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Music certificate

This program is intended for those who wish to pursue development as a trained music professional. Students are prepared for employment as singers, instrumental musicians, or private and group music lesson instructors. Students receive training for work in music retail, and other entry level positions in the music industry. This program can also serve as a “stepping-stone” for those wishing to pursue an A.A.S. or A.S. degree in a related music field.

No audition is required for entry into the Music Certificate program.

The Music Certificate program will enable graduates to develop:

  • Musicianship through the study of a major instrument or voice;
  • Basic theoretical and analytical musical skills;
  • Basic awareness of the evolution of western music, and
  • A variety of basic business skills applicable to the music industry.

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Degree Plan

See the degree requirements and suggested course sequence.

Degree Plan



SUNY Schenectady is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

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