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Music Leadership Certification Program candidates July 2017

Music Leader Certification Program Candidates at the 2017 Professional Development Day

Front row (L-R): Natasha Steinmacher, Tara Tresner-Kirsch, Sara Jo Brandt, Alane Brown

Back row (L-R): Carolyn Howard, Sarah Deveau, Emily Jaworski, Susan Peck, Scott DeVeaux, Pam Siegler, Alison Nixon, Camille Harrison, Benjie Messer, Carolyn Clark, Alison Vernon, Rev. Natalie Fenimore PDD Presenter, Pat Kahn, Professional Development Programs Manager (Not pictured: Laura Weiss)

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Music Leadership Certification

In February 2013, the Music Leadership Credentialing Program was renamed the Music Leadership Certification Program. You may still see "credentialing" on some of our documents. Those who entered the program prior to 2013 were designated Credentialed Music Leaders upon completion, while newer candidates become Certified Music Leaders.

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:

  1. Music skills and resources,
  2. UU heritage and values, and
  3. 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).

Program Information and Resources

Application Process

Candidates may apply to the MLCP after at least one year of service as a music leader in the sponsoring congregation. Music leadership is defined as ongoing, regular leadership with responsibility as a choir director, accompanist, song leader, or worship leader.

Applications are due annually by March 15th. The Music Leadership Certification Committee (MLCC) is responsible for evaluating and approving applications.

Contact Us

Greetings! Our goal is to help sustain robust, transformative faith communities by ensuring that our professional musicians and religious educators are well-equipped and theologically grounded.

We are pleased to offer advice and resources to congregations and professionals on matters relating to music and religious education leadership and transitions.

Please contact us with your program questions or other professional music leadership concerns. mlcertification [at] uua [dot] org

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