Combining the pedagogical practices of classical, musical theater, and contemporary voice with scientific analysis of vocal anatomy, Boston Conservatory at Berklee's vocal pedagogy graduate program is the only comprehensive voice pedagogy program in the world for singers who wish to become teachers of singing with advanced diagnostic skills and knowledge of healthy practice and performance solutions for a variety of singing opportunities.
The program features and the same rigorous training as the Conservatory's Master of Music in voice performance program, with the addition of pedagogy-specific coursework in anatomy, physiology, history, comparative pedagogy, and applied teaching. In addition, the Conservatory's unique relationship with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Voice Center gives vocal pedagogy students direct access to the latest advances in vocal research, rehabilitation, and technology, as well as the opportunity to interact with the doctors and speech-language pathologists who are leading the field of vocology.
Throughout the program, students explore a range of vocal teaching techniques, gain a deeper understanding of appropriate studio repertoire, learn about voice rehabilitation, and explore the relationship between voice teachers and voice therapists.
What It Takes to Succeed
Vocal pedagogy students are singers who are committed to helping their students develop their vocal talents and abilities with healthy vocal practices and techniques. They are inquisitive thinkers who are eager to understand the anatomical functions of the human voice in various musical styles and genres. They desire to develop a language to communicate vocal and pedagogical ideas effectively with their voice students, colleagues, and the professional voice community.
This program features a four-semester sequence of courses in vocal pedagogy topics, such as Structure and Function for Singing, History of Vocal Pedagogy, Comparative Pedagogy, Repertoire for the Teaching Studio, and electives specific to students' pedagogical goals and individual vocal development.
Throughout the program, students receive weekly private lessons with a member of the Conservatory's esteemed voice faculty. Because stylistic versatility is a key component of the training, pedagogy students are exposed to both classical and musical theater repertoire through repertoire and diction courses, as well as through required attendance at the many vocal studio and solo recitals presented at the Conservatory.
In the final year of the program, students enroll in Applied Teaching Practicum, which includes mentored teaching and developing a personal teaching philosophy and curriculum vitae. These courses culminate in the final project, a lecture recital on a topic determined by the student with assistance from their applied instructor, and the director of vocal pedagogy.
Graduates of our vocal pedagogy program have brought their teaching and performance expertise to numerous music programs through a wide range of performance opportunities, fellowships, and faculty appointments.
- Boston City Singers
- Children's Opera, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
- United States Army Field Band
- Boston Conservatory at Berklee
- Brown University
- Clark University
- Dean College
- Franco-American Vocal Academy
- Franklin School of the Performing Arts
- Metropolitan Opera Guild
- Newark Boys Chorus School
- Northeastern University
- Phillips Academy
- Riverside Theater Works
- South Shore Conservatory
- Trinity International University
- Wellesley School District
- Des Moines Metro Opera
- Handel and Haydn Society
- Boston Baroque
- Boston Opera Collaborative
- Odyssey Opera
- Charlotte Bach Akademie
- Oregon Bach Festival
- Britten Pears Festival
- Carmel Bach Festival
- Blue Heron
- Metrowest Opera
- Lyric Stage Company of Boston