Certificate of Advanced Achievement in Early Music

Overview

The Certificate of Advanced Achievement in Early Music offers Eastman School of Music (ESM) students advanced instruction in historical performance practices with practical training on a period instrument or voice.

The importance of historically informed performance in the music profession is widely recognized in the field and supported by an expanding body of scholarship, a growing number of early music ensembles and course offerings in schools of music, and increasing interest from music students and professionals. The Certificate of Advanced Achievement in Early Music will provide students with a working knowledge of performance practice, as well as practical training on historical instruments in both solo and ensemble settings. It is a program degree students may choose to add to the degree in which they are already enrolled to enrich their curriculum and professional qualifications. In addition to informing students’ study and performance of solo early-music repertoire, the Certificate of Advanced Achievement in Early Music will prepare instrumentalists and vocalists to collaborate with early music ensembles and to become informed instructors of this repertoire. It will prepare students for participation in numerous early-music festivals, such as the Boston Early Music Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Twin Cities Early Music Festival, IBERICA Early Music Festival, and local opportunities such as the Rochester Early Music Festival and Musica Spei. It will also prepare eligible students for competitions such as the National Centre for Early Music competitions, the International Early Music Competition in the Loire Valley, the International Biber Competition, the Indianapolis International Baroque Competition, and the International Bach Competition in Leipzig. Furthermore, the present-day recording industry increasingly places greater emphasis on early music and contemporary music, seeking to broaden the repertoire beyond the canon of the common-practice period and offering recording contracts to stellar performers who specialize in early or contemporary periods. Early Music will benefit other students by deepening their musical informance and ultimately preparing them for professional life as more effective performers and teachers.

What are the Requirements?

CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED ACHIEVEMENT IN EARLY MUSIC (16 credits)

Applied Lessons: 4-6 credits

Credits

Description

4-6 credits

Applied Study: Graduate level secondary lessons or independent study on a historical instrument. May be repeated for credit.

Performance Practice: two courses chosen from the following courses

Credits

Description

2 credits

MHS 441: Baroque Performance Practice I

2 credits

MHS 443: Baroque Performance Practice II                          (Prerequisite: MHS 441)

3 credits

MHS 590: 19th-century Performance Practice

Ensembles: 4 credits chosen from the following courses

Credits

Description

1 credit

KBD 443: Basso Continuo Realization

1 credit

ENS 407: Collegium Musicum I*

1 credit

ENS 408: Collegium Musicum II*

1 credit

CHB 477: Baroque Chamber Music*

* Keyboard players must have taken KBD 443: Keyboard Continuo Realization or have the permission of the instructor before enrolling in these ensembles

Electives in early music or performance practice (1-4 credits)

Credits

Description

2 credits

PED 451: Renaissance Lute Literature and Pedagogy

2 credits

PED 452: Baroque Lute Literature and Pedagogy

2 credits

KBD 407: Harpsichord Performance & Literature in the 18th Century

1 credit

KBD 444: Keyboard Continuo Realization II**

Varied

Independent Study

**Prerequisite: TH 476 or fluency in reading figured bass. Simultaneous enrollment in CHB 277 strongly encouraged

Recital                       

Credits

Description

0 credits

ESM 411: Advanced Certificate in Early Music Recital

How Can I Apply?

Please submit the application form to Paul O’Dette. The Certificate of Advanced Achievement in Early Music is open to all ESM graduate students (MM, MA, DMA, and PhD). Admission to the program requires permission and a signature from the candidate’s current studio teacher. An interview/audition with the teacher of the secondary instrument (harpsichord, lute, Baroque oboe, etc.) is also required. Graduate students may apply for admission into the Certificate of Advanced Achievement program at the time of their matriculation into the MM, DMA or PhD or at any point thereafter, keeping in mind that the program typically requires at least three semesters to complete.

Questions?

Paul O’Dette
Professor of Lute
Program Director, Certificate of Advanced Achievement in Early Music
podette@esm.rochester.edu