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Cleveland State University Department of Music

The following information constitutes a brief summary of the music program and the audition requirements and is provided by the DEN as a courtesy. Be sure to contact the school directly for further details and for all application guidelines. 

Strategically located in the heart of one of America’s most vibrant cultural centers, the Department of Music at Cleveland State University utilizes the city’s rich musical resources to provide students with a complete spectrum of educational opportunities. The University draws from the GRAMMY-winning faculty, internationally renowned Cleveland Orchestra and other noted professional organizations, giving students the opportunity to study with some of the finest musicians and pedagogues in the world.

The Department of Music provides a comprehensive education in music at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and presents concerts, recitals, seminars, master classes and workshops for the campus community and the region.

The Keyboard Area offers opportunities for specialized training in the Taubman Approach and technique/wellness workshops. In addition to a broad range in makes of well-maintained pianos, students may have access to the harpsichord, fortepiano, pipe organs, as well as AvantGrand piano. Disklaviers are also available in practice rooms.

Whether your interests are in performance, composition, music education or music therapy, Cleveland State University can provide those opportunities and experiences to help you reach your goals.

Piano Faculty
A listing of piano faculty can be found here.

Undergraduate Piano Audition Requirements
Repertoire for keyboard auditions should include at least three contrasting works from different periods (baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary). For performance majors, it is expected that the works be played by memory. For others, at least one must be memorized.

Graduate Piano Audition Requirements
An audition is required prior to admission for all students intending to earn the Master of Music in performance. In the audition, which should be fifteen minutes or longer, the student must demonstrate performance proficiency with stylistic breadth through at least three contrasting works from different periods (baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary). All works to be performed by memory.

Sight-reading may be included.

Schedule a Disklavier Audition or an In-Person Audition
Please contact Kate Bill, Student Recruiter/Enrollment Administrator
(216) 687-5039 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Information

  • Address: 2121 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
  • Phone: (216) 687-5039
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Url: http://www.csuohio.edu/music