The Professional Studies in Music Performance Certificate is a special one-year, 18-credit-hour, graduate level, nondegree course of study that addresses the needs of individuals preparing for performance careers. In this program, ongoing development of technique and musicianship is accomplished in a nondegree context, with emphasis placed on private lessons, practice, ensemble participation, and preparation for professional auditions or competitions.

Candidates may pursue study in the following performance areas

  • Chamber Music
  • Conducting
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Strings
  • Voice/Opera
  • Wind/Percussion

The program's objective is for students to focus on their primary area of study in order to obtain professional employment. The program often follows completion of a master's degree, but can be taken following the completion of an undergraduate degree. In order to achieve the objective, an individual curriculum is designed by the advisor in collaboration with the student to meet the student's specific needs.

Application Process

To apply for the Music Performance Certificate:

1) Apply to the Graduate School as a Non-Degree Seeking Student. The application can be found here.

2) Contact the area director to schedule an audition. Area Directors and audition requirements can be found here.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Fall Semester  
Applied Lessons 4
Ensemble 1
Independent Study 1
Guided Electives 3
Required Courses Spring Semester  
Applied Lessons 4
Ensemble 1
Independent Study 1
Guided Electives 3

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