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Upcoming Events

  • Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival

    May 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

    Presented by Guitars International in cooperation with CIM

    Visit www.guitarsint.com for a complete list of events, times and ticket pricing.

  • Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival

    May 31, 2015, 12:00 pm

    Presented by Guitars International in cooperation with CIM

    Visit www.guitarsint.com for a complete list of events, times and ticket pricing.

  • Lunch and Listen Recital

    July 7, 2015, 12:30 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Tuesdays in July, bring your brown bag lunch to enjoy on CIM’s terrace or in the lounge before performances by CIM's talented alumni. Complimentary beverages will be served.

During their time at CIM, virtually all Conservatory students study with members of the Music Theory faculty. To provide instruction for every degree program, departmental offerings encompass a wide range from basic musicianship to specialized seminars. CIM Music Theory faculty members constitute a diverse and distinguished collective of expertise to bring to all CIM (and CWRU) students.

Current Students

Theory students: download the Harmonic Dictation Theory CDs here.

All undergraduate students take core courses (see Conservatory Catalog, curricular grids for each major and course descriptions) that emphasize the development of basic musical skills in written harmony, keyboard harmony, ear training, and solf├Ęge.

Harmonic dictation examples are provided for each of the four undergraduate levels (MUTH 105, 106, 205, 206). Upper division studies include Form and Analysis and 18th-Century Counterpoint, in addition to elective courses. All MM students take Analytical Techniques and Terminology as well as theory electives. Those studying for the DMA take Analysis of Musical Styles, Schenkerian Analysis, and Seminar in Music Theory along with electives.


Prospective CIM Students

Auditioning students take placement tests in music theory at the time of their audition. The tests are used to determine the appropriate starting point in the course sequence for each student.

You can see an example of the aural skills placement test (PDF) for incoming students.

To see more about each degree program, click the links below.

For BM degree applicants (first year):

For undergraduate transfer students:

For MM degree applicants:

For DMA degree applicants:


Meet the CIM Specialized Studies Faculty.