Music: Historical Performance Practice

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Master of Arts

About the Program

Explore the music that shaped the 18th and 19th century with a Master of Arts in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University. Focused on early music (up to 1850), this program combines advanced study in performance, music history and performance practices.

What to Expect

Our two-year program is formulated to suit your individual needs based, in part, on a diagnostic examination taken upon entering the program. A minimum of 21 hours of coursework is required, together with 12 hours of applied music, proficiency in one relevant foreign language, and a lecture recital. We also require you to participate in two or more music ensembles each semester.

Each member of our faculty is dedicated to your individual success and encourages you to pursue outside engagements that will contribute to your professional development and a well-rounded education.

As a student in this master’s program, you may audition for the Doctoral of Musical Arts (DMA) program at Case Western Reserve after three semesters of study. If successful, coursework already completed will count toward your DMA requirements.

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

Admission to the program is granted to those who demonstrate a high level of early music performance skill and good scholarly potential. An audition is required. 

More information about the graduate application and audition process in music is provided in the Graduate Application Procedures.

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