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The MM program in voice, music theatre and opera performance provides students the opportunity to choose from emphases in voice performance, music theatre performance or opera performance. Students have ample opportunities to study a wide variety of repertoire, including music theatre and opera.
The voice performance emphasis provides intensive practical training and performance experience to prepare students for a broad range of vocal careers. In addition to studio voice instruction and advanced work in acting, students may study techniques in art song, music theatre and opera, and may perform up to two recitals or may participate in music theatre and opera productions.
The opera performance emphasis provides intensive practical training and performance experience to prepare students for professional careers in opera. In addition to studio voice instruction and advanced work in acting, movement, audition techniques, career skills and vocal coaching, students study standard and contemporary operatic repertoire and are required to perform roles in at least two ASU music theatre and opera productions.
The music theatre performance emphasis provides intensive practical training and performance experience to prepare students for professional careers as musical theatre artists. In addition to studio voice instruction and advanced work in acting, dance, movement, audition techniques, career skills and vocal coaching, students study repertoire from the traditional and contemporary musical theatre canon and are required to perform roles in at least two ASU music theatre and opera productions.
At A Glance
Spring 2022: October 1, 2021
Fall 2022: December 1, 2021
Curriculum Check sheets
Check sheets break down the course requirements for each degree program and are listed below by area.
- Music Direction Emphasis (MM) (students admitted before fall 2020. Students admitted after fall 2020 should the review the conducting concentration)
- Voice, Music Theatre and Opera (MM) (students admitted fall 2020 and after)
Learn more about the ASU Music Theatre and Opera program.
Affording Grad School
All applicants are automatically considered for merit based scholarships, with priority given to those who audition and/or interview on-campus.
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Required Core (4 credit hours)
MUP 527 Studio Instruction (4)
Concentration (8 credit hours)
MUP 527 Studio Instruction (4)
MUP 570 Topic: Advanced Techniques for the Singing Actor 1 (1)
MUP 570 Topic: Advanced Techniques for the Singing Actor 2 (1)
MUP 596 Solo Performance (1)
MUP 597 Solo Performance (1)
Area of Emphasis (8-9 credit hours)
Other Studies in Music (11-12 credit hours)
music history (6)
music theory (5-6)
Culminating Experience (0 credit hours)
written comprehensive exam (0)
Additional Curriculum Requirements
Completion of diagnostic exams in music history and music theory is required of all new graduate music students prior to enrollment in courses for these programs through the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre. This is tracked internally within the academic unit.
Students select an area of emphasis from the following: music theatre performance, opera performance or voice performance. Students should see the academic unit for specific requirements for the selected area of emphasis.
The other studies in music requirement includes six credit hours of MHL coursework and five to six credit hours of MTC coursework. Students should see the academic unit for specific requirements.
Area of emphasis credit hours may include electives depending on course selections.
Additional information on degree requirements for all graduate music majors may be found on the check sheets posted under each degree here: https://musicdancetheatre.asu.edu/degree-programs/music/graduate.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a U.S. bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an institution in another country that is officially recognized by that country.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
- graduate admission application and application fee: https://admission.asu.edu/graduate
- School of Music, Dance and Theatre application (including a resume, personal statement and repertoire list): https://musicdancetheatre.asu.edu/admissions/music/graduate-steps-to-apply
- official transcripts
- prescreening video
- three letters of recommendation
- proof of English proficiency
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency: https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency. The School of Music, Dance and Theatre does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances.
A bachelor's degree in music is not required for admission to a master's program. However, all applicants without a bachelor's degree in music should contact MDTAdmissions@asu.edu for information on potential remedial courses. Remedial courses may be taken at ASU, another accredited university or a community college before or after admission to this program, but they must be completed prior to starting graduate-level course requirements in music history and music theory.
Students should see the program website for application deadlines. After an applicant's complete application has been received, including recommendation letters, transcripts and proof of English proficiency, and review has been conducted of prescreening materials, the applicant may be invited for a live audition. Information about the audition can be found at https://musicdancetheatre.asu.edu/admissions/music/graduate-auditions.