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The artist diploma is a highly selective, nondegree graduate program for the specialized training of the gifted and accomplished performer in both classical music and jazz. The program focuses on the practical aspects of music performance: private instruction, solo performance, participation in musical ensembles, chamber music, skills in musicianship, and an introduction to career development.

For more information, please contact Linda Pohly, PhD, coordinator of graduate programs in music, or see the Graduate Student Handbook.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Ball State is committed to offering programs that lead to gainful employment; Graduates from Ball State's certificate programs can be assured they are learning industry best practices. Please review the gainful employment information about this program as required by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Paying for Your Education

School of Music Assistantships

An assistantship is an excellent opportunity to work closely with faculty, gain hands-on experience, and it provides a waiver of most of your tuition costs and a stipend. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

You will need to apply to both the Ball State Graduate School and the School of Music. If you’re an international student, your first contact is the Office of International Admissions.

Entrepreneurial Music

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The certificate in entrepreneurial music provides you with a safe environment where you can take creative risks; develop entrepreneurial, marketing, networking, and grant-writing skills; and learn from successful artists. You will learn how to better manage and navigate the increasing demands on 21st century musicians by blending a curriculum of both music and business courses. Learn more.