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Music Leadership Candidates at UU Musician's Network Conference 2014 with instructor, Leon Dunkley

UUMN Summer Conference 2014 Music Certification Candidates with Lecturer Leon Dunkley

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:

  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).

General Program Information

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.

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 Certification Program.

Please contact me with your 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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