Bachelor of Arts

Voice Performance Degree

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The Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance will give you mastery of three areas critical to advancing in a career as a singer or vocalist: vocal skill and craft, music business acumen, and music technology know-how. You will strengthen your vocal and performance skills by practicing technique, sight-singing, and audience engagement, all while developing a unique vocal style to establish your identity as a singer. You’ll also create a professional strategy for pursuing a variety of revenue streams, and learn the skills to record, edit, mix, and master vocal tracks.

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Additionally, you’ll receive private one-on-one instruction in a weekly singing lesson with a Berklee Online instructor. The core curriculum is supported by coursework in other disciplines, such as songwriting, music production, music business, music theory, and other instruments, to strengthen your knowledge and skills in alignment with your educational and career goals.

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Use the vocal technique you have developed in a variety of musical genres, finding your unique singing voice while learning to sing healthily and sustainably
  • Hone your own personal performance technique, empowering you to become a compelling singer and performer both in live, recorded, and streamed settings
  • Apply a working knowledge of music theory and sight-singing to be a more effective vocalist in professional settings
  • Lead a band, run professional rehearsals, providing chord charts, lead sheets, and other required materials for your supporting bands
  • Develop recording technology skills specific for vocalists, including recording and mixing vocals, performing topline, and file-sharing protocols
  • Identify potential revenue streams and articulate a plan to create a sustainable career as a working vocalist/singer
  • Compile an expansive repertoire
  • Design and execute a branded online presence including social media, website, or other elements as needed to promote themselves within the industry as a vocalist and performer
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(120 Credits)

How should I set up my schedule, based on the above requirements?

Check out this handy planning guide to help you understand which courses you should take during which semester.

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Voice majors in the Bachelor of Arts degree program complete nine levels of private voice lessons. Each level of private lessons is 12 weeks in duration and involves a weekly, one-hour, live webcam session with a faculty member of your choosing. The purpose of voice lessons is to train your voice to reach its maximum capability and to gain exposure to music across genres and time periods. These lessons provide the opportunity to expand your musical vocabulary, improve technique, and gain valuable insight into your own strengths and areas of development.

Private lesson instructors will share their practical knowledge and coach you through lesson material at a pace tailored specifically to your needs. Using an individualized approach, instructors will help prepare you to develop your voice and artistry through the use of exercises, studies, and vocal repertoire.

When course registration opens for the semester, you will be able to register for the appropriate private lesson course level, and then select a day, time, and instructor. Voice majors in the Bachelor of Arts degree will earn two credits for the successful completion of each level of private lessons, for a total of 18 credits.

  1. Fill out the online application (15 minutes)
  2. Create a 500-750 word essay, or a 3-5 minute video essay
  3. Prepare a recorded audition
  4. Attach your official transcripts
  5. Ask for two letters of recommendation

Read full undergraduate admissions requirement details .


Online undergraduate degree tuition vs. campus tuition

Affordable Tuition

Online undergraduate degree tuition is $66,650 for 120 credits (includes associated fees). To get started, this degree program includes a non-refundable $75 application fee.

Read full tuition and associated program fee details for this, and all other undergraduate programs here.

Available Financial Aid

Ready to Return to Berklee or Transfer in Credits from Another Institution to Complete Your Degree?

Students transferring in from an accredited institution can carry over up to 60 credits, and students with previous Berklee experience may be able to transfer even more.

Learn about our different transfer options: