Welcome to CIM’s application checklist. The CIM Admissions Office looks forward to meeting you in person or online, and receiving your application. The Admissions team is readily available to guide you through the application process and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to email the team at admission@cim.edu.

Requirements for All Applicants:

Apply Online

Apply to CIM

The deadline to submit the application is December 1.  

If you are interested in Spring entry, the deadline is October 1.  

Application Fee

A $110 nonrefundable application fee is submitted online with the application. 

  • The application fee increases to $160 at 12am on December 2. 

  • Eligible First-time Freshman and Undergraduate Transfer applicants may request an application fee waiver with applications submitted before 12am on December 2. 

Prescreen Video

Repertoire for pre-screening and audition may differ. Applicants in the following areas must upload prescreening videos to the application: 

  • Cello, clarinet, composition, double bass, guitar, oboe, orchestral conducting, organ, piano, trumpet, viola, violin, voice 

  • All doctor of musical arts applicants must submit pre-screening videos as well. If your area does not have pre-screening material, please submit approximately 30 minutes of audition repertoire 

Resume & Essay


All applicants must upload a performance resume within the application. 

  • Performance resumes include education, activities, organizations, competitions, masterclasses, and any relevant experience that would strengthen your candidacy for admittance to CIM


The essay is 500-750 words. Please choose one of the following essay topics that best exemplifies who you are as a musician and as a future member of the CIM community: 

  • Describe your educational and professional goals; How will studying at CIM help you reach these goals? 

  • Describe an important musical experience that has greatly influenced you; how will it affect your training at CIM? 

  • Recall a time when you experienced a challenge in your musical life; how did it affect you and what did you learn from the experience? 


All unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the application. If you mail your transcripts, the Admissions Office must receive the documents by January 5. Each transcript must provide a listing, year-by-year, of all courses taken and the grades or marks received for each. Records must also provide the grading scale for each institution. 

Undergraduate Applicants 

  • Transcript(s) from any high schools attended 

  • Transcript(s) from any college where you have taken dual credit courses 

  • Homeschool transcripts, if applicable 

Transfer Applicants 

  • Transcript(s) from any high schools attended 

  • Transcript(s) from any colleges attended 

Graduate Applicants 

  • Current college or university 

  • Any previously attended college or university 

International Applicants 

  • Please submit transcripts that are either notarized and translated by your school or translated by a NACES certified organization. Translated transcripts must include degree-earned (if graduated), GPA, dates of attendance/graduation and a grading scale. 
Letters of Recommendation

Your application must include two letters of recommendation from persons unrelated to you who are qualified to attest to your musical ability. In the application, you will provide the names and email addresses of the persons who have agreed to provide recommendations. Recommendation letters must be submitted by your references by January 5. 


Applicants auditioning for the bachelor of music, artist certificate, master of music or doctor of musical arts programs will take an online theory examination. 

In addition to the online theory exam, DMA applicants must take DMA diagnostic exams in theory and history. These exams will occur on February 4 and 11. 

Live Audition

Live auditions will be held in Cleveland, New York and Interlochen. Audition dates vary by area of study and some areas of study require auditions in Cleveland. Audition sign-ups are available in December once prescreening decisions are released. Regional auditions (New York and Interlochen) are recorded by a representative from the Admissions Office for faculty viewing. 

Additional Requirements for the Following Applicants:

Undergraduate Applicants

Undergraduate applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT scores for placement in general education classes at Case Western Reserve University. Only home-schooled applicants are required to submit ACT or SAT scores. 

  • ACT: School Code – 3250 

  • SAT: School Code – 1124 

Dual-Degree Applicants

Undergraduate applicants interested in the dual degree program with Case Western Reserve University should only apply to CIM. To strengthen your application for the dual degree program, check out the application requirements for Case Western Reserve University, specifically the SAT/ACT scores. 

Doctor of Musical Arts Applicants

DMA applicants must submit the following with the application: 

  • Prescreening videos, regardless of area of study 

  • DMA writing sample: a music history or music theory paper that represents your best academic writing 

International Applicants

Applicants from countries where English is not an official language must submit TOEFL or IELTS English language scores with the application on December 1. 

To be considered for prescreening or an audition, applicants must have the following minimum score: 

  • Bachelor of music and master of music: 61 (iBT-TOEFL) or 6 (IELTS) 

  • Artist certificate, artist diploma and professional studies diploma: 61 (iBT-TOEFL) or 6 (IELTS) 

  • Doctor of musical arts: 100 (iBT) or 7.5 (IELTS) 

Please see the International Applicant page for more information.