School of Music

Audition For Department of Music

Undergraduate Audition and Admission Information

Applying to the University

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 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 School 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 School of Music. In-State audition dates are posted on the Undergraduate Application as well as this page. Applications may be submitted on-line to 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 School 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 last posted audition date.  Audition results are reviewed and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

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

2020 Cleveland State University

School of Music Auditions

The School of Music requires a successful audition for all Music Candidates on one’s major instrument or voice in which is displayed their technical and artistic proficiency.

FALL 2020 Admission - Audition Dates


Undergraduate 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,  Please contact Dr. Rindfleisch directly to schedule a meeting.

For more information on MUSIC EDUCATION, please click here.

For more information on MUSIC THERAPY, please click here.

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 School of Music.


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 School 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 School 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 last posted audition date 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 late 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

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: