Advanced students entering grades 8-12 can audition for CIM's Pre-College program, a comprehensive course of study that prepares them for acceptance into CIM's Young Artist Program, college music school or conservatory. Pre-College students take weekly hour-long private lessons; attend weekly classes in piano, music theory and Eurhythmics; and participate in an ensemble. They also receive complimentary tickets to almost every Cleveland Orchestra performance at Severance Hall, reserved seats for CIM Orchestra concerts at Severance Hall, full privileges at CIM's Robinson Music Library, seminars on relevant topics and access to all conservatory master classes and performances. Students preparing for college will receive individual guidance from experienced admissions staff.

Open House February 15

Join us at CIM main campus from 9am-5:30pm to learn more about the Pre-College program, observe classes, connect with current students and faculty, and more! RSVP for the open house today.

Program at a Glance

  • Students receive weekly private lessons 
  • Harmony-ear training is offered
  • Students enjoy classes in piano, music theory and Eurhythmics
  • Students have access to educational seminars and conservatory master classes and performances 
  • Ensemble music and training is provided by top faculty
  • Classes primarily take place on Saturday mornings and/or afternoons depending on student availability
  • Housing and transportation is not provided by CIM

Application & Audition

Pre-College applications for fall 2019 are now closed. Applications for entry in fall 2020 will open in January 2020. For a complete list of all required materials, please see our Pre-College Application Checklist. To inquire about the program and learn more about the audition process, please email

Please note: International students are required to obtain an I-20 from their academic institution and have sufficient English fluency in reading, writing and aural comprehension. Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to submit test results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination; a minimum score of 79 is needed to participate in this program.