What You'll Learn

Academy students will be immersed in music through a combination of private lessons, studio classes, ensembles, musicianship and elective courses—all designed to support regular performances throughout the semester. The curriculum is designed to meet student's needs and expand their skills. CIM's faculty help students understand and master the fundamentals, develop their technique and discover their own musical voice.

Discover what you'll learn and gain as an Academy student in the Foundations, Intermediate or Advanced levels. After applying and auditioning for the Academy, students are placed in a level that best matches their skill level.

Foundations

As a Foundations student, you will develop your technique and begin comprehensive musicianship training. The Foundations level offers a variety of opportunities for students to explore music and hone their craft, including:

  • Applied lessons
  • Studio classes
  • Large ensemble experience
  • Musicianship training focused on sight singing, harmony, rhythm and piano skills
Intermediate

As an Intermediate student, you will hone your technical skills, explore advanced technique and expand your comprehensive musicianship training. In the Intermediate level, students will discover the areas that most interest them and participate in:

  • Applied lessons
  • studio classes
  • Small and large ensemble training
  • Musicianship classes
  • Performance opportunities
  • Focused topic electives
Advanced

As an Advanced student, you will establish advanced technical skills and a comprehensive musicianship to support a successful audition into the Young Artist Program or college music study. Advanced students benefit from:

  • Applied lessons
  • Studio classes
  • Small and large ensemble training
  • Musicianship classes
  • Performance opportunities
  • College and career advising
  • Audition support
  • Focused topic electives