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Pop and Commercial Music Theory Certificate


The Pop and Commercial Music Theory certificate is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills that are essential building blocks in the field of Music Performance. All courses within this certificate are also part of a AAAS degrees in Music Performance.

Completion Award
Certificate of Completion
Length of Study
17 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus
Tuition & Fees

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter 
WA-Resident Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
1 credit $152.13 $166.72 $243.46  $330.00
5 credits $631.60 $706.40 $1,090.10 $1,522.80
12 credits (full-time) $1,359.08 $1,510.28 $2,283.78 $3,156.04
15 credits  $1,524.20 $1,677.80 $2,460.45 $3,343.00

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

What You'll Learn

  1. Analyze modern music compositions for harmonization techniques common to the modern music industry
  2. Create block harmony typical of the style common to today's recording industry
  3. Add background string and horn parts to existing music compositions and recordings

Careers & Opportunities

Graduates exit the program with knowledge and skills necessary to arrange and create modern compositions typical of the existing recording industry.

Potential employers include: Self-employed musicians working on distribution of their own musical compositions, and other musicians needing assistance in developing their compositions to a professional level.