Music: Historical Performance Practice

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About the Program

Dive into advanced study of early music up to the mid-19th century with a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University. This program combines advanced coursework in performance, music history and performance practices while you spend four years of full-time study in Cleveland—a city known for its musical offerings.

What to Expect

Admission to the DMA in Historical Performance Practice program is granted to those who demonstrate the potential to be leaders in the field of early music. To be considered, you must show excellent scholarly potential in music history and performance practices, and must demonstrate a high level of performance skill. You’ll be admitted by an audition and interview, and must take an initial placement test in music history and theory on matriculation. 

Our program is formulated to suit your individual needs, based in part on a diagnostic examination taken upon entering the program, and requires the consent of the Head of Historical Performance Practice. A minimum of 33 credit units of academic coursework is required, together with a minimum of 18 credit units of applied music, proficiency in two relevant foreign languages, a jury, the first lecture-recital and the recital, all to be completed during the first three years of your degree. 

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Beyond the Classroom

In the Department of Music at Case Western Reserve, we provide facilities across campus that you can use as study rooms, meeting spaces or rehearsal halls. Our main facility, Haydn Hall, is home to our faculty and staff offices as well as three classrooms, four practice rooms, program-specific studio spaces, the Music Education Resource Room, and a Macintosh computer classroom/lab. For ensemble rehearsals, you can head over to Denison Hall, which also houses six Wenger practice modules (one of which is a“virtual reality” acoustic room), a percussion studio, and a music library. For an intimate and acoustically resonant space, Harkness Chapel is the perfect fit for vocal performances and instrumental chamber music.

By the Numbers


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Admission 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. Admission must be recommended by the department or professional school of the university in which you propose to study and must be approved by the dean of graduate studies.

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