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Music, BM – Performance Option: Vocal Area

Vocal Performance Area Bachelor of Music

Unlock your voice’s highest potential with a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Central Missouri. Our rigorous classical program will empower you to achieve long-lived success as a versatile performer.

Study vocal techniques with internationally active professional performers, expanding your skills while gaining insight into the industry. UCM’s accredited program for Vocal Performance majors is designed to build your skill and knowledge into a foundation for a dynamic, sustainable career as a performing artist.

Why major in Vocal Performance at UCM?

UCM has a proven track record of producing capable, multifaceted performers. Vocal Performance majors train with faculty who are world-class artists and, just as importantly, who truly care about your success and well-being. We meet you where you are and take you as far as you want to go, supporting you every step of the way.


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Outstanding post-graduation placement

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NASM-accredited program

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Be mentored by leading artists

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Affordable, high-quality degree

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Small class sizes, generous 1:1 training

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Inclusive, student-centered environment


What you will study

As a major in Vocal Performance at UCM, you’ll focus on developing your technique and understanding of the voice over all four years of your bachelor’s degree. Our program, fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), uses evidence-based pedagogy to build your knowledge and level of vocal achievement.

The best colleges for vocal performance give you the tools to analyze — and apply your technique to — a range of vernacular music. You’ll learn correct diction for multiple languages and practice different genres throughout the undergraduate program. By the time you graduate with your Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from UCM, you’ll have an expansive classical repertoire.

Vocal Performance majors at UCM enjoy weekly one-on-one lessons with their applied voice mentor and participate in small group courses such as:

  • Vocal Pedagogy: Learn how the voice works and cement your understanding by teaching applied voice to others. Feedback from your instructor and peers will strengthen your confidence and help you identify new areas for growth.
  • Opera Theatre: Rehearse and produce full operatic scenes or even full operas under the skilled guidance of UCM faculty, who perform opera regularly in New York City and around the world..


Excellence in Vocal Performance

  • Top 15%: Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for General Music (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Focused Master's Degree Colleges for General Music (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 8%: Most Popular Colleges for General Music (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in vocal performance

The University of Central Missouri fosters welcoming, inclusive student engagement on par with the nation’s best colleges for vocal performance. At UCM, you’ll have ample ways to get involved in student life that can both deepen and broaden your experience of the discipline:

  • Student organizations: If your career interests include opening a private studio, join the student chapter of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). To explore an interest in leading a choir, try the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
  • Extracurricular performances: Gain valuable professional experience by performing opera scenes at the annual opera practicum, or collaborate with BFA students on a musical theatre production.
  • School ensembles: Vocal Performance majors typically join the UCM choir. You can also choose to explore more commercial music with one of the multiple student-led jazz-rock combos.
  • Junior and senior recitals: Demonstrate your growth as an artist with a recital of your repertoire highlights — a performance and learning accomplishment vital to further work or study in the field.


What can you do with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from UCM?

UCM Vocal Performance majors are artists who seek to build a professional performance career and to acquire the understanding of pedagogy, theory and technique that will qualify them to instruct others in voice.

UCM’s accredited Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance will prepare you for advanced programs and to compete for professional performance roles. Whether you want to be a featured soloist with an opera company or to run your own private voice studio, the University of Central Missouri will help you launch your dream career.

UCM Vocal Performance majors have historically enjoyed a 100% first-destination success rate after graduation from our program.

Learn about vocal performance jobs

Typically, a major in Vocal Performance leads to graduate study in vocal performance, though some students choose to enter the professional world before earning a secondary degree. Use our interactive tool below to see current trends and predictions for the field of vocal performance.




Financial assistance options for your Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

The University of Central Missouri has been committed to affordable, accessible education since our founding in 1871. A Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from UCM will prepare you for a vibrant career in the arts — without the price tag of some of the other best colleges for vocal performance in the region.

UCM assists 94% of undergraduate students with grants, awards, loans, scholarships and more. A financial aid advisor will work with you to determine how to finance your college education.

As a major in Vocal Performance at UCM, you may also be eligible for dedicated funds such as:

  • Concert Choir Service Award
  • Conan and Patricia Castle Vocal Music Scholarship
  • Dr. Ralph Hart Scholarship
  • Dr. Jon Ferguson Music Scholarship

Learn more about program-specific scholarships for Vocal Performance majors by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.



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Take your degree further.

A UCM Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance is excellent preparation for graduate study, including master’s programs at UCM:

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Make yourself more marketable.

Expand your career horizons by studying a secondary specialty during your time at UCM in programs such as:

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Explore programs related to piano.

For a Music degree with a different focus that still includes voice training, you may wish to consider these UCM undergraduate programs:


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