The Certificate Program is designed for students who are looking for an organized, advanced placement-like path to a comprehensive musical education. It offers an ambitious, sequential progression of learning, all in the company of other students who share the same goals.

The Program challenges students to achieve at a high level in a full spectrum of musicianship, including their own performance skills, music theory, and a knowledge of choral, orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire. Earning a certificate acknowledges significant accomplishment under the instruction of at least three different faculty members.

Entry level into the Certificate Program is determined by instrumental audition and a music theory placement evaluation. (To be eligible, a student’s instrumental study must be with a Preparatory School teacher, registered through the NEC program.)

There are four levels of achievement in which students are evaluated yearly. Though age is not necessarily a limiting factor, time is a crucial ingredient in the student’s developing maturity. Work at each traditional music certificate level normally requires two years of study.

Department chairs and the Director of the Preparatory School advise students, monitor progress, and guide curriculum decisions. We encourage students who seek an even more rigorous experience to supplement their studies with additional performance ensembles and elective courses.

Certificate Requirements

All requirements for the Certificate Program at each of the four levels are outlined below. Exceptions and waivers must be requested in writing and may be granted only by the Faculty Council. The instrumental repertoire and technique requirements vary by level and department. Please consult with your studio teacher on specific pieces. Required grade on PLE to receive the certificate is a High Pass.

Level I

  • Meet vocal repertoire & technique requirements
  • Complete 1 year of piano instruction or proficiency placement (2 pieces of comparable difficulty to a song accompaniment)
  • Complete Music Theory I

Level II

  • Meet vocal repertoire & technique requirements
  • Demonstrate piano proficiency (see Level I)
  • Complete 1 year of chorus
  • Complete Music Theory II
  • Complete Lyric Diction

Level III

  • Meet vocal repertoire & technique requirements
  • Complete 1 year of Early Vocal Training Program at Level III or IV
  • Complete one year of Youth Chorale at Level III
  • Music Theory III-1
  • Vocal Chamber Music or Audition Preparation class
  • Demonstrate piano proficiency (see Level I)

Level IV

  • Meet vocal repertoire & technique requirements
  • Complete 1 year of Early Vocal Training Program at Level III or IV
  • Present half or full recital program
  • Demonstrate piano proficiency (see Level I)
  • Music Theory III-2
  • Vocal Chamber Music or Audition Preparation Class

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