Certificate Programs

Elmhurst students may earn non-degree certificates in the following areas.

Music Performance

The certificate in music performance at Elmhurst University recognizes superior ability and achievement in performance. It is not a degree program, nor does it substitute for a degree. It is awarded to students who have met the following requirements:

  • The student must have a minimum of 16 term hours of study for credit in the applied specialty.
  • Written application for the performance certificate must be submitted to the department chair. The student must pass a qualifying audition before a faculty committee composed of the student’s applied instructor and two other music department faculty members. Application and audition must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. The committee will supervise the candidate’s progress. Transfer students who are juniors or seniors must apply and audition by the end of their first term at Elmhurst University.
  • The candidate must present two full recitals or one full recital plus equivalent major performance(s). The committee must approve and attend each performance. Successful audition for the certificate under requirement two, listed above, constitutes permission to perform these recitals.
  • The candidate must complete two terms of chamber music or accompanying, as approved by the committee.

Piano Pedagogy

The certificate in piano pedagogy has been designed for those who wish to prepare for private piano teaching. Candidates may pursue the certificate within the context of a bachelor’s program offered at Elmhurst University or as a separate credential.

Requirements seek to certify a candidate’s competence as a teacher in both group and private settings, as well as to provide a foundation of piano study that ensures a sustainable level of performance. Individuals interested in pursuing this certificate should make their intention known in writing to the music department chair. Courses specific to this certificate are listed under “Certificate Studies.”

The certificate in piano pedagogy is awarded to students who have met the following requirements:

  • Completion of the courses and requirements for the minor in music.
  • Completion of AME 202 Piano Pedagogy I, AME 302 Piano Pedagogy II, AME 401 and 402: Supervised Teaching.
  • Performance in at least three general student recitals (a major performance may substitute for one or more of these with permission).

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