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The certificate is a specialized, graduate-level option for advanced musicians who desire to further develop and refine their performance art. The certificate program is a two-year course of study requiring at least two consecutive semesters of residence. A total of 32 credits is required. Advisor's approval is required for each semester's enrollment. 

This certificate may be earned on a full time or part time basis.


  • An artist certificate application and current résumé
  • A bachelor's degree in music or equivalent (as evaluated by the School of Music Admissions Committee)
  • Transcripts from previous educational institutions
  • One-page written statement of student's goals and interest in the program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Recording of a live performance of solo works from the standard repertory.

Applicants should refer to the graduate admissions page of the School of Music website for specific details on what is required and how to submit their materials. Applicants must perform an audition recital and be interviewed on the Mason Campus. Applicants will be notified of the date and time of the audition and interview.

Banner Code: AR-CERG-ACPP

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 32

Studies in Performance

Select 12 credits of Graduate Applied Music from the following:12
Applied Music
Applied Music in Keyboard (over four semesters)
Two credits of2
Topics in Music
Three credits of3
Graduate Recital 1
Total Credits17

Two semesters of solo recital and one semester of chamber recital.

Support Studies in Literature and Pedagogy

MUSI 630Topics in Music History and Literature3
or MUSI 730 Advanced Topics in Music History
MUSI 551Keyboard Pedagogy3
or MUSI 553 Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature
MUSI 695Teaching Internship2
Total Credits8

Support Studies in Accompanying or Ensemble plus Electives

Select Accompanying or Ensemble:7
Techniques of Accompanying I
Graduate Chamber Ensemble
5 credits of MUSI 500 - MUSI 700 level electives
Wind Symphony 1
Symphonic Band 1
Graduate Chamber Ensemble 1
Symphony Orchestra 1
Jazz Ensemble 1
1 credit of MUSI 500 - MUSI 700 level electives
Total Credits7

One of MUSI 682 Wind Symphony, MUSI 683 Symphonic Band, MUSI 685 Graduate Chamber Ensemble, MUSI 687 Symphony Orchestra or MUSI 689 Jazz Ensemble must be taken twice.