Q: I have been accepted into the music program. What are the next steps?
A: After confirming your enrollment to CWRU by May 1 (decision day), the Department of Music will be in touch with new music majors via their CWRU email address with details for the music theory placement exam, registering for classes, ensembles, lessons, and other important tasks to get you up and running.
Q: I didn’t initially indicate music as a major choice on my application but my audition qualified me for acceptance into the music program. Can I still major in music?
A: Yes. It is important that you notify the Department of Music with your decision as soon as possible so that we be in touch with details for the music theory placement exam, registering for classes, ensembles, lessons, and other important tasks. If you have successfully passed an audition and are interested in declaring music as a major, please email Eric Charnofsky, Coordinator of Undergraduate Enrollment in Music, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I’ve committed to CWRU and would like to major in music but have not yet auditioned. Can I still major in music?
A: You can still audition for the music major post-admission following May 1 (decision day). If you are interested in auditioning, please email Eric Charnofsky, Coordinator of Undergraduate Enrollment in Music, at email@example.com.
Q: What is the Music Theory Placement Exam and how can I prepare for the exam over the summer?
A: The Music Theory Placement Exam is given in 2 parts, one given online during the summer and another given in-person during orientation. The results will determine which theory course you take in your first semester. More information about the exam and how to prepare for it can be found here.
Q: Whom should I contact if I have academic advising questions over the summer?
A: Please email Eric Charnofsky, Coordinator of Undergraduate Enrollment in Music, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Charnofsky advises all incoming students through the end of drop/add period in their first semester.
Q: How do I make the most out of my first-year experience?
A: Please be sure to visit CWRU | First Year for additional resources, to get involved, and to discover why you’ll love it here!
Q: How do I register for ensembles?
A: The Department of Music is pleased to offer a wide variety of academic Ensembles (MUEN) that are open to all CWRU affiliated individuals (faculty, staff, students, alumni, and University Circle community members). For those who are interested in performing please see the webpage for the group that you are interested in joining and you will find the information that you need to join. If you require further information the ensemble director’s information is provided for direct communication.
Q: Do ensembles require an audition?
A: Yes. Most ensembles require an audition and permission from the director. Auditions take place in the fall during orientation or the first week of class. The Ensembles page will give more information. Interested students should contact the ensemble director by email with any specific questions.
Q: Who teaches lessons?
A: Applied music lessons (MUAP) are provided through our Joint Music Program by faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Admitted students interested in scheduling a trial music lesson with a JMP faculty member should email Jennifer (Harmon) Wright. Please allow enough time to coordinate logistics.
Q: How do I register for lessons?
A: Incoming music majors are assigned and auto-enrolled in a primary studio by CIM based on availability and assessment of needed skill development. Music majors can also take secondary lessons at no additional cost. Approval must be given to incoming students by the first-year advisor (Eric Charnofsky) and scheduled through the Department of Music (Jennifer Wright). Returning music majors will be asked to hold regular applied lesson registration appointments. Music minors/non-majors can also take lessons for a fee and should review the information here.
Q: Is there a cost for lessons?
A: CWRU pays CIM for teaching lessons to all of our music majors. This includes lessons beyond the requirement for the various concentrations and also secondary lessons where applicable. Music minors/non-majors can also take lessons for a fee and should review the information here. The applied music fee is added to the term bill each semester.
Q: What are the solo performance requirements for music majors?
A: Music majors are required to participate in Recital Class each semester they are enrolled in primary applied music lessons. They are to attend Recital Class every Wednesday at 3:20 p.m. in the Harkness Chapel and perform once within the academic year. The department does not require music majors to perform full-length solo recitals, but students are welcome to do so with the approval of their applied instructor. Each music major is required to perform jury exams specific to their degree program.
Q: What are jury examinations?
A: Jury Exams are a required component of primary applied lessons (P/NP grade) and typically take place at the end of each spring semester during Reading Days. Students are evaluated by their applied instructor and several department faculty members. These jury exams allow the department to track progress in the applied lesson sequence (MUAP 10: Progress Jury/MUAP 20: Level Jury/MUAP 30: BA Exit Jury/MUAP 35: BS Exit Jury).
Q: How many music students attend CWRU Music?
A: The number of undergraduate majors varies from about 80-100 majors and we have approx. 50 graduate students. A truly comprehensive learning experience, our music program is an intentionally smaller, academically rigorous liberal arts program offering a wide range of courses, degree programs, and ensemble experiences, Most classes are comprised, on average, of 15-17 students, with some music history seminars reaching 30-40 students. Additionally, we serve students enrolled at the Cleveland Institue of Music.
- Undergraduate Academic FAQ
- Ensembles + Applied Lessons FAQ
- Music Theory Placement Exam
- Undergraduate Music Majors
- Music Minors and Non-Majors
- Technology Resources
- Ensembles + Lessons
- Department of Music Facilities
- Music Facilities Policies + Procedures
- Building Access + Lockers