The post-baccalaureate certificate in applied music (performance, composition and
conducting) is a degree program that provides concentrated study for students with
a bachelor’s degree in music. Students in the program are encouraged to develop skills
as entrepreneurs and teachers as well as expertise as performers, composers and conductors.
There are three options related to completing this certificate: You may enroll in
the PBC as a stand-alone certificate; you can enroll in the PBC first and then complete
the Master of Music degree; or you can enroll in both the PBC and the Master of Music degree program at the
same time. If your PBC area of study is the same as your Master of Music area of study,
you add one recital as an elective. All of the courses in the PBC will count towards
the master's degree and you will not need additional time or money to complete both.
The certificate requires 12 units of required courses and electives. You will work
closely with the program director to design a personalized program of study that suits
Required Courses (9 units)
Post Baccalaureate Certificate Recital
Electives (3 units)
(1 unit maximum)
Instrumental Pedagogy (1 unit) & MUSC 593 Independent Research in Music (2 units)
Students may choose from these electives or other MUSA or MUSC 500- or 600-level courses.
Why choose to take both the pbc and MM degree concurrently?
If the area of study is the same, the additional recital requirement will intensify your performance experience. MM students would give their PBC recital in the second semester of study. Then they
give the MM recital in the last semester (generally the 4th semester). This option would not require additional credits beyond the minimum 31
credits for the MM degree. In other words, both the PBC and MM degree could be completed
for 31 credits.
If the area of study is different, this will allow you to expand your expertise. For instance, a PBC in conducting is offered, but there is no MM in conducting at
Towson University. A student could study voice for the MM degree and conducting for
the PBC. This option would require the student to take two more credits beyond the
MM degree requirement for a total minimum of 33 credits.
Students enrolling in the MM program at Towson University will be able to concurrently
enroll for the PBC without additional charge.