The Performer's Certificate is a post-master's certificate program. The purpose of the P.C. is to enable advanced students to attain greater mastery of their chosen fields than they can achieve in formal study through the master's degree level. This 24 semester-hour program includes private instruction, research related to performance, and performance experience designed to develop fully-independent professional musicians.
Applicants for the P.C. program should consult with the School of Music Coordinator of Graduate Studies. To be eligible for admission, students must normally have completed work equivalent to that required for the M.M. degree at NIU. Applicants are required to perform an audition or submit a recording representative of their performance ability.
In some cases, applicants who demonstrate exceptional performing abilities, equivalent to a Master of Music level or greater, and who have completed a baccalaureate degree or diploma from an accredited institution or conservatory, may be recommended by the faculty for admission directly into the P.C. program. However, persons admitted to the P.C. program in this manner must reapply to the Graduate School if they seek entry into a graduate degree program such as the Master of Music.