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Certificates at CE

If you’re a musician looking for a full range of training, you’ve come to the right place.

NEC's School of Continuing Education offers a variety of certificate programs: the Skills Certificate in Solo Jazz Piano, the Certificate of Merit and Professional Studies Certificate in Music Theory & Composition, Performance, Music History, Conducting, Jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, as well as studies in Music Education. Weekday evening and Saturday classes make SCE certificates ideal for adults who want a conservatory education but have grown-up lives to accommodate.

Some of our certificate programs provide graduate-level training. Others allow professional musicians to refresh or supplement their previous musical education. Still, others prepare students for undergraduate study at a higher institution (like NEC). Avocational musicians with strong music backgrounds can earn credentials.

The core of the certificate program is private studio instruction and performance, which is offered for all programs. Our certificates are designed to be completed within one or two years of full-time study. Part-time domestic students may extend the curriculum over a period of up to five years, and may also take summer courses to accelerate their program.

Students seeking admission into a certificate program must have documentable proficiency as a performing singer, instrumentalist, or composer. Limited scholarship funds are available to certificate students.

Students who have completed the certificate program have been accepted into institutions such as:

Berklee College of Music, Eastman, Longy School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, The New School of Music and NYU.