This policy sheet is in addition to the information in the student handbook.  The student is responsible for understanding both the handbook and this policy. 

Applied Voice Studio Assignments

Students are current/assigned to applied faculty studios by the Voice Area Head (Kevin Hanrahan) in consultation with individual faculty members.  New students may request a specific teacher assignment by contacting the Coordinator of Records and Student Affairs (Colleen McDonald) or by putting the request in writing to the Area Head.  Students accepted for study are responsible for communicating with their current/assigned applied teachers during the first week of each semester to arrange lesson times. Students pursuing voice study as a minor or as an elective are given lowest priority for applied study studio assignments.

All majors and minors must audition before any studio assignment can be considered.  Electives may simply sign up with Coordinator of Records and Student Affairs.  Elective voice students are current/assigned on a first come, first serve basis and may only study if there is adequate studio space after all majors and minors have been current/assigned.

Semesters of Voice Study at UNL
Please refer to the student handbook to determine the number of semesters of applied voice required for each vocal music degree. Once the degree-required semesters of applied voice are completed, students are no longer entitled to take lessons with a voice faculty member.  The Glenn Korff School of Music requires undergraduate students to be enrolled in applied voice during the semester a degree-required recital is performed; therefore, students must complete their degree recital(s) during their degree-required semesters of applied voice.  If a student wishes to take applied voice in semesters beyond their degree's requirements, it will be at the sole discretion of the instructor involved. [back to top]

Applied Lessons

For Music Majors Whose Applied Major Instrument is Voice

The applied teacher is required to meet with the student 1 hour per week, with at least 30 minutes being an individual lesson.   Each studio is a little different and there are a variety of scenarios including, but not limited to the following:

1 individual 30-minute lesson per week plus one hour-long group lesson.
2 individual 30-minute lessons per week.

Any time given to the student, above and beyond one hour per week, is extra, and completely at the discretion of the applied teacher.
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For Those Registered for Minor or Elective Voice

The applied teacher is required to meet with the student for a 30 minute lesson per week.

Ensemble Requirements

All voice majors and minors should refer to the student handbook for ensemble requirements.

ALL students taking elective voice are required to participate in a vocal ensemble.  Should the elective student fail to pass their ensemble in the semester of voice study, they will be given an incomplete in voice study until they take and pass an ensemble in a subsequent semester.  The student will not be allowed to enroll in applied voice again, until the outstanding ensemble requirement is fulfilled. [back to top]


All voice majors, minors and electives are required to take juries. 

Exceptions:       DMA students are not required to take juries.
Other “students may be exempted from jury examinations only if they have performed a recital during the last seven weeks of that semester in fulfillment of degree requirements.” (UG Handbook, p. 10; MM Handbook p. 10)

If a student is unable to perform a jury for any reason, that student or his/her applied teacher must submit, in writing, a letter explaining why he/she is not taking a jury.  The jury must be rescheduled at the convenience of the voice area.

All students must arrange to take their jury on the prescribed date and time.  Majors must take juries on days set aside for majors.  Minors and electives must take juries on days set aside for minors and electives.  Only the most exceptional circumstances will be considered for a change and must be approved of by the voice area.  Students should not assume any more flexibility with voice jury scheduling than they would expect to have from general education classes outside the Glenn Korff School of Music.  Major juries occur at the beginning of finals week (Monday through Tuesday or Monday through Wednesday).  Minor/Elective juries occur on the Wednesday or Thursday of finals week.  The specific schedule is posted on the area head’s door no later than one week prior to finals week.

Grading for the semester of a degree recital
Every undergraduate degree recital must be attended by the student’s teacher, plus one additional faculty member of the voice area..  The student must arrange the date of the recital in consultation with the applied teacher, the accompanist(s), and the additional faculty member.  This additional faculty member will be of the student’s own choosing, in consultation with the applied teacher.  The additional faculty member’s grade of the recital will constitute 1/3 of the recital grade.

Minimum Repertoire Requirements
MUAP 101.1 2 songs/aria, no language requirement
MUAP 101.2 3 songs/arias, 1 Foreign Language
MUAP 201.1 4 songs/arias, 1 Foreign Language
MUAP 201.2 4 songs/arias, 2 Foreign Language
MUAP 301.1 5 songs/arias, 2 Foreign Language
MUAP 301.2 5 songs/arias, 2 Foreign Language
MUAP 401.1 5 songs/arias, 2 Foreign Language
MUAP 401+ 5 songs/arias, Teacher’s Discretion
MUAP 901 4 songs/arias, Teacher’s Discretion
MUAP 801 Teacher’s Discretion
MUAP 100A/800A Teacher’s Discretion
Other Teacher’s Discretion

Any student not meeting the minimum repertoire standards may not receive any grade above a B+ in applied voice for that semester. Should the student fail to meet the above repertoire requirements, each juror will also make a 10-point deduction in their respective score.  It is assumed that required repertoire never duplicates that of any previous semester.

Individual studio teachers may intensify their repertoire requirements for the student. 
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SUDQE (Sophomore Upper Divisional Qualifying Exam)

At the end of the 4th semester, all voice majors must pass a qualifying exam in order to continue as a major at the 300-level.  The exam is in two parts, both of which the student must pass.

Part I: Skills--The applied teacher determines skill competency.

Part II: The Jury--For the student to pass, a majority of faculty scores must be at 80 or above. (If a student scores in the 70s or lower in 1st - 3rd semester juries, this should be considered a serious warning.)

Should the student fail either or both sections, he/she may take an incomplete and retest.  The voice area will determine number of retests allowed.  Should the student ultimately not pass both sections of the SUDQE, the grade will revert to an F and the student will not be allowed to continue at the junior level as a voice major. [back to top]

Recital Repertoire

Recital Requirements by Area as required by their degree program, students musi successfully complete a Junior and/or Senior recital that meets the expectations and requirements of the Faculty in the students Applied Area (NOTE: Timeframes for on-campus recitals are listed as part of the Undergraduate Student Recital Contract in the back of the Glenn Korff School of Music Undergraduate Handbook.):

Recital repertoire should focus on art song (musical theatre and operatic repertoire is to be performed in addition to the minimum time requirement). The recital should include four languages (English, Italian, German, French) and represent a variety of musical periods and styles. The minimum length of each vocal recital must be:

  • All BA degree recitals, BME degree recitals & BM (junior) degree recitals: 30 min.
  • All BM (senior) degree recitals: 40 min.

Recital repertoire is to reflect the individuality of the singer, and is to consist of selections from the art song repertoire. The recital is to include four languages (English, Italian, German, and French) and represent a variety of musical periods and styles. The musical portion of each recital will have a minimum length of: All BA & BME recitals and BM junior recitals: 30 minutes All BM senior recitals: 40 minutes Should a voice student wish to perform a recital not in compliance with the guidelines above, the student may petition the voice area for an exception. Exceptions must be granted in the semester before the proposed recital's performance. Musical theatre and operatic repertoire may be performed in addition to the above minimum requirements. [back to top]


The voice area holds frequent departmental recitals on Tuesdays at 2:30pm.  All voice majors are required to attend all departmentals.  All voice majors are required to sing on one departmental per year. Individual studio teachers may intensify this requirement..

The Coordinator of Accompanying in the SOM makes accompanist assignments for
each studio. Students are NOT guaranteed an accompanist from the SOM.  Students may ask their instructor for suggestions on private accompanists.

Program Information

  • Singers send program information to teachers by the teacher's specified deadline.
  • If the corrected Daprtmental program information is not received by the program deadline, the singer will NOT be permitted to sing on that Departmental and is NOT BE GUARANTEED another Departmental Time.
  • If the accompanist needs to go in a particular order, you must tell your applied teacher (who passes it on to the Departmental GTA) when you give your applied teacher your program information.

Change of Studio Policy

  1. If a student has a concern about the studio assignment, the student is required to discuss those concerns with the current applied teacher or to send the current applied teacher a letter or email regarding those concerns.  The student should not approach a new teacher.
  2. The  student provides a request in writing to the area head requesting a change of studio.
  3. A student currently assigned to a GTA can make a request to a transfer to the faculty by submitting a request to the Area Head.
  4. Students requesting a change of studio are neither guaranteed the change, nor are they guaranteed a spot in a specific studio.