Certificate in Music Performance - University of Houston
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The Certificate in Music Performance is an exclusive, non-degree program providing an intensive, two-year period of concentrated study in music performance at the graduate level. It is intended for exceptionally accomplished students who show the potential and the motivation to achieve a successful performing career, but who do not wish to engage in the complete curriculum required in standard master’s or doctoral degree programs.

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Students are required to abide by the CMP policies and requirements.  In addition, be aware of the following:
  1. Auditions: A live audition adjudicated by a six-member Certificate Audition Committee is required of all students seeking admission to the certificate program. Recorded auditions or auditions in any other form are not accepted. Live auditions will take place on the Friday afternoon prior to the final regular Moores School of Music audition weekend, in Dudley Recital Hall on the University of Houston campus. Specific times and schedules will be coordinated by the Moores School director of admissions. An accompanist will be provided; prospective students should provide scores for the accompanist as soon as they receive notification of their being accepted for the live audition.
  2. GPA: Certificate students who earn less than a B- in any semester in applied music will be dismissed from the certificate program, with no probationary period.
  3. Enrollment: Certificate enrollment is for fall and spring semesters only; no summer enrollment is permitted for certificate students.
  4. Residency: Students must complete the program by enrolling in a maximum of four long (fall or spring) semesters in a total period of three years from the date of enrollment.
  5. No transfer credit will be applied toward the certificate. No credit earned while in a degree program will be accepted for credit toward the certificate. No credit earned in the certificate program will be awarded for credit toward another degree at this institution.
  6. Scholarships (international students): The Moores School of Music defines 6 credits as full-time enrollment for the certificate program, however, international students will be required to meet the same minimum enrollment as any graduate student to qualify for the relevant student visa. 
  7. Scholarship (awarding): The Director of the School of Music has final authority on scholarship awards; consideration will be given to recruiting issues, overall benefit to and impact on the school, and other criteria, as appropriate.