Admission and Course of Study
The program is open to a limited number of qualified performers from any department. Admission to the program is by audition for a committee consisting of the directors and selected department faculty. Although enrollment in the program is limited to juniors and seniors, students may begin taking the courses that count toward certificate requirements in their freshman year. The Program is a two year course of study, and students must audition at the end of their sophomore year. The audition committee may, at their discretion, invite students whose auditions were borderline to reauditon at the beginning of the junior year.
The introductory theory course, Music 105-106 (Music Theory through Composition and Performance), serves as a prerequisite to the program. Students with an extensive theory background from high school may be excused from this requirement but must pass an examination to do so.
Two semesters of one of the Department of Music’s performance courses (Music 213, 214, 215, 216, 314) are required for the program. These courses cover traditional chamber music, jazz improvisation, song writing, opera scenes, German lieder and French chanson, conducting, and computer and electronic music.
In addition, students in the program choose two other Department of Music courses from those that fulfill the requirement for the music major. These include a lengthy list of history, literature, theory, analysis, and composition courses.
Theory: Music 205, 206
Group I (Western music history): Music 230, 232, 234, 236, 238, 240, 242
Group II (non-Western and non-canonical musics): Music 250, 251, 255, 257, 258, 259,260, 262, 264, 265
300 level (or higher): MUS 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 314, 315, 316, 318, 320, 321, 323, 324, 332, 333, 335, 336, 337, 339, 352, 366, 367, 430, 431
Some examples of courses with a performance component are Music 308 (Contemporary Music through Composition and Performance), and Music 312 (Jazz Theory through Improvisation and Composition). A full list is provided on the performance page.
Students in the program must successfully complete four semesters of private studio lessons during their junior and senior years, to the satisfaction of their studio teacher.
Students in the program will prepare a major performance project during the senior year. This could be a concerto appearance (if a student wins the University Concerto Competition), a full recital, or a recording. The project will be evaluated by a member of the performance faculty for determination of the awarding of the certificate. Students are also expected to participate in appropriate department ensembles (pianists are expected to fulfill this requirement through service as accompanists, or as members of a department ensemble).
Students in the Program may also have the opportunity to appear in concert with the professional performers who teach privately at Princeton, under the auspices of the Richardson Chamber Players.
Beginning in the Fall of 2015 semester
Students in the Performance Certificate Program and Music Majors are now eligible to take lessons for credit. The new course titles are: MUS 298 (Fall) and MUS 299 (Spring) Independent Instruction in Voice or Instrument (Non-credit) Students must take a whole year of lessons in order to earn a semester course credit. Students may take lessons for credit two times (two years’ worth of lessons). Course Descriptions:
Independent Instruction in voice or Instrument is an intensive immersion in all aspects of recreating music for performance. Lessons are geared towards the development and embedding of solid technique, and the application of this technique to proper style and musical expression. Issues explored include bare not limited to interpretation, stylistic appropriateness, historical context, theoretical/syntactical underpinnings, audition and performance strategies, and career planning.
The specific content of Independent Instruction in Voice or Instrument will be tailored to the individual needs and musical aspirations of the students. An effort will be made to balance the interests of the students with a foundation in the core repertoire and new music. There will be one studio masterclass in which students of same or similar instruments will gather to perform and critique each other under the guidance of the instructor.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Open to Music concentrators and Musical Performance certificate students only. Students must complete MUS 298 (Fall) and MUS 299 (Spring) in the same academic year to receive one course unit of credit. Please note that MUS 299 will be graded with a letter grade and will conclude with a jury exam before the performance faculty, which will require preparation throughout the academic year.
Other Information:Grading: Weekly preparation 80% (attendance, completion of assignments between classes, application during class time), Studio masterclass 20%.
The musical culture on the Princeton campus is alive with possibilities to make music of almost every conceivable form: opera, orchestra, rock, pop singing, gospel, musical comedy, and so on. There are also two major concert series on or near the campus that bring international artists to Princeton. Princeton’s close proximity to New York and Philadelphia (one hour by train) also gives students the chance to enjoy the world’s most vibrant center of music making. Students not only regularly attend concerts, but also have special opportunities, such as invitations to dress rehearsals at the Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
For More Information:
If you would like additional information about the Program, write to Michael Pratt, the program director, at the Department of Music, Woolworth Center, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544; e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. He can answer specific questions about the program and its faculty.