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Lamont School of Music

Graduate

Certificate Programs

The Lamont School of Music offers certificate programs in the following areas:
Conducting | Jazz Studies | Orchestral Studies | Performance | Suzuki Teaching

International Applicants

In order to qualify for an F-1 or J-1 visa, students must enroll in at least eight (8) credit hours per quarter, with the exception of their final quarter at DU. As a Certificate candidate, you may be required to register for credit hours and coursework additional to the minimum requirements of your program in order to fulfill the 8-credit requirement.

Certificate in Conducting

The certificate in conducting offers professional training in the conducting of Western art music in choral, orchestral, and wind traditions. The program is intended for students who have completed a master's degree and are not yet prepared to enter an artist diploma program. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience with many of the extra-musical activities which conductors and music directors face, including managing personnel, librarian activities, running auditions, recruiting, etc. A completed degree in music or its equivalent from a recognized school of music is required for admission.

Choral

Choral conducting students have the opportunity to study with Dr. Catherine Sailer, Director of Choral Studies at Lamont.

Orchestral

Orchestral conducting students have the opportunity to study with Dr. Lawrence Golan, director of the award-winning Lamont Symphony Orchestra.

Wind

Wind conducting students have the opportunity to study with Dr. Joseph Martin, conductor of the award-winning Lamont Wind Ensemble.

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Certificate in Jazz Studies

The certificate in jazz studies is a one-year program designed for extended work in an applied jazz performance area. The curriculum consists of applied lessons, ensemble participation and a recital(s). Because studios are kept small, all students at Lamont study individually with faculty and enjoy a wealth of performance time.

Students can choose from any of the following areas of jazz study:

  • Composition
  • Double Bass
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds

To learn more about the certificate in jazz studies, please contact Professor Art Bouton or Professor Steve Wiest, Co-Chairs of the Jazz Studies Department, at abouton@du.edu or Steve.Wiest@du.edu.

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Lamont Jazz / the New Jazz Site

Certificate in Orchestral Studies

The certificate in orchestral studies is a one-year program of professional studies designed to provide advanced orchestral training, with a minimum of academic requirements. The program is selective, intensive and focused, and it is geared toward instrumentalists determined to pursue an orchestral career. The program includes two hours of private instruction per week with faculty on your major instrument. A completed degree in music or its equivalent from a recognized school of music is required for admission.
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Certificate in Performance

The Certificate in Performance is a one-year program designed for extended work in an applied performance area. The curriculum consists of applied lessons, ensemble participation and a recital. A completed degree in music or its equivalent from a recognized school of music is required for admission.

  • Bassoon
  • Carillon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double Bass
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Horn
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice

 

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Certificate in Suzuki Teaching

The Suzuki teaching certificate program provides an opportunity for violin and cello teachers to pursue comprehensive, long-term study of the Suzuki Method with internationally renowned master teachers. The successful completion of each level of this program entitles the participants to receive a Suzuki teaching certificate for that level from the University of Denver.  Students who are enrolled in the Suzuki Teaching Certificate program will also receive notification for having completed the units through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. The Suzuki Association is responsible for all Suzuki teacher training that takes place in the Americas and approves and supports the University of Denver Lamont School of Music as a university long-term training center for Suzuki Method Violin and Cello.  A completed high school diploma is required for admission.  

The Suzuki teaching certificate program provides the following:

  • Long-term study of Dr. Suzuki's philosophy of Talent Education
  • Study of Suzuki repertoire divided into 2 levels: Books 1-4 and 5-8 for violin and Books 1-4 and 5-10 for cello
  • Study of related supplemental repertoire for each level
  • Special attention to individual playing skills
  • Instruction in skills and techniques for teaching children
  • Observation of master teachers working with students
  • Opportunity to teach children under supervision
  • Ensembles and related courses to build musicianship
  • One-year program for each level—levels 1 and 2 may be taken in one year

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