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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 Prerequisites

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.

May require leveling courses to be determined by department. Please consult advisor for the program.

Specific Degree Requirements: See Catalog

Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet certificate program regulations.
 Application A completed Graduate School application, unless currently enrolled as a degree-seeking graduate student.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not required.
 Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation from established professionals commenting on the appropriateness of graduate study in music for the applicant.
 Statement of Purpose A statement of intent concerning graduate school.
 Test Scores Not required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429,, or online at
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other Audition in person (or with acceptable justification approved by the auditioning committee, provide a recent high quality DVD or private YouTube link) demonstrating the level of mastery in the proposed pedagogy and performance medium.

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.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Priya Prasad, Ph.D.
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Telephone: (210) 458-7484

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Course Scheduling and Offerings

Daytime and evening courses are offered.