSVTY 185C||Foreign Language For Singing III (German Diction)||2|
|CONSVTY 185D||Foreign Language For Singing Iv (French Diction)||2|
|Vocal Pedagogy and Literature|
|CONSVTY 457||Vocal Literature I||2|
|CONSVTY 458||Vocal Literature II||2|
|CONSVTY 491B||Pedagogical Practices I Voice||2|
|Any combination of the following courses (8 semesters):||8|
|Conservatory Concert Choir|
|Language (4 semesters) 1||12|
Must take 4 courses in either French, German, or Italian. If two years of one of the required languages have been completed at the high-school level, then the language selected will be one of the other two languages.
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 129
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years. Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.
UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.
UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.