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Certificate in Performance

The Certificate in Performance is a three-year program designed for performers who do not yet hold a bachelor’s degree and who aim to study their craft at the highest level. Students in this program are most often younger or nontraditional students.

Applicants must have a high school degree or equivalent in order to apply.

Certificate students must register for 16 credit hours per term for each of six terms for a total of 96 credits. All students give a public degree recital in their final year; some departments require a recital each year.

In addition to their lessons, students study music history and hearing, as well as non-performance electives. All students participate in chamber music, and  and perform in New Music New Haven and the Yale Philharmonia.

The Certificate is not the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. If graduates of the Certificate program later earn a bachelor’s degree, they can petition to convert the Certificate into a Master of Music degree. In order to convert the degree in the future, students must complete all the requirements for the M.M. degree, including the foreign language and piano proficiencies, while in residence at Yale.

A full tuition award and fellowship are made to all students who are admitted to the Yale School of Music, with the exception of those receiving awards from other agencies.


Did you know?

A Certificate can be converted into a Master of Music degree.

Students must complete all the requirements for the M.M. degree, including all proficiencies, while in residence; complete a bachelor’s degree; and complete the M.M. comprehensive review.

Areas of Study

Chamber Music

Chamber music is an integral part of the YSM experience.