Graduate Student Resource Center

Sounds of Music

Cleveland State University’s Master of Music program offers three areas of specialization including Music Education, Composition, and Performance.  Designed to provide solid musical training and to prepare students for careers in their area of specialization, the program has prepared students who have gone on to careers in composition, arranging, electronic music, criticism, performance, and teaching.

One such noted alumnus is Kristopher Magnuson, M.A., ’13, (pictured here) who currently studies Flamenco guitar with world-renown guitarist Ricardo Marlow. Kristopher has composed works for a variety of mediums and is currently composing a series of preludes with altered guitar tunings for solo guitar. He is continuing his education by beginning doctoral studies in composition at the University of Toronto in the fall of 2014.

Michael Guliani, M.A., ‘14, originally a Sports Science undergraduate major, found it difficult to give up playing music, so he changed his major and earned a Bachelor in Music Education and Trombone Performance from West Chester University.  Admitted to Cleveland State on a full scholarship, Michael pursued his graduate degree while working as a freelance musician, a clinician in local schools, and maintaining an active studio.  He earned his Master of Music in Performance from Cleveland State University and will begin doctoral studies in Trombone Performance at Arizona State University this fall.

In addition to the Master of Music degree, the department now offers a new Graduate Certificate in Music Performance designed to provide an intensive course of study in performance, chamber music, applied lessons, or ensembles.  Students can work closely with talented and accomplished faculty of CSU’s Department of Music, which includes members of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. This program is offered to qualified candidates who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in music and have successfully passed an entrance audition.

For more information on the Master of Music or the Graduate Certificate in Music Performance visit or contact Kate Bill, Enrollment Administrator, at, 216.687.5039.

Photo courtesy of K. Magnuson