Graduate Music Education Certificates

Program Description: 

The Music Education Professional Certificate Program offers 12-credit graduate certificates that provide high-level professional development for practicing music educators. With this flexible program it is possible to complete stand-alone certificates or to “stack” two professional certificates with our 15-credit Music Education graduate core to complete a Master of Music with concentration in Music Education.  

Available Summer Certificates include: 

  • Jazz Pedagogy: a certificate program for practicing music educators whose specialty is not jazz. This certificate, which can be completed in one calendar year, consists of 3 courses and a semester of applied lessons. It can also be stacked with other courses to complete a Master of Music.  
  • Orff Schulwerk: a certificate program for practicing music educators offered in conjunction with the Northern New Jersey Orff Schulwerk Association. This certificate consists of 3 Orff Schulwerk certification courses offered over successive summers plus three 1-credit workshops throughout the school year. It can also be stacked with other courses to complete a Master of Music.  

Certificate courses are also available to Master of Music students not enrolled in the certificate programs.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog:

Application Deadline

Rolling admission, but applications recommended by May 15 for summer study. 

Exit Requirements for Professional Certificates 

  • Satisfactory completion of all courses required for the certificate. 
Contact Us

Professor Carol Frierson-Campbell
Program Director, Music Education

Music Admissions

Admission Requirements:  

1. Application to the university. 

2. An undergraduate degree in music or permission of the music department. 

3. For the Jazz Pedagogy certificate, submission of a video-recorded placement audition for the applied lesson component.  

4. For the Orff Schulwerk Certificate, concurrent summer enrollment in the Orff Schulwerk Levels courses via the Northern New Jersey Orff Schulwerk Association ( 


Certificate students who wish to enroll in the Master of Music program may fulfill additional application and audition requirements, which include the following: 

  • Revised application to the university. 
  • Two letters of recommendation, and 
  • Audition demonstrating pedagogical or conducting skill (video-recorded) or performance skill (live or recorded audition).