Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Voice Pedagogy

Basic Certificate Description:

The Graduate Certificate in Voice Pedagogy is a non-degree seeking graduate option for current or future singing teachers, choral directors and speech pathologists who work with singers who wish to enhance or update their teaching skills in a shorter period of time than would be required than a full Masters degree. This certificate has an exclusive focus on the pedagogical aspects of singing.  This is a fifteen hour (5 courses) certificate program including a capstone course offered after completion.  Twelve of the fifteen hours can be applied towards a Masters of Music degree upon completion.

Why pursue a Graduate Certificate in Voice Pedagogy?

  • Working professionals in these fields can pursue this certificate without a long-term commitment to advance their immediate knowledge and skills.
  • Students will have the opportunity to perform supervised research in the UTSA Vocal Arts Laboratory, where they will have access to state-of-the-art equipment including the EGGS for Singers portable electroglottograph; digital mixers; speech, recording and analysis software, as well as a sound booth. 
  • Students will have access to private instruction and the faculty to student ratio is small. 
  • Currently the Southern Region of the United States does not offer such a unique, cutting-edge program, so it is attractive to active diverse singers and teachers city and region wide. 

Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

General Requirements:  The Graduate Certificate in Voice Pedagogy under the Department of Music is a 15 credit hour program (5 courses) available to degree seeking students who have been admitted to any UTSA graduate program, as well as special graduate students who meet all of the requirements outlined in the UTSA Graduate Catalog.  Requirements are the same as the admissions requirements for the Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance which includes a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work for incoming students. 

Graduate Studies Application: Yes, unless already a currently enrolled degree seeking student.  Students already in admitted to one of the appropriate master’s program areas will only need to fill out a department form.  New students will need to apply as a special graduate degree seeking student and select the Voice Pedagogy certificate option.  Note- financial aid is not available for special graduate degree seeking status.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Resume or CV: Recommended but not required

Statement of Purpose:  Not required

Letters of Recommendation:  Three letters of recommendation from established professionals commenting on appropriateness of graduate study in music.

Other Degree Requirements:  Audition in person or provide a recent digital video (CD or DVD preferred, VHS videotape accepted) demonstrating the mastery in pedagogy and performance

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

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Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1
Summer- April 1
Fall- July 1

International Applicants:
Spring- September 1
Summer- March 1
Fall- April 1

In addition to the university application deadlines, students must also meet the department’s audition deadlines.  Auditions are normally held between December and May.  Please check the music department’s website for audition dates.

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Dr. Drew Stephen, Ph.D.
Email: Drew.Stephen@utsa.edu
Telephone: 210-458-5686

Degree Website: http://music.utsa.edu/index.php/graduate-students

Career Options:

  • Potential and current singers, choral directors and speech pathologists who work with singers to enhance their pedagogy skills in a short time frame are encouraged to apply for this certificate under the Department of Music.

Course Scheduling and Offerings:

Daytime and evening courses are offered. 


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