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Master of Music – Vocal Arts Performance


The MM in vocal arts performance is a two-year, 30-unit program consisting of individual instruction, ensembles, cantata and oratorio, pedagogy, vocal literature, music history and electives. A graduate recital is required.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (8 units)

MPWP 553 Individual Instruction (lessons) (four 2-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (2 units)

MUEN 5 500 level music ensembles (includes MUEN 514: Opera Chorus) (two 1-unit courses)

Program Intensive Courses (6 units)

MPVA 443 Cantata and Oratorio (2 units)
MPVA 540 Special Studies in Vocal Literature (2 units)
MPVA 541 Comparative Vocal Pedagogy (2 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (4 units)

MUHL 570 Research Materials and Techniques (2 units)
MUHL 5 500 level Music History elective (2 units)

Electives (10 units)

400 or 500 level music courses (5 units)
400 or 500 level music or non-music courses (5 units)

Capstone Projects

One Graduate Recital
Comprehensive Review

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical graduate credit load is eight units per semester.

Music Graduate Entrance Exams (MGEE) are administered during Orientation Week just prior to the start of your program. See the MGEE page for more information.