Bachelor of Music: Music Performance - Voice Emphasis
UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum. Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here: https://catalog.umkc.edu/undergraduate-academic-regulations-information/general-education-requirements/
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.
Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination
In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'. To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Students will execute the foundational physical requirements of singing.
- Students will demonstrate comprehension of vocal anatomy and function.
- Students will display the kinesthetic awareness necessary for coordinated, healthy, operatic singing.
- Students will develop interpretational skills, demonstrating a range of timbre, phrasing, and a nuanced understanding of text.
- Students will synthesize the technical, interpretive, diction, and musicianship skills necessary to produce a refined, artistically-convincing public recital.
|First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)||3|
|ENGLISH 110||Introduction to Academic Prose||3|
|ENGLISH 225||English II: Intermediate Academic Prose||3|
|Oral Communication (choose one of the following):||3|
|Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening|
|Introduction to Communication|
|Argumentation And Debate|
|Math Pathway (choose one of the following):||3|
|Mathematics For Liberal Arts|
Any 200-level MATH or STAT course
ACT Math Sub-score of 28 or higher; or SAT Math Sub-score of 660 or higher
|Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH; Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC)||3|
|Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)||3|
|Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)||3|
|Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE)||3|
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|
|U.S. History Since 1877|
|Honors American Government|
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 151 (MUSE; satisfies GECRT-AH course requirement)||3|
|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||2|
|VOICE 202||Sophomore Voice II||3|
|VOICE 301||Junior Voice I||3|
|VOICE 302||Junior Voice II||3|
|VOICE 401||Senior Voice I||3|
|VOICE 402||Senior Voice II||3|
|VOICE 300 (enroll with applied lesson each semester)|
|CONSVTY 351||History of Music in Western Civilization I||3|
|CONSVTY 352||History of Music in Western Civilization II||3|
|Analysis and Conducting|
|CONSVTY 380||Basic Conducting - Choral||2|
|VOICE 411||Vocal Coaching: Voice Recital Preparation (2 semesters)||2|
|CONSVTY 301E||Opera Theater Ensemble (any combination of the two courses for two semesters)||0-2|
|or CONSVTY 319||Opera Role Performance|
|CONSVTY 301F||Opera Production (1 semester of participation required during the degree)||0|
|THEATRE 102||Acting for the Opera||1|
|CONSVTY 417||Opera Workshop (1 semester req'd - Sophomore year, Fall Semester)||1|
|CONSVTY 417E||Scene Study (3 semesters)||3|
|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|
|UMKC Choral Union|
|Conservatory Concert Choir|
|Language (4 semesters) 1||12|
May take four semesters of either French or German; alternately, student may take 2 semesters of French and 2 semesters of German; or 3 semesters of French or German and one semester of 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.
*To determine the correct placement in a foreign language, please visit: https://catalog.umkc.edu/undergraduate-academic-regulations-information/foreign-language-placement/
Minimum Grade: C or better in all CONSVTY or Instrument specific coursework
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 125-127
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
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