May 29, 2022  
Course Catalog 2021-2022 
Course Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Music: Performance (Voice)

Course Requirements

For course requirements for the Bachelor of Music: Performance (Voice), please see the grid .

Major Status

Sophomore Major Status is attained upon completion of:

The First Major Committee Examination.

Junior Major Status is attained upon completion of:

Principal Private Study IV and the Second Major Committee Examination.

Senior Major Status is attained upon completion of:

Principal Private Study VI and the Junior Recital.

Music Theory and Aural Skills Requirement

All BM students complete a core of music theory and aural skills classes, which includes the following: Music Theory I-II (MUTH 131 and 132), which prepares students to hear, perform, and communicate about multiple aspects of music in diverse repertoires; two additional music theory courses at the 200 level (MUTH 250-299), which include topic- and repertoire-based classes that are chosen in consultation with academic advisors; Aural Skills I-IV (MUTH 101, 102, 201, 202). Students are expected to register for one Music Theory and one Aural Skills course each semester until they have completed the core requirements. 

A music theory placement test score of 80 or higher is a prerequisite for MUTH 131. Students with lower scores must successfully complete MUTH 120 before taking MUTH 131. The placement exam may be taken five times.

Vocal Coaching

The following courses are available to singers wishing to coach recital material or to explore the French and German Art Song repertoire:

APST 204 Interpretation of Art Song (coaching for senior or artist diploma recitals-singers should register jointly with their accompanists whenever possible)

MLIT 220 The Lied (a performance-oriented course in German Art Song)

MLIT 221 The Mélodie (a performance-oriented course in French Art Song)

Conservatory Writing Requirement

All entering Conservatory and Double-Degree students must complete a writing assessment administered by the Conservatory Writing Committee. Generally, this assessment takes place during Orientation week. Students who enter the Conservatory midway through the academic year must complete this assessment by the end of the second week of classes of the Spring semester.

This assessment is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.  Students who receive a passing grade on this initial assessment will have satisfied the Writing Requirement. Students who receive a No Pass on this initial assessment must successfully complete a second writing assessment by the end of their second year, which they can do in one of two ways: (1) Students may compile and submit to the Conservatory Writing Committee a portfolio comprising two pieces of persuasive writing and one reflective piece. Types of writing that might be submitted include (but are not limited to) essays submitted for Oberlin courses (College or Conservatory), artistic statements, program notes, personal statements, and grant proposals. The Conservatory Writing Committee will award each portfolio a grade of Pass or No Pass. Students who receive a Passing grade will have successfully completed the Writing Requirement. Students who receive a No Pass on this second assessment may revise and resubmit their portfolio one more time. Students must receive a Pass upon resubmission in order to satisfy the Writing Requirement. (2) Students also may fulfill the Writing Requirement with successful completion of Oberlin courses designated as Writing-Intensive (W-Int) or Writing-Advanced (W-Adv).  Students should contact the Chair of the Conservatory Writing Committee for writing course review.

Students are expected to complete the Conservatory Writing Requirement by the end of their second year of study at Oberlin. Students may not schedule their Junior Recitals until they have completed the Writing Requirement. Conservatory students enrolled in degree programs that do not require Junior Recitals will not be permitted to enroll in upper-division courses (taken during the Junior year or later, according to the advising grids) until they have successfully completed the Writing Requirement. 

Numerous campus resources are available to help students develop their writing skills and fulfill the Conservatory Writing Requirement. These include Oberlin’s Writing Center and writing-oriented courses offered through the College of Arts & Sciences. Additionally, it is expected that Conservatory students develop as writers as they progress through the first years of the Conservatory curriculum, in particular their musicology and music theory coursework. To this end, students are encouraged to work closely with their Conservatory teachers to hone their writing skills as they progress through these courses. Students enrolled in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) sequence will fulfill the Conservatory Writing Requirement as part of their ESOL coursework.

Language Study

To fulfill language requirements of many graduate schools, additional language study may be taken in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may choose to participate in intensive Winter Term language study offered by the language departments. However, the 101 requirements will only be considered completed if a proficiency test, given by the language department, is satisfactorily passed at the end of the Winter Term.

Attention is called to an intensive summer language study program in Arezzo, Italy. The course includes a month’s study of Italian language and culture, and musical coaching. Four credits are granted for this study. Voice majors are given preference. For further information consult the faculty director, Daune Mahy, or see “Oberlin in Italy” listed in this catalog.