Sean Schulze coordinates and teaches the undergraduate and graduate Piano Pedagogy and Piano Literature offerings at CIM in addition to teaching applied piano to students in CIM’s Joint Music Program and Academy. Enjoying a multifaceted career as both a pianist and pedagogue, Schulze has garnered a national reputation as a sought-after teacher of pre-college pianists. His students regularly enjoy success in regional and national competitions, and have appeared as concerto soloists with orchestra on more than 25 occasions. In regular demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and masterclass presenter, Schulze appears frequently as a guest of local music teacher’s associations, teaching and lecturing on piano related topics.


  • Early training in South Africa (with Moira Birks and Isabella Stengel)
  • DMA, University of Arizona (with Nicholas Zumbro, a student of the famed Rosina Lhévinne)
  • Further studies with Brazilian pianist Caio Pagano and numerous masterclass appearances with many of the foremost pianist-pedagogues of our time including, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Nelita True, Martin Canin, Malcolm Bilson, Tamas Ungar, Bela Siki and Joseph Banowetz

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music, 2002-present
  • Young Artist World Piano Festival, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Artist-Faculty, 2013-present
  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 2015-present
    • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Masterclasses throughout the US