University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 22, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Applied Voice Music, B.M.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Music provides education in the history, performance, theory, and pedagogy of music. Its mission is to help students acquire the skills and knowledge to enable them to successfully contribute as performers, scholars, and educators. To this end, and following the mission of the university as a whole, the school provides high quality, accredited, undergraduate and graduate degree programs in performance, education, and research. The school offers courses, ensembles, and concerts that reflect the diversity and richness of the world’s cultures, and maintains a learning environment where student performers and scholars may regularly interact with professional teacher/mentors.

NOTE: For all students entering the Bachelor of Music–Applied Music degree programs, any grade of C- or lower in the coursework for the major must be repeated (courses may only be repeated once).

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • perform on an instrument or voice at a minimum semi-professional level.
  • master basic musicianship skills (piano, rhythm, pitch discrimination).
  • demonstrate knowledge of basic musical arranging/composing concepts.

Contact Information

School of Music
Virginia Street Gym 100
(775) 784-6145 

College of Liberal Arts Advising:

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0 major; “C” or better in all major coursework
  • Residency Requirement |  30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 42 Upper-Division Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Earn three units in the following ensemble courses.

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (3 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter of this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

C. Global Context - CO11

D. Ethics - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

F. Application - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements–Applied Voice Specialization (73-93 units)

An audition for admission in the student’s area of concentration is required prior to acceptance into this School of Music Major. For more information visit, or contact the School of Music.

A. Concert (0 units)

Must complete eight semesters.

B. Voice Instruction (8 units)

Enroll for two units in each of four semesters.

C. Diction, Literature & Pedagogy (12 units)

D. Upper-division Voice (8 units)

Enroll for two units in each of four semesters. Audition for upper division is required.

E. Junior Recital (0 units)

F. Senior Recital (0 units)

G. Minor Instrument Instruction (2 units)

Must be on a single instrument.

H. Piano Competency (0-4 units)

Students who pass the piano proficiency exam is upon admission to the applied music program are not required to take the functional piano sequence courses.

Optional functional piano sequence:

I. Major Ensemble (5 units)

An additional 3 units of Ensemble coursework is counted in the Core Curriculum Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression section above.

J. Secondary Ensemble (5 units)

L. Music Literature (3 units)

Select ONE of the following:

M. Conducting (2 units)

N. Foreign Language (0-16 units)

Students enrolled in the Applied Voice Specialization program must satisfy a departmental foreign language requirement by completing four semesters of one or more foreign languages. Acceptable languages include: French, German, or Italian. Four years of high school foreign language courses may be substituted with approval from the department.

V. Minor Requirement (0 units)

VI. Electives (0-11 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

Use the Planner in MyNEVADA to build a custom graduation plan. Review and adjust the plan with an academic advisor.

A. First Year

Fall Semester (16-17 units)

Spring Semester (16-17 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (14-16 units)

Spring Semester (14-16 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (16-17 units)

Spring Semester (17-18 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (12 units)

Spring Semester (12 units)


Students may reduce Fall and Spring semester loads by taking Core Curriculum and/or foreign language courses during the summer.

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