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Curriculum: Instrumental Performance Postgraduate Students

Life isn’t an audition.

Any music school can make you a better player. Our interconnected courses are built to transform you intellectually, artistically, professionally, and individually. You’ll understand the roots of your music, freeing you to take it somewhere new. You’ll see how your training broadens your options, rather than narrowing them. You'll find your voice. And you'll enter the world with the same confidence you bring to the stage.

The Professional Studies Diploma is a one-year, non-degree program that provides advanced, focused studies for young artists in the pre-professional stages of their careers. It helps students prepare for major competitions, auditions, and performance careers by emphasizing individual instruction and performance opportunities. With the exception of private lessons, the curriculum is designed by the student in consultation with his or her major teacher, in accordance with the student's specific career goals. This affords time for intense personal study and the freedom to choose electives, ensembles, and independent study projects directly related to professional goals.

Available to students with a completed bachelor’s degree.

Required Courses

Curriculum: Professional Studies Diploma in Instrumental Performance
Credit total: 24

Course #/Title Cr.
Private Instruction
PVL 600 Major Instruction 8
Ensembles or Independent Study
Candidates for the Professional Studies Diploma may fulfill the ensemble or independent study requirement with courses numbered IND 500 Independent Study Project-Ensemble and ENS 200-599.
Orchestral Instruments 9
Keyboard and Guitar 4
Orchestral Instruments 7
Keyboard and Guitar 12
Juries and Recitals
RCTPSD Professional Studies Capstone Recital