The Certificate Program in popular music performance (4 quarters, 60 credits) is a rigorous and challenging one-year curriculum in which talented, driven musicians establish impeccable musicianship and powerful performance technique, making them prime candidates for successful careers in music. Designed to empower musicians with masterful knowledge of their instrument (voice, guitar, bass, drums, or piano) and its role within modern styles of popular music such as rock, pop, jazz, blues, R&B, funk, and fusion, the Certificate Program also establishes the business acumen and technological savvy necessary to navigate the modern music industry successfully. Instrumental technique, music theory, ear training, modern band performance, sight-reading, improvisation, music production, and music business are some areas of study emphasized within the Certificate Program. The 4-quarter Certificate Program for vocalists and instrumentalists mirrors the first four quarters of the Associate Degree Program, so that after completing the Certificate Program, some students may elect to continue working towards their Associate of Science Degree in Music Performance.
CCM offers the Certificate Program in the following instrumental emphases: