Jul 18, 2024  
Course Catalog 2023-2024 
Course Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performance Major: Voice Concentration

Course Requirements

For course requirements for the Performance Major: Voice Concentration, 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.

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)

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.

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.

Conservatory Writing Requirement

The Conservatory Writing Requirement is designed to help students develop the ability to do the following: communicate effectively in writing, understand writing as a process, engage in writing as a form of critical thinking, demonstrate rhetorical flexibility by addressing various audiences and purposes in their writing, and demonstrate awareness of the conventions and forms of writing in particular disciplines.

As noted in the Bachelor of Music Degree Requirements  section of this catalog, the writing requirement is as follows:

Students are required to complete one writing course, either Writing-Intensive (WINT) or Writing-Advanced (WADV). It is strongly advised that students complete this course by the end of the second year of study. The course must be completed at Oberlin, with the exception that transfer students may petition to count a transferred course with a comparable focus on writing toward this requirement. The petition to request transfer of credit toward the writing requirement can be accessed here. Taking a second writing course during studies at Oberlin is strongly recommended.

Courses carrying the Writing-Intensive (WINT) designation involve explicit instruction in writing, are generally limited in size to allow such instruction, and require multiple writing assignments. These courses are designed to help students develop, compose, revise, organize, and edit prose appropriate to the discipline or course. Courses carrying the Writing-Advanced (WADV) designation are associated with the major and aim at helping students develop as writers within a discipline, employing the conventions and styles appropriate to that field and demonstrating the depth and engagement with disciplinary issues and practices typical of knowledgeable practitioners.

Numerous campus resources are available to help students develop their writing skills, including Oberlin’s Writing Associates Program and the Writing Center. Conservatory students are encouraged to work closely with their Conservatory teachers to hone their music-specific writing skills as they progress through their degree requirements, with particular encouragement to engage in writing artistic statements, program notes, and grant proposals. Students enrolled in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) sequence will fulfill the Conservatory Writing Requirement as part of their ESOL coursework, specifically with the successful completion of ESOL 140 .