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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.
  • Programs
    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.

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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

Preparatory Division Orchestras Concert Entertains

Thank you to all performers and parents who participated in the May 2 concert of the Beginning Orchestra, Preparatory Orchestra, and Youth String Camerata! You can still order recordings of the concert.

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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