Certificate Programs

Music Certificate Program

For advancing students, the study of music theory and musicianship skills becomes essential to their continued progress. The Music Certificate Program supplements the weekly lesson by including a music theory class that corresponds to the student’s level of music understanding. At the end of the year, students must pass a written theory exam and participate in a performance evaluation before a team of CMS faculty during Achievement Week. The performance evaluation tests the technique and repertoire studied in lessons. Students are further required to perform in two student recitals during the year. Please contact the Registrar for current pricing 610.489.3676.

Tuition for the Music Certificate Program includes:
– weekly private lessons
– weekly 45-minute music theory class*
– year-end performance evaluation before a committee of CMS faculty
– rehearsals and performances with a professional accompanist
– student recitals
– access to the CMS music library
– written progress report at the end of the year

*participation in Pre-Chamber & Musicianship or Chamber Music Ensemble & Musicianship programs satisfies this requirement


Honors Certificate Program

The Honors Certificate Program is designed to develop the highly motivated intermediate to advanced level student with a curriculum that emphasizes performance. Building on the Music Certificate Program, the Honors Certificate Program requires ensemble participation that will further enhance the learning experience and prepare students for possible entrance to music schools or conservatories. Students in the Honors Certificate Program are required to take a minimum 45-minute lesson each week, participate year-round in an ensemble, and successfully complete a theory course. Honors Certificate students must also take a performance evaluation before a committee of CMS faculty at the end of the year. Because listening to others perform is a vital component to a well-rounded music education, Honors Certificate students are expected to attend at least two professional concert performances per year – either at CMS or elsewhere. In addition to meeting all ensemble performance requirements, students in the Honors Certificate Program must solo in at least two student recitals per year. Graduating high school seniors are further required to present a 30-minute solo recital. Please contact the Registrar for current pricing 610.489.3676.

Tuition for the Honors Certificate Program includes:
– weekly private lessons
– weekly music theory class*
– participation in an ensemble or studio group class*
– year-end performance evaluation before a committee of CMS faculty
– rehearsals and performances with a professional accompanist
– student recitals (graduating seniors will also present a 30-minute solo recital)
– access to the CMS music library
– written progress report at the end of the year

*participation in Pre-Chamber & Musicianship or Chamber Music Ensemble & Musicianship programs satisfies this requirement


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