Since our founding in 1920, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) has offered inspired teaching by creative faculty. In addition to the University Circle Main Campus, the Preparatory and Continuing Education Division has four branches, located in communities throughout northeast Ohio. A quality music education is closer than you think!
CIM strives to be an outlet for creative musical endeavors, and our doors are open to amateur and professional musicians alike. We believe that the skills learned during the course of music study, whatever the age, enhance the quality of life and nurture the human spirit.
As one of only eight independent music conservatories remaining in the US, the Cleveland Institute of Music provides a wealth of musical experiences. Inspiration can be drawn from over 500 orchestral and chamber concerts, staged operas, and faculty recitals of the highest caliber, most of which are free of charge. All CIM students have access to the abundant educational resources located in the beautiful Robinson Music Library.
Lessons and programs for students of all ages and skill levels include:
- Eurhythmics: Classes available for ages 3-18. Eurhythmics provides an introduction to the basic elements of music through movement and sound.
- Private vocal and instrumental instruction: Private lessons offer the opportunity to work one-on-one with a member of CIM's renowned faculty. Lesson days and times vary by branch.
- Suzuki Studies: Developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, this method teaches music similar to the way language is learned in early childhood through listening, imitation, repetition and encouragement.
- Musicianship: Music theory / ear-training lessons and classes taken in conjunction with private lesson instruction, enriches and enhances skills needed for a complete musical education.
- Ensembles: Chamber Music, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and String Orchestras provide participation opportunities for young musicians throughout Northeast Ohio whether or not they study privately at CIM.
Junior Young Artist Program: A program providing instruction in the fundamental components of a thorough music education for serious music students (grades 7-10).
Young Artists Program: A rigorous course of music study combined with an equally demanding academic program that provides a solid foundation for highly gifted music students (grades 11-12).
Certificate Program: A program geared towards the serious music student seeking to strengthen their musical foundations. The program's core curriculum is made up of components' designed to enrich and develop a well-rounded musician.
Application & Enrollment
We are now accepting applications from ages 3 through adult, for lessons in piano, voice, percussion, string and wind instruments, theory and composition. Other offerings include Eurhythmics and Theory classes, Chamber Music, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and String Orchestras.
Submitting an application does not guarantee placement, as classes and lessons are limited to availability.
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Division News & Highlights
Speakers and Honorees for Preparatory Commencement Announced
The Preparatory Division is pleased to announce the distinguished speakers and performers for the Preparatory Commencement to be held on May 17.
Keynote Speaker: Amy Nathan
AMY NATHAN is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for young people and adults. A graduate of Harvard with master's degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Columbia's Teachers College, her most recent book is The Music Parents' Survival Guide: A Parent-to-Parent Conversation (Oxford University Press), which offers advice from "veteran" music parents, educators, and professional musicians, including several with Cleveland connections, among them:
two Cleveland Orchestra musicians, Isabel Trautwein and Shachar Israel; Sandra Shapiro, Dean of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory and Continuing Education Divisions; and CIM Young Artist Program alumna, Alissa Weilerstein—and her parents, too. This book is a follow-up to Amy Nathan’s earlier volume for young people, The Young Musician's Survival Guide. Among her other books are Meet the Musicians (on the New York Philharmonic), Meet the Dancers, Round and Round Together, Yankee Doodle Gals, Count On Us, Take a Seat - Make A Stand, and The Kids' Allowance Book. She is the mother of two musical sons: composer Eric Nathan, who will join the faculty at Brown University in the fall; her younger son is a saxophone-playing political science graduate student.
Excellence in Teaching: Kimberly Meiers-Sims
Kimberly Meier-Sims has been a violin faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music, director of the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at CIM (since 2004), and registered Violin Teacher Trainer through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
She conducts a graduate two-year Suzuki teacher training program at CIM which is part of the unique Master duo degree program in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. Ms. Meier-Sims received her Bachelor of Music degree in education and violin performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and her Master of Arts degree in violin performance from Western Illinois University.
Her violin professors include John Kendall, Allen Ohmes and Almita Vamos. She has taken long-term Suzuki teacher training with John Kendall (founder of the Suzuki Method in the United States), Almita Vamos, and Doris Preucil. In the summer of 1986, she studied violin and pedagogy with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan at the Talent Education Research Institute.
Ms. Meier-Sims was a full time violin instructor at the Preucil School of Music (1984-1996) in Iowa City and a faculty member of the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music (1996-2004). Over the past thirty years she has worked with young students and teachers promoting the Suzuki Method of teaching at Suzuki summer institutes and workshops throughout the U.S., and internationally in Cork, Ireland.
Excellence in Teaching: Judson Billings
Judson Billings received his B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Montana, and completed his M.M. in Piano Performance from CIM. He served as head of the CIM Secondary Piano Department from 2004-2012, and has been on the Preparatory Piano Faculty at CIM since 1978.
Mr Billings taught at the CIM Summer Sonata Piano Camp from 2008-2014, received the William Kurzban Award in Piano, and is a member of the Northeast Ohio Music Teachers Association and Pi Kappa Lambda. In addition to his work at CIM, he served as organist at Avon Lake United Church of Christ from 1986-1997. He has performed in several masterclasses, with Grant Johannesen, Dalton Baldwin, and John Wustman.
Outstanding Senior Award: Megan Lee
Megan Lee is a seventeen year old senior at Hudson High School where she is president of Student Government, the Student Volunteer Program and the Community First Youth Advisory Board as well as a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Senior Executive Committee and Mu Alpha Theta.
As a piano student of Sean Schulze in the Preparatory Department at CIM, scholarship recipient of the Anthony Quinn Foundation Program in the Performing Arts Discipline and Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Masterclass Fellow, Megan has performed in masterclasses with many renowned artists, including Mitsuko Uchida, Spencer Myer, Paul Schenly, Christopher O'Riley, Peter Mack, Ingrid Fliter, and Nelita True. She has soloed with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Conservatory Orchestra, the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Philharmonic and has performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall ten times. In 2013, Megan was the national winner of MTNA Senior Performance National Competition Finals in California and gave solo performances at the 2013 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago. In July 2014, she was a prizewinner in the Lee University International Piano Competition in Tennessee and this past March, Megan performed in her first professionally contracted concert as the Featured Young Artist as a part of Music From the Western Reserve's 32nd Concert Series. She often shares her music with the public in school events, church fundraisers, retirement centers, and local organizations. Once a month for the past 13 years, Megan has performed in piano concerts and provided music therapy for the residents of Laurel Lake Retirement Center in Hudson.