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

The Department of Music at Northeastern University (NU) and the New England Conservatory (NEC), administered through its School of Continuing Education, offer a Professional Studies Certificate in Music Performance. This program primarily serves undergraduate music majors who audition competitively and are dedicated to advancing their skills on an instrument or voice in the classical or jazz styles.

The certificate in music performance is in addition to the student’s NU undergraduate degree—it is an entirely separate and distinct credential. Credits are taken partly at Northeastern University and partly at the New England Conservatory and/or its continuing education division. Those courses taken directly from the New England Conservatory catalog require permission of NEC faculty but are part of a tuition exchange program shared between Northeastern University and the New England Conservatory, so they are treated as part of a Northeastern student’s tuition package or otherwise billed like NU classes. Some courses may be taken through NEC’s School of Continuing Education, which is not part of the tuition exchange program; those courses are billed separately over and above tuition at Northeastern University and are not eligible for financial aid. Individual lessons with faculty at the New England Conservatory carry a lab fee each semester, which is billed separately from tuition.

Students should be aware that ensembles at NEC meet primarily during the morning and that academic courses offered at NEC meet primarily in the afternoons.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

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 1
MUSC 1201Music Theory 14
MUSC 1202Music Theory 24
Music in Context (Traditional, Ethnomusicological, Contemporary)
Complete 8 credits from the following:8
Women in Music
Introduction to Art, Drama, and Music
Music in Popular Culture
Rock Music
Film Music
Debussy and the Music of Paris
Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
What’s Playing at Symphony?
Global Pop Music
Wired for Sound
Black Popular Music
Music of Asia
Historical Traditions: America
Historical Traditions: Classical
Historical Traditions: World
History of Electronic Music
Punk Rock
40,000 Years of Music Technology
Musical Communities of Boston
Divas, DJs, and Double Standards
Music, Sound, and the Screen
War and 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. Students may utilize special topics courses in music history to fulfill this requirement. If interested in this option, students should consult the coordinator of the certificate programs via email.
Historical Traditions: Special Topics
Topics in Music since 1900
Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Issues in Fieldwork and Methodology
Hip Hop in the Music Industry
Complete six 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

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 (2 credits)
Music Instruction (3 credits)
Music Instruction (4 credits)
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