Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
The objective of the DMA degree in vocal performance is to develop a musician-scholar, who displays a mastery of vocal performance and is well equipped with scholarly attitudes and abilities. This program of study prepares students as" performers and teachers pursuing a career in higher education. It is expected that a student entering the DMA program has achieved an advanced level of artistic performance and technical mastery, and shows capability of in-depth academic study.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music - Pedagogy (Voice Option)
The Ph.D. program prepares researchers, professors, performers and other professional leaders with the skills, values, and intellectual rigor needed for the most advanced leadership and investigation for music study. Thus the purpose of this more advanced degree emphasis is to not only provide students with a thorough grounding in the discipline of vocal pedagogy, but also to provide them with a rigorous background in research skills and methodologies, while allowing for continued development of their performance skills. Students will be equipped with a doctoral-level education, encompassing theoretical knowledge, research skills, and practical applications to instructional settings. Our graduates are prepared for leadership roles as productive scholars and pedagogues in institutions of higher education, government, or community music schools.
Master of Music (MM)
The objectives of the MM degree in vocal performance are to expand the student’s knowledge and understanding of the development and structure of music in the Western World and to allow the student to develop to a higher level of performance and scholarship.
Master of Music Education(MME)
This MME is designed for the practicing K-12 music educators who wish to continue teaching K-12 or who wish to pursue further study in preparation for teaching at the college level. The coursework required in this program may be completed through summer course offerings.[back to the top]

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance(BM)
This BM degree with a major in vocal performance provides the deepest exposure to coursework in music. Its general education requirements are less than for the BA degree, and its amount of elective space is also smaller. This degree prepares students for a career in professional performance or for graduate study in vocal performance.
Bachelor of Arts in Voice (BA)
This BA degree with a major in voice provides the greatest breadth of possibilities for students. This coursework includes a core curriculum in music and the largest number of general education requirements and the greatest elective space of all degrees in voice. It also requires a minor. Students choose a performance track or research track when pursuing this degree. Students can shape this degree not only to go on in performance, or to move into music education (through additional coursework after graduation), but also to prepare appropriately for other musical careers in higher education. These careers can include areas in technology, the broadcasting and recording industries, music librarianship, business, and other pursuits. This is the most appropriate degree for students who wish to double major and for students who may not intend to pursue music as their sole vocation.
Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre (BA)
This BA degree with a major in voice and theatre performance is a musical theatre degree with less emphasis on dance than a traditional BFA degree in musical theatre performance. This degree is offered through the Interdisciplinary Studies program. Any student wishing to pursue this major must first complete two years as a voice or theatre major. Qualifying sophomores may apply to be accepted into this program. Acceptance into this degree program is determined by the applicant's ability to demonstrate significant potential for performing musical theatre professionally. A student's frequency in being cast, success in performing on stage, winning of competitive awards and excelling in musical theatre-related coursework––all serve as indicators of a student's professional potential. Once a student is accepted into this program, an individualized curriculum is designed to best prepare each student for a career performing musical theatre professionally. The Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies serves as the advisor for this program./td>
Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
This BME degree prepares students for careers teaching choral and instrumental music in primary and secondary schools. It leads to an endorsement (certification) in both vocal and instrumental music, with an emphasis in either choral or instrumental music. The required coursework includes an intensive and rigorous package of courses in education and in the methodologies of music education, in addition to the core curriculum in music.
Double Majors
It is possible for ambitious and academically successful music students to add one or more additional majors or degree programs outside the Glenn Korff School of Music to their program of studies. This is normally undertaken from a home base in the BA in Music, but is also possible to arrange from a home base in the BM degree. Interested students should declare their intentions to their academic adviser as soon as possible. [back to the top]

Minor in Music with an emphasis in Voice
This minor in music takes the most essential coursework of the first year of our core curriculum and adds to it another year of applied voice lessons and participation in choral ensembles. The first-year core curriculum may be taken as a block alongside music majors or distributed over a number of years in order to accommodate the scheduling of classes outside the Glenn Korff School of Music. This minor emphasizes vocal performance. Students must pass an audition for the voice faculty to be accepted to pursue a minor in voice.
Minor in Musical Theatre
Vocal majors in the Glenn Korff School of Music may choose to fulfill a checklist of additional courses in musical theatre, dance and theatre to pursue an official minor in Musical Theatre. The musical theatre minor requires a total 25 credit hours beyond the requirements for a voice major. This option is available to all vocal majors, including:
  • vocal performance majors pursuing a BM degree
  • voice majors pursuing a BA degree
  • vocal music education majors pursuing a BME degree

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ELECTIVE STUDY IN VOICE [back to the top]


  • Students not pursuing a music degree may earn university credits by registering for applied voice lessons, which earn 1 credit hour for one weekly half-hour lesson per week during the semester. Students registering for applied voice are highly encouraged to participate in an appropriate vocal ensemble. Voice lessons for students not majoring in music are termed “Applied Voice for Elective Study.”


  • All auditions for participation in staged productions at UNL are open to all students currently enrolled at UNL. Auditions are posted on the Voice Area Callboard on the second floor of Westbrook Music Building. UNL Opera holds season auditions early in each fall semester.


  • UNL has nine active vocal ensembles, which all require an audition for participation. Please see the Choir website for more details.


  • Graduate and undergraduate vocal & theatre students interested in musical theatre may choose to study musical theatre by participating in any desired number of musical theatre-related courses and/or performances, as their required academic schedules allow. These courses would be taken as elective study credits. Courses in Musical Theatre Studies are offered every semester. Due to a high demand, registration for these courses is governed by a waiting list. Musical Theatre Techniques is offered every fall semester and is a prerequisite for enrollment in the variety of advanced courses in musical theatre offered each spring semester. To be placed on the waiting list to enroll in musical theatre courses, please email the Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies.