Music and Communication 332
Eric Ziolek, Department Chair
Birch Browning, Graduate Program Director
The graduate degree program in music offers specializations in Composition, Music Education, and Performance. Cross-disciplinary study among these specializations is encouraged.
The Department of Music offers outstanding facilities. A state-of-the-art building houses two performance halls, three large rehearsal halls, two chamber music rehearsal rooms, four electronic music/computer laboratories, and dozens of practice and specialized teaching spaces. Cleveland is one of the most outstanding centers for music in the United States, and students have many opportunities to observe and study with some of the finest performers in the world. A number of members or former members of the Cleveland Orchestra teach at the University, and Cleveland State vocal ensembles perform annually with the Orchestra. The Cleveland Contemporary Players, which is devoted to performing contemporary music, is in residence at the Cleveland State Department of Music. Composition students are able to have their works performed by the Cleveland Contemporary Players. Opportunities to perform early music, both vocal and instrumental, are available through Collegium Musicum and through private study. Internships for teaching college-level music are offered for students wishing to pursue an academic career. Workshops in Orff, Kodaly, and other approaches to music education are offered during the academic year and as part of the Summer Arts Institute through the Center for the Study of the Arts and Innovation for music educators who wish to continue their studies. The annual Thyagaraja (Aradhana) Festival at Cleveland State is the largest international festival of Indian music held outside of India.
Through its core and specialized courses, Cleveland State’s graduate music program is designed to provide solid musical training and to prepare students for careers in their area of specialization. The program is an excellent foundation for doctoral study. Students have gone on to careers in composition, arranging, conducting, choral music, electronic music, musicology, criticism, performance, library science, and teaching at the university level and in elementary and secondary schools. Cleveland State students have won awards for international study and have received appointments overseas. The music program attracts international students, as well as students from across the United States.
The Music Department offers graduate assistantships, which pay tuition plus a stipend, and graduate tuition grants without stipend. To be eligible, students need a grade-point average of at least 3.0. Applications must be received by March 31 for the following academic year. Application forms are available from the Department of Music. Further details on requirements and service obligations are in the music department’s Graduate Student Handbook. Students are encouraged to audition for the Graduate String Quartet and the Graduate Woodwind Quintet.
All College of Graduate Studies admission requirements must be met.
Admission into the Department, at the graduate level, occurs after a conference with the head of the area in which the student expects to specialize. Contact the Department of Music at (216) 687-2033 for an appointment.
The Department has different entry requirements for each area of specialization:
Performance:An audition is required prior to admission for all students who wish to specialize in performance. In the audition, which should last fifteen minutes or longer, the student must demonstrate performance proficiency with some stylistic breadth. An audio tape or videotape may be provided in lieu of a live audition, with prior approval of the Department.
Composition: Applicants must submit a portfolio of representative works for evaluation.
Music Education: Two letters of recommendation from supervisory personnel who can attest to the applicant’s teaching ability are required.
All applicants are administered a diagnostic advisory examination in music history. Those who do not pass the examination are required to take MUS 511 and/or MUS 512. The examination must be taken before the student’s first registration. Arrangements can be made by contacting the Director of the Graduate Program at (216) 687-3768.
Students who wish to change from non-degree status to degree-seeking status should consult the Degree Admission section of this Catalog.
A candidate for the Master of Music degree must fulfill a total of thirty credit hours in approved graduate courses, including:
I. Core Courses
MUS 514 Introduction to World Musics (3 credits)
MUS 595 Music History Seminar (3 credits)
MUS 602 Analytical Techniques (3 credits)
II. Required Courses for Areas of Specialization
MUS 521 Composition Forum (two semesters, for a total of 2 credits)
MUS 527 Computer Music and MIDI I (3 credits)
MUS 528 Computer Music and MIDI II (3 credits)
MUS 620 Composition (two semesters, for a total of 6 credits)
MUS 635 Composition Recital (2 credits)
MUS 689 Composition Thesis (4 credits)
600-level Electives (3 credits)
B. Music Education (vocal, instrumental, and supervision concentrations available)
MUS 554 Foundations and Principles of Music Education (3 credits)
MUS 584 Seminar in Music Education (3 credits)**
**Three credits of Music Education Workshops may be substituted for the Seminar in Music Education. Within the guidelines of the College of Graduate Studies rules and regulations dealing with transfer credits, workshops offered by institutions other than Cleveland State may apply toward this facet of the degree with approval of the Cleveland State Music Education Coordinator.
MUS 611 Research Techniques in Music Education (4 credits)
MUS 679 Research Projects in Music Education (3 paper option, 6 credits) or MUS 699 Thesis (6 credits)
600-level Applied Music (2 credits)
Electives (3 credits)
C. Performance 600-level Applied Music (2 courses, for a total of 4 credits)
III. Other Courses
MUS 510 The Business of Music (3 credits)
MUS 511 Music History I (3 credits)
MUS 512 Music History II (3 credits)
MUS 515 World Music Studies (3 credits)
MUS 551 Orchestration (3 credits)
MUS 556 Lyric Diction (3 credits)
MUS 575 Workshop (1-4 credits)
MUS 576 Extended Workshop (1-4 credits)
MUS 589 Colloquium (1-4 credits)
MUS 593 Special Topics (1-4 credits)
MUS 615 Teaching College Music (2 credits)
MUS 698 Master’s Project (1-6 credits)
IV. Performing Ensembles
All ensembles are 1 credit
MUS 501 University Chorus
MUS 502 Band/ Wind Ensemble
MUS 503 Collegium Musicum
MUS 504 University Orchestra
MUS 505 CSU Chorale
MUS 506 Chamber Ensemble
MUS 507 Jazz Ensemble
MUS 508 Opera Workshop
V. Applied Music
Normally graduate students register for 600-level applied music on their primary instrument or voice. Students who wish to take lessons in another applied area should register for 500-level secondary applied lessons.
See MUA listings in the “Courses” section. There is a surcharge fee for all MUA courses.
Any of the courses listed above under II. (Required Courses for Areas of Specialization), III. (Other Courses), IV. (Performing Ensembles), and V. (Applied Music) may, if appropriate, be taken as electives. Electives from other disciplines may be used to meet degree requirements with approval of the department.
Students specializing in performance must be evaluated by an advisory jury in the student’s major applied area before completion of six hours of applied major study.
Please refer to course descriptions for MUS 632, MUS 633, and MUS 635 (recitals) and MUS 679, MUS 689, MUS 698, and MUS 699 (theses and research projects) and the Music Department’s Graduate Student Handbook for further guidelines.
Those who intend to specialize in performance (voice or choral studies) must satisfy the appropriate language requirements.
For performance majors in choral conducting, the language requirement consists of an oral demonstration of proficiency in diction in liturgical Latin, German, French, and Italian.
For voice students, the language requirement consists of an oral demonstration, through the recital requirement, of proficiency in diction in Italian, French, and German.
A student’s graduate program culminates in a suitable exit project (e.g., a thesis or a recital) arranged through a principal advisor and reviewed by a committee of three faculty members. A student in music education may complete three suitable papers in lieu of a thesis.
A comprehensive examination is required for all candidates. The examination serves as an opportunity for both the candidate and the Department to assess the student’s ability to synthesize the content of the degree, both in breadth and in the area of specialization. Students are directed to the information on the Comprehensive Examination under their track requirement in the Department of Music’s Graduate Student Handbook.
The Department of Music’s Graduate Student Handbook is the definitive source for current curriculum requirements and course listings. The handbook is available in hard copy and online at Graduate Music Handbook.
Please refer to the Department’s Graduate Student Handbook for the availability of courses. Not all courses are offered every semester.