Some of the best schools for vocal music courses are the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Temple University in Philadelphia and the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Students of the Bienen School of Music have a range of options, including dual degrees and double majors, and benefit from auditions held on campus by professional opera companies.
One of the advantages of the University of Southern California's location in Los Angeles is its proximity to industry-leading organizations such as the Los Angeles Opera, the GRAMMY Foundation and the Recording Academy. Programs offered include the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Arts, Bachelor of Music in Popular Music, Bachelor of Arts in Choral and Sacred Music and the Master of Music in Vocal Arts, which covers ensemble, cantata and oratorio, vocal literature, music history and pedagogy. There is also a doctorate program in Vocal Arts.
Programs offered by Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance include the Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice Performance, as well as Master of Music programs in Voice and Opera.
Some other good schools for vocal music are Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the Julliard School in New York and Portland State University.