Does your child love music? Are they ready to grow with a great teacher? 

Through the Academy, they will thrive in a community where fellow students cheer each other on and teachers inspire and challenge them to succeed.

From private lessons to classes, ensembles and performance opportunities, the Academy is a community of passionate students uncovering who they want to be as musicians and individuals. 

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2022. Please click "Apply Now" to apply for entry into the Academy in January 2023!

How to Apply

Applications for Spring 2023 are now open!

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit one reference who is not a relative that can attest to your music making, such as a music teacher or ensemble director.
  • Audition in-person at CIM. Recorded auditions are accepted as an alternative when the student is unable to audition in-person.

Your Audition

After your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive additional information to sign up for an audition in Cleveland, at CIM, as well as instruction for recorded auditions, if applicable.

Guidelines for your audition:

  • We are looking for Academy candidates with potential, passion and drive. We encourage all students to audition with any two pieces or excerpts of their choosing: one that the student loves and enjoys playing, and another that showcases their ability level. 
  • Composition applicants should submit at least one complete score with an accompanying audio recording of the piece, and one additional piece of the student's choice on any instrument or voice. Works that are in progress will be accepted.

Have more questions? Connect with the Preparatory team!