Performance and Composition

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In this online certificate, performers develop their virtuosity on their major instrument while cultivating skills in original composition. Modules consist primarily of individual lessons in both performance and composition. Live remote meetings are enhanced with flexible tools such as video recordings, asynchronous discussions, online masterclasses, and more.

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On their major instrument, students are expected to meet the same high standards as other graduate majors. In composition, faculty meet students where they are—beginning or professional—helping them to develop compelling and substantial projects.

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The Online Certificate in Performance and Composition invites students to further develop their existing practices as a performers and composers. Balancing coursework in music composition with applied lessons in their primary instrument, students will continue to grow as artists and musicians. 

In this one-year certificate program, students take two credits of applied lessons and two credits of composition each quarter, developing a balanced approach to composing and performing music. 

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Audition Requirements

Applicants must complete the graduate application, submit a recorded video audition, and schedule a live Zoom interview. Applicants are also encouraged, but not required, to submit a composition portfolio of 1-2 pieces.

Please select the appropriate studio page to view your specific audition requirements. 

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements:
  1. 6 credit hours of MUPR 4000-level Applied Lessons on major instrument (2 credit hours per quarter)
  2. 6 credit hours of MUPR 4920 Composition (2 credit hours per quarter)
Non-Course Requirements: 
  1. One traditional solo recital or innovative performance project.
  2. Juries, as required by the performance area.
  3. Culminating project in the secondary area (may be combined with solo recital).

Note: Candidates will normally be enrolled in the Online Certificate program for one year. A candidate may, however, request to remain in school longer with the stipulation that they must enroll in applied performance and composition lessons every quarter, even after the required number of credits have been met.


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