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Music Certificate


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The music certificate curriculum consists of music courses that are required in music major programs at professionally accredited colleges, universities, and conservatories. It is intended for students who wish to transfer to these institutions.

Montgomery College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Students would be advised to take approximately 30 additional credits chosen to match the first two years of the program into which they plan to transfer.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Apply the fundamentals of music theory from basic notation and ear training through part writing and microanalysis to the creative process. 
  • Identify musical periods and styles from the Middle Ages to the present.
  • Demonstrate the level of proficiency in music performance/education required to perform standard audition repertoire expected in four-year music programs or for work in a variety of music-related careers.
  • Perform collaboratively in ensembles, practice self-reflective assessment, and create a strategy of long-term intentional practice through applied music studies, technical studies, ensembles, and master classes in preparation for auditions.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans.  


For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Related careers include music performance and music education. 

  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
  • Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.



How To Apply and Register

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