Certificate Programs

‌St. Thomas' graduate music certification programs are intended for students who want to increase professionalism and proficiency while keeping up with changes in the field of music education. Our certificate programs are aligned with industry-recognized standards and continuing education requirements.

For information on Minnesota Orff, Kodály Chapter of Minnesota, and other workshops please refer to our events page within this site. For more information on obtaining a credit when attending workshops please refer to Graduate Credit for Workshops

Eurhythmics Certification

A certificate in Eurhythmics under the auspices of the newly-formed American Eurhythmics Society (AES) can be earned by candidates meeting the required competencies in eurhythmics, solfege, piano improvisation, plastique animee, and teaching. Training for this certification is available through the University of St. Thomas' Dalcroze Musicianship course (GMUS 651).

Past, present and future students interested in eurhythmics certification at UST through the AES are encourage to contact Dr. Kathy Thomsen regarding specific requirements. Dr. Thomsen can be reached via email at thom8668@stthomas.edu. More information can be found at The American Eurhythmics Society website.

Kodály Certificate Program

The Kodály Institute at St. Thomas offers a certificate program endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). Coursework provides high quality, intensive studies in: musicianship, conducting and ensemble to enable personal growth in musicianship; materials, analysis, classification and retrieval systems to assist students in gathering and systematizing repertoire for their personal teaching situations; and curriculum, pedagogy and instructional techniques to further students' understanding of and practical experience in designing spiral curricula for literacy-based music education programs using inquiry-based teaching techniques. Kodály study at St. Thomas introduces students to music education that emphasizes musical knowledge and understanding through sequential skill development. The national standards for music are addressed through an approach that develops the musician-educator. The development of musical and pedagogical skills occurs in an atmosphere of joyful and systematic exploration in a Kodály-inspired approach to music education. 

Requirements

Kodály Levels I, II, III (GMUS 741, 742, 743) are required for University of St. Thomas/OAKE-Endorsed Kodály Certificate students.  Visit our Graduate Course Offerings page for scheduling information.

Visit the OAKE website for information about membership or national conferences, Kodály Chapter of Minnesota, or your local chapter's website to learn more about workshops throughout the year.

Orff Schulwerk Certificate

For nearly 40 years, the University of St. Thomas Orff Schulwerk Certificate program has been a model of innovation for Orff certification courses offered in the United States. The UST Orff curriculum features education in subjects required by the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA): technique and improvisation, analysis and arranging, pedagogy, movement, and recorder - all of which are highlighted in individual classes and integrated through literature study. A distinctive feature of the St. Thomas program is the opportunity for students to engage in practical application of ensemble work in a daily pedagogy hour at each level of study. Orff Schulwerk study at UST introduces students to music education that emphasizes skill development and musical understanding through creative participation in open-ended activities. The national standards for music are addressed through an approach that develops the body, ear and mind in a variety of collective music-making processes. The development of musical and pedagogical skills occurs in an atmosphere of joyful exploration in an Orff Schulwerk approach to music education. 

Requirements

Orff Schulwerk Levels I, II, III (GMUS 731, 732, 733) and Orff Curriculum Development (GMUS 735) are required for University of St. Thomas Orff Mastery Certificate students. Visit our Graduate Course Offerings page for scheduling information.

For information about membership and national conferences, visit Minnesota Orff or your local chapter's Web site to learn more about workshops throughout the year.

Certificate in Piano Pedagogy

The University of St. Thomas offers high-quality continuing education opportunities for pianists and piano teachers. These experiences will give you new ideas that will support and revitalize your teaching. They may count toward a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy or a Master of Arts in Music Education degree with a concentration in piano pedagogy– or you may sign up to take classes or lessons without committing yourself to either program. These courses and lessons also will prepare you for national and state certification, and will count toward re-certification.

The Certificate in Piano Pedagogy is a program designed for professional teachers and those wishing to enter the profession who would like to formally pursue studies in piano pedagogy, but who do not wish to attain a graduate degree. Certificate students will receive academic credit through the Graduate Programs in Music Education as non-degree students.

Eligibility

Those who wish to work toward the certificate may do so regardless of academic background or teaching experience; however, it is assumed that students will have sufficient background in piano study and preferably some teaching experience. An application, interview, and (when appropriate) academic transcripts will determine eligibility for the certificate. There are certain requirements for those who do not have an undergraduate degree in music. Students must be enrolled as nondegree or graduate students for courses to apply toward the certificate.

Students Without a Baccalaureate Degree in Music

Those students wishing to enter the certificate program who have not completed a baccalaureate degree in music will have as a prerequisite the successful completion of either the Elementary Materials and Teaching Techniques or the Intermediate Materials and Teaching Techniques course before being accepted into the certificate program.

Students Without College Music History or Theory Courses

Students must complete at least one college semester of music theory and one college semester of music history. These may be taken from any college offering these undergraduate courses, and may be taken at any time, but must be completed before the certificate can be awarded. It is highly recommended, however, that students take them as soon as possible, as the knowledge gained will provide an important background for other courses in the program.

Coursework

Five required piano pedagogy concentration courses (15 credits).

GMUS 771 Elementary Materials and Teaching Techniques, 3 cr.

Choose one:
GMUS 772 Intermediate Materials and Teaching Techniques, 3 cr.
GMUS 773 Advanced Teaching Techniques, 3 cr.

Choose three:
GMUS 613 Theory for Pianists, 3 cr.
GMUS 615 Performance Practices, 3 cr.
GMUS 619 Keyboard Literature, 3 cr.
MUSW 501 Topics in Contemporary Music Education (three 1-credit courses), 3 cr.

Three semesters piano lessons (3 credits).

Twelve 50-minute lessons per semester.

Supervised Teaching (2 credits).

GMUS 800 Supervised Teaching, 2 cr.

Other Requirements

Recitals - students are not required but are encouraged to perform in a recital.

Visit our Graduate Course Offerings page for scheduling information.

Certificate in Teaching World Music

The Certificate in Teaching World Music is a program designed for professional teachers and those wishing to enter the profession who would like to formally pursue studies in world music pedagogy, but who do not wish to attain a graduate degree. Certificate students will receive academic credit through the Graduate Programs in Music Education.

Eligibility

Those who wish to work toward the certificate may do so regardless of academic background or teaching experience; however, it is assumed that students will have sufficient background in musical study (at least an undergraduate degree in music) and preferably some teaching experience. An application, interview, and (when appropriate) academic transcripts will determine eligibility for the certificate. Students must be enrolled as nondegree or graduate students in order to have courses apply toward the certificate.

Coursework

Four required courses (9 credits).

GMUS 536 Smithsonian Folkways Certification in World Music Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 537 Latin American Music, 1 cr.
GMUS 601 Teaching and Learning, 3 cr.
GMUS 671 African Music Ensemble, 2 cr.

Capstone (3 credits).

GMUS 538 Teaching World Music Capstone, 3 cr.

Elective courses selected in consultation with the Director of Graduate Programs in Music Education (6 credits).

For this certificate, the following list of electives may be considered:
GMUS 570 Piano Studies, 1 cr.
GMUS 574 Voice Studies, 1 cr. 
GMUS 591 Guitar Studies, 1 cr.
GMUS 611 Perspectives in Music Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 651 Dalcroze Musicianship, 3 cr.
GMUS 733 Orff Schulwerk Level I, 3 cr.
GMUS 741 Kodály Level I, 3 cr.
GMUS 841 Development in Music Education, 3 cr.
GMUS 5xx Other Instrument Studies, 1 cr.  

Additional courses with consent of Program Director.

Visit our Graduate Course Offerings page for scheduling information.

Graduate Studies for Nondegree Students

Many graduate music education courses at St. Thomas are open to students who have not been admitted to the Master of Arts in Music Education (MAME) program. The nondegree enrollment option is designed for students who want to try graduate coursework before enrolling in the Master's program or for students interested in educational study leading to academic credit and a university transcript. Up to six credits may be applied toward the M.A. degree, provided that the coursework is applicable to one of the degree concentrations.

‌Over fifty courses and workshops are offered year-round to facilitate life-long learning opportunities for music education practitioners. Subjects include diverse topics such as African Music Ensemble, technology, handmade instruments, guitar pedagogy, lap dulcimer and autoharp, Irish music, interdisciplinary/ multicultural approaches to composition, dances from around the world, early childhood music, developing the child voice, studio recording, and more.  To learn more about upcoming courses, please visit our Graduate Course Offerings page.

Additional Opportunities for Graduate Credit

The University of St. Thomas offers graduate credit for some courses taken at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Some SLAC courses may serve as possible electives in the instrumental concentration in the UST Master of Arts in Music Education (MAME) degree. Students must receive prior approval from the Director of Graduate Programs in Music Education at St. Thomas in order for credits to serve as an elective in the MAME program.

Course fees are billed through the University of St. Thomas. There is no financial aid available through St. Thomas for these courses. Students also may take SLAC courses as nondegree courses. For detailed course dates, fees, and descriptions, visit the Shell Lake Arts Center (SLAC) Web site at www.shelllakeartscenter.org or send questions via e-mail to info@shelllakeartscenter.org.

For information on Minnesota Orff, Kodály Chapter of Minnesota, and other workshops please refer to our events page within this site. For more information on obtaining a credit when attending workshops please refer to Graduate Credit for Workshops.

The University of St. Thomas admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.