Certificate Program

Certificate of Merit

The Certificate of Merit in Music Theory and Composition is a 24-credit program and can be completed in one year of full-time study. Students may also elect to complete it within three years.

The Certificate of Merit is for students who have had some training and are interested in focusing on improving technique and musicianship. The core of the Certificate of Merit in music theory and composition is private studio instruction and composition seminars. Students will also gain a solid understanding of music theory, composition and history and the technological tools necessary for being a musician in the twenty-first century. Composition Seminar is also a key component that allows students to collaborate and grow through working with other musicians. The capstone experience for the Certificate of Merit is an hour-long recital that highlights the progress the student has made as a musician.

Students in the Certificate of Merit program come from all walks of life. Some students are preparing for undergraduate or graduate degrees in music. Others are amateur musicians that are looking to take their skills to the next level and gain a solid musical foundation, and some are international students beginning their musical career in the United States. No matter where you’re coming from, the Certificate of Merit can help you get where you’re going.

Certificate of Merit in Music Theory & Composition Requirementscredits
Advanced Theory I & II4
Composition Seminar I & II 3
Music History and Literature4
Approved Specified Electives (choose from):

Art of Musical Sight Reading
Modal Counterpoint
18th Century Tonal Counterpoint
Piano Class 
Music Production for Media
Intro to Composition I
Intro to Composition II
Finale Chart Writing
Art of Practice and Performance
Developing Perfect Pitch I & II

4
Contemporary Music Production and Technology1
Private Instruction8
Final Recital (As a capstone)0
Total Credits required24

Professional Studies Certificate

The Professional Studies Certificate in Music Theory and Composition is a 48-credit program and can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students may also elect to complete it within five years.

The Professional Studies Certificate in Music Theory and Composition is for students who are interested in gaining a complete musical background while focusing on improving technique and musicianship. The core of the Professional Studies Certificate in Music theory and Composition is private studio instruction and composition seminars. Students will also gain a solid understanding of music theory, composition and history and the technological tools necessary for being a musician in the twenty-first century. Composition Seminar is also a key component that allows students to collaborate and grow through working with other musicians. The capstone experience for the Professional Studies Certificate is an hour-long recital that highlights the progress the student has made as a musician.

Students in the Professional Studies Certificate program come from all walks of life. Some students are preparing for undergraduate or graduate degrees in music. Others are amateur musicians that are looking to take their skills to the next level and gain a solid musical foundation, and some are international students beginning their musical career in the United States. No matter where you’re coming from, the Professional Studies Certificate can help you get where you’re going.

Professional Studies in Music Theory & Composition Requirementscredits
Music History and Literarture8
Advanced Theory I-IV8
Composition Seminar I-IV6
Approved Specified Electives (choose from):

Art of Musical Sight Reading
Modal Counterpoint
18th Century Tonal Counterpoint
Piano Class 
Music Production for Media
Intro to Composition I
Intro to Composition II

9
Contemporary Music Production and Technology1
Private Instruction16
Final Recital (As a capstone)0
Total Credits required48

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