Tuition for lessons, classes and ensembles varies by age and experience level. Please consult the current price list below or contact the Preparatory & Continuing Education division by emailing preparatory@cim.edu or calling 216.791.5000, ext. 3.

Tuition Rates for 2020-21

Private & Group Lessons

Private lessons are available for all string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, as well as piano, voice, classical guitar, harp, composition and music theory. Beginning guitarists may sign up for group lessons. All prices shown as per 16-week semester. Pricing will be determined by student experience and/or teacher.

  • 30-minute lessons: $592 to $912
  • 45-minute lessons: $832 to $1248
  • 60-minute lessons: $1072 to $1584
  • Conservatory faculty (60-minute only): $2000 to $2560

Group piano lessons are available for students who play other instruments or sing. All prices shown as per 16-week semester.

  • Secondary Piano Class: $650 (for students in grades 8-12 only)

Learn more about private and group lessons offered at CIM.

Discount Available: Students enrolled in Lessons Plus (Lesson + Class, Lesson + Ensemble, etc.) save 10% on the semester tuition. Please note: Discount applies only to the same student enrollment. Lesson + Lesson does not qualify for the discount.

Need-based financial aid may be available for those who qualify. Please email preparatory@cim.edu or call 216.791.5000, ext. 3, for more information.

Ensembles

All prices shown as per 16-week semester.

  • Children’s Choir – Level l & II: $210
  • Children's Choir – Level III: $315
  • Advanced Chamber Choir: $315
  • String Sinfonia: $210
  • Preparatory Orchestra: $315
  • Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies: $315
  • Chamber Music: $475
  • Percussion Ensemble: $315

Learn more about CIM's ensembles.

Discount Available: Students enrolled in Lessons Plus (Lesson + Class, Lesson + Ensemble, etc.) save 10% on the semester tuition. Please note: Discount applies only to the same student enrollment. Lesson + Lesson does not qualify for the discount.

Eurhythmics Classes

All prices shown as per 16-week semester. Level may be determined by student experience or teacher requirement. Class size is limited to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to learn and participate.

  • Children's Eurhythmics: $250
  • Youth Eurhythmics I: $650
  • Youth Eurhythmics II: $650

Learn more about Eurhythmics classes at CIM.

Discount Available: Students enrolled in Lessons Plus (Lesson + Class, Lesson + Ensemble, etc.) save 10% on the semester tuition. Please note: Discount applies only to the same student enrollment. Lesson + Lesson does not qualify for the discount.

Need-based financial aid may be available for those who qualify. Please email preparatory@cim.edu or call 216.791.5000, ext. 3, for more information.

Suzuki

All prices shown are comprehensive tuition (private lessons, group classes, music theory, parent class and performance opportunities) as per 16-week semester.

  • 30-minute lesson: $1040
  • 45-minute lesson: $1450
  • 60-minute lesson: $1730
  • 90-minute lesson: $2150

*No Lessons Plus discount

Learn more about CIM's Sato Center for Suzuki Studies.

Young Artist Program
  • Tuition: $7875 per semester
  • Comprehensive fee: $495 per semester
  • Accompanying fee: $250 per semester
  • No Lessons Plus discount

Learn more about CIM's Young Artist Program.

Pre-College Program
  • Application Fee: $50 (after July 1 price increases to $75)
  • Tuition (includes all lessons, classes and ensembles for ONE 16-week semester): $3650
  • Enrollment Deposit: $250
  • Accompanying Fee: $95

Withdrawals with partial refunds are accepted up to 6 weeks into the program. Application fees and enrollment deposits are non-refundable.

Need-based financial aid is available to all who wish to apply. Once the online application is submitted, if you have elected to apply for need-based aid, the supplemental Financial Aid application will populate on the Status Page of your account. Please note, if applying for need-based aid, financial documents such as tax returns will be required to verify your income. 

*Tuition-based programs such as Pre-College do not qualify for the Lessons Plus discount. 

Learn more about the Pre-College program.

Summer Programs

Music Theory Bootcamp

  • Tuition: $299, due upon registration
  • Fee for late registrations: $50
  • No Lessons Plus discount

Learn more about CIM's Music Theory Bootcamp.

Virtual Summer Sonata

  • Tuition: $600, plus $50 Technology Fee 
    • Enrollment deposit: $300 upon acceptance (credited to tuition)
  • No Lessons Plus discount

Learn more about CIM's Summer Sonata program.

Virtual Young Composers Program

  • Tuition: $600, plus $50 Technology Fee
    • Enrollment deposit: $300 upon acceptance (credited to tuition)
  • No Lessons Plus discount

Learn more about CIM's Young Composers Program.

Discounts & Financial Aid

Lessons Plus

Students taking private or group lessons can save 10% when they add a class or ensemble!

CIM Prep is focused on developing complete young musicians, comfortable with their own instruments as well as concepts of rhythm, music theory and ensemble performance. By utilizing Lessons Plus, students gain musical understanding and experience that serves them as adults, no matter where life takes them. 

Although we believe participation in Eurhythmics, music theory and ensembles is beneficial for all students, consult with your child’s teacher for personalized recommendations.

Students enrolled in Lessons Plus (Lesson + Class, Lesson + Ensemble, etc.) save 10% on the semester tuition. Discount applies only to the same student enrollment. Lesson + Lesson does not qualify for the discount.

*Discount not available for Pre-College and Suzuki programs as those are already discounted.

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid may be available for those who qualify. Please email preparatory@cim.edu or call 216.791.5000, ext. 3, for more information.

Musical Pathway Fellowship

The Musical Pathway Fellowship (MPF)—sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation and KeyBank Foundation—is designed for Black and Latinx students entering grades 5-12 who are interested in CIM's Pre-College program and pursuing their studies and craft. Fellows receive a full scholarship covering all areas of study.

Payments & Fees

Learn more about CIM's 4-month payment plan and online payment system, and required registration fees.

Payment Plan & Online System

Payment Plan

Cleveland Institute of Music offers students the option to meet their financial responsibility through a 4-month interest-free payment plan. To participate, you must fill out the payment plan enrollment form, which offers detailed information on billing dates, processes and important guidelines.  There is a non-refundable $30.00 set-up fee per student per semester for the plan, which is due with the second payment of each semester. More information regarding this plan can be obtained through contacting the business office at 216.791.5000, ext. 223 or businessoffice@cim.edu.

Important Details:

  • Any semester in which an account becomes overdue may result in subsequent semesters requiring all charges to be paid in full before the semester begins.
  • Students may only attend lessons, rehearsals or coachings if they are current with their payments. Past due accounts will be sent to collections.  
  • Payments directed to CIM may be made by check or money order (preferred),  cash, or Discover, MasterCard or Visa. There is a charge of $35.00 for all returned checks.
  • If one account in a family has a past due balance, all related accounts will be suspended until the account is made current or paid in full. The teacher(s) will be notified to suspend lessons until the account is cleared.

Online Payment System

Credit or debit card payments are accepted online at preparatory.cim.edu; Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Please note, effective on October 1, 2020, credit and debit cards will be charged a 2.65% convenience fee. CIM does not accept credit and debit card payments via phone or US Mail. The online payment system will not retain credit card information; therefore you must initiate your payment each month. An email reminder will be sent and/or you can visit preparatory.cim.edu to view your balance and current statement.

Tuition Payments
  • A student enrolled in lessons through the Preparatory Division shall pay all tuition prior to beginning lessons or an ensemble.
  • Those students who have not paid will not be permitted to receive instruction.
Registration Fees
  • Each student will be assessed an annual non-refundable registration fee of $60.00 for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters).
  • A registration fee of $15.00 will be assessed for summer instruction.
  • Those families with four or more members studying at Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Division will only be charged the first three registration fees.