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School of Music: Vocal Studies Department
Vocal Pedagogy @ ECU

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About the Program
Pedagogy is the method and practice of teaching.  In addition to the MM in vocal performance, East Carolina University’s School of Music also offers the master of music degree in vocal performance with an added concentration in vocal pedagogy.  The purpose of the graduate vocal pedagogy concentration is to provide the vocal performer with a skill set specific to the methodology of teaching voice.  The program is intended for classical vocal performers who wish to pursue a pedagogical career, as well as for those who wish to increase their marketability in the industry by developing a more inclusive mastery of vocal mechanism function and the science of the singing voice. 

The mission of ECU’s MM in vocal performance with the added pedagogy concentration is to produce well-rounded performers who also possess the base knowledge and skill set needed to be successful studio voice teachers.  The curriculum covers topics such as the anatomy and physiology of the vocal apparatus, the history of vocal pedagogy, the national schools of singing, the basics of acoustics, and the examination of various subjective pedagogical concepts.  The curriculum is coupled with a variety of opportunities for observation and practical application.  Through the use of spectrograph technology, students utilize real-time audio/visual feedback of vocal sound to study vocal events such as onset and release, vowel definition, vowel modification, registration, vibrato, and the spectral relationships among the overtones and formants that characterize the professional singing voice. 

The vocal pedagogy program is coordinated by Dr. Jami Rhodes, email:

For audition and other information, contact John Kramar, e-mail:, phone: 252-328-1248