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Instrumental Music Performance Certificate

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This certificate is administered by the area of Music  in the School of Performing Arts .

The Instrumental Music Performance Certificate is a non-degree program designed for students looking for intensive studies in instrumental music, as both a soloist and an ensemble performer. While pursuing a degree in a field other than music, you will develop your skills as a performer with weekly private lessons with music department faculty, and will perform in large and small group ensembles. Working with your studio teacher, you design a course of study selecting academic music courses that focus on your interests, rather than following the prescribed traditional music degrees tracks.

This program is intended for incoming first-year students who have an extensive background and training in music performance but will be majoring in a discipline outside of the Music Department. Students already in their first or second year may audition for the program only through special circumstances and exceptions. Admission requirements can be found here .

Consists of 30 credits.

Applied Lessons, 20 credits

20 credits minimum with a suggested 2 credits per semester in the first year.

Ensembles, 8 credits

8 credits minimum. Students enrolled in applied lessons must also enroll in a major instrumental ensemble as assigned by the appropriate director and applied studio teacher.

Recital Performance

Special Topics


Upon completion, you will be able to demonstrate through writing and oral communication how this certificate program’s core principle supported ongoing value to combining a high-level of study in a creative field with your major field of study. This portion of the certificate program may be offered as part of the required recital performance.


You must maintain a minimum 3.50 GPA in all music classes.

You must be in good standing in your primary degree program each semester.

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