Majors and Minors


The Department of Music at Cleveland State University prepares students for careers in performance, composition, music education and music therapy. The Department is a leader in composition, supporting a resource center for composers and the Cleveland Contemporary Players. Another strength is in preparing students to become teachers.

All students study with a world-class faculty that includes members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Red (an area orchestra), the Cleveland Lyric Opera Orchestra, and The Venner Trios. Students have the opportunity to hear hundreds of concerts and recitals each year both on and off campus. Our facilities include a large concert and recital hall, three large rehearsal rooms, a state-of-the-art recording studio, an instructional computer lab and two digital composition studios.

Our location in downtown Cleveland provides easy access to Severence Hall, Playhouse Square, museums, art galleries and other performance venues.

Admission Requirements
Incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to present an entrance audition in their principal medium prior to registration as a music major. Students will also take a diagnostic exam for placement in theory and musicianship courses.

Scholarship Requirements
All University students may apply for talent scholarships to play in University ensembles. Scholarship recommendations are made at the time of audition.

Students accepted to Cleveland State University should meet with the Music Department Administrative Assistant to plan their schedule for their first semester. After that, students will be assigned an advisor in their area of concentration.

Student Organizations
The national honorary music fraternities, Pi Kappa Lambda and Mu Phi Epsilon, have chapters at Cleveland State. There is also a very active chapter of the Ohio Music Education Association on campus.

High School Preparation
Students in high school should follow a college preparatory curriculum. It is also beneficial to have studied piano and music theory although these are not requirements for admission.


Cleveland State University music graduates hold positions in important professional ensembles, as teachers in public and private schools, as registered music therapists at the Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals and the Beck Center for the Arts, among many other institutions. Others own their own music businesses, or teach in colleges and universities across the country. Many students have been admitted to some of the most prestigious music graduate programs in the United States. Since 1977, the Department of Music has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Music major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

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 for those students seeking broader liberal arts study. All undergraduate Bachelor of Music students have the same 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.


All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

For more information, contact:
Department of Music
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MU 330
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.5039