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Graduate Certificates in Music Theory Pedagogy and Music History Pedagogy


These graduate certificate programs will prepare students to teach music theory or music history in a variety of educational settings.  They are intended primarily for graduate performance majors who might teach these topics at a summer music school, at a college or as part of their private studio lessons (to give just a few examples).  Music education majors who might one day teach AP Music Theory could also benefit from the certificate program. These credentials will certify that students have acquired professional teaching skills in theory or history, making them more competitive on the job market.

Non-matriculating students will usually complete a certificate within one academic year (two semesters). Matriculating master's students will usually distribute a certificate's four required courses (12 credits) evenly over two years of study, taking one course per semester.

Link to printable PDF with Description and Requirements (also stated on this page)



There is no formal application for these Certificate programs. It is assumed that MM students who enroll in MUSIC 795B-Teaching Practicum (see below) are pursuing the certificate, and will automatically be awarded it upon completion if they are eligible and have fulfilled all requirements. In general, students MUST complete a pedagogy class (MUSIC 615 or 648) by their third semester in order to take the Practicum in their fourth; except in some cases where the pedagogy class is not offered until the spring.

Please fill out the Certificate Eligibility Form on the Graduate School website, have it signed by the Graduate Program Director (Prof. Erinn Knyt), and submit to the Graduate Student Service Center, 534 Goodell, by the appropriate deadline listed on the form.



Matriculated and nonmatriculated students must have earned a baccalaureate degree (e.g. BA or BMus) with a music concentration before beginning coursework.

Music Theory Pedagogy: Pass all sections of the Graduate Theory Diagnostic Exam before beginning coursework.
Music History Pedagogy: Take the Graduate History Diagnostic Exam. Students who fail two or more sections of the exam must enroll in and pass MUSIC 593S: The History of Styles in Western Music.

Music History Prof. Erinn Knyt
Music History Prof. Erinn Knyt


Earn a grade of B (3.0) or higher in each course used toward a certificate.


COURSE REQUIREMENTS (Total of 4 courses, 12 credits):

Two core courses (6 credits) from among the following:

Music Theory Pedagogy
MUSIC 691A: Analysis of Music since 1945
MUSIC 691C: Analysis of Counterpoint
MUSIC 691F: Musical Forms
MUSIC 691G: Jazz Styles and Analysis
MUSIC 691K: Analytical Techniques for Post-Tonal Music
MUSIC 691M: Motivic Analysis
MUSIC 691O: Analysis of Opera
MUSIC 691P: Analysis for Performance
MUSIC 691R: Analysis of Rhythm and Meter
MUSIC 691S: Analytical Techniques for Tonal Music
Other 600-level theory courses as approved by the Graduate Program Director

Music History Pedagogy
MUSIC 642: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
MUSIC 643: 19th Century Romanticism
MUSIC 644: Music of the 20th Century
MUSIC 645: History of Opera
MUSIC 646: Music of the Renaissance
MUSIC 647: Age of Bach and Handel
MUSIC 693M: Minimalism
MUSIC 693P: Post-Modern Music
MUSIC 693S: Symphony in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Other 600-level music history courses as approved by the Graduate Program Director

Theory: MUSIC 615: Pedagogy of Theory
History: MUSIC 648: Music History Pedagogy

Theory: MUSIC 798B: Teaching Practicum (Prerequisite: Complete MUSIC 615 with a grade of B or higher)
History: MUSIC 798B: Teaching Practicum (Prerequisite: Complete MUSIC 648 with a grade of B or higher)