Performance Certificate

The performance certificate serves as a bridge program for post-bachelor's or post-master's degrees.

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Program Intro

Students can spend one year post-bachelor's degree honing performance, conducting or composing skills in preparation for graduate auditions. Additionally, post-master's students can spend an additional year in applied study in preparation for professional auditions.

12 Units

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1 Year
$690 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn a Performance Certificate at CBU?

Prepare for graduate coursework

The performance certificate serves as a bridge for students who desire more time to develop their performance abilities and are not yet ready to commit to enrolling in a graduate degree program in music. In this certificate program, students become prepared for an advanced degree, and all certificate coursework transfers toward the achievement of CBU's Master of Music degree.

Learn from knowledgeable faculty and mentors

CBU's distinguished School of Performing Arts faculty includes educators, conductors and performers with real-world experience teaching and performing in an array of private and public venues as well as educational and religious settings. CBU has a strong mentorship culture, which will benefit students in career preparation outside of the classroom.

Practice in a top-of-the-line facility

Students also benefit from our newest facility, the JoAnn Hawkins Music Building, equipped with the latest technology, including a multimillion dollar state-of-the-art recording studio, music labs, and 27 private rehearsal rooms each furnished with a baby grand piano. 

What You'll Learn

Program Details

MUS 580: Applied Instruction

Applied instruction is offered with material and performance of increasing difficulty as the student develops. Students must arrange instruction time with the full-time faculty member in charge during the first week of classes.

MUS 562: Lancer Chorus

Lancer Chorus is open by audition to all interested students. The group will rehearse and perform a variety of music for tenor/bass voices and combine with other choirs to form the Worship Collective. 

MUS 596: Instrumental or Vocal Recital I

Performance of repertoire learned while the student is in residence for the degree. Recital approval and performance guidelines are available from the SOM graduate office and applied instructor. 

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Jennifer Cruz, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Keyboard Studies
Instructor - Applied Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and Keyboard Collaborative Arts

Office Phone: 951-343-4253
Office Location: Hawkins Building 201

Gene Moon, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Orchestral Studies

Office Phone: 951-552-8352
Office Location: Hawkins Building - 220


Career Possibilities

Graduates of CBU's Performance Certificate program will be well prepared for graduate school and/or professional music auditions.

  • Musician
  • Music Performer
  • Composer
  • Choral Conductor
  • Instrumental Conductor

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