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Upcoming Events

  • CIM@CMA | Music in the Galleries

    May 6, 2015, 6:00 pm
    Cleveland Museum of Art

    Students from CIM and the CWRU early music program present a wide range of repertoire in this series of early evening performances. 

    Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Case Western Reserve University Music Department.

    Cleveland Museum of Art | 11150 East Blvd, University Circle

  • Preparatory: Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony Concert

    May 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
    Brecksville/Broadview Heights High School Performing Arts Center, 6380 Mill Rd., Broadview Heights

    Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II – Concert Winds
    Daniel Crain, conductor

  • Preparatory Honors Recital

    May 9, 2015, 7:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    The Preparatory and Continuing Education division is pleased to present some of its finest students in a gala recital.

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.