Valley City State University offers certificate programs for students who wish to increase their learning in music and earn a credential to demonstrate their accomplishment, but do not want to commit to a full degree program. These programs include certificates in Piano Pedagogy and Composition.

Certificate in Piano Pedagogy

The Piano Pedagogy certificate program prepares students to be better teachers in their private piano studios. It also is designed to assist students in preparing for MTNA certification. It is recommended that students have at least one year of teaching before beginning the certificate. Courses in this 12-credit program include:

  • MUS 109: Music Theory I
  • MUS 121: Aural Skills I
  • MUS 322: Music History II OR MUS 333: Music History III
  • MUS 378: Applied Pedagogy
  • MUS 379: Piano Pedagogy

Certificate in Composition

The Composition certificate program gives budding composers the theoretical knowledge and practical skills they need to start a career as a composer. It is recommended that students be proficient on a musical instrument, especially a harmonizing instrument (piano or guitar) before enrolling in this program. For more information, please contact Dr. Nicholaus Meyers, This 15-credit program includes the following courses:

  • MUS 109: Music Theory I
  • MUS 110: Music Theory II
  • MUS 201: Music Theory III
  • MUS 121: Aural Skills I
  • MUS 122: Aural Skills II
  • MUS 203: Aural Skills III
  • MUS 120: Composition (2 semesters)
  • MUS 220: Composition (1 semester)

Online Music Coordinator

For additional information, please contact:

Jessica Shuler, Online Music Coordinator
Phone: 701-845-7386

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Online Music Program Home Page

Office Information

Department Chair
Christopher Redfearn, D.A., Associate Professor
Phone: 1.800.532.8641, Press 1 then enter Ext. 37377

Administrative Assistant:
Paula Larson
Phone: 1.800.532.8641, Press 1 then enter Ext. 37272
Mailing Address:
Department of Music
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072