May 18, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Music Leadership Certificate

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Certificate Title and Name:  Music Leadership Certificate

Certificate Name and Number:  Music Leadership ­ CTMLDG

Department(s)/Unit(s):  Music

Delivery Mode:  Athens Campus

Terms of Entry:  Fall, Spring

Enrollment Eligibility:  Degree-seeking students

Certificate Overview:  This certificate teaches concepts associated with the administration of music programs both at the university level and in the private sector. Students will explore how to effectively manage music programs including symphony orchestras, professional and amateur performing ensembles, and music schools and departments. Courses also provide general knowledge in music as well as music performance opportunities. This 12-hour certificate is geared primarily to students pursuing a master’s degree in music or the Master of Arts Administration. This certificate utilizes existing resources plus the addition of one new course which is being staffed by current faculty.

Certificate Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will recognize the challenges facing arts organizations and how relationships with boards, donors, and stakeholders shape the interconnectedness of these systems within the organization.
  • Students will gain competencies in essential music administration functions including communication, public relations, cultural policy, marketing, advocacy, governance, ethical leadership, community engagement, and resource development and management.
  • Students will create an effective fundraising and development strategies to raise funds from a variety of available sources and individual donors.
  • Students will be able to identify administrative challenges inherent in music programs.
  • Students will be able to effectively address and implement strategies to positively impact these challenges.
  • Students will be able to identify available resources to assist with administrative challenges.

Opportunities upon Completion:  Music Administration is a broad, evolving field of study with rapidly expanding full-time job opportunities. The certificate equips students, who may come from a range of academic backgrounds and professional experiences, with the basic tools to gain entry-level jobs in the field or advance current knowledge and practice. Students will be prepared for jobs that support arts and cultural organizations, navigate challenges in the non-profit sector, and advocate for policies and resources that support arts organizations and programs.

Completion Requirements: The Certificate requires 12 credit hours total. Transfer credits may not be applied to the certificate.

Required Courses (12 TOTAL credit hours)

  • MUS 5271: Music Administration (3) 

Choose a minimum of 7 credit hours (7) 

  • Applied lessons (2) 
  • Ensembles (2) 
  • Music History elective (3) 
  • Music Theory elective (3) 
  • MUS 5860 Teaching Music in Higher Education (1)

Choose 1 from Music Literature: (2 credit hours) 

  • MUS 5210: Literature of Choral Music 
  • MUS 5212: Literature of Chamber Music 
  • MUS 5213: Literature of Orchestra Music 
  • MUS 5214: Literature of Organ Music 
  • MUS 5215: Literature of Opera 
  • MUS 5216: Literature of Band Music 

Financial Aid Eligibility Information:

  • Degree-seeking students may use federal financial aid only for 1) coursework fulfilling requirements of their degree, including required elective hours, or 2) coursework toward a second financial aid-eligible program.
  • Students receiving federal financial aid may not take courses for this certificate unless they are also enrolled full-time (9 hours) in their degree program during the same academic term. Financial aid may be used for courses that count toward both degree requirements and the certificate.

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of most recent transcript or DARS report (GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Interview with a School of Music administrator
  • Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent professional experience is required

International Students:  This certificate program alone does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this certificate.

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