Music Department

Audition For Department of Music

Undergraduate Audition and Admission Information

Since 1977, the Department of Music has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. In 2008 the music therapy degree was approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

The Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Music Degree with concentrations in performance, composition, music education and music therapy and the Bachelor of Arts degree in music for those students seeking a broader liberal arts background. All undergraduate Bachelor of Music students have the same music core requirements in the first two years along with University General Education Requirements. Each concentration has its own unique requirements. All degrees are designed to be completed in four years. However, music therapy majors must complete a six-month internship in an approved facility following the completion of degree study and before taking the examination that leads to becoming a registered music therapist.

Applying to the University and Department of Music

In order to pursue a degree in music Prospective High School Seniors and Transfer Students must apply and be admitted to Cleveland State University. Information on University admissions requirements, financial aid, and other general information may be obtained from the Cleveland State Admissions Office or log on to www.csuohio.edu/admissions. Freshman applicants and transfer students with exceptional academic records should consider applying for any of the University’s other generous merit-based awards.

Audition For Department of Music

Once your completed application for admission to the University has been received, you should schedule am on-campus audition on your primary instrument. Please complete and submit the Undergraduate Audition Applications for the Department of Music. In-State audition dates are posted on the Undergraduate Application as well as this page. Applications may be submitted on-line or mailed to Kate Bill, Student Recruiter/Enrollment Administrator - 2121 Euclid Avenue MU 330 - Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214. You will be notified as to your time and date. *Note: it is best to schedule as soon as possible.

The Department of Music requires a successful audition for all freshmen and transfer students on one’s major instrument or voice in which is displayed their technical and artistic proficiency. It is important when preparing an audition to consider selecting audition pieces that best demonstrate musical and technical capabilities. The audition determines acceptance as music major. All in-state students are strongly encouraged to audition on campus. CD or DVD auditions may be accepted from out-of-state applicants (at least 400 mi.) and international applicants, where travel to Cleveland presents an extreme hardship. Please make sure the audition repertoire on the CD/DVD is in accordance with the Undergraduate Audition Requirements. To guarantee full consideration for the Music Talent Scholarship students must audition no later than Saturday, March 5, 2016.  Audition results are reviewed and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

If you have questions about applying to the Department of Music, you might find your answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

*Exception: All students with percussion as their principal instrument must schedule an in-person audition.

2017 Cleveland State University

Department of Music Audition Dates

  • Saturday February 11, 2017
    Voice, Keyboard, Strings, Woodwinds and BA Pop/Rock
  • Saturday February 18, 2017
    Voice, Keyboard, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and BA Pop/Rock
  • Saturday March 4, 2017
    Voice, Keyboard, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and BA Pop/Rock

* PERCUSSION - ALL AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT
Please refer to the Percussion Homepage - http://www.csuohio.edu/class/music/percussion

Undergraduate Audition Requirements - MUSIC COMPOSITION, MUSIC EDUCATION AND MUSIC THERAPY

MUSIC COMPOSITION

Students wishing to pursue the Bachelor of Music in Composition are required to meet with Dr. Andrew Rindfleisch, Coordinator of the Composition Program, a.rindfleisch@csuohio.edu.

MUSIC EDUCATION

CSU offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Education that leads to teacher licensure in the State of Ohio. Students in our rigorous degree program study both music and education with our renowned applied (performance) and music education faculty. There are many opportunities to perform in large and small ensembles, and every year of study includes field experiences observing and teaching music, culminating in a semester of full-time student teaching working alongside carefully selected mentor teachers. All music education majors study all areas of K-12 music education (general, vocal, and instrumental; elementary and secondary), so they are prepared to pursue any employment opportunity that arises. Our graduates teach in many excellent public and private schools in Northeast Ohio. All prospective students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Music Education track must schedule an evaluation appointment with Dr. Heather A. Russell, Coordinator of Music education.  h.a.russell@csuohio.edu.

CSU Music Education Faculty:

  • Heather A. Russell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Music Education
  • Birch Browning, Ph.D., Associate Professor Music Education; Conductor of Cleveland Winds
  • Barry Hartz, PhD., Visiting Assistant Lecturer, Music Education
  • William G. Zurkey, Instructor Music Education/Choral Methods
  • Melanie Blaser, Lecturer, Music Education
MUSIC THERAPY

All prospective students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy track must meet the following qualifications:

Required

  • 2.8 GPA
  • 250-word typed essay that describes why the applicant selected music therapy as his/her career path
  • At least 1 music therapy observation (either in person or online), with a written summary of the observation. A high school senior project in music therapy may substitute for this observation.
  • Interview with music therapy faculty

Highly Preferred

  • 3.0+ GPA
  • 250-word typed essay that describes why the applicant selected music therapy as his/her career path
  • Basic proficiency in guitar and/or piano (i.e., 3-4 chords and accompany self while singing).  Basic proficiency song choices include "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," "Lean on Me," "Stand By Me," "Hound Dog," etc.
  • 2 or more music therapy observations (either in person or online), with a written summary of the observations.  A high school senior project in music therapy may substitute for one of the observations.
  • On-site interview with music therapy faculty

CSU Music Therapy Faculty:

  • Deborah Layman, MM, MT-BC – Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Music Therapy
  • Carol Olszewski, MA, MT-BC – Visiting Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
  • Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Brenda Calovini, MA, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
Bachelor of Arts Degree with a focus in Popular Music

Students in the music department can receive a BA (Bachelors of Arts) degree with a focus in popular music. Auditions may be in the genre with which the student is most familiar, and while the ability to read standard musical notation is encouraged, and will be a part of the course of study in the program, it is not a prerequisite in order to audition. Performance requirements will be met by the Popular Music Ensemble (MUS 109), which is a standard rock band format, but with flexible instrumentation. Instrumental lessons are in a wide range of popular styles and techniques, and the goal is on acquiring the highest level of professional skills so that the student is equipped to succeed in the contemporary musical environment.

Music Theory and Musicianship Placement

All in-coming freshman and undergraduate transfer students who have not received college credit for music theory and musicianship courses are required to take the music theory and musicianship placement exam in order to be admitted into the Department of Music.

Scholarships

Awards for the Undergraduate Music Talent Scholarships are determined in Late March prior to enrollment at Cleveland State University. Recipients will be notified by April 1.

The Department of Music offers talent-based music scholarships to qualified in-coming freshman, transfer students, and current students regardless of major in return for participation in Department of Music ensembles. Applicants must demonstrate a high level of achievement in their performance at the audition. Competition for the Music Talent Scholarships is keen. For best consideration, one should audition no later than March 5 prior to your anticipated enrollment at Cleveland State University. Under no circumstance will any scholarship consideration be made for a student who has not completed the application process. Awards for music talent scholarships are determined in March prior to the enrollment at Cleveland State. Applicants are informed of the results by April 1.

Talent scholarships may be applied as payment to cover tuition and fees with the exception of applied music fees. All questions about the Music Talent Scholarships and requirement should be directed to the Kate Bill, Recruiter/ Enrollment Administrator for the Department of Music at 216-687-5039 or m.c.bill@csuohio.edu.

Music Theory and Musicianship Placement

All in-coming freshman and undergraduate transfer students who have not received college credit for music theory and musicianship courses are required to take the music theory and musicianship placement exam in order to be admitted into the Department of Music.

CSU Scholarships for Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students

Incoming freshman and transfer students are automatically considered for scholarships once they are admitted to Cleveland State. In some cases, individual scholarships will require a separate application. All students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For more information on scholarships or financial aid at Cleveland State University, please refer to the following link: www.csuohio.edu/financial-aid/scholarships-3

FAQs: Financial Aid and Scholarships

To assist students with financial aid questions, review the frequently asked questions listed at: www.csuohio.edu/financial-aid/scholarships-3