This new certificate program allows Northeastern University students to receive musical performance experience and credentials from New England Conservatory, bringing the assets of one of America’s top conservatories to students at one of America’s top schools for experiential learning. The program is designed for students who wish to continue their development as a musician as they pursue a career path in their primary area of study. An individualized curriculum allows students to express the entrepreneurial spirit common to both Northeastern and NEC students.

 

Students of the certificate program can supplement their Northeastern degree with credentials from New England Conservatory.  Like Northeastern, NEC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and is a founding member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the accrediting body for American music schools.

The two campuses lie within proximity of each other, and the timing of NEC lessons and classes have been designed not to interfere with normal times for Northeastern classes in order to fit into Northeastern students’ daily schedule.

Students pursuing a certificate study a curriculum featuring a mix of private lessons and classes held at NEC on nights and weekends, as well as classes and ensembles held at Northeastern.

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 stands 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 taken for major, minor, or elective credit in undergraduate degree programs may also be applied toward the performance certificate.

Courses are offered at both 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.

Download the full curriculum from the Office of the Registrar →

NOTE: This is an example curriculum. Please see the current catalog or course descriptions maintained by the university registrar.

General Certificate of Merit in Music Performance

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 course:
MUSC 1119 Fundamentals of Western Music Theory 4 SH
Credits for MUSC 1119 do not count toward the certificate.

Music Theory and Musicianship
Complete 5 credits of course work in music theory and musicianship by completing the following two courses. Music theory and musicianship courses should be taken concurrently:
MUSC 1201 Music Theory 1 4 SH
with MUSC 1241 Musicianship 1 1 SH
Note: Music majors with a concentration in music industry may
substitute the following courses:
MUSI 1203 Music Theory for Music Industry 1 4 SH
with MUSC 1241 Musicianship 1 1 SH

Music History
Complete 4 credits in music history by completing one course from the following list:
MUSC 1104 Survey of African-American Music 4 SH
MUSC 1105 Music of the USA 4 SH
MUSC 1111 Rock Music 4 SH
MUSC 1112 Jazz 4 SH
MUSC 1121 Medieval and Renaissance Music 4 SH
MUSC 1122 Music of the Baroque Era 4 SH
MUSC 1123 Music of the Classical Era 4 SH
MUSC 1124 Music of the Romantic Era 4 SH
MUSC 1125 Twentieth-Century Music 4 SH
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:
MUSC 3550 Historical Traditions: Special Topics 4 SH

Ensembles
Complete 2 credits in music ensembles by completing two courses from the following list:
MUSC 1904 Chorus 1 SH
MUSC 1905 Band 1 SH
MUSC 1906 Orchestra 1 SH
MUSC 1907 Wind Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1911 Jazz Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1912 Rock Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1913 Blues/Rock Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1914 Create Your Own Music 1 SH
MUSC 1915 Chamber Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1916 Contemporary Music Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1917 Jazz Choir and Combo 1 SH
MUSC 1918 World Music Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1919 Fusion Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1920 Pep Band 1 SH
MUSC 1921 World Fusion Ensemble 1 SH

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.
MPNC 1102 Music Instruction 2 SH
MPNC 1103 Music Instruction 3 SH
MPNC 1104 Music Instruction 4 SH

Music Technology
Complete 1 semester hour in music technology by completing the following course:
MPNC 1201 Contemporary Music Production and Technology 1 1 SH

Electives
Complete 3 credits of elective course work from the following list:
MPNC 1301 Build Your Voice: Art/Skillful Singing 1 SH
MPNC 1401 Jazz Ear Training 1 1 SH
MPNC 1411 Jazz Theory 1 1.5 SH
MPNC 1421 Finale Chart Writing 1 SH
MPNC 1451 Jazz History 1 1 SH
MPNC 1501 Introduction to Music-in-Education 2 SH
MPNC 1612 Group Piano Class 1 SH
MPNC 1621 The Art of Musical Sight-Reading 2 to 4 SH
MPNC 1622 The Art of Practice and Performance 1 SH
MPNC 1623 Developing Perfect Pitch 1 1 SH
MPNC 1631 The Accidental Music Teacher: From Musical Artist to Creative Educator 1.5 SH
MPNC 1642 Sight-Singing for Singers 1 SH
MPNC 1801 Introduction to Composition 1 1 SH
MPNC 1802 Contemporary Improvisation: Skill Building 2 to 4 SH
MPNC 1803 Contemporary Improvisation: Music of the World—The African Diaspora 1.5 SH
MPNC 1901 Art and Soul of Cinema: An Appreciation of Film Music 1.5 SH
MPNC 1911 Latin American Classical Traditions 1 1 SH
MPNC 2401 Jazz Ear Training 2 1 SH
MPNC 2411 Jazz Theory 2 1.5 SH
MPNC 2431 Jazz Composition and Analysis 1.5 SH
MPNC 2451 Jazz History 2 1 SH
MPNC 2511 Music-in-Education Seminar 2 SH
MPNC 2512 Models for Teaching and Learning for Music-in-Education 2 SH
MPNC 2525 Art and Science of Assessing Music Learning 2 SH
MPNC 2526 Music, Brain Development, and Learning 2 SH
MPNC 2547 Cross-Cultural Alternatives for Music-in-Education 2 SH
MPNC 2548 Teaching and Learning with Music Technology 2 SH
MPNC 2556 Improvisation in Music Education 2 SH
MPNC 2561 String Pedagogy 2 SH
MPNC 2571 Performing Artists in Schools 2 SH
MPNC 2601 Music Production for Media 1 SH
MPNC 2612 Piano Pedagogy 2 SH
MPNC 2623 Developing Perfect Pitch 2 1 SH
MPNC 2624 Advanced Perfect Pitch 1 SH
MPNC 2644 Bach/Handel Arias for Singers 1.5 SH
MPNC 2801 Introduction to Composition 2 1 SH
MPNC 2911 Latin American Classical Traditions 2 1 SH
MPNC 3401 Jazz Ear Training 3 1 SH
MPNC 3411 Jazz Theory 3 1.5 SH
MPNC 3431 Jazz Arranging 1.5 SH
MPNC 3611 Piano Interpretation/Performance Seminar 1 SH
MPNC 3631 Eighteenth-Century Tonal Counterpoint 2 to 4 SH
MPNC 3633 Modal Counterpoint 2 to 4 SH
MPNC 3641 Dramatic Coaching of Songs and Arias 1 SH
MPNC 3643 Vocal Repertoire: Coaching and Performance 1.5 SH
MPNC 3801 Composition Seminar 1 1.5 SH
MPNC 3802 Composition Seminar 2 1.5 SH
MPNC 4401 Jazz Ear Training 4 1 SH
MPNC 4411 Jazz Theory 4 1.5 SH
MPNC 4581 Music-in-Education Guided Internship 2 SH
MPNC 4591 Music-in-Education Portfolio 0 SH

Ensemble
Complete 1 credit in music ensemble by completing one course from the following list:
MPNC 1712 Baroque Ensemble 1 SH
MPNC 1713 NEC Voices: A New Choral Experience 1.5 SH
MPNC 1714 Renaissance Ensemble 1 SH
MPNC 1716 Contemporary Improvisation Ensemble: Walking between Worlds 1.5 SH
MPNC 1721 Guitar Ensemble 1 1 SH
MPNC 1731 Jazz Ensemble 1.5 SH
MPNC 1741 Chamber Music Ensemble 1 SH
MPNC 1742 Chamber Music Duo 1 SH
MPNC 1751 Vocal Chamber Music 1.5 SH
MPNC 1771 Improvisation and Composition Ensemble 1.5 SH
MPNC 1781 Medieval Folk Roots Ensemble 1.5 SH
MPNC 3642 Opera Ensemble Skills 1 SH

Professional Studies Certificate in Music Performance

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:
MUSC 1119 Fundamentals of Western Music Theory 4 SH
Credits for MUSC 1119 do not count toward the certificate.

Music Theory and Musicianship
Complete 10 credits of course work in music theory and musicianship by completing the four following courses. Music theory and musicianship courses should be taken concurrently:
MUSC 1201 Music Theory 1 4 SH
with MUSC 1241 Musicianship 1 1 SH
MUSC 1202 Music Theory 2 4 SH
with MUSC 1242 Musicianship 2 1 SH
Note: Music majors with a concentration in music industry may
substitute the following courses:
MUSI 1203 Music Theory for Music Industry 1 4 SH
with MUSC 1241 Musicianship 1 1 SH
MUSI 1204 Music Theory for Music Industry 2 4 SH
with MUSC 1242 Musicianship 2 1 SH

Music History
Complete 4 credits in music history by completing one course
from the following list:
MUSC 1104 Survey of African-American Music 4 SH
MUSC 1105 Music of the USA 4 SH
MUSC 1111 Rock Music 4 SH
MUSC 1112 Jazz 4 SH
MUSC 1121 Medieval and Renaissance Music 4 SH
MUSC 1122 Music of the Baroque Era 4 SH
MUSC 1123 Music of the Classical Era 4 SH
MUSC 1124 Music of the Romantic Era 4 SH
MUSC 1125 Twentieth-Century Music 4 SH
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:
MUSC 3550 Historical Traditions: Special Topics 4 SH

Ensembles
Complete 6 credits in music ensembles by completing six courses from the following list:
MUSC 1904 Chorus 1 SH
MUSC 1905 Band 1 SH
MUSC 1906 Orchestra 1 SH
MUSC 1907 Wind Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1911 Jazz Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1912 Rock Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1913 Blues/Rock Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1914 Create Your Own Music 1 SH
MUSC 1915 Chamber Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1916 Contemporary Music Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1917 Jazz Choir and Combo 1 SH
MUSC 1918 World Music Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1919 Fusion Ensemble 1 SH
MUSC 1920 Pep Band 1 SH
MUSC 1921 World Fusion Ensemble 1 SH

Recital Preparation and Performance
Complete 2 credits in recital preparation and performance by completing the following two courses:
MUSC 3410 Recital 1 1 SH
MUSC 4622 Recital 2 1 SH

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.
MPNC 1102 Music Instruction 2 SH
MPNC 1103 Music Instruction 3 SH
MPNC 1104 Music Instruction 4 SH

Music Technology
Complete 1 semester hour in music technology by completing the following course:
MPNC 1201 Contemporary Music Production and Technology 1 1 SH

Electives
Complete 7 credits of elective course work from the following list:
MPNC 1301 Build Your Voice: Art/Skillful Singing 1 SH
MPNC 1401 Jazz Ear Training 1 1 SH
MPNC 1411 Jazz Theory 1 1.5 SH
MPNC 1421 Finale Chart Writing 1 SH
MPNC 1451 Jazz History 1 1 SH
MPNC 1501 Introduction to Music-in-Education 2 SH
MPNC 1612 Group Piano Class 1 SH
MPNC 1621 The Art of Musical Sight-Reading 2 to 4 SH
MPNC 1622 The Art of Practice and Performance 1 SH
MPNC 1623 Developing Perfect Pitch 1 1 SH
MPNC 1631 The Accidental Music Teacher: From Musical Artist to Creative Educator 1.5 SH
MPNC 1642 Sight-Singing for Singers 1 SH
MPNC 1801 Introduction to Composition 1 1 SH
MPNC 1802 Contemporary Improvisation: Skill Building 2 to 4 SH
MPNC 1803 Contemporary Improvisation: Music of the World—The African Diaspora 1.5 SH
MPNC 1901 Art and Soul of Cinema: An Appreciation of Film Music 1.5 SH
MPNC 1911 Latin American Classical Traditions 1 1 SH
MPNC 2401 Jazz Ear Training 2 1 SH
MPNC 2411 Jazz Theory 2 1.5 SH
MPNC 2431 Jazz Composition and Analysis 1.5 SH
MPNC 2451 Jazz History 2 1 SH
MPNC 2511 Music-in-Education Seminar 2 SH
MPNC 2512 Models for Teaching and Learning for Music-in-Education 2 SH
MPNC 2525 Art and Science of Assessing Music Learning 2 SH
MPNC 2526 Music, Brain Development, and Learning 2 SH
MPNC 2547 Cross-Cultural Alternatives for Music-in-Education 2 SH
MPNC 2548 Teaching and Learning with Music Technology 2 SH
MPNC 2556 Improvisation in Music Education 2 SH
MPNC 2561 String Pedagogy 2 SH
MPNC 2571 Performing Artists in Schools 2 SH
MPNC 2601 Music Production for Media 1 SH
MPNC 2612 Piano Pedagogy 2 SH
MPNC 2623 Developing Perfect Pitch 2 1 SH
MPNC 2624 Advanced Perfect Pitch 1 SH
MPNC 2644 Bach/Handel Arias for Singers 1.5 SH
MPNC 2801 Introduction to Composition 2 1 SH
MPNC 2911 Latin American Classical Traditions 2 1 SH
MPNC 3401 Jazz Ear Training 3 1 SH
MPNC 3411 Jazz Theory 3 1.5 SH
MPNC 3431 Jazz Arranging 1.5 SH
MPNC 3611 Piano Interpretation/Performance Seminar 1 SH
MPNC 3631 Eighteenth-Century Tonal Counterpoint 2 to 4 SH
MPNC 3633 Modal Counterpoint 2 to 4 SH
MPNC 3641 Dramatic Coaching of Songs and Arias 1 SH
MPNC 3643 Vocal Repertoire: Coaching and Performance 1.5 SH
MPNC 3801 Composition Seminar 1 1.5 SH
MPNC 3802 Composition Seminar 2 1.5 SH
MPNC 4401 Jazz Ear Training 4 1 SH
MPNC 4411 Jazz Theory 4 1.5 SH
MPNC 4581 Music-in-Education Guided Internship 2 SH
MPNC 4591 Music-in-Education Portfolio 0 SH

Ensembles
Complete 2 credits in ensembles by completing two courses from the following list:
MPNC 1712 Baroque Ensemble 1 SH
MPNC 1713 NEC Voices: A New Choral Experience 1.5 SH
MPNC 1714 Renaissance Ensemble 1 SH
MPNC 1716 Contemporary Improvisation Ensemble: Walking between Worlds 1.5 SH
MPNC 1721 Guitar Ensemble 1 1 SH
MPNC 1731 Jazz Ensemble 1.5 SH
MPNC 1741 Chamber Music Ensemble 1 SH
MPNC 1742 Chamber Music Duo 1 SH
MPNC 1751 Vocal Chamber Music 1.5 SH
MPNC 1771 Improvisation and Composition Ensemble 1.5 SH
MPNC 1781 Medieval Folk Roots Ensemble 1.5 SH
MPNC 3642 Opera Ensemble Skills 1 SH

Costs for Northeastern University students:

Full-Time enrolled Northeastern students double count their Northeastern
University credits toward the certificate program resulting in lower total
costs.

Total cost of the General Certificate of Merit = $18,980 (figures for 2016-17; costs
increase incrementally year to year)

Total cost of the Professional Studies Certificate = $37,960 (figures for
2016-17; costs increase incrementally year to year)

Interested students should submit the following materials via email to the program coordinators:

  • YouTube or Vimeo recordings (links can be made private) of two compositions (in contrasting style or tempo)
  • One-page statement describing your musical background and why you are interested in participating in the program
  • Program Application Form (for new applicants)

The program coordinators will get in touch with the student applicants regarding their applications shortly after receiving the materials.

For admitted NU enrollees:
NEC Course Registration Form