Sean Schulze coordinates and teaches the undergraduate and graduate Piano Pedagogy offerings at CIM in addition to teaching Piano Literature in the conservatory. In addition he serves as Chair of CIM’s nationally recognized Preparatory Piano Department where he continues to garner a national reputation as a sought after teacher of pre-college age pianists.  His students have won numerous prizes at the state and national level and in 2015 he was invited to sit on the jury of the Cleveland International Piano Competition's Young Artist Competition. A prizewinner of several competitions, he has appeared as concerto soloist, solo recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., South Africa, Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil. In addition to his duties at CIM, Schulze is also on the artist faculty of the Young Artist World Piano Festival and currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.


  • 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
    • Director Summer Sonata at CIM, 2008-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