As an independent conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music focuses solely on educating musicians. With an enrollment of about 450 students, you will experience a unique mentorship approach to studio instruction and have access to extraordinary performance opportunities. If you choose to pursue a dual degree outside your major, like music education, you can do that through the Joint Music Program, our partnership with neighboring Case Western Reserve University.
Use the list below to zero in on the programs most important to you, meet CIM's faculty, and learn more about what makes each department live up to the highest standards of excellence.
Including programs in violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, and double bass.
Also offers graduate study in Suzuki Pedagogy.
Including programs in horn, trombone, trumpet, and tuba.
Including programs in bassoon, clarinet, flute, and oboe.
Including programs in timpani & Percussion.
Including programs in Piano, Collaborative Piano, Harpsichord, and Organ.
- Voice / Opera
Including programs in Voice and the Opera Theater.
- Chamber Music
Including programs for string and piano quartets and other chamber music studies.
Including programs in Orchestral Conducting.
Including programs in Composition and Electronic Music Production.
- Music Theory
- Specialized Studies
Including instruction in Audio Recording, Eurhythmics, and Music Literature.
For Private Lessons, Continuing Education, and Youth and Adult Programs, please visit our Youth & Adult Division section.
Bachelor of Music
The Bachelor of Music degree is a professional baccalaureate degree. Students enrolled are expected to develop the knowledge, skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the professional life of the musician. To fulfill various professional responsibilities, a musician must exhibit not only technical competence, but also broad knowledge of music and music literature, the ability to integrate musical knowledge and skills, sensitivity to musical styles, and an insight into the role of music in intellectual and cultural life. The Bachelor of Music program offers an intensive and comprehensive preparation for a professional career in music. An applicant should already have achieved a sufficient academic and musical background that demonstrates potential for successful completion of the intended course of study. All courses revolve around a core of studies in theory, eurhythmics, music history and literature, designed to provide a thorough musical education, with the additional educational breadth afforded by selected general education subjects. Performance and academic requirements are demanding, but ample hours are available for lessons, practice, and performance experience. Normal time to complete the Bachelor of Music degree is 4 years.
Master of Music
This program provides an opportunity for the student who has acquired a solid undergraduate foundation in the major area to work intensively for continued professional growth. The degree develops advanced capacities to work independently and make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in the area of specialization. Students demonstrate professional competence in the area of specialization before peers and faculty, and produce a final project or its equivalent reviewed by faculty. Normal time to complete the Master of Music degree is 2 years.
Doctor of Musical Arts
The degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance or Composition is intended for candidates with outstanding ability as performers or composers who demonstrate deep and detailed knowledge of their major fields, as well as comprehensive understanding of related subjects. The degree is also intended for those planning to work at the most advanced academic and professional levels of musical endeavor. Students admitted to doctoral study are expected to achieve competencies that enable them to function consistent with their specializations as musicians, as scholars, and as teachers who can communicate effectively both orally and in written form. The program is highly flexible, adapted to, and reflective of the needs of individual students. An applicant for admission to the DMA program must possess a Master of Music Degree or its equivalent, with a major in the same principal area in which admission is being sought. Normal time to complete the Doctor of Musical Arts is 3 years.
The Artist Certificate is a special undergraduate credential granted upon demonstration of an extraordinary level of performance skills. It should be noted that the Artist Certificate is not an undergraduate degree but rather a credential awarded in recognition of outstanding musical achievement. This program is not intended for students anticipating the pursuit of graduate degree studies, though it could lead to graduate diploma study at CIM. Normal time to complete the Artist Certificate is 3 years.
The Professional Studies program is a special graduate, non-degree course of study that addresses the needs of individuals preparing for performance careers. Ongoing development of technique and musicianship is accomplished in a non-degree context, with emphasis placed on private lessons, practice, ensemble participation, and preparation for professional auditions. It should be noted that the Professional Studies Diploma is not an academic degree. Normal time to complete the Professional Studies Diploma is 2 years.
The Artist Diploma is a special graduate non-degree certificate granted upon demonstration of an extraordinary level of performance skills in recognition of outstanding musical achievement. This program often functions as a terminal program of study centered on the art of performance. In some cases, it can function as a program that prepares students for further study at the doctoral level; in some cases, it is a program that can follow completion of study in CIM’s Professional Studies Diploma. Normal time to complete the Artist Diploma is 2 years.
CIM's Concertmaster Academy is a specialized and focused one-year program within the Artist Diploma and provides intensive study for students who wish to develop the skills required in the leadership position of concertmaster. The program is designed for students who have excelled in orchestral performance, or who may currently have a position as a section player in a professional or semi-professional orchestra.