Music Certificate Program

Beginning in Fall 2017, CSMA introduces the new Music Certificate Program. The program is designed for students who wish to acquire a well-rounded, comprehensive music education.

About the Music Certificate Program

The CSMA Music Certificate Program offers a customizable and immersive conservatory-like experience for students of all ages and skill levels.

The program is comprised of three levels (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced). Each level requires students to take part in private lessons, Music Theory or Core Curriculum classes, performance opportunities and concert attendance.

Certificate Program Levels

The Beginning level is designed to be within reach of most CSMA students. The Intermediate and Advanced levels are for students who are looking for a more demanding and intensive experience. Students in the Intermediate and Advanced levels may choose an emphasis in jazz, chamber music or composition.

Students can expect to spend two to three years at each level. Those who successfully complete the requirements for any level will be awarded a CSMA Certificate Program diploma and will be recognized at a CSMA commencement ceremony.

Beginning Certificate of Music Requirements

2-3 years to complete
Download the Beginning Certificate Checklist

  • 2 years of private lessons
  • Completion of Theory 5
  • Performance in 2 recitals and/or performance-based workshops at CSMA
  • Required attendance at 4 concerts (on or offsite)

Intermediate Certificate of Music Requirements

5-6 years to complete
Download the Intermediate Certificate Checklist

  • 4-5 years of private lessons
  • Completion of Theory 8B
  • Performance in at least 2 recitals in the 2 years prior to application
  • Attendance at 4 or more concerts in the 2 years prior to application

Jazz Emphasis for Intermediate Certificate

  • Addition of Jazz Theory 1

Composition Emphasis for Intermediate Certificate

  • Addition of Beginning Composition
  • Completion of a composition at least 1 minute in length

Ensemble Playing Emphasis for Intermediate Certificate

  • Addition of any 2 semesters of chamber or ensemble classes (Brass Ensemble, Chamber Music, Woodwind Ensemble, Flute Choir or Percussion Ensemble)

Advanced Certificate of Music Requirements

8 or more years to complete
Download the Advanced Certificate Checklist

  • 7+ years of private lessons
  • Completion of two of the following: Intermediate Harmony B, Advanced Harmony, Form and Analysis, or AP Music Theory
  • Completion of one or more semesters of Music History
  • Performance in at least 3 recitals in the 3 years prior to application
  • Attendance at 6 or more concerts in the 3 years prior to application

Jazz Emphasis for Advanced Certificate

  • Substitution of Jazz Theory II for another theory requirement
  • Participation in at least one semester of Jazz Combo or Intro to Jazz Performance

Composition Emphasis for Advanced Certificate

  • Additional 2 semesters of Composer’s Studio
  • Completion of 2 original works of at least 4 minutes in length

Ensemble Playing Emphasis for Advanced Certificate

  • Enrollment in any chamber or ensemble class for 4 semesters in the 3 years prior to application