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Taking the Courses

Who is this program for?

Serious students of music who desire to prepare for the challenges of a professional career in the musical arts by developing career, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills.

This includes current and future college students, those seeking to be professional musicians, in-service professional musicians, music educators, and adult learners wishing to expand their knowledge of the professional music world.

What will students learn?

Business, executive, professional, communication, and leadership skills necessary for success in today’s music world, such as:

  • Professional Writing Skills:
    Bios, News Releases, Pitch Letters, Informational Interview Requests, Cover Letters, Résumés, Grant Writing
  • Entrepreneurial and Business Skills:
    Entrepreneurial Idea Generation, Market and Competitive Analysis, Business Plan Writing, Marketing Strategies including Digital Marketing, Financial Management, Business Structures,
    Audience Engagement Strategies, Managing your Private Studio, Understanding Contracts, Funding your Project
  • Professional Communication Skills:
    Networking, Interviewing, Presenting, Media Interviews, Artist Promotion
  • Leadership Skills:
    Advocacy, Critical Analysis, Problem Solving, Strategizing

What courses are offered in the Certificate Program?

Current courses offered in the ECLC include:

  • Career Skills for the 21st Century
  • Digital Marketing
  • Leadership Issues in Music
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking

Additional course will be added periodically.

How much time should students expect to spend on class work?

Students should expect to spend 6 hours per week of instruction and related assignments for each ECLC course.

This includes all class activities: presentations, interactive activities, discussion forums, communication with instructors and course facilitators, assignments, and assessments.

Who are the instructors?

Students will have the same instructors from the Eastman School of Music who work with matriculated Eastman undergraduate and graduate students.

What schedule does the ECLC program follow?

ECLC courses follow the Eastman School of Music academic calendar, two-semester schedule (fall and spring).

Can I take single courses or do I need to register for the entire ECLC Certificate program?

Yes, you may take individual courses and not the entire certificate program.

Is there a sequence that courses should be taken in?

Yes, there is a prescribed sequence of courses for the certificate program.
Fall Semester One: Career Skills for the 21st Century; Spring Semester One: Digital Marketing and Leadership Issues in Music; Fall Semester Two: Entrepreneurial Thinking. Permission to take courses out of order may be requested through the Student Advisor. Please note that not all courses are available every semester.

May I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, though these are very rigorous courses!

Interaction and Eastman’s Online Environment

What is Eastman’s Online Learning Environment like?

The Eastman School of Music uses Blackboard, the leading provider of learning management systems in the country. It is rich with tools and features, has an easily viewable grade book, discussion forums, collaborative video meeting space, and a host of other resources for students to access.

Do I have to be in class at a specific time?

These are asynchronous classes, meaning that you do not have to attend class at a specified time. They are not self-paced, meaning that you follow Eastman’s semester schedule and have specific deadlines for assignments and participating in class activities each week. There are occasional activities for some classes that require a synchronous online meeting. These times will be clearly communicated with reasonable advanced notice and options for participation to all students.

Will I have the opportunity to interact with my classmates?

Yes. Each of the classes has multiple opportunities to interact through collaborative activities and assignments, discussion forums, chats, and/or video conferencing opportunities.

How large are the classes?

All classes have a targeted enrollment of 20 students, providing significant opportunity for meaningful interaction with your classmates, the course facilitator, and the instructor.

Will I be able to ask questions and communicate with the instructors?

Yes. Your first resource for questions will be your Course Facilitator. You will also have opportunities to interact directly with the Instructor through selected discussion forums, learning activities and email.

How do I know if I will be successful in an online class?

Successful online learning students often have these characteristics:

They are disciplined learners who take responsibility for meeting deadlines, and turning in assignments.
They like to write.
They comprehend and can follow multi-step directions.
They are organized learners.

What accessibility accomodations are available?

The University of Rochester welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The University employs professional staff committed to assist students with disabilities in the classroom, residence halls, libraries, and elsewhere on campus and online. All video presentations are captioned. All synchronous class meetings include ASL interpretation when requested by a student. It is a personal decision to disclose the existence of a disability and to request an accommodation. A decision not to disclose will be respected. Students who request an accommodation must provide appropriate documentation to the Disability Coordinator. The University remains flexible regarding the types of reasonable accommodations that can be made. Additional links about disability and accessibility resources may be found at the links below. Equal Opportunity at University of Rochester Disability Resources for Students.

Credits, Certificate, Transcripts

Do I receive college credits for courses that I complete successfully?

These courses may be taken ‘for credit’ or ‘not for credit’. Students registered ‘for credit’, and who meet all the requirements of the course, will receive Eastman undergraduate or graduate credits. Please note that students must achieve a grade of B or higher for each course and register for the ‘for-credit’ option, for these courses to count towards the Eastman Career and Leadership Certificate.

Will I receive a transcript?

Students enrolled in the ‘for-credit’ option may order official transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse.
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Will my Eastman credits be accepted for transfer credit by other colleges and universities?

This is the decision of the college or university, not Eastman. If you wish to use these credits for transfer and/or degree credit you should check with your college first.

Grading and Academic Policies

How will I receive grades?

You will have access to grade reports through Blackboard during, and at the end of each class that you are enrolled in.

What is the grading policy for the ECLC courses?

All ECLC courses have rigorous learning activities and are graded to reflect the high standards of the Eastman School of Music. Meeting deadlines for participation and assignments is a part of each grade. Grading expectations for each course are clearly articulated in the Course Overview Module of each individual course.

What is the grading requirement to receive the ECLC Certificate?

To earn the ECLC Certificate, students must receive a ‘B’ or higher in all courses.

What are the policies for online decorum and academic integrity?

All academic and personal conduct rules expected of students on the Eastman Campus also apply to online courses. The following rules are especially important in an online environment:

  1. Tone: The tone of all work and communication should be consistent with an academic environment.
  2. Appropriate Language and Behavior: Appropriate language is even more important when that language is written and care should be taken to exclude any inappropriate language. No form of harassment, bullying, or discrimination is acceptable at any time.
  3. Respect: All communication within this course must reflect respect for classmates, instructors, and guests.
  4. Academic Integrity: Learners must adhere to a strict policy of academic integrity. Plagiarism and cheating is prohibited. See policy details.
  5. Privacy: Respect other people’s privacy.
  6. Kindness: Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes.

Registration and Tuition

How do I register for courses?

Students register by visiting the ECLC website at

How will I be billed for my courses?

Students may pay by credit card at the time of registration, or choose to mail check or money order to Eastman.

What is the cost of the ECLC courses?

The cost for ECLC courses is $697 per credit hour. The total cost for all 4 courses and 6 credit hours that comprise the ECLC Certificate is $4,182. These courses can be taken under a noncredit option at a discount with single credit courses costing $399 and two-credit courses costing $798.

What is the withdrawal and refund policy?

Half semester courses – 7 weeks: Students may drop a course without notation on their record through the end of the 2nd week of a course. After that, students may withdraw from a course (notation on transcript) through the end of the 6th week of the course.

Full semester courses – 14 weeks: Students are allowed to drop a course without notation on their record through the end of the 4th week of the semester. After that, students may withdraw from a course (posted on transcript) through the end of the 12th week of the semester.

Last day for 100% refund is through the end of the 1st week of a course.

Last day for 50% refund is through the end of the 2nd week of a course.

Last day for 25% refund is through the end of the 3rd week of a course.

What technology do I need for the courses?

Students will need a current computer with audio and video capabilities, as well as a robust and reliable internet connection.