Combining technical and creative development with continuous live performing experience, MI's Vocal education has no parallel in the world of contemporary vocal training. Programs are designed to build your technique and stylistic identity as well as confidence in your abilities and to train you to be a tech-savvy industry professional. Take the skills you develop in classes and private lessons directly to the stage learning not just how to sing, but how to communicate effectively with a live audience whether you're interpreting contemporary styles or showcasing your original material. MI's unique creative performing environment challenges you to expand the limits of your vocal instrument while creating and exploring your own stylistic identity.
Performance-Based Education in Contemporary Music
Musicians Institute's challenging Bachelor of Music in Performance (Contemporary Styles) is a unique degree program combining contemporary music performance with rigorous education in traditional music disciplines. The intensive program emphasizes the development of stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence as part of a comprehensive program preparing you to enter the contemporary music industry. Upon completion of all requirements, you are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Music in Performance in one of five major instruments of study: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard and Vocals.
- BACH-PL Private Lesson
- BACH-P151-P453 Bachelor Ensembles
- (various) Instrument Study/Reading
- BACH-P104-144 Performance
- BACH-P108-P118 Sophomore Jury
- BACH-P208-P218 Senior Jury
Associate of Arts
The Associate of Arts in Performance (Vocals) program includes a combination of general and vocal-specific courses designed to produce skilled, knowledgeable, and stylistically versatile contemporary vocalists. Courses are described below (see course catalog for specific course descriptions and other information). Combined with regular seminars, clinics, and small open counselling sessions with internationally-known singers, the AA-Vocals program provides the world's premier contemporary vocal educational experience. The Vocal Program also surrounds you with a supportive network of teachers and students who challenge you to explore your stylistic identity and advance your technological knowledge while enhancing your confidence as a professional.
AA Degree Emphasis
Associate of Arts students in instrument performance programs (Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard Technology, Vocals) may opt for a course of study which combines the performance program with a music industry program (Audio Engineering, DJ Performance & Production, Guitar Craft, Music Business, Independent Artist).
Enrolment in such programs is dependent upon admission approval and space availability.
*Associate programs are vocational and do not include General Education requirements or specific preparation for study at the Baccalaureate level.
The Certificate in Performance (Vocals) is a unique four-quarter, 60 credit-unit program for contemporary vocalists. The proven curriculum develops your vocal technique and individual stylistic identitythrough a combination of structured classes and weekly private lessons. Explore contemporary styles or showcase your original material on stage in a wide range of performance workshops. Learn not only to sing, but to communicate with your audience and your fellow musicians. The Vocal Program surrounds you with a supportive network of teachers and students who challenge you to explore your stylistic identity and advance your technological knowledge while enhancing your confidence as a professional.
The MI Select Program (Non-Certificate Training in Music Performance) is designed to allow you to create a full-time, ten-week program by choosing from available lessons, classes, performance workshops and other activities. Enrolment is available at the beginning of any quarter and may be repeated for additional quarters.
The MI Select Program includes:
Based on an initial evaluation, the MI Select Coordinator provides you with a list of available courses that are appropriate to your level of knowledge and skill. From that list, you create a class schedule equal to a full-time credit load of fifteen units.
NOTE: Course offerings vary by quarter and some courses and programs are not available for MI Select enrolment. A list of available courses will be provided to you by the MI Select Coordinator prior to registration. To confirm the availability of specific courses, please consult with the MI Select Coordinator prior to enrolment.
Every instrument MI Select session includes weekly, one-hour private lessons on your primary instrument. Instructor and you jointly develop a lesson plan based on your particular interests and the instructor provides general guidance throughout the program.
NOTE: Requests for private lessons with a specific instructor are subject to instructor availability.