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) with the Common Application 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 of 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.

Music Arts Supplement Deadlines

  • Early Action: before or on November 15
  • Regular Decision: before or on February 1
Students can declare a minor in music or participate in ensembles/lessons as non-majors without passing an audition. However, all students applying for the Arts Achievement Award must submit a Music Arts Supplement. All submissions received by February 1 will be considered for music scholarship. 

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

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 Common Application.
    2. Music (BA) or secondary major: List the Music (BA) degree program as major choice 1 or 2 when prompted on the Common 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.
  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 Common 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 both 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)

Interested in learning more? We encourage students to register for an upcoming open house program or schedule an online overview session.

The 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 acceptance into the program.

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

Part 1: Common Application and Music Arts Supplement

Students applying to the Music Education (BS) program should submit the Common Application and Music Arts Supplement materials 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 Common Application.
    2. List the Music Education (BS) degree program as major choice 1 when prompted on the Common 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 Common 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 Music Performance Audition Dates

  • Early Action applicants: December 4
    • On-campus interviews and auditions will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2021. 
    • Online interviews and pre-recorded auditions may be scheduled for November 30-December 4, 2021.
  • Regular Decision applicants: February 12 or February 26 
    • On-campus interviews and auditions will take place on Saturday, February 12 and Saturday, February 26, 2022. 
    • Online interviews and pre-recorded auditions may be scheduled for February 12-26, 2022.

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 into the University to be offered a decision of accept as a Music (BA) or Music Education (BS) major.

The Department of Music evaluates the Music Arts Supplement (portfolio in the area of music) for both 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. 

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

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