Professional Music Leadership
Music Leadership Certification
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 Unitarian Universalist (UU) Music Leaders. Over time, we will be modifying our documents and website information to reflect this change.
The Music Leadership Certification 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 certification program, music leaders in our congregations develop a foundational understanding of three main areas of knowledge:
- Music skills and resources,
- UU heritage and values, and
- Leadership and interpersonal skills.
The Music Leadership Certification Program is administered by the Music Leadership Certification Committee (MLCC) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN).
General Program Information
- Music Leadership Certification Program Overview (PDF, 8 pages)
A comprehensive description of the Music Leadership Certification Program, including the course work required and the competencies expected of a successful candidate. (Seasoned music leaders are encouraged to consider the Portfolio Path option. Information below.)
- The Curriculum
Detailed information about the series of six core courses and additional professional development opportunities required of candidates. The courses are offered at the UUMN annual summer conference.
- Portfolio Path (PDF) (formerly Tenure Track)
The Portfolio Path offers seasoned UU music leaders a faster path to Certified Music Leader status. Entrance to the Portfolio Path is open to musicians with 10 or more years of experience as a professional music leader in one or more UU congregations prior to September 1, 2010
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Application Documents:
Program Resources for Current Candidates
- Certification Program Requirements
- The Triad Candidate, Sponsor, and Advisor
Explains the working relationships among the candidate, the congregational sponsor chosen by the candidate, and the advisor appointed by the MLCC.
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 Certification Program.
Please contact me with your program questions or other professional music leadership concerns.
Professional Development Associate for Religious Education and Music Leaders
mlcredentialing [at] uua [dot] org
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