Youth Music Theory

Music theory explores the underlying structure of music – more than just reading notes on the page, students learn to analyze the composer’s work, leading to enhanced musicianship. Students will learn aural skills, improvisation, keyboard work and composition as part of the coursework. 

Theory classes and private lessons are available for ages 8+ at the University Circle, Shaker Heights and Westlake locations. Music theory classes are highly recommended for students considering music school or a conservatory after graduating from high school.

Details & Enrollment

Registration is now open for fall 2020! To apply for Music Theory at CIM, please fill out our application.

Every student will complete an assessment at the beginning of their first semester. They will then be placed in the appropriate class.

If you have any questions about the application, assessment or class offerings, please reach out to