The Professional Performance Certificate, administered by the Department of Music and Dance through Continuing and Professional Education, offers performing musicians in the early stages of their careers the opportunity for private instruction with the faculty members of the music and dance department, and for participation in the many small and large ensembles of the department. It provides a concentrated year of artistic development, career preparation, and work experience for aspiring professional musicians.

Study in this program is not awarded academic credit; instead, the student's work and study will be evaluated by the instructor and a Certificate will be awarded upon the successful conclusion of the program.

The certificate consists of weekly private lessons for a single academic year of two semesters (fall and spring). The student is expected to participate as directed in the ensembles of the Music and Dance Department, or (in the case of pianists) in accompanying as directed. 

The pre-requisite for participation in this program is an undergraduate degree in music or demonstrated equivalent musical training. This program is for non-matriculated students only.