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Graduate Artist Certificate

The graduate Artist Certificate program is a full-time graduate performance program designed to prepare the most talented, outstanding keyboard and string performers for careers as professional performing musicians.

Students accepted into this program must demonstrate the ability to perform advanced repertoire with technical and artistic mastery and have the potential for success at major competitions or auditions for major orchestras, or want to begin a professional career. Students in this program will take courses that build the repertoire, artistry, and performance skills necessary for a professional performer.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants to this program must hold a minimum of the bachelor's degree or equivalency, and follow the procedures and regulations for applying to the Graduate School of the University and the Graduate Division of the School of Music. (See How to Apply – Graduate.) Required credentials for admission to the School of Music include an application, university application fee, official transcripts of all post-secondary studies, two letters of recommendation, and a repertoire list. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the “International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Passing marks are 550, 80, and 6.5 for paper-based, internet-based (iBT) TOEFL, and IELTS respectively.  Applicants who have received a degree from an accredited US institution in the past two years are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement.

Final admission to the program is granted following successful completion of a thirty-minute Artist Certificate admission audition. The audition repertoire should include selections demonstrating the student's ability to perform in various musical styles. If distance to the audition is a hardship, applicants may submit a thirty-minute videotape/DVD (public performance preferred); the student must also present a live audition before a designated faculty committee during the first semester of residence.

Once accepted, all students are required to take the diagnostic examinations in Musicology, Area Literature, Music Theory, and Ear Training before registering for courses. The examinations are given at the beginning of each semester. Each entering student should notify the Graduate Secretary to indicate the semester that s/he intends to enter and take the examinations.

Program of Study

Concentrations are available in String and Keyboard performance.

To receive the Artist Certificate, the student must successfully complete an Artist Certificate curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The curriculum is centered on intensive activities related to performance, including private lessons, large and small ensembles, recitals, and courses in area literature, performance practices, and repertoire. Courses chosen for music electives should be lecture courses. All required recitals are to be performed in public with a committee of the School of Music faculty in attendance.

Enrollment for a minimum of two semesters is required, with a maximum of two years allowed for completion of the program. The School of Music may require additional hours. All course requirements must be completed at the University of Tennessee.

To receive the certificate, students must submit a Completion of Certificate Program Form endorsed by the School of Music to the Graduate School. After the student has filled out the form, s/he must submit the completed copy to the Graduate Secretary in the main Music Office. The Associate Director for Graduate Studies in Music will then check to determine that all certificate requirements have been met. The original and two copies of the form, and one copy of the student's academic history will be submitted to the Graduate School. Only those certificate programs that are officially approved by the Graduate Council will be posted on student transcripts.

Artist Certificate in Music – Concentration in String Performance

Private Instruction 8
Orchestra (1) 4
Chamber Music Ensemble 2
Area Literature 3
Music Electives (2) 4
Graduate Recital 2
1) Participation is required during each semester of residence.
2) Classes chosen to fulfill the music electives requirements may include a maximum of 3 hours of MUEN or MUPF courses.

Artist Certificate in Music – Concentration in Keyboard Performance or Collaborative Piano

Private Instruction 8
Music Ensemble (1) 4
Area Literature 6
Music Electives (2) 3
Graduate Recitals 2
1) Ensemble Participation is required during each semester of residence.
2) Classes chosen to fulfill the music electives requirements may include a maximum of 3 hours of MUEN or MUPF courses.

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