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 coursesdegree 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. Learn more about the College of Arts & Sciences.

Q. What is the Joint Music Program?
A. Since 1968, Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Institute of Music have participated in an integrated music program at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Joint Musc Program allows students at both institutions to take advantage of the resources of a major research university in the context of a liberal arts education as well as those of a leading conservatory. Students enrolled at CWRU take music lessons and music theory courses taught by CIM faculty, while students enrolled at CIM take music history, music education, and general education courses taught by CWRU faculty. Both CWRU and CIM are located in University Circle, giving students access to a wealth of cultural institutions within a short walking distance from campus.

Q. What undergraduate programs are available in the CWRU Department of Music?
A. We offer the following academic programs

– The Music (BA) degree can be combined with any other degree program that CWRU offers: double major/dual degree/secondary major
– The Music Education (BS) degree is a pre-professional degree that ultimately leads to teacher licensure (this is taken as an independent degree program)
– The minor in music does not require an audition and can be completed in 15-18 credit units

Q. How do I apply and audition?
A. Please follow our Application Procedures and carefully review the Audition Information. The audition process requires an Arts Supplement (digital portfolio/video audition), which is linked from the Common Application. Note: Music Education candidates must also complete a live audition/interview component.

Q. What is the difference between the Music BA and the Music Education BS?
A. Both the BA, or Bachelor of the Arts, and the BS, or Bachelor of Science, are four-year undergraduate degrees. The primary difference between the two types of degrees is the focus of the coursework students are required to complete in order to earn them. The requirements of the Music BA can be completed in six semesters but the Music Education BS is a pre-professional degree that takes eight semesters to complete with student teaching field experience in the last semester. Because the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) mandate more than a certain number of required courses in Music Education, the degree is a BS rather than a BA.

Q. Do CWRU students have any relationship with the Cleveland Orchestra?
A: The Cleveland Orchestra performs in Severance Hall, which is located in the center of the CWRU campus. All CWRU music majors are eligible to receive a season pass (at no cost) to attend the Cleveland Orchestra concerts. All other CWRU students are given reduced tickets rates through the Severance Hall Box Office. Lastly, music students in the JMP are eligible to attend selected rehearsals or workshops given by the Orchestra.

Q. What is the Maltz Performing Arts Center?
A. With the completion of Phase One, the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel has become a place for music, lectures and other forms of cultural enrichment. Silver Hall, seating up to 1,200 people, showcases students from the CWRU Department of Music, with a variety of ensemble concerts (orchestra, band, choral, chamber music, and Baroque ensembles). The Maltz Performing Arts Center is also home to Think Forum, the university’s distinguished lecture series, and will host signature cultural programs that engage the larger Cleveland community. In addition, Silver Hall will continue to be used by The Temple’s congregation for major religious observances and life-cycle events.

For general information about undergraduate programs in music at CWRU, please contact:

Jennifer Wright | Coordinator, Department Operations & Undergraduate Recruitment
Case Western Reserve University
Department of Music
11118 Bellflower Road | Haydn Hall Room 201
Cleveland, OH 44106-7105
Office: 216.368.2400 | Fax: 216.368.6557 | Email: music@case.edu
Department of Music | Case Western Reserve University