The certificate of advanced performance studies is a highly focused one-year program that provides concentrated training and performance experiences for post-baccalaureate students who demonstrate superior performance ability. It is considered a preparatory program for graduate school or a performing career and can be obtained in the following areas of emphasis: cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, guitar, horn, jazz studies, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, and voice.
The program requires 16 s.h. of applied music studies and advanced coursework in music history, music theory, pedagogy and/or music technology. Ensemble participation and at least one full solo recital are required. An average of 3.0 is mandatory for all coursework.
Minimum certificate requirement is 16 s.h. as follows: MUSC 6995 (organ majors must repeat, others may repeat in lieu of ensemble requirement), 6 s.h. of applied music in principal area, 2 s.h. of graduate ensembles (may be replaced with a second recital), 6 s.h. of advanced coursework in music history, music theory, pedagogy, and/or music technology (must include courses from two of the four areas). All courses must be approved by the program advisor.