Master of Vocal Arts Curriculum

The vocal arts curriculum is divided into three main components:
  • Core Seminar,
  • Private instruction, and
  • Workshops.

Core Seminar

The program’s innovative curriculum centers on the Core Seminar which focuses on topics that address different aspects of the singing life: poetry and text, international musical influences, and opera such as:
  • Dickinson, Goethe, and Verlaine
  • Singing and Song in the Global Era
  • Creating Unique Performance Opportunities
  • The Singer and the Stage

Private Instruction

Course work also includes concentrated weekly private intruction:
  • Voice lessons
    All students in the program receive private voice instruction each week.
  • Vocal coaching
    All students receive weekly individual sessions with head of program, Kayo Iwama.
  • Alexander Technique tutorials
    All students receive weekly private Alexander Technique tutorials.


Additional course work includes the following classes which meet weekly:
  • Opera Workshop
  • Acting Workshop
  • Diction and Phonetics Workshop
  • Movement Workshop
  • Language Translation Workshop
  • Vocal Chamber Music Workshop
  • Professional Development Workshop

Summary of Requirements

Graduation Requirements, Graduate Vocal Arts Program (M.M.)

A minimum of 62 credits, all taken at Bard:
  • Voice lessons - four semesters (CNSV 500, 3 credits)
  • Vocal coaching - four semesters (CNSV 525, 2 credits)
  • Alexander Technique - four semesters (2 sem. each of CNSV 530, CNSV 532, 1 credit)
  • Core Seminar - four semesters (CNSV 515, 3 credits)
  • Diction and Phonetics Workshop - four semesters (CNSV 520, 2 credits)
  • Language Translation for Singers - three semesters (CNSV 524, 1 credit)
  • Acting Workshop - four semesters (CNSV 535, 2 credits)
  • Movement Workshop - four semesters (CNSV 539, 1 credit)
  • Vocal Chamber Music - one semester (CNSV 510, 1 credit)
  • Career Development Workshop - one semester (CNSV 540, 2 credits)
  • Graduation Recital
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