About the Fellowship

CIM's Musical Pathway Fellowship (MPF) provides exceptional artistic training for Black and Latinx students who are interested in studying classical music through the Academy at CIMFellows receive a full scholarship covering all areas of study.

Designed for students entering grades 5-12, MPF provides ongoing, multi-year support to students and families, including comprehensive music instruction delivered by CIM faculty. This immersive experience centers around performance while supporting students ​holistically through community engagement, mentorship and networking, academic support, college counseling and audition preparation. Upon graduation, Fellows will be equipped to successfully audition for conservatory or university music school. 

Students younger than grade 5 may be considered for an apprenticeship program. Connect with us to learn more. 

MPF is made possible by the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation and KeyBank Foundation. 


MPF students participate in the Academy, a comprehensive course of study that includes:

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Comprehensive core musicianship classes in piano skills, ear training, eurhythmics and theory training. 
  • Access to educational seminars, workshops and conservatory master classes and performances
  • Large and small ensemble training
  • College application and audition guidance
  • Performance opportunities in recitals and showcases
  • Regular feedback through faculty progress reports, advisements and performance juries
  • Summer festival and continued study support
  • Focus topic elective courses
  • A graduation certificate signed by CIM President and CEO Paul Hogle