Find your voice on stage: You’ll do that here.

A vocal performance degree will prepare you to perform professionally or create new music in the classical, electronic or avant-garde traditions. And, with a variety of vocal ensembles to hone your craft, you’ll sound good when you do. 

What You’ll Do  

As a vocal performance major at Southeast, you’ll work in applied music study, music theory and analysis, music history, and gain experience through performance ensembles. 

  • Interact with nationally recognized performing artists and educators. 
  • Attend classes on Southeast’s River Campus, a campus solely dedicated to the arts. 
  • Gain performance experience through ensembles. 
  • Study in a program that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. 

What Can You Do with a Degree in Vocal Performance?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Grdauate School Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University
  • Longy School of Music
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Southern Illinois Carbondale
  • University of Tennessee
  • Washington University
  • Western Illinois University

Internship Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Fort Collins Opera
  • Harrow International School, Beijing, China
  • Paducah (KY) Symphony
  • St. Louis Symphony
  • Youth Excellence on StageMiddle East

Orchestra Position Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Kansas City Symphony
  • Paducah (KY) Symphony
  • St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Memphis Symphony

Teaching Position Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Belt Valley Public Schools (MT)
  • Cape Girardeau (MO) Public Schools
  • Columbia (MO) Public Schools
  • Ft. Zumwalt School District (MO)
  • O’Fallon (MO) Public Schools
  • Perryville (MO) Public Schools
  • Prescott Unified School District (AZ)
  • Santa Fe (NM) Public Schools
  • Sikeston (MO) Public Schools
  • St. Louis (MO) Public Schools

Outcomes & Careers

  • 100%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Music report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation. 

  • $52k

    Composer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a composer is $52,250. 

  • $67k

    Sound Technician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a sound technician is $67,210. 

  • $52k

    Music Director

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a music director is $52,250. 

Music - Vocal Performance Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

What You'll Study

The vocal performance curriculum includes core coursework to prepare you for a career in music. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Vocal Performance Option - 75-79 Hours - No Minor Required

Required Courses:

  • MH181 The World of Music (3)
  • MH251 History & Literature of Music to 1800 (3)  
  • MH252 Evolution of Musical Style Since 1800 (3)  
  • MM001 Aural Skills Entry Level Proficiency (0)  
  • MM002 Aural Skills Exit Level Proficiency (0) 
  • MM100 Music Fundementals (3) 
  • MM102 Intermediate Harmony & Form (3) 
  • MM105 Aural Skills I (1) 
  • MM106 Aural Skills II (1) 
  • MM203 Advanced Harmony, Melody, and Form (3) 
  • MM204 Music Theory through Composition, Arranging, & Orchestration (3) 
  • MM207 Aural Skills III (1) 
  • MM208 Aural Skills IV (1) 
  • MM312 Approaches to Musical Analysis (3) 
  • MP1xx Applied Music (2+2) 
  • MP2xx Applied Music (2+2)
  • MP3xx Applied Music (2+2)
  • MP4xx Applied Music (2+2)
  • MU001 Piano Proficiency (0) 
  • MU002 Sophomore Review (0) 
  • MU003 Major Field Assessment Test (0) 
  • MU110 Recitals & Concerts (8 semesters) (0) 
  • MU123 Singer’s Diction I (1) 
  • MU124 Singer’s Diction II (1) 
  • MU151 Functional Piano I (1) 
  • MU152 Functional Piano II (1) 
  • MU253 Functional Piano III (1) 
  • MU254 Functional Piano IV (1) 
  • MU300 Junior Recital (0) 
  • MU330 Music Business: Career Development (2)
  • MU341 Basic Conducting (2) 
  • MU400 Senior Recital (0) 
  • MU430 Vocal Pedagogy (2) 
  • MU432 Literature: Applied Area (2) 
  • MU3xx Vocal Ensemble (8)

Choose 2 hours from:

  • MU299 Chamber Music (2) 
  • MU398 Opera Theatre Workshop (2) 

Choose 15 hours from: (3 credits must be MH, 3 must be MM)

  • MH310 Popular Music in America and Beyond (3) 
  • MH320 A History of Music in Films and Video Games (3)
  • MH327 Jazz History (3)
  • MH340 Gender and Music (3)
  • MH350 Special Topics in Music History and Literature (2-3)
  • MH392 The Age of Romanticism (3)
  • MH393 Age of Modernism (3)
  • MH402 Music in World Cultures (3)
  • MM324 Jazz Theory and Analysis (3)
  • MM325 Songwriting (2)
  • MU251 Jazz Improv I (3)
  • MU3xx Ensemble (1) (3 hours maximum)
  • MU310 Music Engraving (2)
  • MU320 Jazz Improv II (3)
  • TH286 Audio Production I (3)
  • TH491 Music Theatre History I (3)

Additional Requirements for Vocal Track:

  • 6 hours iFrench or German 

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bold. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major.  

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours 
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours 
  • Written Communication – 6 hours 
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours 
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab) 
  • Mathematics – 3 hours 
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines) 
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students) 
  • Civics examination  

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (18-19 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • MH181 (3)
  • MM001 (0) 
  • MM100 (3) 
  • MM105 (1) 
  • MP1xx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU123 (1)
  • MU151 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MU3xx (vocal ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3)  

Spring Semester (17-18 Hours) 

  • MM102 (3) 
  • MM106 (1) 
  • MP1xx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU124 (1) 
  • MU152 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MU3xx (vocal ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 3.0 gpa in major courses  

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (16-17 Hours) 

  • MH251 (3) 
  • MM203 (3) 
  • MM207 (1) 
  • MP2xx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU253 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MU3xx (vocal ensemble) (1) 
  • Foreign Language (3) 
  • Music Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (13-14 Hours) 

  • MH252 (3) 
  • MM002 (0) 
  • MM204 (3) 
  • MM208 (1) 
  • MP2xx (2) 
  • MU001 (0) 
  • MU002 (0) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU254 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MU3xx (vocal ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 3.0 gpa in major courses 

Summer courses are encouraged to avoid 18-hour semesters.

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (18 Hours) 

  • MP3xxx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU341 (2) 
  • MU378 or MU398 (1)
  • MU3xx (vocal ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (18 Hours) 

  • MM312 (3) 
  • MP3xx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU300 (0) 
  • MU3xx (vocal ensemble) (1) 
  • Music Elective (3) 
  • Music Elective (3) 
  • Foreign Language (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 3.0 gpa in major courses 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (13 Hours) 

  • MP4xx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU330 (2)
  • MU378 or MU398 (1) 
  • MU424 (2) 
  • MU432 (2) 
  • MU3xx (vocal ensemble) (1) 
  • Music Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (12 Hours) 

  • MP4xx (2) 
  • MU003 (0) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU400 (0) 
  • MU3xx (vocal ensemble) (1) 
  • Music elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 3.0 gpa in major courses 

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.
A minimum 3.0 GPA in the major and overall are required to graduate with a BM degree. 

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bold. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Opportunities in Music at SEMO

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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