An essential part of the cello department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Dr. Melissa Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. Having developed and trained some of the outstanding young musicians of today, she has demonstrated a unique ability to teach all ages and stages of dedicated students, helping them reach their highest potential both at and away from the cello. Also an active performer, Kraut has led a diverse career on stage, with solo and chamber performances throughout the United States and Europe.

At CIM, Kraut teaches cello for the conservatory and preparatory divisions. She also teaches students in the Young Artist Program (YAP)


  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • University of Iowa
  • Northwestern University
  • Studied with principal cello professors Alan Harris and Hans-Jorgen Jensen
  • Summer study/masterclasses with cellists such as Aldo Parisot, Frank Miller, Yo-Yo Ma, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and David Soyer

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Sitka Cello Seminar in Sitka, Alaska
  • Meadowmount School of Music 
  • Interlochen Arts Camp 
  • Lev Aronson Legacy Week 
  • Heifetz International Music Institute