Mission Statement

Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity
Joint Music Program students with instruments

The Department of Music aspires to be an inclusive environment in which all members feel empowered to participate in the community, fostering creative energy and insights that result in a better institution.

The Department of Music,  an academic department within the College of Arts and Sciences, 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.

The department upholds the highest standards of academic and artistic excellence through a broad range of coursesdegree programs, and ensemble experiences, with faculty specializing in historical performance practicemusic education, and musicology.

The mission of the CWRU 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.