Certificate of Professional Studies

The Professional Studies Certificate 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 is private studio instruction, performance or composition which is offered for all instruments as well as voice, composition, classical guitar, jazz, CI and conducting.  Students will also gain a solid understanding of music theory and history and the technological tools necessary for being a musician in the twenty-first century. Ensemble playing 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 solo 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 more complete musical background, 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. 

The 48 credit Professional Studies Certificate is designed to be completed in two years full time. Students can also elect to complete the certificate in five years part time