School of Music
Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)
Betty M. Damon
Wellness, Acting, Makeup, Vocal Performance, Curriculum, Opera
Music | Music Education
Kirby, Gabriel J., "Performer Wellness and Applied Stage Practices Curriculum: Preparing the Undergraduate Vocal Performance Major for an Opera Career" (2021). Masters Theses. 725.
Within higher education, the goal is to prepare students to enter the workforce with the knowledge and abilities to meet or exceed the chosen occupation’s requirements and expectations. To achieve these requisites, schools create curricula comprising key information for several fields and concentrations while abiding by the regulations enforced by both their school boards and accreditation organizations. Students can apply for a job knowing that their degree holds value. Many institutions continually revise degrees to curricula to inspire the next generation in the workforce. The purpose of this curriculum project is to advocate for expanded curriculum considerations that include acting for the stage, language surrounding the theater, stage makeup, and The Seven Dimensions of Wellness. This qualitative study will seek to determine ways that an undergraduate vocal performance student may feel underprepared for the challenges of an opera career post-graduation in terms of optimizing wellness and the knowledge and praxis of stage applied practices.