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Music Performance, Certificate

School of Music

A graduate performance certificate is a great addition to any School of Music graduate program, allowing students with an undergraduate degree in music to focus on applied music study and performance activities.

For our talented graduate students who can successfully complete an approved performance-focused program that provides a minimum of eighteen semester hours of graduate study, we offer the opportunity to further your artistic abilities at the graduate level. Acquire additional credits and guidance from our outstanding professors in your area of interest.

Program Highlights

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    Personal Attention

    You'll receive a one-hour weekly lesson with an artist-teacher faculty member from the School of Music.

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    Performance Experiences

    You'll have the opportunity to perform two 50-minute degree recitals as part of your course of study.

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    Open Doors

    You are able to audition for the most elite of the School of Music's performance ensembles and join the fun.

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    Supportive Community

    Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.

What You’ll Study

The completion of the graduate performance certificate program requires successful completion of two public recitals on their primary instrument or voice. Music will be reflective of post-baccalaureate musicianship and will represent styles, genres and contexts deemed appropriate by the candidate’s recital committee.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Performance

    Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

  • Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication


    Being accountable for one's actions and decisions and fulfilling obligations and duties

    Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Artist
  • Performer

Workplace Settings

  • Music
  • Education

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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