Certificate Programs

Artist's Diploma

The Artist Diploma is a professional one-year program for instrumental, piano or voice, and is designed to enable students to expand their knowledge of repertoire and technique, and to further their personal performance skills and musical understanding. The Artist Diploma program is designed with flexibility in mind so its candidates can focus their energies exclusively on performance and performance-related study.

Course Requirements

Admission Requirements:

1. Application for Admission
2. Possession of a master’s degree in music.
3. Two letters of recommendations from those who can attest to the application’s potential for successful graduate study.
4. Official transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions from which the applicant has earned a degree, confirming a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
5. A successful 60-minute audition demonstrating an appropriate level of prior experience and potential for success in the program.
6. International Students:
a. Submit transcripts to World Education Services for evaluation and translation.
b. Take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 (79 internet- based). If the student does not meet the English requirement, they are required to complete the University’s ESL program before coursework can begin

Certificate in Piano Pedagogy

The Certificate in Piano Pedagogy is a one-year program designed for independent piano teachers who already possess a bachelor’s degree in music but don’t have the time (or resources) to pursue a graduate degree.

This certificate program provides them with the opportunity to increase their knowledge, sharpen their skills, and add to their teaching credentials.

Classes in the certificate program count towards a MM in Piano Pedagogy, allowing the student to return for an additional year to complete the master’s degree.

Students must earn a C or better in each class.

Course Requirements

Admission Requirements:

1. Application for Admission
2. Possession of a bachelor’s degree in music.
3. Two letters of recommendations from those who can attest to the application’s potential for successful graduate study.
4. Official transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions from which the applicant has earned a degree, confirming a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
5. A recent recital tape or an audition tape demonstration performance skill equivalent to the level of a junior performance major.
6. International Students:
a. Submit transcripts to World Education Services for evaluation and translation.
b. Take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 (79 internet- based). If the student does not meet the English requirement, they are required to complete the University’s ESL program before coursework can begin.


Certificate in Jazz

A 20-hour program designed for undergraduate students.  Emphasis is placed on jazz theory, history, arranging and performance.

Course Requirements

Certificate in Service Playing

A 25-hour program designed for church organists who desire to expand their musical knowledge and skill.

Course Requirements