Historical Performance Practice, M.A. | Case Western Reserve University | Cleveland Heights, United States
24 months
50838 USD/year
50838 USD/year
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The Historical Performance Practice program of the Case Western Reserve University combines advanced study in performance, music history, and performance practices. Students should expect to spend two years in full-time study in Cleveland.


Degree Overview

All programs are formulated to suit the needs of the individual student (based in part on a diagnostic examination taken upon entering the program) and require the consent of the Head of HPP. A minimum of 21 hours of course work is required, together with 12 hours of applied music, proficiency in one relevant foreign language, and a lecture-recital (3 hours).

Ensemble Participation and Outside Engagements

All students in the Historical Performance Practice program of the Case Western Reserve University will participate in two or more of the university early music ensembles during each semester in which they are on campus. Students are encouraged to take outside engagements that will contribute to their professional development, but any engagements that might have a significant impact on class attendance, TA/RA duties, or ensemble participation must be cleared by the HPP committee; to request an absence for an outside engagement, students should submit an HPP Absence Request form (available on the department website) to the Head of HPP as soon as possible, and at the latest by the end of the previous semester.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Music
  • Historical Performance Practice
  • Medieval/Renaissance Notation 
  • Pre-common Practice Theory and Analysis, 
  • Seminar in Historical Performance Practice
  • Historical Performance Practice Studio Class

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the program is granted to those who demonstrate a high level of early music performance skill and good scholarly potential.
  • 2 Writing Samples (paper, chapter, article, thesis)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose/Objectives
  • CV or Resume
  • Transcripts
  • GRE Test Scores for the General Exam (Music GRE not required)
  • TOEFL (only needed if English is not the native language and the applicant has not completed a degree at a US institution)
  • Audition videos; live interview (by faculty invitation) requires Zoom

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    50838 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25419 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    50838 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25419 USD per semester during 24 months.


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