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Certificate in Music Performance

John Prescott, Graduate Director
Ellis Hall, Room 308
Phone: 417-836-5748

MSU's Title IV Federal Financial Aid, for this certificate, is pending final approval of application to Department of Education. Check with the MSU Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.

Program description

A non-degree-granting certificate designed to provide students aspiring toward professional music performing career opportunities to study and perform solo, chamber and large-ensemble literature without some of the academic course requirements of a master's degree.

Admission criteria

This certificate is available through audition to all persons with an undergraduate degree in music in which they earned a GPA of at least 2.75. English language proficiency as determined by International Services, or successful completion of the ELI is required.

Students who wish to pursue a certificate after earning a Master of Music degree must do so with no overlap of course content.

Students who complete some or all of the certificate with a grade of B- or better in each course may be admitted to the Master of Music program after going through the full application process. The certificate credits taken will count toward the requirements for the MM degree.

Certificate Requirements - 18 hours total

Required courses - 8 hours
Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
MUS 649, 651, 652653, 655, 656, 657, 660, 749, 751, 752, 753755, 756, 757, 760 Graduate Level Applied Music 4 hrs
MUS 798 Graduate Recital 2 hrs
MUS 661, 663, 762, 768, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776, 778, 792, 793 Ensembles 2 hrs
Elective courses - 10 hours

Choose 10 hours from the following courses.

Course(s) Area of Study
MUS 683, 684, 685, 686, 687 Graduate Music History
MUS 618, 629, 727, 728 Graduate Theory
MUS 658 Pedogogy
MUS 661, 663, 762, 768, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776, 778, 792, 793 Ensembles

Completion Requirement

Students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 for completion of the certificate.