Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Music Education, Certificate


  • The student will be able to reflect on their own cultural identity and how it might impact their teaching. SRU UG 2, 4, 7, 9; SRU G 3
  • The student will be able to use current terminology related to culturally sustaining and relevant music education and promote an asset-based perspective about differences.  SRU UG 1, 8; SRU G 1, 2
  • The student will be able to identify systems of privilege, bias, and oppression in systems impacting education and take steps to create a more equitable environment for all students. SRU UG 2, 5, 7, 9; SRU G 1, 2
  • The student will be able to respect, acknowledge, and affirm the diverse identities, histories, cultures, and value systems of their students, including by identifying and avoiding the use of microaggressions.  SRU UG 1, 9; SRU G 1, 2, 3
  • The student will be able to modify, design, and/or facilitate instructional practices and/or materials so they are culturally relevant, sustaining, and responsive, to help all learners experience success.  SRU UG 2; SRU G 1, 2
  • The student will be able to modify, design, and/or facilitate practices and/or materials for increased communication with the families and communities of their learners. SRU UG 1; SRU G 1, 2, 3

This program will provide undergraduate students, mainly music majors and minors, with the knowledge and skills to create a more culturally relevant and sustaining classroom for their students through focused study in courses designed to meet the needs of today’s diverse music classrooms. 

To access Certificate Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.

Related Links

Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Music Education, Certificate Program Page

Music Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page



Certificate GPA: 2.00 or higher 

Select four of the following:12
Music Education for Diverse Learners
Social Emotional Learning in Music Education
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Wind Band Literature
Popular Music Pedagogy
Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) in the Choral Arts
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Undergraduate Certificate in Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Music Education - CERT (5CME)
Program is effective for Summer 2023
Revised 04.11.2023
UCC 11.08.2022