Music Performance Certificate

Coordinator: Wayne L. Wold

Music performance certificates are available in any area offered at Hood—voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, string bass, all brass instruments, classical guitar, oboe, clarinet, flute, composition, and conducting.

Students who possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in fields other than music and can demonstrate significant ability in one of the above instruments or areas may earn a professional certificate in music performance. Enrollment, as an upper division certificate student, begins with an interview with the department chair, followed by a departmental audition. If accepted into the program, students will enroll and complete the requirements within three years. A grade of “B” or better must be earned in all courses. Up to two credits of applied music may be exempted, based on the audition, as well as MUSC 101 Beginning Music Theory and Musicianship, if this course has already been taken at the collegiate level. If MUSC 103 Introduction to Music has been earned elsewhere, a higher level music history course must be taken. The Hood transcript will show only those courses earned at Hood and that the requirements of the certificate have been met.

Requirements for the Certificate in Music Performance (17 credits)

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (any major other than music) and a successful departmental audition.


MUSC 101Beginning Music Theory & Musicianship I


MUSC 103Introduction to Music


6 credits of applied music in the area of certification


1 credit of related ensemble


Participation in two honors recitals

2 credits juried (senior) recital


Students must earn a “B” or higher in every course in order to receive the certificate.

Students in music certificate programs take undergraduate courses at one-half tuition.