This program in HPP (up to 1850) combines advanced study in performance, music history, and performance practice. Students should expect to spend four years in full-time study in Cleveland.
Admission to the program is granted to those who demonstrate the potential to be leaders in the field of historical performance and who show excellent scholarly potential in music history and performance practice. An audition is required. Applicants will typically have completed a bachelors or masters degree in historical performance, but in exceptional circumstances an applicant who shows great potential without having formal historical performance qualifications may be admitted. Candidates who have passed a video audition and who are deemed by the admissions committee to be academically acceptable are invited to campus for a live audition and interview. The committee admits those candidates whom it considers to be the most promising performers and most likely to succeed in their their academic studies.
Along with their application, candidates should submit an unedited digital video or audio recording for consideration by the admissions committee. From these, the committee will select those who will be invited to travel to Cleveland for a live audition and interview. For these on-campus auditions, it is expected that the candidate will provide an accompanist where applicable, unless arrangements have been made in advance to provide one through the CWRU Music Department.
Three pieces are required, of differing style and character, with a total length of approximately 20 minutes. We are interested to observe the candidate’s command of various national idioms, ornamentation styles, and other aspects of historical performance as well as the overall level of artistry. For information on applying to CWRU, including audition deadlines, see here.
All programs are formulated to suit the needs of the individual student (based in part on a diagnostic examination taken upon entering the program) and require the consent of the HPP advisor. A minimum of 36 hours of registration is required (which includes the first lecture-recital), together with a minimum of 18 hours of applied music, and qualifying examinations (to be taken in Fall of the 4th year). After successful completion of qualifying examinations, the student will advance to candidacy and undertake the second lecture-recital (6 hours)
Applied music (including individual lessons (2 credit hours), ensembles (0 credit hours) and MUAP 500 (1 credit hour to reflect participation in multiple ensembles)) will generally be taken every semester that the student is on campus. Applied faculty will be chosen in consultation with the student.
All students in this program will participate in two or more of the Case historical performance ensembles during each semester in which they are on campus. This is in order to benefit from working with the faculty, to learn repertory, and to contribute to the success of the ensembles.
A jury is required in the Spring of the 1st year (MUAP 600, 0 credit hours). The program should be decided in consultation with the student’s applied teacher and should consist of approximately 15 minutes of music. The jury will consist of the student’s applied teacher together with at least two other HPP faculty. If the performance is unsatisfactory, the student will have the opportunity to repeat the jury the following semester. If the second attempt is also unsatisfactory, the student will not be allowed to continue in the degree program.
Prior to the comprehensive examination, students must demonstrate ability to read in two languages approved by the graduate advisor as relevant to the student’s research. The minimum required level of reading ability is usually attained by the equivalent of two years of college-level study of the language plus further reading in musical and musicological writings in the language.
Lecture-Recitals and Documents
Two juried lecture-recitals are required (MUAP 751 and 753, 9 hours total), each consisting of a 45 minute performance generally preceded by a 30-45 minute research-based lecture dealing with the musical, historical and performance practice issues relevant to the chosen repertoire.
A research document pertaining to each completed lecture-recital must be submitted. A single advisor will evaluate the first document (3 hours): the second or ‘final’ document must be more substantial (6 hours, undertaken once the student has advanced to candidacy) and will be evaluated by a committee consisting of no fewer than three of the music history/performance practice faculty.
A juried recital is required sometime after the first year (MUAP 700, 0 credit hours). The recital (50-60 minutes) should feature works from variety of national schools and periods, and should showcase the student’s solo performing abilities: the program will be decided in consultation with the student’s applied teacher and the HPP advisor, and must be approved by the HPP committee. (The student should submit a proposal to the committee four weeks before the end of the preceding semester, using the Recital Proposal Form available on the department website.) The performance will be evaluated by the applied teacher and a committee consisting of at least two other HPP faculty. If the performance is unsatisfactory, the student will have the opportunity to repeat the recital the following semester. If the second attempt is also unsatisfactory, the student will not be allowed to continue in the degree program.
Prior to the comprehensive examination, students must demonstrate ability to read in two languages approved by the HPP committee as relevant to the student’s research. (These are generally drawn from German, French, Italian, and Latin, though exceptions can be made by petition.) Each examination consists of two excerpts on subjects related to the student’s area of specialty (each excerpt ca. 200-300 words in length). Both may be translated with the aid of a dictionary. Two hours are permitted for the examination—one hour for each excerpt.
The minimum required level of reading ability is usually attained by the equivalent of two years of college-level study of the language plus further reading in musical and musicological writings in the language.
Qualifying examinations are taken at the beginning of the 4th year and involve four sections based on chronological periods:
1) Up to 1450
2) 1450 – 1650
3) 1650 – 1800
4) 1800 – onward
For each period, the student must a) develop a topic that falls into one of the following categories (each category may only be used once) and b) make themselves familiar with the historical performance practice issues pertaining to that period, as well as those that relate specifically to their chosen topic.
1) a work, broadly conceived
2) a person (composer, performer, writer)
3) a genre
4) an original topic (examples might include a methodology, an instrument, a place, a technology)
Students in the CWRU MA in HPP program who wish to continue on to the DMA may formally petition to do so after three semesters of study. If the petition is granted, any coursework already taken will count towards the DMA requirements.
A student who graduates with an MA in HPP, but who subsequently wishes to return to the program, may, if readmitted, continue on to the DMA by completing the remaining DMA requirements (typically the final two years of the degree).
Comprehensive Examinations in music history and performance practice are taken at the beginning of the fourth year of study, in late August or September. (DMA candidates should be aware that the examination will cover the entire range of music history, not just pre-1850.)
Students in the CWRU HPP MA program who wish to continue on to the DMA may formally petition to do so after three semesters of study. If the petition is granted, any coursework already taken will count towards the DMA requirements, and students will be exempt from the first DMA lecture-recital (MUAP 751 for 3 hours), completing instead the MA lecture-recital (MUAP 651 for 6 hours).
A student who graduates from the Case HPP MA program, but who subsequently wishes to return to the program, may, if readmitted, continue on to the DMA by completing the remaining DMA requirements (typically the final two years of the degree).
The DMA program in Historical Performance Practice was reviewed in 2016 as required by the Ohio Board of Regents. The next review will take place in 2024. These program goals and objectives were revised in the summer of 2016.