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Music Certificate Programs

CERTIFICATE IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Coordinator: Noel Lester

Music performance certificates are available in any area offered at Hood—voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, string bass, all brass instruments, classical guitar, oboe, clarinet, flute and harp.

Students who possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in fields other than music and can demonstrate significant ability in voice or one of the above instruments, may earn a professional certificate in music performance. Enrollment, as an upper division certificate student, begins with an interview with the department chair, followed by a departmental audition. If accepted into the program, students will enroll and complete the requirements within three years. A grade of “B” or better must be earned in all courses. Up to two credits of applied music may be exempted, based on the audition, as well as MUSC 101 Music Theory, if this course has already been taken at the collegiate level. If MUSC 103 Introduction to Music has been earned elsewhere, a higher level music history course must be taken. The Hood transcript will show only those courses earned at Hood and that the requirements of the certificate have been met.

Requirements for the Certificate in Music Performance (15 credits) 

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (any major other than music) and a successful departmental audition. 

  • MUSC 101 Theory I
  • MUSC 103 Introduction to Music
  • 6 credits of applied music in the area of certification
  • 1 credit of related ensemble
  • Participation in two honors recitals
  • 2 credits juried (senior) recital
  • Students must earn a “B” or higher in every course in order to receive the certificate.
  • Students in music certificate programs take undergraduate courses at one-half tuition.

CERTIFICATE IN PIANO PEDAGOGY

Coordinator: Noel Lester

Students who possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in fields other than music and have demonstrable ability in piano may earn a professional certificate in piano pedagogy. Enrollment, as an upper division certificate student, begins with an interview with the department chair, followed by a departmental audition. If accepted into the program, students will enroll and complete the requirements within three years. A grade of “B” or better must be earned in all courses. Up to two credits of applied music may be exempted, based on the audition, as well as MUSC 101 Theory I, if taken at the collegiate level. If MUSC 103 Introduction to Music has been earned elsewhere, a higher level music history course must be taken. The Hood transcript will show only those courses earned at Hood and that the requirements of the certificate have been met. Students who are concurrently pursuing the certificate in piano performance would need to take one semester of harpsichord and MUSC 375 Independent Study in Piano Pedagogy in order to earn the second certificate in piano pedagogy.

Requirements for the Certificate in Piano Pedagogy (16 credits)  

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (any major other than music) and a successful departmental audition.  

  • MUSC 101 Theory I
  • MUSC 103 Introduction to Music
  • 6 credits of piano (or 5 credits of piano and 1 credit of harpsichord)
  • 1 credit of piano ensemble
  • MUSC 375 Independent Study in Piano Pedagogy
  • Students must earn a “B” or higher in every course in order to receive the certificate.
  • Students in music certificate programs take undergraduate courses at one-half tuition.