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Upcoming Events

  • ChamberFest Cleveland V: Shakespeare

    June 28, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Lauren Eberwein, mezzo soprano
    Diana Cohen, violin
    Alexi Kenney, violin
    Yura Lee, violin
    Dimitri Murrath, viola
    Julie Albers, cello
    Nathan Farrington, bass
    Franklin Cohen, clarinet
    Benjamin Jaber, horn
    Brandon Ridenour, trumpet
    Alexander Cohen, percussion
    Sivan Magen, harp
    Roman Rabinovich, piano
  • Lunch and Listen Recitals

    July 5, 2016, 12:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Classical Revolution Cleveland
       Ariel Clayton Karas, violin (BM ’10, MM ’11)
       Andrea Belding, viola (MM ’07)
       Andris Koh, cello (BM ’11, MM ’13)
  • 12th Annual Roberto Occasion Foundation Jazz Concert

    July 8, 2016, 7:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    Presented by KeyBank
    Latin Jazz & Classic Jazz + a Patriotic Touch to Celebrate Independence Week!

    Bobby Sanabria
    Ocasio Latin Jazz Camp Students and Faculty
    Plus special guests, the Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band
       from Washington, D.C.

During their time at CIM, virtually all Conservatory students study with members of the Music Theory faculty. To provide instruction for every degree program, departmental offerings encompass a wide range from basic musicianship to specialized seminars. CIM Music Theory faculty members constitute a diverse and distinguished collective of expertise to bring to all CIM (and CWRU) students.

Current Students

Theory students: download the Harmonic Dictation Theory CDs here.

All undergraduate students take core courses (see Conservatory Catalog, curricular grids for each major and course descriptions) that emphasize the development of basic musical skills in written harmony, keyboard harmony, ear training, and solfège.

Harmonic dictation examples are provided for each of the four undergraduate levels (MUTH 105, 106, 205, 206). Upper division studies include Form and Analysis and 18th-Century Counterpoint, in addition to elective courses. All MM students take Analytical Techniques and Terminology as well as theory electives. Those studying for the DMA take Analysis of Musical Styles, Schenkerian Analysis, and Seminar in Music Theory along with electives.


Prospective CIM Students

Auditioning students take placement tests in music theory at the time of their audition. The tests are used to determine the appropriate starting point in the course sequence for each student.

You can see an example of the aural skills placement test (PDF) for incoming students.

To see more about each degree program, click the links below.

For BM degree applicants (first year):

For undergraduate transfer students:

For MM degree applicants:

For DMA degree applicants:


Meet the CIM Specialized Studies Faculty.