Professional Studies Diploma in Instrumental Performance

The Professional Studies Diploma is a one-year, non-degree program designed to provide focused studies for young artists in the pre-professional stages of their careers. It is intended for students who wish to study on an advanced level and to assist them in preparing for major competitions, auditions, and performance careers by emphasizing individual instruction and performance opportunities. With the exception of private lessons, the curriculum is designed by the student in consultation with his/her major teacher, in accordance with the student's specific career goals. This affords time for intense personal study and the freedom to choose electives, ensembles, and independent study projects directly related to professional goals.

Available to students with a completed bachelor’s degree.

Credit Total: 24

Course #/Title


Private Instruction

PVL 600 Major Instruction


Ensembles or Independent Study
Candidates for the Professional Studies Diploma may fulfill the ensemble or independent study requirement with courses numbered IND 500 Independent Study Project-Ensemble, ENS 200-599, and PRF 510 Community Service Performance.

Orchestral Instruments


Keyboard and Guitar



Orchestral Instruments


Keyboard and Guitar


Juries and Recitals

RCTPSD Professional Studies Capstone Recital