NEC/NU Joint Certificate Program—General Certificate of Merit in Music Performance

The School of Continuing Education at the New England Conservatory (NEC) and the Department of Music at Northeastern University (NU) jointly offer a General Certificate of Merit in Music Performance (24 credits) and a Professional Studies Certificate in Music Performance (48 credits). These programs are 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 NU 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 NU undergraduate or graduate degree programs and are not eligible for financial aid. However, NU courses being taken toward a major, a minor, or as purely elective credits in undergraduate degree programs may also be applied toward the performance certificate.

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.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated.

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

Northeastern University Requirements

Complete 11 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:
Fundamentals of Western Music Theory
Credits for MUSC 1119 do not count toward the certificate.
Music Theory and Musicianship 1
MUSC 1201Music Theory 14
Music History
Complete 4 credits in the following:4
Introduction to Music
Music as a Social Expression
Survey of African-American Music
Music of the USA
Women in Music
Music and Poetry
Introduction to Art, Drama, and Music
Music in Popular Culture
Rock Music
Film Music
Debussy and the Music of Paris
George Gershwin
Medieval and Renaissance Music
Music of the Baroque Era
Music of the Classical Era
Music of the Romantic Era
20th-Century Music
MUSC 1126
Introduction to World Music
Music of Africa
Music of the Middle East
Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
Music of the Jewish People
What’s Playing at Symphony?
Popular Music, Sexuality, and the New Global Order
Global Pop Music
Wired for Sound
Music in Culture
Black Popular Music
Introduction to Opera
Music of Asia
Principles of Music Literature
Historical Traditions: America
Historical Traditions: Classical
Historical Traditions: World
Historical Traditions: History of the Music Industry
40,000 Years of Music Technology
War and Music
Historical Traditions: Music since 1900
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
Hip Hop in the Music Industry
MUST 2315
Complete three of the following:3
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
World Fusion Ensemble

Music majors with a concentration in music industry may substitute Music Theory for Music Industry 1 (MUSI 1203) for Music Theory 1 (MUSC 1201) and Analyzing Popular Genres (MUSI 1204) for Musicianship 1 (MUSC 1241).

New England Conservatory Requirements

Complete 13 credits of course work at New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education as indicated below.

Private Studio Instruction
Complete 8 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.8
Music Instruction (2 credits)
Music Instruction (3 credits)
Music Instruction (4 credits)
Music Technology
MPNC 1201Contemporary Music Production and Technology 11
Complete 3 credits in the following:3
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/Handel Arias for Singers
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 one of the following:1
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