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 instrumental repertoire & technique requirements
  • Complete Jazz Theory I
  • Complete 1 year of small Jazz ensemble or Introduction to Jazz Ear Training

Level II

  • Meet instrumental repertoire & technique requirements
  • Complete Jazz Theory II
  • 1 year of small jazz ensemble

Level III

  • Meet instrumental repertoire & technique requirements
  • Complete Jazz Style and Application
  • Complete 1 semester of Jazz History (may fulfill this requirement through placement exam)
  • Complete 1 year of small jazz ensemble
  • Present half recital program

Level IV

  • Meet instrumental repertoire & technique requirements
  • Complete Jazz Style and Application
  • Complete 1 year of small jazz ensemble
  • Complete Jazz Theory III
  • Complete Advanced Ear Training
  • Present a full recital

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