Undergraduate Application Procedures

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First-year applicants with questions about the undergraduate admission and audition process should contact Ms. Jennifer WrightCoordinator of Department Operations and Undergraduate Recruitment.

Incoming or current CWRU students interested in auditioning to add the music major (before their 2nd semester) should contact Mr. Eric CharnofskyCoordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music (BA) and Undergraduate Enrollment. 

Music Education (BS) applicants with questions about the Music Education admission process should contact Dr. Matthew GarrettCoordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music Education (BS).

Applicants must submit a Music Arts Supplement (portfolio in the area of music) via their applicant status portal during the application process to be considered for the music major or music scholarship. Please review the application procedures carefully and allow enough time to meet the established deadlines.

Undergraduate music majors are expected to enter CWRU with a fundamental working knowledge of and proficiency in reading treble and/or bass clef, key signatures, and major and minor scales, along with the ability to vocally match pitches played on the piano. These skills are necessary for music theory courses taught through the Cleveland Institute of Music, which are a significant part of the required music major curriculum. Incoming undergraduate students are placed into a music theory course based on a diagnostic exam and a sight-singing placement exam that is administered online prior to orientation.

Music Arts Supplement Deadlines

  • Early Action/Early Decision I: before or on NOV 15
    (application due NOV 1)
  • Regular Decision/Early Decision II: before or on FEB 1
    (application due JAN 15)

Students can declare a minor in music or participate in ensembles/lessons without passing an audition. However, all students applying for the Arts Achievement Award must submit a Music Arts Supplement. All submissions received by FEB 1 will be considered. 

Early Action or Early Decision applicants who miss the NOV 15 deadline can still submit an audition. They will be reviewed along with Regular Decision candidates. The latest that we can accept submissions is FEB 1

Music (BA), secondary major, or the Arts Achievement Award

The Music (BA) can be combined with any other degree program that CWRU offers as a double major/dual degree/secondary major. This degree is intended for students who wish to emphasize general competence in music within the framework of liberal arts education. Requires a successful Music Arts Supplement for entrance into the program. 

Students applying for the Music (BA), a secondary major in music or the Arts Achievement Award (as a music minor/non-major), must follow these application procedures:

  1. Check deadlines and carefully review the Audition Information.
  2. Apply to the University
    1. Indicate the option to submit a Music Arts Supplement when prompted on the application.
    2. Music (BA) or secondary major: List the Music (BA) degree program as major choice 1 or 2 when prompted on the application.
    3. Arts Achievement Award: Applying for scholarship as a music minor or non-major. Do not list a music degree program as a major choice. Visit this page to learn more about music scholarships.
  3. Submit the Music Arts Supplement: The Music Arts Supplement is a digital portfolio that consists of a questionnaire and video audition. Shortly after a student has submitted the application, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will electronically deliver login credentials that the student will use to access their applicant portal. This is also the place where the student can track the status of their application. If these do not arrive within a few days, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

The Department of Music evaluates the Music Arts Supplement for entrance to the music major and music scholarship. Admitted students with successful auditions—although their application may not indicate music as an intended major—are qualified to declare a music major if they so choose. 


Music Education (BS)

Music Education (BS) is a professional degree for students who are interested in teaching music in K-12 schools. This program (taken as an independent degree) is an intense study of music and education that ultimately leads to teacher licensure. Requires a successful Music Arts Supplement and live interview (by invitation of the music education faculty) for entrance into the program.

Students applying to the Music Education (BS) program should follow these application procedures:

Part 1: Application and Music Arts Supplement

Students applying to the Music Education (BS) program should submit their Application and Music Arts Supplement well in advance of the established deadlines.

  1. Check deadlines and carefully review the Audition Information
  2. Apply to the University
    1. Indicate the option to submit a Music Arts Supplement when prompted on the application.
    2. List the Music Education (BS) degree program as major choice 1 when prompted on the application. 
  3. Submit the Music Arts SupplementThe Music Arts Supplement is a digital portfolio that consists of a questionnaire and video audition. Shortly after a student has submitted the application, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will electronically deliver login credentials that the student will use to access their applicant portal. This is also the place where the student can track the status of their application. If these do not arrive within a few days, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Part 2: Interview and Music Performance Audition

Students applying to the Music Education (BS) program must complete an interview in addition to the Music Arts Supplement. Students can choose between an on-campus interview (with a live music performance audition) or an online interview (with a pre-recorded music performance audition). Eligible students will be contacted directly for scheduling. 

Interview and Performance Audition Dates 

Early Action Applicants

  • Online interviews and pre-recorded auditions may be scheduled NOV 29 - DEC 3 
  • On-campus interviews and auditions will take place on DEC 3 

Regular Decision Applicants

  • Online interviews and pre-recorded auditions may be scheduled FEB 11 - FEB 25
  • On-campus interviews and auditions will take place on FEB 11 and FEB 18

Music Education (BS) applicants with specific questions about the Music Education admission process should contact Dr. Matthew GarrettCoordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music Education (BS).


Decision Timeline

Once the review process is complete, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will notify applicants regarding their admission to CWRU. Students must be admitted to the University before the Department of Music can offer a decision of acceptance as a Music (BA) or Music Education (BS) major.

Students will be notified only if they are chosen to receive a music scholarship. Notifications are sent to recipients on or around MARCH 20.