Applicants who pass the prescreening, or whose major does not require a prescreen, will be invited to upload their performance videos of the audition repertoire by February 1. As part of the audition process for 2021, students will have the opportunity to present their recorded auditions in a live, online meeting with the faculty for their area of study. See more information about auditions, here.
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.
To find local and regional auditions, visit our Audition page.
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.
- Yes, some knowledge of piano will be very useful if you are admitted to CIM.
- 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 online before the 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.
The essay must be 500-750 words. Please choose one of the following essay topics that best exemplifies who you are as a future member of the CIM community.
- Describe how an important musical experience has led you to consider CIM for further study and how it will influence your study at CIM.
- Describe an important lesson learned from a challenge in your musical life. How does it continue to influence you today?
- Describe how CIM will contribute to your educational and professional goals.
- If you couldn't pursue music, what career would you work toward and why?
For spring entry, all materials, the application and the application fee are due October 1.
For fall entry, the application, application fee, essay, resume, recordings and IELTS/TOEFL scores (international applicants) are due December 1. Recommendation letters, AP/IB and ACT/SAT scores, and unofficial transcripts are due January 15, 2020.
TOEFL/IELTS waivers are not guaranteed; however, applicants with three or more consecutive years in an English speaking institution are eligible to apply. TOEFL/IELTS waivers are not accepted or reviewed for doctor of musical arts applicants.
Waivers are reviewed on a case-by-case basis after a complete application for admission is submitted. It is advised to turn in the waiver request and application prior to the December 1 deadline. Materials must be uploaded to the completed application and received before the December 1 deadline.
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.
There are no Teaching Assistant positions at CIM; all of our courses are taught by CIM faculty.
Students can work for Admissions, Concerts and Events, the Robinson Music Library, Recording Arts and Services, and more. There is a job fair held at CIM during the first week of school where you can learn more about opportunities. All open work study jobs will be posted on CIM's career page.
In summer 2020, a new, state-of-the-art student housing complex is scheduled to open, which will include 22 acoustically isolated practice rooms. Learn more about our new student housing complex.
CIM's upperclassmen and graduate students live in the Cleveland community. Learn about off-campus housing options.
- CIM students usually go to Leutner Commons, a two-minute walk from CIM. CIM students on the meal plan 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 we 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.
5 years maximum, but it can be completed in 4 years depending on your choice of major.
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
Currently, our tuition is frozen at $40,000.
In the fall of 2019, we will have 375 students, and in the fall of 2020, our student population will sit at 350 students.
Approximately 55% undergraduate to 45% graduate.
About 30% of our students are international, 65% are from other U.S. states, and 5% are from Ohio.