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Music, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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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.

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


Since 1977, the Department of Music has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Writing About Music
  • Keyboard Skills I, II
  • Harmony and Form I, II, III, IV
  • Musicianship I, II, III, IV
  • Music History I, II
  • Ethnomusicology

English Language Requirements

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General 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.

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    604 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 604 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    570 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 570 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    401 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 401 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cleveland

  • 980 - 1620 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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