certificate in performance

The Certificate in Performance program (4 quarters, 12 months, 60 credits) is a rigorous and challenging one-year curriculum in which talented, driven musicians establish impeccable musicianship and powerful performance technique, making them prime candidates for successful careers in music. Designed to empower musicians with masterful knowledge of their instrument (voice, guitar, bass, drums, or piano) and its role within modern styles of popular music such as rock, pop, jazz, blues, R&B, funk, and fusion, the Certificate Program also establishes the business acumen and technological savvy necessary to navigate the modern music industry successfully. Instrumental technique, music theory, ear training, modern band performance, sight-reading, improvisation, music production, and music business are some areas of study emphasized within the Certificate Program. The 4-quarter Certificate Program for vocalists and instrumentalists mirrors the first four quarters of the Associate Degree Program, so that after completing the Certificate Program, some students may elect to continue working towards their Associate of Science in Music Performance.

We accepts students into the Certificate Program in Music Performance program on the following instruments:









PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Certificate Program in Music Performance (4 quarters, 60 credits, 12 months) is a professional program designed for students wishing to gain entry-level skills which enable them to pursue a career in modern popular music or further collegiate study in popular music. Students who complete this program have gathered a substantial amount of the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to express themselves through modern popular music.

PROGRAM PURPOSES: The purposes of the Certificate Program in Music Performance are:

  • to establish an intermediate-to-advanced level of instrumental or vocal performance ability;
  • to provide multiple excellent public performance opportunities in ensembles;
  • to develop an understanding of music technology;
  • to provide multiple studio recording session experiences;
  • to develop the ability to improvise within popular music structures;
  • to develop fluency in music theory including advanced harmonic structures and notational skills;
  • to develop strong aural skills including extended chord recognition and harmonic dictation;
  • to instill a nuanced understanding of rhythm and accuracy of rhythmic interpretation;
  • to develop the ability to sight-read and/or sight-sing music in real time;
  • to establish intermediate proficiency at the keyboard for all musicians;
  • to establish entry-level skills and qualifications for careers in modern popular music;
  • to equip students with an strong foundation for further collegiate study in music.