About the Department of Music

The Department of Music is an academic department within the College of Arts and Sciences. Our program serves undergraduate and graduate students at Case Western Reserve University as well as all students at the Cleveland Institute of Music through our Joint Music Program.

We offer a wide range of coursesdegree programs, and ensemble experiences, with faculty specializing in historical performance practice, music educationmusicology, and popular music studies. Students at CWRU and CIM also benefit from our active collaborations with The Cleveland OrchestraRock and Roll Hall of FameThe Cleveland Museum of ArtThe Music Settlement, and other local cultural and educational institutions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Case Western Reserve University Department of Music is to:

  • Foster preeminent research, creative endeavors, and learning.
  • Support students in developing their musical skills and knowledge in the context of a liberal arts education; equip students to become proactive scholar-practitioners in music education; and promote the academic education of students from the Cleveland Institute of Music, through the Joint Music Program.
  • Provide local, regional, national, and international leadership in the fields of musicology, historical performance practice, and music education, and help prepare the next generation of leaders in these fields.
  • Encourage service to the institution and related academic disciplines, participation in faculty governance, and the promotion of open communication and shared policy-making.

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