Performance Certificate in Music
The Performance Certificate in Music at Judson University is a non-degree program designed for individuals looking for intensive music performance study both as a soloist and an ensemble musician in order to enhance their employment opportunities or prepare for graduate studies.
Students will develop their performance skills by working with Judson University applied music professors in private lessons. This program offers a unique course, Professional Apprenticeship, in which students will have an additional opportunity to refine their skills by taking lessons from artist-teachers in the Chicago area who actively maintain their successful performing careers. A baccalaureate degree in music or equivalent level of performance skill is required.
Students will be chosen by audition for the professors in their performance areas. The Performance Certificate in Music is designed to finish within two semesters by taking a minimum of 24 credits (12 credits per semester), of which 10 credits are offered at the graduate level.
“My decision to study at Judson University was one of my best to further my career in music. In terms of performance experiences, I improved a lot and was well prepared for graduate school. I appreciated opportunities to perform publically at concerts and events. I was given practical training in Studio Class during which I enjoyed both hearing my fellow students play and the lively discussions that followed. By sharing our musical ideas and thoughts – usually accompanied with laughter – we broadened our musical knowledge in a comfortable setting. I appreciated the small school atmosphere, where faculty doors were open for students at any time. The faculty was very friendly and caring when I had concerns – I knew their prayers were trustworthy and I felt supported so I could keep moving forward. Because of this spiritual comfort, I was able to focus on studying and practicing. If you want to study performance in a family-like atmosphere, the Certificate Program at Judson University could very well be your best next step!”
Graduate Student and Accompanying Assistant
Eastern Illinois University School of Music, 2011-2013
“I believe the most important turning point in my musical career was made at Judson University. In 2012, I was privileged to enter the Certificate Program at Judson University, through which I participated in the Judson University Choir and various chamber ensembles as an accompanist, as well as taught piano through the Judson Community Music School. What I liked the most about Judson was the passion the faculty and staff had for me as a student, which helped me to accomplish my goal of completing the requirements of the Certificate Program. I felt that the faculty had faith in me and were willing to help me become the best musician I could be. I really appreciated how the Certificate Program was set up, providing one-on-one lessons and mentoring as well as classroom instruction. In small group classes, I enjoyed sharing my thoughts and comments with friends. I also appreciated that the faculty provided sincere recommendations when it came time to apply to graduate school. In fact, I believe that Judson was my best choice to prepare for graduate school in the USA. I hope that many students who want to prepare for further musical study in the United States will take the opportunity to complete the Certificate Program at Judson University.”
Graduate Student and Graduate Instructional Assistant
Texas State University School of Music, 2014
“I’m confident 2013 was the best year of my musical life up to this point because of the Performance Certificate in Music Program at Judson University. Although it was only two semesters in length, I had an unusual and unique experience. I had a great opportunity to expand my English language skills and increase my exposure to Western music and culture. I grew in confidence in piano performance thanks to Dr. Hong’s excellent teaching and consistent encouragement. All of the classes were taught in an atmosphere of freedom and pleasure, which was quite different from the lecture-style classes I had experienced in China. This educational method was good for me as it helped me to improve my English and communication skills. In addition, every professor and student in the Music Department was quite kind and friendly. They provided great help to me when I had difficulties. One of my best memories at Judson was the Spring Choir Tour. Due to that special time of travel and performance, I was reminded of God’s love and “How Great is our God” as we sang that worship song in each performance. I will keep all of the unforgettable moments at Judson University in my mind. I firmly believe that Judson University is the best choice for young people who wish to pursue their dream, hope and happiness!”
Performance Certificate Graduate 2013
Freelance Pianist, S. Korea
Performance from certificate graduate Sangwon Moon
Sangwon Moon, 2015 Judson Performance Certificate graduate performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #1 (first movement) with the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic. Following his time at Judson, Sangwon was accepted into the Master of Music piano performance program at Northern Illinois University and recently won the NIU concerto competition with this piece.
Dr. Sojung Lee Hong, Judson Associate Professor of Piano and SungChan Chang, Associate Principal Cello with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra have collaborated to record a stunningly beautiful CD of peaceful classical repertoire and hymn arrangements. Proceeds from the sale of the Tranquillity CD will benefit the Korean Scholarship Fund. The CD is available through www.mkt.com/DCWPA.
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