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NEC/​NU Joint Certificate Program—Professional Studies Certificate in Music Performance

The Department of Music at Northeastern University (NU) and the New England Conservatory (NEC), administered through its School of Continuing Education, offer a Professional Studies Certificate in Music Performance. This program primarily serves undergraduate music majors who audition competitively and are dedicated to advancing their skills on an instrument or voice in the classical or jazz styles.

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The Department of Music at Northeastern University (NU) and the New England Conservatory (NEC), administered through its School of Continuing Education, offer a Professional Studies Certificate in Music Performance. This program primarily serves undergraduate music majors who audition competitively and are dedicated to advancing their skills on an instrument or voice in the classical or jazz styles.

The certificate in music performance is in addition to the student’s NU undergraduate degree—it is an entirely separate and distinct credential. Credits are taken partly at Northeastern University and partly at the New England Conservatory and/or its continuing education division. Those courses taken directly from the New England Conservatory catalog require permission of NEC faculty but are part of a tuition exchange program shared between Northeastern University and the New England Conservatory, so they are treated as part of a Northeastern student’s tuition package or otherwise billed like NU classes. Some courses may be taken through NEC’s School of Continuing Education, which is not part of the tuition exchange program; those courses are billed separately over and above tuition at Northeastern University and are not eligible for financial aid. Individual lessons with faculty at the New England Conservatory carry a lab fee each semester, which is billed separately from tuition.

Students should be aware that ensembles at NEC meet primarily during the morning and that academic courses offered at NEC meet primarily in the afternoons.

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Interests of NEC/​NU Joint Certificate Program—Professional Studies Certificate in Music Performance Students

  • artist management
  • Branding
  • business
  • copyright
  • music
  • music industry

Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • DAW
    • recording
    • ableton
    • protools
    • logic
    • music production
    • recording studio
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • artist management
    • music products industry
    • recording industry
    • arts administration
    • contracting and legal issues
    • broadcast, mobile, and online media technologies

NEC/​NU Joint Certificate Program—Professional Studies Certificate in Music Performance Requirements

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. Credits for MUSC 1119 do not count toward the certificate.

Music in Context (Traditional, Ethnomusicological, Contemporary)

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.

*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.

Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Department Chair:

Daniel Strong Godfrey

Department Chair, Professor

d.godfrey@northeastern.edu
617-373-6352

Administrators:

Kelli Alvarez

Administrative Officer

ke.alvarez@northeastern.edu
617-373-2776

Academic Advisors:

Jocelyn Faber

Academic Advisor

j.faber@northeastern.edu
617-373-3701

Greg Zuch

Academic Advisor

g.zuch@northeastern.edu
617-373-7942

Co-op Advisors:

Craig Bettinson, EDM

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

cr.bettinson@northeastern.edu
617-373-4261

Kellianne Murphy

Senior Faculty Member

k.murphy@northeastern.edu
617-373-3412

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