Certificate of Merit in Music History

The Certificate of Merit in Music History 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 part-time.

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 History is course study and proficiency on an instrument or voice. Students will also gain a solid understanding of music theory and the technological tools necessary for being a musician in the twenty-first century. The capstone experience for the Certificate of Merit is a final music history arts project 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 History Requirements credits
History of Western Music 1: 9th-18th Centuries 2
History of Western Music 2: Enlightenment to Recent Times 2
Latin American Classical Traditions 1
Art and Soul of Cinema: An Appreciaiton of Film Music 1.5
Approved Specified Electives (choose from):

Jazz History 1
Jazz History 2

Experiencing American Popular Music
Music of the World
Intro to Composition 1
Intro to Composition 2
Piano Class (Required of non-pianists)

Music Technology 1
Music Theory & Literacy 1/2 4
Private Lessons 6
Final Music History Arts Project (As a capstone) 0
Total Credits required 24