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The College of Music offers four certificate programs at the undergraduate level. Students admitted to the College of Music can pursue Music Entrepreneurship and Music Theory certificate programs. Non-music majors can pursue the Music Technology or Singing Health Specialist certificates.

Undergraduate certificates

Music Technology

The Music Technology certificate program is comprised of a variety of courses designed to provide a strong background in using technology to compose and produce music. The courses range from an introductory survey of music software and hardware to in depth studies of DSP, synthesis, algorithmic composition, recording and post-production techniques, film scoring and many other topics. The software used in many of the classes includes Logic Pro, ProTools, Abelton Live, Finale, Lilypond, MAX, PD, SuperCollider, CSound, Final Cut Pro, Audacity, SoundHack and Spear.

To declare the certificate, Intro to Music Technology (MUEL/MUSC 2061) must be successfully completed and a CU Boulder GPA above 2.0 is needed. Note: Music majors enroll under the MUSC course prefix and non-majors in MUEL. We strongly recommend that you enroll no later than the end of your sophomore year.

Music Entrepreneurship

The innovative Music Entrepreneurship program is administered by the Entrepreneurship Center for Music (ECM) in partnership with the Leeds School of Business. This robust curriculum positions the College of Music among the nation’s leading programs in arts entrepreneurship. The certificate, open to music majors only, includes a Business Minor plus academic and experiential credits within the College of Music. Acceptance to the Business Minor is determined by the Leeds School of Business and is contingent on completion of the required prerequisites. Visit the Leeds Business Minor page for more information.

To declare the certificate, Building Your Music Career (MUSC 2918) must be successfully completed and a CU Boulder GPA above 2.0 is required. Students must also have a declared Business minor to declare the Music Entrepreneurship Certificate. We strongly recommend that you enroll no later than the end of your sophomore year.

Music Theory

Beginning Fall 2021, the Music Theory program will be open to qualified music majors. The purpose of the certificate is to 1) provide students with interest and aptitude the opportunity to take more varied upper-level courses and develop independent projects under faculty mentorship; and 2) provide these students with a formal acknowledgement of their work in music theory, which could serve as a stepping stone to graduate school, private teaching, theory teaching in primary or secondary schools, or work in music-related media and technology. 
Application for the certificate takes place sophomore or junior year. Students need a minimum average grade of B+ or higher for freshman and sophomore music theory and aural skills classes to qualify. Please have a statement of purpose ready to submit in the declaration form.

Singing Health Specialist

Beginning Fall 2021, vocal students and speech-language pathology students will be able to declare the Singing Health Specialist certificate. Offered by only a handful of music programs, the Singing Health Specialist certificate—comprised of 14 credits of undergraduate coursework in Music and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences—includes voice therapy or voice lesson observations, and allows vocalists and speech pathologists to specialize in an important and relevant area. The certificate is designed to 1) train speech pathologists in signing techniques and specialized support to vocalists; and 2) train singers to be specialists in their field, and promote longevity and health in singing careers.

To declare the certificate, students must be either a vocal music major (voice performance, choral education, voice BA), or a speech-language pathology major and have a cumulative CU Boulder GPA of 3.0 or above. This means that students must apply after being at CU Boulder for at least one semester; applications typically occur during sophomore year.