School of Music

Graduate Studies - How to Apply

Program Overview

Masters of Music, Master of Art, and Professional Certificate Programs

The graduate degree program in music offers specializations in Composition, Music Education, Performance. As well as two post-graduate programs: Professional Studies in Music Performance Certificate Program, K-12 Multiage License in Music Education – Post Baccalaureate Non-Degree Program.


Graduate Degree Programs
Master of Music in Composition
Master of Music in Performance
Master of Music in Music Education

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 School 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. Our students have the opportunity to study with members of The Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square Theatre Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, a GRAMMY® Award-Winning Pianist, and more.

The Cleveland Contemporary Players, which is devoted to performing contemporary music, is in residence at the Cleveland State School of Music. Composition students are able to have their works performed by the Cleveland Contemporary Players. 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.  The annual Thyagaraja (Aradhana) Festival at Cleveland State is the largest international festival of Indian music held outside of India.

Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.


Cleveland State University
School of Music
Music and Communication Building, Room 334
Phone (216) 687-2033

Dr. Heather A. Russell, Director of the School of Music (
Dr. Victor Liva, Graduate Program Director (