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Professional Music Leadership

Music Leadership Credentialing

In February 2013, the Music Leadership Credentialing Program was renamed: it is now the Music Leadership Certification Program. While graduates and current candidates as of January 2013 may still use the Credentialed Music Leader title, candidates entering in 2013 or later will be working toward the designation of Certified UU Music Leaders. Over time, we will be modifying our documents and website information to reflect this change.

The Music Leadership Credentialing Program (MLCP) is a unique, three-year program that:

  • Summons music leaders to their calling of music ministry,
  • Enriches their service to Unitarian Universalist congregations, and
  • Enhances their professional perspective and skills.

Through the credentialing program, music leaders in our congregations develop a foundational understanding of three main areas of knowledge:

  1. Music skills and resources,
  2. Unitarian Universalist (UU) heritage and values, and
  3. Leadership and interpersonal skills.

The Music Leadership Credentialing Program is administered by the Music Leadership Credentialing Committee (MLCC) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN).

Program Information for Potential Applicants and Congregations

Program Resources for Current Candidates

Contact Us

Greetings! I'm Jan Gartner, Professional Development Associate for Religious Education and Music Leaders at the Unitarian Universalist Association. I strive to help sustain robust, transformative faith communities by ensuring that our professional musicians and religious educators are well-equipped and theologically grounded.

I am pleased to offer advice and resources to congregations and professionals on matters relating to music and religious education leadership and transitions. Along with Julie Shaw, mlcredentialingasst [at] uua [dot] org, Assistant to the Director of Ministries and Faith Development, I provide staff oversight and support for the Music Leadership Credentialing Program.

Please contact me with your credentialing program questions or other professional music leadership concerns.

Jan Gartner
Professional Development Associate for Religious Education and Music Leaders
mlcredentialing [at] uua [dot] org

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