Graduate Application Procedures

Deadlines
Musicology

All graduate applications and supporting materials are due to the Department of Music by December 15.

Questions: Dr. Francesca Brittan, Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Musicology

Historical Performance Practice

All graduate applications and supporting materials (including audition videos) are due to the Department of Music by January 5.

Successful candidates will be invited for a live interview in early February.

QuestionsDr. Peter Bennett, Head of Historical Performance Practice 

Music Education

All graduate applications and supporting materials (including audition videos) are due to the Department of Music by January 15. 

Successful candidates will be invited to submit a teaching demonstration (PhD only) and schedule a live interview (MAL, MA, and PhD) in early February.

Questions: Dr. Lisa Huisman Koops, Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education


While CWRU does accept graduate students in the spring semester, it is a standard policy of the Department of Music that all new graduate students enter in the fall semester.

Applicants with good academic records from fully accredited universities and colleges will be considered for admission to graduate study at Case Western Reserve University. Admission must be recommended by the department or professional school of the university in which the applicant intends to study and then must be approved by the dean of graduate studies. Applicants should contact the specific department or program to obtain application information. All submitted materials become the property of the School of Graduate Studies and will not be returned. 

For more information about the application and admission process, please review the School of Graduate Studies Admissions Information.

Before you begin, be aware of the application deadlines and carefully review the following:

How to submit:

All applicants should apply online and submit supporting materials within the online application system:

  • Writing Samples 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose/Objectives
  • CV or Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Test Scores* 
  • Audition Videos*

*if required for the degree program

We greatly appreciate as many digital submissions as possible. All supplemental materials can be uploaded within the online application system. This is also where student can view their notifications and admission letter.

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During the initial application process, applicants are discouraged from sending official test scores or transcripts. This helps to alleviate application costs and logistics. If recommended for admission by your department, the School of Graduate Studies will then make the final decision on your application. If formally accepted to CWRU, only then will you need to supply official transcripts and test scores. 

Test Scores: In order to alleviate initial application costs, we do not require applicants to send official test scores during the application process. Only if you are accepted, send official TOEFL or GRE test scores through ETS using the institutional code 1105 for Case Western Reserve University. Please do not send official IELTS scores; we can verify them online at no charge. 

GRE General Test at Home

TOEFL iBT Home Edition

Unofficial Transcripts: In order to alleviate initial application costs, we do not require applicants to send official transcripts during the application process. Applicants should simply upload unofficial copies of their transcripts onto the application for review purposes. Official documents sent during the application review process will not be reviewed. If accepted, official transcripts must come directly from the institution either mailed in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to the addresses below. International students: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English.  

Only if accepted, official hard copy transcripts and degree verification can be mailed to:

Case Western Reserve University
School of Graduate Studies - Tomlinson 203
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Ensure that "School of Graduate Studies" and/or "Tomlinson Hall 203" is listed on the address or your transcript may not make it to our office. 

Official electronic transcripts can be sent to: gradtranscripts@case.edu

Note: Please do not send official transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies or Department of Music unless you have been offered admission. 


Application materials required for music degree programs:

PhD in Musicology

  • 2 Writing Samples (paper, chapter, article, thesis)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose/Objectives
  • CV or Resume
  • Transcripts
  • GRE Test Scores for the General Exam (Music GRE not required)
  • TOEFL (only needed if English is not the native language and the applicant has not completed a degree at a US institution)

MA and DMA in Historical Performance Practice

  • 2 Writing Samples (paper, chapter, article, thesis)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose/Objectives
  • CV or Resume
  • Transcripts
  • GRE Test Scores for the General Exam (Music GRE not required)
  • TOEFL (only needed if English is not the native language and the applicant has not completed a degree at a US institution)
  • Audition videos due by January 5; live interview scheduled in early February (by faculty invitation) requires Zoom

Audition videos

Due to the exceptional circumstances, in-person auditions will not be held during the 2020-2021 application period. Applicants should provide videos of 4 works* of different style and character, which will serve as the audition. Applicants may perform the pieces as a solo or in a small ensemble–if performing in an ensemble, applicants should be identified and clearly visible throughout the audition video.

*Works: e.g. two or three contrasting movements of a suite or sonata, a recitative and aria, etc." 

Candidates will be evaluated by the HPP faculty for suitability based on their command of various national idioms, ornamentation styles, and other aspects of historical performance, as well as the overall level of artistry, and academic  potential.

The videos should be uploaded to YouTube and the links (which may be unlisted) emailed to musicgradapps@case.edu by January 5.

QuestionsDr. Peter Bennett, Head of Historical Performance Practice 

PhD in Music Education

  • Writing Sample (paper, chapter, article, thesis, personal statement of philosophy of music education)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose/Objectives
  • CV or Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Copy of teaching license/certificate
  • After review, applicants are asked to complete an interview and teaching demonstration (by faculty invitation). requires Zoom

MA in Music Education

  • Writing Sample (paper, chapter, article, thesis, personal statement of philosophy of music education)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose/Objectives
  • CV or Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Copy of current teaching license/certificate
  • After review, applicants are asked to complete an interview (by faculty invitation). requires Zoom

MA in Music Education with Teacher Licensure (MAL)

  • Writing Sample (paper, chapter, article, thesis, personal statement of philosophy of music education)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose/Objectives
  • CV or Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Audition videos due by January 15; must be submitted in fulfillment of the Audition Requirements by Instrument/Voice
  • After review, applicants are asked to complete an interview (by faculty invitation). requires Zoom

The videos should be uploaded to YouTube and the links (which may be unlisted) emailed to musicgradapps@case.edu by January 15.

Questions: Dr. Lisa Koops, Head of Music Education -or- Dr. Nathan Kruse, Interim Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education (spring 2021 only)