2021-2022 Student Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2024  
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Music, Certificate

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:     Certificate
HEGIS Code:             5610
SUNY Code:              0900
Major Code:              MUSC

The Career 

The Music certificate is designed for those who wish to develop their musicianship and explore an academic program in music. It provides students the opportunity to assess their musical skill and explore the college learning environment. The program offers practical application in music composition, ear-training, sight-singing and basic piano skills, and develops understanding of European classical music as well as American popular music. Courses offer hands-on approach to writing, understanding and demonstrating concepts in music and the experience of college level academic course work.

The NCCC Approach

The Music certificate offers a seamless transfer into the NCCC two-year Associate in Science Music degree. Both the certificate and degree programs require two semesters of written theory, aural and keyboard skills and music history. The associate in science degree program at NCCC focuses on performance and preparation for audition into a baccalaureate program in music. For more information about this program call the Music Department at 716-614-5965 or the NCCC Admissions Office at 716-614-6200.


Students are admitted in fall, spring and summer.  Prospective students are not required to audition for acceptance into the Music certificate program.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Develop musicianship and assess personal skill
  • Explore an academic program in music within the college learning environment
  • Prepare for seamless transfer into the Associate in Science Music degree (optional)

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Identify, distinguish and notate written and aural elements of music theory
  • Discuss compositional techniques in all musical style periods
  • Describe characteristics of historical music time periods
  • Describe characteristics of major composers
  • Sight-read and perform simple piano compositions in major and minor keys
  • Be able to sing with accurate intonation

Program Requirements (MUSC)

  1. A total of at least 30-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the certificate.
  2. Music: A minimum of 21-credit hours consisting of:
    MUS 117 - Music History & Repertoire I 
    MUS 118 - Music History & Repertoire II 
    MUS 133 - American Popular Music 
    MUS 140 - Piano Musicianship  
    MUS 171 - Written Theory I 
    MUS 172 - Written Theory II 
    MUS 183 - Aural Skills I  
    MUS 184 - Aural Skills II  
    MUS/MUA - Ensemble or Applied Instruction:  A minimum of 2-credit hours
  3. Humanities: A minimum of 6-credit hours
    ENG 101 - Writing I 
    ENG 102 - Writing II & Introduction to Literature  
  4. A minimum of 3-credit hours of recommended electives

Typical Program

First Semester

Total Credit Hours: 14

Second Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students. Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships. The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.