To officially declare your certificate, fill out the declaration form at this link: https://advising.missouri.edu/majors-minors/minors-certificates/. Once you have received confirmation of your certificate declaration, you can access your progress towards your certificate by running a degree audit. If you have questions about the certificate after you view your degree audit, contact the advisor for the certificate (Kay Gregory). More information on declaring a certificate can be found here.

Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate  

The Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship is a 12-hour program. In today's fine arts economy, most musicians have a "portfolio career" – incorporating multiple roles and income streams (e.g. performer, teacher, advocate, manager, publicist, composer/arranger, etc.) rather than pursuing one narrowly defined career path.  Contextualizing the vision, skills, and networking activities needed to achieve a viable arts career, while offering a combination of theoretical and practical career preparation for Mizzou students, is the overarching aim of the Certificate programs. 


Entrance into the program is contingent on successful admission into the University. Additional questions regarding this certificate should be directed to Dr. Claire Syler, the coordinator of the certificate (specific requirements for the certificate are being updated).

This program aims to prepare students for launching a "portfolio career" in the arts. It may be earned in addition to a degree in music or another field, or taken as a stand-alone credential. It may be completed in as few as two semesters, though it is preferable to complete the courses over three or four semesters.


  • Bachelors degree in music (or demonstrated equivalent) 
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours 

Additional questions regarding this certificate should be directed to Dr. Claire Syler, the coordinator of the certificate.

Jazz Studies Certificate (for BA and BM music and music education majors)

The Jazz Certificate is not intended for beginners; rather, it is for students with basic musical knowledge. Hence, some of the required courses have pre-requisites, and auditions are required both for ensembles and for admission to the programs.

Course Requirements (student must pass with a ‘C-’ or higher): 

  • Music 4645: Jazz Improvisation (2 credits) 
  • Music 4210: Jazz Harmony and Arranging I (2 credits) 
  • Music 4211: Jazz Harmony and Arranging II (2 credits) 
  • Music 4317: Historical Studies in Jazz and Popular Music (3 credits) 
  • Music 1620: Jazz Piano Class (1 credit) 
  • Music 1841/1846: Jazz Ensembles (2 credits) 
  • One semester of large jazz ensemble 
  • One semester of small jazz combo 

Instrumentalists (other than drummers): 

Prepare one jazz standard and one blues in the key of your choice, improvising on each piece. Please provide your own accompaniment (Aebersold or other play-along CD). 


Perform the following grooves at the prescribed tempos: 

Swing at 120 bpm 

Double-Time Swing at 240 bpm 

Bossa Nova at 100 bpm 

Samba (double-time bossa nova) at 100 bpm (half-note) 

Funk/Hiphop at 100 bpm 

Ballad (with brushes) at 80 bpm 

Alternating four (4) measures swing with four (4) measures solo at 120 bpm


Prepare one medium up-tempo jazz standard and one ballad, no more than one chorus of each.  Please provide your own piano accompaniment (Aebersold or other play-along CD). 

This one-year program is designed to deepen the student’s preparation for a career in jazz performance or further study in jazz. The certificate is available to degree seeking and non-degree seeking students alike, non-music as well as music majors. 


  • Bachelors degree in music (or demonstrated equivalent) 

  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours 

If an applicant does not meet the required prerequisites, then appropriate course(s) may be added to the degree requirements.

Additional Requirements 

Certificate applicants must demonstrate basic jazz keyboard proficiency to the Director of Jazz Studies. If insufficient, Music 1620, Jazz Piano Class, will be added as a required, remedial course (not for graduate credit).