The Academy at CIM offers primary and secondary students, as well as advanced elementary students, a holistic classical music education in a creative and collaborative environment. Your child's unique talents, perspectives and love for music will be nurtured and supported by exceptional instruction within an encouraging community. No matter what path your student takes after high school, their participation in a rigorous and comprehensive program will set the stage for future success in any field.

program highlights

  • Foundations, Intermediate and Advanced levels available.
  • Comprehensive curriculum includes private lessons, ensemble training, performance opportunities, musicianship classes, and more.
  • Students benefit from instruction and mentorship from CIM’s Preparatory and Public Programs faculty and guest artists.
  • College and conservatory application and audition advising available.
  • Advanced students receive college and conservatory advising.
  • Black and Latinx students are eligible for the Musical Pathway Fellowship to attend the Academy on a full scholarship.  
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What You'll Learn


"Good work can happen with a single lesson, but students make greater progress when they have access to a program like the Academy that includes lessons, ensembles and classes." - Sean Schulze, chair of Preparatory piano

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Apply to the Academy

Based in Cleveland and welcoming students from throughout the Great Lakes region, the Academy is a comprehensive program for primary and secondary students who are ready to advance their skills, further their love of music and connect with like-minded peers.

Every music student who loves studying music and is eager to work hard at their instrument can thrive in the Academy.

Let's Get Started

To apply for the Academy, new students will need submit the online application and audition. Now accepting applications for Spring 2023!


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