About the TTU Graduate Certificate in Early Music Performance Practice

The Graduate Certificate in Early Music Performance Practice provides graduate music majors with the option of tailoring their coursework and medium ensemble participation to focus on the research and performance of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque / Early Classical music. This resume-enhancing certificate is especially recommended for musicology, theory, choral, or vocal/instrumental students who wish to obtain the in-demand skills required of specialists in the dynamic area of early music scholarship and performance.

 Advisors: Dr. Angela Mariani, Dr. Stacey Jocoy

For further info: Dr. Angela Mariani Smith, 806.834.3912, angelamariani.smith@ttu.edu

The Graduate Certificate in Early Music Performance Practice provides graduate music majors with the option of tailoring their coursework and medium ensemble participation to focus on the research and performance of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque / Early Classical music. This resume-enhancing certificate is especially recommended for musicology, theory, choral, or vocal/instrumental students who wish to obtain the in-demand skills required of specialists in the dynamic area of early music scholarship and performance. The completion of this certificate will also appear on your final transcript, serving as an enhancement to your CV and confirm for any future employer your specialization in historical performance.

The certificate requires 15 credits of coursework, and a Medium Ensemble requirement (usually three semesters of Collegium Musicum, but see list below for acceptable alternatives).

Note: Students wishing to supplement their certificate coursework with applied lessons in early instruments should consult with Dr. Mariani. The Texas Tech School of Music owns a variety of early instruments, but does not yet have an applied performance program in Early Music;  however, we do bring in clinicians and specialists, and can help find workshops and additional technical instruction for those students interested in expanding their early music performance activities beyond the scope of the Certificate.

Students interested in the Graduate Certificate in Early Music Performance Practice should contact Prof. Mariani (angelamariani.smith@ttu.edu) or Dr. Stacey Jocoy (stacey.jocoy@ttu.edu) in the TTU School of Music.

 Advisors: Dr. Angela Mariani Smith, Dr. Stacey Jocoy

For further info: Dr. Angela Mariani Smith, 806.834.3912, angelamariani.smith@ttu.edu

 

Course Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Early Music Performance Practice

I. The following two (2) courses are required:


II. Three (3) Electives, chosen from the following three categories as indicated:

a) One of the following area seminars:

b) One of the following Theory courses (Special Topic must be relevant to early music and requires approval)

c) One of the following electives (Composer and/or Special Topic must be relevant to early music and requires approval)

 


III. Three (3) semesters of ensemble activity as follows:

  • MUEN 5110:  Texas Tech Collegium Musicum. 1 Credit Hour per semester.
  • MM/Doctoral Performance Projects (with permission):

1) With written approval from the EMPP Certificate faculty advisor, MM/DMA Choral or Orchestral Conducting majors may substitute up to three of their Graduate Performance Projects for up to three semesters of participation in Collegium Musicum, if the MM/DMA project consists of medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, or early Classical repertoire with a focus on historical performance. An example of this would be a student who chose as one of their Doctoral Performance Projects a Renaissance mass, a series of Bach Cantatas, or a concert of chamber music played completely on historical instruments, informed by adequate research into historical performance approaches and techniques.

 

2) With written approval from the EMPP Certificate faculty advisor, an independent-research, self-generated historical performance project by a MM, DMA, or PhD student may be substituted for one semester of Collegium Musicum, IF the project consists of medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, or early Classical repertoire with a focus on historical performance.  An example of this would be a student who chose to do a historical performance project for one of their DMA recitals, informed by adequate research into historical performance approaches and techniques. The latter may be accomplished through regular coachings with, or an independent study under the direction of one of the certificate faculty advisors.

 

Protocol for Admission into Early Music Performance Practice Certificate Program

1. Meet with Dr. Mariani (angelamariani.smith@ttu.edu) or Dr. Jocoy (stacey,jocoy@ttu.edu) to discuss the program and see if it is right for you.

2. Meet with the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Music (Dr. Peter Martens, Peter.Martens@ttu.edu) and declare your intention to participate.

3.  All students planning to pursue a graduate certificate at TTU MUST fill out a Graduate Certificate Program Plan and turn it into the Graduate School for approval before the second semester of enrollment in the program. If you have already passed that point and have not turned in the Grad Certificate Program Plan, please do it immediately. The program plan template can be found here:

http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/forms/Certificate%20Program%20Plan%20Form.pdf

4.You must also fill out an “Intent to Complete Graduate Certificate Form”, which must be completed online at

https://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/private/intentform.aspx

 

Please do not neglect to follow all of the above steps!