NEC/NU Joint Certificate Program—Professional Studies Certificate in Music Performance

The School of Continuing Education at the New England Conservatory (NEC) and the Department of Music at Northeastern University (NU) offer a Professional Studies Certificate in Music Performance (48 credits). This program is geared toward NU undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in improving their abilities to perform on an instrument or voice in the classical or jazz styles.

The certificate in music performance is in addition to the student’s Northeastern undergraduate or graduate degree—it is an entirely separate and distinct credential. Credits for courses toward the music performance certificate are accumulated and billed separately from credits toward Northeastern undergraduate or graduate degree programs and are not eligible for financial aid.

Courses are offered at NEC (predominantly related to music performance) and at NU (predominantly related to music history and music theory). NEC courses are scheduled during evenings and weekends.

Northeastern University Requirements

Complete 22 credits of course work at Northeastern University as indicated below.

Music Theory and Musicianship Placement
All students must take a theory placement exam. Students who do not place into MUSC 1201 or MUSI 1203 must first take the following course:
Fundamentals of Western Music Theory
Credits for MUSC 1119 do not count toward the certificate.
Music Theory and Musicianship
Music theory and musicianship courses should be taken concurrently. 1
MUSC 1201Music Theory 14
MUSC 1202Music Theory 24
Music in Context (Traditional, Ethnomusicological, Contemporary)
Complete one of the following:4
MUSC 1104
MUSC 1105
Rock Music
Note: Since the following course is repeatable, music majors and combined majors may count the credits for the second time they take this course toward the music performance certificate:
Historical Traditions: Special Topics
Complete 6 credits of music ensembles:6
Concert Band
Wind Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Rock Ensemble
Blues/Rock Ensemble
Create Your Own Music
Chamber Ensemble
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Jazz Choir and Combo
World Music Ensemble
Fusion Ensemble
Pep Band
MUSC 1921
Recital Preparation and Performance
MUSC 3410Recital 11
MUSC 4622Recital 21

New England Conservatory Requirements

Complete 26 credits of course work at New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education as indicated below.

Private Studio Instruction
Complete 16 credits of (repeatable) private studio instruction with New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education faculty. These credits may be accumulated in units of 2, 3, or 4 credits per semester. All private lessons require audition by NEC/NU faculty in order to assign private teacher placement. After being placed with a private teacher, and working with their certificate advisor, students must confirm with that teacher the length and number of lessons they will receive.16
Music Instruction
Music Instruction
Music Instruction
Music Technology
MPNC 1201Contemporary Music Production and Technology 11
Complete 7 credits from the following:7
Build Your Voice: Art/Skillful Singing
Jazz Ear Training 1
Jazz Theory 1
Finale Chart Writing
Jazz History 1
Introduction to Music-in-Education
Group Piano Class
The Art of Musical Sight-Reading
The Art of Practice and Performance
Developing Perfect Pitch 1
The Accidental Music Teacher: From Musical Artist to Creative Educator
Sight-Singing for Singers
Introduction to Composition 1
Contemporary Improvisation: Skill Building
Contemporary Improvisation: Music of the World—The African Diaspora
Art and Soul of Cinema: An Appreciation of Film Music
Latin American Classical Traditions 1
Jazz Ear Training 2
Jazz Theory 2
Jazz Composition and Analysis
Jazz History 2
Music-in-Education Seminar
Models for Teaching and Learning for Music-in-Education
Art and Science of Assessing Music Learning
Music, Brain Development, and Learning
Cross-Cultural Alternatives for Music-in-Education
Teaching and Learning with Music Technology
Improvisation in Music Education
String Pedagogy
Performing Artists in Schools
Music Production for Media
Piano Pedagogy
Developing Perfect Pitch 2
Advanced Perfect Pitch
Bach Arias for Singers and Instrumentalists
Introduction to Composition 2
Latin American Classical Traditions 2
Jazz Ear Training 3
Jazz Theory 3
Jazz Arranging
Piano Interpretation/Performance Seminar
18th-Century Tonal Counterpoint
Modal Counterpoint
Dramatic Coaching of Songs and Arias
Vocal Repertoire: Coaching and Performance
Composition Seminar 1
Composition Seminar 2
Jazz Ear Training 4
Jazz Theory 4
Music-in-Education Guided Internship
Music-in-Education Portfolio
Complete two music ensembles:2
Baroque Ensemble
NEC Voices: A New Choral Experience
Renaissance Ensemble
Contemporary Improvisation Ensemble: Walking between Worlds
Guitar Ensemble 1
Jazz Ensemble
Chamber Music Ensemble
Chamber Music Duo
Vocal Chamber Music
Improvisation and Composition Ensemble
Medieval Folk Roots Ensemble
Opera Ensemble Skills