Music Performance Certificate (MPC)

This intensive musical performance preparation program is designed for the student who wishes further musical study before auditioning for entrance as an applied music major at a four-year college or music conservatory. In addition to musical performance preparation, the program provides foundations in music theory and history and freshman-level English language skills.

This program is not designed as a substitute for the freshman year at a four-year college or conservatory, but some of the credits may be accepted for transfer credit by some colleges. Students should contact the college they plan to enter for its transfer policy.

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 101 Composition I 3
MUS 113 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 115 Theory I 3
MUS 201 History of Music I 3
MUS 210 Advanced Music Performance I 3
*Choice of at least one, but not more than two:  
MUS 121 Chorus I  
MUS 131 Jazz Ensemble I  
MUS 136 Orchestra I  
MUS 143 Guitar Consort I  
MUS 151 Chamber Choir I 1-2
TOTAL   14-15

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 102 Composition II 3
MUS 114 Aural Skills II 3
MUS 116 Theory II 3
MUS 202 History of Music II 2
MUS 211 Advanced Performance II 3
*Choice of at least one, but not more than two:  
MUS 122 Chorus II  
MUS 132 Jazz Ensemble II  
MUS 137 Orchestra II  
MUS 144 Guitar Consort II  
MUS 152 Chamber Choir II 1-2
TOTAL   14-15
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 28 


* MPC students who play standard orchestral instruments must choose MUS 136 Orchestra I and MUS 137 Orchestra II as their required ensemble. MPC students who play saxophone, drum set or electric bass must choose MUS 131 Jazz Ensemble I and
MUS 132 Jazz Ensemble II as their required ensemble. MPC students who play guitar must choose MUS 143 Guitar Consort I and MUS 144 Guitar Consort II as their required ensemble. All MPC voice majors must choose MUS 121 Chorus I and MUS 122 Chorus II as their required ensemble.