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 or calling 216.791.5000, ext. 3.

New programming will be available for 2019-20. Check back at a later time to discover new class and ensemble offerings.

Tuition Rates

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. Level will be determined by student experience and/or teacher requirement.

Novice Private Lessons:

  • 30-minute lesson: $560
  • 45-minute lesson: $800
  • 60-minute lesson: $1040

Intermediate Private Lessons:

  • 30-minute lesson: $720
  • 45-minute lesson: $1040
  • 60-minute lesson: $1280

Advanced Private Lessons:

  • 45-minute lesson: $1200
  • 60-minute lesson: $1520

Conservatory Faculty Private Lessons:

  • 60-minute lesson: $3200

Group lessons are available for guitar and piano. All prices shown as per 16-week semester.

  • Group Beginning Guitar Class: $650 (all ages)
  • Secondary Piano Class: $650 (for students in grades 8-12 only)

Learn more the private and group lessons offered at CIM.


All prices shown as per 16-week semester.

  • Children’s Choir – Level l & II: $200
  • String Sinfonia: $200
  • Preparatory Orchestra: $300
  • Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies: $300
  • Chamber Music: $450

Learn more about CIM's ensembles.

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.

Level I:

  • Eurhythmics: $400

Level II:

  • Eurhythmics: $650

Learn more about Eurhythmics at CIM.


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: $990
  • 45-minute lesson: $1390
  • 60-minute lesson: $1690
  • 90-minute lesson: $2060

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

Learn more about CIM's Young Artist Program.

Pre-College Program

Price is comprehensive tuition (lessons, classes and ensembles) as per 16-week semester.

  • Program tuition: $3500
  • Need-based financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

Learn more about CIM's Pre-College Program.

Summer Programs

Summer Sonata

  • Non-refundable application fee: $45, to be sent with the application
  • Tuition: $870
  • Housing: $280 total, plus a one-time charge of $25 for linens
  • Meals: $165 (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Learn more about CIM's Summer Sonata program.

Young Composers Program

  • Non-refundable application fee: $45, to be sent with the application
  • Tuition: $870
  • Housing: $240 total, plus a one-time charge of $25 for linens
  • Meals: $140 (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Learn more about CIM's Young Composers Program.

Additional Details

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

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. Payment plans will be available for bills totaling $500 and up. 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.

Important Details:

  • A $50.00 default payment plan fee will be charged to any account where a request for a payment plan has not been made and the bill is not paid in full.
  • 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 Discover, MasterCard, Visa, check, cash or money order. 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

To pay by credit card, you can either present your card at the CIM Business Office during regular work hours or use CIM’s online payment system. CIM does not accept credit 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. A bill and an email reminder will be sent.

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.

Scholarships are available to students under 18 years of age after one year of full-time study at CIM and are determined by departmental exams, teacher recommendation, merit and need. Full-time status is achieved by a 16-week enrollment in private lessons for each semester. The process is outlined in the scholarship application. We do not accept or offer federal grant/loan assistance.