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Music Certificate

This Certificate is for beginners, or those with moderate knowledge of music, who want to enhance their skills or go on to pursue other musical opportunities. The key to being a total musician lies in accumulating knowledge of music and all its relationships to other disciplines. This program will help you build your musical foundation by learning the basics of music.

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Registration and Tuition:
This program consists of 7 required courses.  Tuition is $1,100 plus one time $20 registration fee, or you can register for each course individually for with a $20 registration fee per semester. To register for courses please click on the Course Browser/Registration

Note for those who register and pay in full online: Please call/come in to our office at 212.650.3850 to register and choose your class schedule per semester. If you wish to do a  Payment plan , please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.

Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester.

Spring 2014 SemesterDayTimeDates
Piano II Monday 5:30-7:30pm 4/7-5/5
The Romantic Symphony Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm 4/16-4/30
Voice Class Monday 7:40-9:40pm 4/7-5/5
Summer 2014 Semester Day Time Dates
Introduction to the Elements of Music Monday 7:40-9:40pm 6/2-7/7
Piano I Monday 5:30-7:30pm 6/2-6/23
Piano II Monday 5:30-7:30pm 7/7-7/28
Music - A Universal Language Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm 6/4-6/18
The Legacy of American Popular Music Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm 6/25-7/9
The Romantic Symphony Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm 7/16-7/30

Course Descriptions:

Introduction to the Elements of Music
The musical language or (tools) are important in the study, understandingand analysis of music. They are mathematical building blocks that are discussed every time you talk about music. Like math, they are an accumulative study and will be used often. Various categories of music and tools such as: genre, texture, form, style, will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on terms and their sub meanings such as melody, harmony, rhythm, space, range, scales, keys, intervals, consonance, dissonance, etc.

Piano 1
The keyboard is the most crucial instrument for learning music, as it utilizes both treble and bass clefs (right and left hand), and easily translates the elements to the eye, ear, and hands. Instruction will include proper hand positions, note reading in both clefs, chords, scales, rhythm and all the elements that you will learn from your Introduction to the Elements of Music class.

Piano 2
A continuation of Piano 1. In this class you will focus on playing in more keys, learn how to play and write simple melodies with chords and concentrate on ear training. There will also be more notational assignments.

Music: A Universal Language
For centuries - historians, philosophers, writers and mathematicians have pondered whether or not music is a universal language. In this lecture/writing class, we will listen to compositions from the classical and popular genres which highlight this concept of “Universalism”. You will read philosophies from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century Romantic French Poets. By studying the elements of music, we will see how this universal language relates to our everyday lives as well as other disciplines. Some of the listening will include: Symphonic works, Chants, Opera, 1960’s Folk Music, Blues and other popular genres.

The Legacy of American Popular Music
Beginning with the Blues, and centering around the genius of Louis Armstrong, this class will highlight the music and artists who influenced our American music culture. From the soul of the cotton fields to Ragtime and Jazz, we will listen to the music of Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and of course, Mr. Armstrong. Attention will also focus on some of the early Black Musicals like “Hot Chocolates”, and the defining musical “Showboat." For it was truly Broadway that ultimately kept all these genres alive.

The Romantic Symphony
Beginning with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, let’s study the transition to the 19th Century Romantic Period. We will see how the orchestra became the musical heart and poetry of a war torn Europe. From Tchaikovsky’s touching one movement story of “Romeo and Juliet”, to Edvard Grieg’s tale of 'Peer Gynt”, the orchestral palette is enormous with poetry, folklore and the colors of Far Off Exotic lands. Attention will also be paid to the loosely structured forms and stylistic differences between the 18th and 19th Centuries, along with the elements (tools) of music, which will enhance your understanding of this great art form.

Voice Class

Whether you sing or not, this class will enhance your vocal and speaking range. The physicality of it will help you to breathe properly, as well as focus on technique thus enhancing your overall well-being. Attention will be paid to styles within the various genres from classical to musical theater, and all popular forms. This will also help your public speaking and theater skills as well as make you feel more comfortable in front of people (opportunity for solo work as well as group singing).


Course Status
If enrollment for a course does not reach a required level, the course will be canceled. However, when maximum enrollment is reached, the course will be closed immediately and the names of interested registrants will be put on a wait list and notified on a “first come” basis if an opening occurs. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Students’ progress is measured through examinations, research and writing assignments, and classroom participation. A grade of A, B, or C is required in each course certification. A passing grade is 73=C.

Attendance Requirements
Students are required to attend all the classes and be on time. If absence occurs, the student is responsible for making up missed assignments. The instructor maintains and submits attendance records for each student.

Retake Policy for Certificate Program
*  A student may drop a class only before the start of the first meeting. A class may not be dropped after the first class meeting has occurred. No refund will be given.
*  If for any reason a student does not complete a class, the class will be treated as a failure. In this case, the Retake Policy will apply.
*  The Retake Policy allows a student to retake the failed class free of charge within a period of one year. This privilege can be exercised only ONCE for the duration of the certificate program.
* If a student believes that his or her circumstances warrant special consideration in the case of a dropped or uncompleted class, please state the reason in writing and send to the Assoc. Dir. of CE, whose decision on the matter will be final.

Completed all required courses? Request your Certificate, Transcript and Completion Letter via the Certificate/Completion Letter Request Form.

Continuing Education’s certification programs are offered for no college credit. A Certificate is awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements explained in the CE bulletin.


Continuing Education Certificate Programs are part-time non-credited courses and therefore we do not issue student visas. To apply for a student visa, students must be enrolled in a full-time credited college program or an ESL studies program.  For more information on Continuing Education's ESL program please click here: International English Language Institute
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