Because CIM recognizes no substitute for performance experience, pianists who study at CIM are presented with a wide array of opportunities including solo recitals, chamber music, and competitions. The concerto competition, held twice each year, provides several talented students the experience of playing with orchestra; at the discretion of the jury, even those not chosen as actual winners may be awarded non-public readings with orchestra.
Performance experiences are further enhanced by the many guest recitals and master classes offered at CIM by internationally acclaimed pianists. Recently our students have heard and performed for Garrick Ohlsson, Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Andre Watts, Jerome Lowenthal, Ann Schein, Leonard Shure, Edward Aldwell, and Gary Graffman.
CIM boasts more than 100 Steinway grand pianos; through the results of annual competition, selected students may receive instruments for use in their apartments. We also are proud that over 80% of our students receive scholarships and other financial assistance to help in their artistic development and performance endeavors. In addition, the liberal arts and music history courses offered through Case Western Reserve University provide a vital dimension to the Conservatory's curriculum. Finally, opportunities abound for collaborating with CIM's extraordinary instrumental and vocal students.
CIM is just minutes away from Severance Hall, home of the extraordinary Cleveland Orchestra, whose riveting performances continue to enthrall and enrich the lives of our students year round. In addition, Cleveland Orchestra rehearsals are open to our students, and free tickets to the concerts often are provided. CIM also hosts the Cleveland International Piano Competition, which generates a great deal of excitement in the piano world by attracting the finest young talent on the international scene. And, as a cultural leader Cleveland offers a plethora of first-rate concerts and arts experiences at CIM, in University Circle, and throughout the greater area.
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Statement of Purpose
Master of Music in Collaborative Piano
The Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano is intended to equip qualified pianists for careers as professional collaborative pianists, providing training in both vocal and instrumental collaboration. Students are expected to develop skills in sight reading, improvisation, transposition and keyboard reduction. Students gain knowledge of standard vocal and instrumental literature through coursework (specifically in Accompanying Seminar) and through performance studies, and demonstrate advanced competencies in either area. Through their studies, students gain knowledge and skills in one of more fields of music outside the major such as music theory, history, musicology or performance. Students gain knowledge of repertory and historical performance practices. The program allows the student to place a greater emphasis on either vocal or instrumental repertoire. Students that emphasize vocal coaching develop language diction competencies; those emphasizing instrumental collaboration develop special competencies in chamber music. As a culminating demonstration of professional capability in collaborative work, all students present 2 full-length public performances.
The program is designed to help develop the collaborative artist, to help impart the knowledge and skills to independently interpret the canon of collaborative piano music allowing students to work with a variety of musical partners. The program seeks to help pianists develop the ability to be a true musical partner with the musicians with whom they work, using their musical and intellectual knowledge and curiosity to effectively coach and develop the musical partnership. Candidates for the program are expected to have the same musical and technical skills at the piano equivalent to those who have completed CIM's undergraduate degree in piano.