Music Education

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About the Program

When you earn a PhD in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University, you’ll be qualified to share your passion for music with pre-kindergarten to college-level students. Our intimate class sizes will provide you with a personalized experience and practical applications to your specific area of study. And, as a PhD student, you will participate in active teaching exercises to properly prepare you for classroom roles. Our internationally recognized faculty of teachers, conductors, researchers, and authors prioritize one-on-one mentoring for your individual success.

What to Expect

Our curriculum focuses on encouraging you to develop to your fullest capacity through individual research projects, independent studies with music education faculty members, presentations at professional conferences, and publications in music education research journals. We make every effort to plan a program based around your needs and interests while maintaining standards of musical and scholarly excellence. 

We’ve even partnered with the Cleveland Institute of Music to provide you with the resources of a leading conservatory and assist you in developing your musicianship while in our program. Upon completing our program, you will earn a music education degree approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. 

Our program also provides generous funding for tuition waivers and graduate assistantships. Full-time admitted students who are awarded assistantships will receive a stipend in addition to the tuition waiver and student health insurance through the university. As a graduate assistant, you can support many areas of the program, including initiatives in research and music technology, ensembles and undergraduate music education courses. Learn more about out our graduate fellowships and teaching opportunities.

Our music education program has significant funding for tuition waivers and graduate assistantships. As a graduate assistant, you can support many areas of the program; including ensembles (bands, choirs, orchestras), initiatives in research and music technology, and undergraduate music education courses.

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Beyond the Classroom

From jazz to classical to rock and roll, Cleveland is a musical hub for every genre. You can catch a Cleveland Orchestra concert at Severance Music Center (just steps away from campus). Or, take a trip to the historic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. If you’re feeling more adventurous, enjoy dinner and a concert downtown at the House of Blues or venture to The Flats for an open-air amphitheater experience at Jacobs Pavilion. The possibilities are seemingly endless for music lovers in Cleveland.

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants with good academic records from fully accredited universities and colleges will be considered for admission to graduate study at Case Western Reserve University. 

Applicants for the PhD in Music Education must have at least a 3.0 GPA from a completed graduate degree program in music education and a minimum of three years of successful school teaching.

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Portrait Lisa Koops
Lisa Koops
Head of Music Education and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education
College of Arts and Sciences

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