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Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pedagogy - Voice (D.M.A.)

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Kathryn Green, Professor of Music
Ruebush Hall, Room 238; (540) 665-4556; kgreen@su.edu

The Doctor of Musical Arts in Pedagogy – Voice curriculum concentrates on preparing students for careers in higher education, as teachers and researchers. Students will gain knowledge through an interdisciplinary approach in the areas of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, technology, psychology and applied voice. Both classical and nonclassical approaches are addressed. Competencies include a broad knowledge of vocal literature, music theory and music history.

Program Outcomes

Students completing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Pedagogy – Voice degree will be able to:

  • apply vocal teaching techniques appropriate for higher education;
  • exhibit advanced knowledge of the structure and function of the vocal mechanism as it is used for singing;
  • recognize vocal problems and disorders and determine the proper course of action with a medical professional;
  • conduct pedagogical research in relation to voice science;
  • integrate knowledge of kinesiology, psychology and voice therapy within applied vocal teaching;
  • demonstrate professional skills and knowledge gained through voice research internships in professional clinical settings;
  • utilize knowledge of technological programs and related resources; and
  • implement advanced knowledge of music theory, applied repertoire, vocal literature and music history.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 60 credits is required in the DMA Pedagogy program. Shenandoah Conservatory will accept twelve graduate credits beyond the master’s degree when earned at an accredited university or institution. All transfer credit beyond the master’s degree must fulfill curricular requirements in the DMA Pedagogy degree. Deficiencies will be identified through a thorough academic transcript review. Successful fulfillment of deficiencies and required remediation are a condition of degree completion.

All specific requirements, in terms of courses and credits in each of the degree categories, at the doctoral level must be fulfilled regardless of the credits presented in the master’s degree. An overall grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) is required for graduation.

Course and Credit Requirements

Vocal Literature Electives

Choose from two of the following:

Total: 4-5 credits



  • Credit(s): 3
  • Applied Voice Elective
  • Other electives as individually approved
  • (Workshop credit limited to 4)
  • (Ensemble music credit limited to 4)

Total: 16 credits

Total: 60 credits

*Minimum grade of “C” required.

A minimum of three semesters language study at the undergraduate or graduate level is required for all entering doctoral students in Voice Pedagogy: one semester each of French or German with an additional semester of either language. Deficiencies in this area will be identified in the initial transcript analysis by the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs.

+Continuous enrollment of CONR 899  for at least one credit is required in fall and spring semesters after initial registration to support completion of the lecture and supporting document. Summer registration is optional. Registration for CONR 899 is the responsibility of the student until the requirement is fulfilled or the student submits a written statement of withdrawal from the curriculum. The course may be repeated for credit, but a maximum of nine credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements. Extra CONR culminating research credits may not be used as elective credits.

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