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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Music Performance Certificate

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The Music Performance Certificate program will provide students who have already earned an undergraduate music degree with additional training and experiences to deepen and enrich their music performance skills as both soloists and members of musical ensembles. It will also deepen and enrich their ability to communicate musical ideas through written and oral communication. Coursework will focus on applied study, ensembles, experience in pedagogy, theory and history and a culminating lecture recital capstone project. Weekly performance class, studio classes, master classes and co-curricular experiences with musical organizations will greatly assist in developing student competency.

Student learning outcomes for this program are:

  • Demonstrate technical mastery of a primary instrument including tone production, expression, and articulation appropriate to the level of study.
  • Analyze and interpret musical forms and structures as a means of supporting a developing career in music performance and studio teaching.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of music literature, performance practices of various styles and time periods, and standard repertory for the student’s primary instrument. 
  • Develop proficiency in performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member.
  • Cultivate basic teaching skills and concepts for studio and group instruction specific to the student’s area of study and performance. 
  • Identify and develop skills necessary to managing a professional performance career.

Declaring this Certificate:

  • Declare this certificate with the School of Music.

Program Requirements:

  • Must complete a successful audition for applied music faculty members and be formally admitted to Purdue University Fort Wayne.
  • Due to the nature of instruction in the common language of music, the TOEFL score requirement for international students entering this program is 70.
  • For PFW (and IPFW) alumni, semesters of applied lessons, ensembles, and Performance Class taken previously may not count towards this certificate.
  • No transfer credit towards this certificate will be accepted.
  • All coursework for the certificate must be completed within three years. A minimum GPA of 2.0 and no course below a C- for the certificate.
  • Courses in this certificate program cannot be used to fulfill any other certificate.
  • A student may elect the Pass/Not-Pass grading option for non-degree elective courses only. The Pass/Not-Pass grading option is not available for General Education or any electives required for the major.

To earn the Music Performance Certificate, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those noted above:

Program Requirements: Credits 18

Performance Studies Cr. 8

Professional Music Courses Cr. 6

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

Additional Course Use

Courses listed below may also be considered in meeting specific requirements.

MUSC 40300 and MUSC 40401 can fulfill Professional Music Courses. 

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