Bachelors in Music – Vocal Performance (Classical)


Classical Voice

The Bachelor of Science in Music with concentration in Vocal Performance – Classical Voice will prepare you for work as a vocal artist in the classical genre, and establish a strong foundation for private voice studio. This program emphasizes traditional aspects of vocal technique, performance practice in solo and ensemble classical styles, and preparation for professional auditions. Graduates will have completed the coursework necessary to qualify for graduate-level master programs.

Why Vocal Performance at ACU?

With highly qualified Christian Faculty teaching biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Music program offers several unique advantages:

  • Private lessons (Classical or Commercial) with highly accomplished and esteemed faculty
  • Classic vocal technique applied to modern vocal styles
  • Specialized instruction for vocal health
  • Masterclasses by well-known local artists
  • Junior and senior year recital performances
  • ACU provides practical experience singing and performing in small and large ensembles each semester
  • Students are encouraged to write, record, and perform original songs
  • ACU music programs emphasize a strong foundation in music theory, sight-singing, private voice and instrumental instruction
  • ACU Music students are a close-knit community of creative and supportive musicians
  • 8:1 Student to Music Faculty Ratio
  • Practical course content combined with trending industry practices
  • Preparing graduates for real jobs in continually changing culture
  • Designed to qualify for Graduate level Master Programs

    What will I study?

    The Vocal Performance program includes an innovative CORE General Studies program with integrated Biblical Studies minor. This unique program embraces a Biblical worldview of the Liberal Arts and prepares students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas and courses will include:

    • Vocal Pedagogy
    • Private Lessons (Classical or Comercial)
    • Performance practice in solo and ensemble classical styles
    • Song Literature for Singers
    • Diction for Singers
    • Music Theory (co-requisites: Sight Singing/Dictation, Class Piano)
    • Music History
      Classical Literature with some contemporary Music Styles including Jazz, Pop/Rock, and Musical Theater
    • Performance Ensembles: Chorale, Praise Bands, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Pep Band, Musical Theatre, Drumline
    • Artist Development & Portfolio


    Career Paths

    With a degree in Vocal Performance – classical voice, graduates can pursue diverse careers including:

    • Vocal Instructor
    • Music Teacher in Charter/Private School
    • Touring and Recording Artist
    • Vocal Clinician
    • Musical Theatre Performer
    • Choir Director
    • Creative Arts Director
    • Music Director


    Department of Music

    Arizona Christian University
    Building 2000
    1 W. Firestorm Way
    Glendale, AZ 85306

    (602) 489-5300

    [email protected]

    Academic Major Courses

    Core requirements: 30 credits
    General Biblical and Theological Studies: 15 credits
    Upper Division Bible and Theological Studies electives: 3 credits
    Science w/lab: 8 credits
    Music Core w/Applied Lessons: 45 credits
    Music Concentration – Vocal Performance (Classical): 19 credits
    Free Electives: 6 credits

    Total: 126 credits

    Classical Voice

    CourseCourse NameCredits
    MUP 101Class Piano I1
    MUS 193Music Theory I3
    MUS 194Sight Singing/Dictation I1
    MUP 201Class Piano II1
    MTE 220Computer Based Music Production3
    MUS 293Music Theory II3
    MUS 294Sight Singing/Dictation II1
    MUP 301Class Piano III1
    MUS 342Music History & Literature II3
    MUP 360Junior Recital1
    MUS 393Music Theory III3
    MUS 394Sight Singing/Dictation III1
    MUP 401Class Piano IV1
    MUS 493Music Theory IV3
    MUS 494Sight Singing/Dictation IV1
    MUS 490Music Capstone3
    ML_ 111Applied Lessons: _________________8
    MEC 100Chorale4
    Choose OneMED 315 Instrumental Conducting *
    MED 316 Choral Conducting *
    MTC 331 Choral Arranging & Conducting ◊
    MUS 250Diction for Singers I3
    MUP 305Musical Theatre Voice & Acting1
    MUS 320Song Literature for Singers3
    MED 321Vocal Pedagogy3
    MUS 341Music History & Literature I3
    MUP 371Musical Theatre: Performance2
    MEC 100Chorale4


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