Programs

Music

Description

The Graduate Certificate in Music is a 12-credit hour program for the non-degree seeking student who holds a bachelor's degree in music and plans to pursue a master's degree at a later date. Up to 12 credit hours earned in this program can be transferred to a master's degree in music at USF. The certificate program is also for the graduate degree-seeking student who wishes to pursue a second concentration in addition to that of the music degree. Students may focus their studies in the following areas: Choral Conducting, Instrumental Conducting, Jazz Composition, Jazz Performance, Music Composition, and Music Performance.

Course location/delivery

The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission requirements

Successful Auditions and/or Interviews are required for admission into conducting and performance programs. Approved portfolios are required for admission into composition (jazz or traditional). Official undergraduate Transcripts are required with applications. International students must include copies of graduation Certificates and/or Diplomas (in addition to official transcripts) with their applications. The overall Grade Point Average (GPA) for upper division credit hours (all credits beyond the first 60) must be at least 3.0, and the GPA for all music courses included in the undergraduate degree must be at least 3.0.

Diagnostic tests in music history/literature and theory must be taken if a student intends to register for graduate courses in music history, literature, and/or theory. Based upon the scores, the music faculty may require remediation in one or more areas of study in order to qualify the student for permission to enroll in certain courses.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:

Prerequisites

None are required.

Requirements

12 credit hours

Specific concentrations are planned in consultation with major professors, although the following course lists are recommended for most students who seek a post-baccalaureate certificate:

+Choral Conducting

MUG 6205 - Advanced Choral Conducting (4)
MUG 6930 - Advanced Choral Techniques (3)
MUL 6655 - Choral Literature 1500 - 1800 (3) OR
MUL 6656 - Choral Literature 1800 - Present (3)
MUN 6XXX - Ensemble (2)
+
Instrumental Conducting

MUG 6307 - Band/Wind Ensemble Conducting (6)
MUL 6555 - Band/Wind Ensemble Literature (3)
MUN 6XXX - Ensemble (2)
MUL, MUN, MUT, or MV? elective
+
Jazz Composition

MUC - 6626 Jazz Composition (8)
MUC 6930 - Seminar: Jazz Compositional Styles (2)
MUN 6XXX - Ensemble (2)
+
Jazz Performance

MVJ 6XXX - Applied Jazz (8)
MUN 6XXX - Ensemble (2)
MUT 6665 - Jazz Styles and Analysis (2)
+
Music Composition

MUC 6251 - Composition (8)
MUC and/or MUT electives (4-6)
+
Music Performance

MV? 6XXX - Applied Studio (8)
MUN 6XXX - Ensemble (2)
MUL, MUN, MUT, or MVX elective (2-3)

Electives

Electives are selected in conjunction with the certificate program coordinator based on the models above.

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 credit hours earned in this program can be transferred to a master's degree in music at USF.

Standardized tests

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) Major Field Test in Music must be taken if a student intends to register for graduate courses in music history, literature, and/or theory. If remediation is deemed necessary according to the student's ETS scores, then they will be required to take a graduate review course prior to enrollment. The GRE test is not required for admission to the certificate program, but is required for admission to the master's degree program. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.

Contacts

William P. Hayden
(813) 974-1753
wphayden@usf.edu

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