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.

New programming will be available for 2019-20. Check back at a later time to discover new class and ensemble offerings, or reach out to the Preparatory team.

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. Pricing will be determined by student experience and/or teacher.

  • 30-minute lessons: $560 to $720
  • 45-minute lessons: $800 to $1200
  • 60-minute lessons: $1040 to $1520

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 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: $200
  • Children's Choir – Level III: $300
  • Advanced Chamber Choir: $300
  • String Sinfonia: $200
  • Preparatory Orchestra: $300
  • Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies: $300
  • Chamber Music: $450
  • Percussion Ensemble: $300

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 & Music Theory 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
  • Music Theory: $400

Level II:

  • Eurhythmics: $650
  • Music Theory: $650

Learn more about Eurhythmics and Music Theory 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: $990
  • 45-minute lesson: $1390
  • 60-minute lesson: $1690
  • 90-minute lesson: $2060

*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

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.
  • No Lessons Plus Discount

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)
  • No Lessons Plus discount

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)
  • 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.

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. 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.