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Earn Your Degree in Vocal Performance
1, 2 and 4 year programs available

Vocal Performance Degree

The Vocal Performance program is designed to develop your unique voice and artistic identity while building your confidence as a vocalist. With a vocal performance degree, you’ll develop essential vocal technique and cultivate improvisational style by singing in a variety of ensembles and taking private lessons tailored to your interests and personal goals. Whether you’re into rock, pop, R&B, jazz or musical theater, you’ll have the freedom to explore a variety of styles — and the support of experienced faculty to help you master the music you’re most passionate about.

By building a solid foundation in music theory, sight-reading, ear training, vocal control, microphone technique and stage presence, you’ll graduate ready to excel as an artist and professional musician.

Ready For The Real World

As a Vocal Performance major, you’ll receive professional training that prepares you for live performances and studio recording in the real world. You’ll get experience as a tech-savvy industry vocal professional collaborating on real projects with fellow students majoring in performance, songwriting, business, and production. You’ll perform in concerts and theater productions in our on-campus venues and get experience writing and recording original material in our state-of-the-art studios. You’ll learn how to manage tours, book your own shows, and market and promote yourself as an artist. And through our extensive job board, you’ll find vocal performance opportunities with area bands as well as commercial projects.

You’ll get a head start on your music career by building your professional network while you’re still in school. With access to guest artists, internships and the thriving Twin Cities music and arts scene, you’ll be connected to the industry before you graduate.

Teaching For Tomorrow

To succeed as a professional vocalist, you need a well-rounded education that prepares you for the dynamic future of the music business. That’s why our Vocal Performance degree program focuses on fostering your creativity and musicianship while giving you the necessary technology skills to adapt and compete in the industry. You’ll also graduate equipped with the entrepreneurial concepts and business savvy you’ll need to reach your goals and establish your career.

If you’re looking for a vocal performance college, our comprehensive vocal program prepares you to make and sustain a life in music by blending artistry, technology and entrepreneurship.

Your Career Path

Graduates of the Vocal Performance program are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Professional Singer
  • Band Leader
  • Songwriter
  • Touring Musician
  • Choir or Music Director
  • Theater Performer
  • Vocal Coach
  • Clinician
  • Music Teacher
  • Private Lesson Instructor

Looking to develop your vocal technique and musical styles in contemporary music? Request more information today to see how McNally Smith College of Music can help you discover your life in music by earning a vocal performance degree.