- We highly recommended that you audition live to experience CIM’s vibrant culture, and the opportunity to play for the faculty.
- Composition, Orchestral Conducting, and all DMA and AD applicants are required to audition live.
It depends on your instrument. Please visit the prescreening page on our website for specific prescreening requirements.
- Once prescreening decisions are released, all areas of study (including those without prescreening) will be able to sign up for a specific audition day through the status page of your application portal. You will be notified via email if you have passed the prescreen.
- The 2018 audition days are:
- February 4, 2018 (Cleveland)
- February 11, 2018 (Cleveland)
- February 18, 2018 (Cleveland)
- February 25, 2018 (Cleveland)
- February 26-27, 2018 (New York City)
Yes. There are two ways to enter in the spring semester.
- Fill out an application for spring and submit all required materials including recommendation letters, transcripts, videos and the non-refundable application fee by October 1.
- You may also defer your entrance if you have enrolled for the fall semester.
No; since admittance to CIM is based on auditions, we require all students to audition at the same time of year.
- Our application is available on September 1.
- The application (including recordings) is due December 1.
- Yes, some knowledge of piano will be very useful if you are admitted to CIM.
- Four semesters of Secondary Piano are required for all students
- You will take a placement exam during orientation to determine your level of piano proficiency.
- No, but we highly recommend it. CIM does not accept AP music theory scores for credit.
- Theory placement is determined by the Music Theory exams taken at your live audition.
- If you are planning to take music theory before coming to CIM, we recommend taking classes that include both aural skills and written theory. Whether the class is AP, dual credit or through a private instructor, it is always helpful to get a head start.
- Yes, many AP courses will count toward your degree if you receive 4 or 5 on the AP test, but our Registrar will evaluate which courses specifically when we receive your final transcripts and scores. CIM does not accept AP music theory scores.
- College credits also need to be evaluated by our Registrar to see if they will transfer.
- The SAT/ACT exams are not required for admission, but we highly recommend that you take one of the two. The scores are evaluated for placement into your CWRU general education classes.
- Audio recording Majors are required to take the SAT or ACT with a minimum math score of 550 or composite score of 21, respectively.
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 (500-750 words):
- Describe your educational and professional goals; indicate specifically the ways in which study at CIM could contribute to their achievement.
- 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 materials, including recommendation letters, test scores, and unofficial transcripts, are due no later than Feb 1.
Yes, all international students need to take the TOEFL/IELTS exam even if they have been studying in the US.
No; if you are from a country whose native language is English, you are not required to take the TOEFL/IELTS.
You may need to take the TOEFL/IELTS exam, but that will be determined at your live audition when you interview with our English Language specialist.
Yes, we do consider improved scores.
Yes, but you have to audition for both separately and be accepted to both departments.
Yes, you can minor in another instrument with the permission of your principal instructor.
Yes CIM offers double majors in Audio Recording, Composition, Eurhythmics and Music Theory.
There are no Teaching Assistant positions at CIM; all of our courses are taught by CIM faculty.
Students can work for the Admissions Office, Distance learning, Concerts and Events, the Library, Recording Arts and Services and more. There is a job fair held at CIM during the first week of school where you can research all on-campus work opportunities.
Scholarships are merit based, but need informed -- which means scholarships will mainly be based on your audition, with some consideration for your financial need. Please visit our financial aid page for more detailed information about financial aid.
- Yes, all freshmen and sophomores live in the on-campus dorm, Cutter Hall.
- The dorm rooms about 100 students and includes a first floor lounge.
- Students who live in the dorm can practice in their rooms during designated hours.
- Upperclassmen and graduate students live in the Cleveland community.
- CIM students usually go to Leutner Commons, a two-minute walk from Cutter Dorm. CIM students on the meal plan eat can meet Case and Cleveland Institute of Art students while eating at one of the two dining halls on Case’s campus.
- Yes, many of our students are employed with nearby orchestras such as Akron, Erie, Toledo and Youngstown.
- Many of our CIM students perform locally at weddings, parties and other events in the community.
Partnership with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)
No, you will apply to CIM only and our registrar will take care of the rest. Make sure you select the ‘Dual Degree’ option on your application and note your intended second major.
No, to attend only CWRU you would need to apply separately.
Through our partnership, the faculty in the Joint Music Program teaches music students at CWRU.
5 years maximum, but it can be completed in 4 years depending on your choice of major.
Yes, as a CIM student you will have access to take classes from CWRU’s entire course catalog.
Yes! All CIM students may participate in CWRU’s clubs and organizations.
No, but there is a fee to enroll in the program (approximately $5,000)
CIM by the Numbers
For new students in 2018-19, tuition will be $40,000.
Approximately 60% undergraduate to 40% graduate
About 25% of our students are international, 65% are from other US states, and 10% are from Ohio.