An audition-only program, CIM's Junior Young Artist Program (JYAP) is focused on educating serious, gifted young musicians (ages 12 and older).

The JYAP curriculum provides instruction in the fundamental components of a thorough music education with our Young Artist Program faculty, who are also CIM conservatory faculty. As with the Young Artist Program, opportunities to attend master classes, concerts and recitals help students increase their knowledge of music and grow as young artists.

Program Details

  • Private lessons in the principal performance area with Conservatory faculty
  • Harmony-ear training
  • Eurhythmics
  • Performance seminar
  • Musical analysis seminar
  • Chamber music
  • INSTRUCTORS: All private instruction teachers are members of our Conservatory faculty.
  • COYO/CYO: Students playing an orchestral instrument may audition for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and/or the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
  • ACADEMIC & MUSICAL STUDIES: CIM maintains several cooperative alliances that enable all students in our Young Artist Programs to pursue their academic studies at a partner school in the morning and their music courses at CIM in the afternoon.
  • EARLY DISMISSAL: If you are currently enrolled in a Cleveland area school, please check with your current school to see if early dismissal is allowed. YAP students must be at CIM by 1:30 every afternoon. If your school allows for early dismissal you do not have to enroll in one of the cooperative schools.
  • TOEFL: 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 required to attend.
  • I-20 FORMS: International students must obtain an I-20 from the student's academic institution and must have sufficient English fluency in reading, writing, and aural comprehension to receive maximum benefit.
  • HOUSING/TRANSPORTATION: CIM cannot provide housing or transportation for students.
  • MINORS: CIM requires that minor students be accompanied by a parent or guardian unless boarding at Montessori High School.


Students should fill out the online application. All applicants are required to submit a prescreening recording with their application (prescreening and audition requirements are the same as for the Young Artist Program), in addition to their unofficial transcript(s) from their current (and any former) school. The application is due by December 1.

Students will be notified if they have been cleared to audition by January 7. Audition dates are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

International students must submit a TOEFL score of at least 79 (iBT) in order to be assigned an audition date. CIM does not offer ESL study to Young Artist students. International students must also submit notarized English translations of transcripts not in English.

If your school will not provide you with an unofficial transcript, you may have an official copy sent to:
    Admissions Office
    Cleveland Institute of Music
    11021 East Boulevard
    Cleveland, Ohio 44106

    About the Audition
    • The live audition and theory testing will take place at the Cleveland Institute of Music In February. Not all dates are available for all instruments; please check the audition schedule before selecting your intended audition dates. Students will be notified if they have been approved for an audition date once the application is complete and the appropriate faculty members have reviewed the prescreening recording.
    • It is suggested that parents accompany students for this onsite visit.
    Tuition, Fees, and Payment

    Junior Young Artist Program Fees

    • CIM Tuition (Per semester): $4,680
    • Registration Fee: $50
    • Accompanying Fee (Per semester): $220


    Tuition and fees must be paid in full before classes begin. Payments may be made by cash, check or money order.

    International students must obtain an I-20 from the student's academic institution: CIM is not able to provide I-20 status for Junior YAP students. Students are expected to have sufficient English fluency (reading, writing and aural comprehension) to receive maximum benefit from the Junior Young Artist Program.

    The Cleveland Institute of Music does not provide housing or transportation for students in the Junior Young Artist Program. CIM requires that minor students are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Transportation arrangements need to be made by the parent or guardian.

    Audition Requirements


    • Major and minor scales and arpeggios
    • An etude of virtuosity
    • A Prelude & Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, or another work by Bach containing a fugue, or another suite or partita (This includes a suite or partita with fugal writing. No transcriptions, please.)
    • A movement of a Sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49.)
    • A Romantic piece by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, or Liszt.


    • Be able to read treble and bass clefs, and a background in piano is needed
    • All compositions must be performed from memory
    • Audition to include works from the standard song repertory chosen from the Italian Anthology, the Reliquary of English Songs or works by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Barber, Rorem, Dello Joio or other representative composers. Songs may be sung in any language; one song must be in English. At least three songs should be prepared.


    • Major and minor scales in three octaves with various bowings
    • Two studies by Kreutzer, Rodé, or Fiorillo, or more difficult studies at the discretion of the applicant
    • Any one movement from Bach's unaccompanied Sonatas or Partitas
    • A slow and fast movement (or two contrasting movements) from a concerto by a composer such as Mozart, Kabalevsky, Bruch, Wieniawski or Mendelssohn


    • Major and minor scales in three octaves
    • An etude of Kreutzer or Rodé
    • Two contrasting movements from a concerto by Telemann or Stamitz, or a work of comparable difficulty


    • Major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves
    • An etude on the level of Duport Etudes Book I, or Popper High School of Cello Playing
    • Two contrasting movements from a Bach suite for unaccompanied violoncello or two contrasting movements from a concerto by a composer such as Saint-Saëns, Boccherini, or Lalo

    Double Bass

    • Major and minor scales
    • An etude or exercise showing the applicant's degree of technical advancement
    • A solo piece comparable in difficulty to the Sonatas for String Bass and Piano by Marcello to show applicant's musical and technical ability


    • Two studies from Bochsa's Forty Easy Studies, Op. 318
    • Two contrasting solos comparable in difficulty to Automne by Marcel Grandjany


    • Major and minor scales
    • Two contrasting studies showing the applicant's degree of technical advancement
    • Two contrasting pieces: one from the Baroque or Classic literature, and the other from the Impressionistic or Contemporary literature


    • Major and minor scales
    • Two contrasting studies from Ferling Forty-eight Studies, or one of the Fifteen Grand Studies from the Barret Method
    • Solo piece by Handel or equivalent


    • Major, minor and chromatic scales
    • An etude comparable in difficulty to those by C. Rose
    • One movement or section from a piece comparable in difficulty to the Concerto for Clarinet in A Major, K. 622 by Mozart, or Concerto for Clarinet in F Minor, Opus 73 by Weber


    • All major and minor scales
    • Two etudes from Weissenborn studies (advanced section) or Gambro Studies, or Milde (Scales and Chords)
    • A work of the applicant's choice


    A prescreening video is required. Two video recordings (uploaded separately) demonstrating technical and musical accomplishment on an instrument or voice. These recordings should present two (and only two) contrasting selections of the applicant's choice. Accompaniment is not required, except in voice.

    Requirements are the same as for a live audition.

    To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. After preliminary score review, selected applicants are invited to Cleveland for an interview and for completion of required admission examinations. To qualify for admission, this live audition is necessary.
    Applicants must forward 2-3 original compositions (hard copy scores only) to the following address. Also include a CD with any recordings of these compositions, if available.

       Cleveland Institute of Music
       Admission Office
       11021 East Boulevard
       Cleveland, OH 44106 USA

    Scores become the property of CIM and are not returned.

    Additional supporting materials must be uploaded at the time of application to include the following:

    • A chronological list of completed compositions (including date of composition, instrumentation, duration, and any performances)
    • A short resume showing musical activities and training

    Guitar (Classical)

    • Three pieces of contrasting style - the repertoire chosen must include a slow selection as well as one that demonstrates the applicant's upper level technical ability.
    • Major and minor scales, arpeggios, slur studies, and sightreading may be requested (not required on video recording).


    • Major and minor scales and arpeggios (not required on recorded auditions)
    • Etude by Kopprasch or the equivalent
    • Solo or concerto selected by the student
    • Selected contrasting orchestral excerpts


    • A work of Bach
    • A contrasting work by a 19th, 20th or 21st century composer.

    Timpani & Percussion

    • Snare Drum: Demonstrate advanced skills by performing rolls, rudiments and/or other technical aspects of snare drumming in two contrasting etudes from advanced sources; e.g., Delecluse, Peters, Goldenberg, Wilcoxin, or Pratt. The performance of orchestral excerpts is optional for undergraduate applicants.
    • Keyboard Percussion: Show evidence of advanced technical and musical skills by performing at least two contrasting movements from one or more concerti or solo works; e.g. Stout: Mexican Dances; Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; Creston: Concertino for Marimba; or works by Abe, Burritt, Smadbeck, etc. The performance of orchestral excerpts is optional for undergraduate applicants. Applicants may be asked to demonstrate advanced technical skills by performing scales, arpeggios, and/or other technical exercises.
    • Timpani: Demonstrate skills in performance of rolls and single strokes. Perform at least one etude or solo for three or four timpani, showing musicianship and aptitude. Show knowledge of intervals, pitch recognition and tuning ability. Perform at least one standard Classical timpani part (Beethoven or Mozart).
    • Sightreading may be requested in any segment of the audition.

    All students study both percussion and timpani. Study during the third and fourth years is customarily in the major field of concentration, as determined by the department in consultation with the student. However, with the agreement of the department, in consultation with the student, a student may continue to study both percussion and timpani during the third and fourth years of the undergraduate program.

    Trombone and Bass Trombone

    • All major and minor scales and arpeggios (not required on recorded auditions)
    • 2 contrasting technical studies, lyrical and technical, from Blazhevich or Bordogni
    • Demonstrate knowledge of tenor and alto clefs
    • Solo selected by the student
    • Contrasting orchestral excerpts such as: Mozart, Requiem; Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel; Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis; Wagner, Lohengrin; Mahler, Symphony #3
    • Sightreading (not required on recorded auditions)


    • Two etudes of contrasting style from Charlier, Brandt, Characteristic Study from Arban, or the equivalent
    • Concerto or solo piece selected by the student
    • Orchestral passages from standard repertoire optional


    • Major and minor scales and arpeggios (not required on recorded auditions)
    • Two contrasting etudes
    • Solo selected by the student
    • Orchestral excerpts
    • Sightreading (not required on recorded auditions)

    Cooperative Schools

    CIM has entered into cooperative agreements with area schools so that academic class schedules can be structured to facilitate academic classes in the morning and CIM classes in the afternoon. It is up to the student to make arrangements with an area school (see list below). Those students not from the greater Cleveland area must live with a parent or guardian or be enrolled in a boarding school; CIM does not provide transportation for afternoon classes or performances. International students will receive their I-20 through the
    high school, not CIM.

    • Montessori High School at University Circle (coed, private) (Academic and Boarding)
      10923 Magnolia Drive, Suite C
      Cleveland, OH, 44106
      Phone: (216)421-3033
      Admissions - Bonnie Hair


    • Shaker Heights Schools (coed, public)
      15911 Aldersyde Road
      Shaker Hts., OH 44120
      Phone: 216-295-4200
      Guidance Counselor - Geri Kleinman