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  • Faculty Recital: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 26, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Boulez the Modernist II

    Shuai Wang, piano
    Madeline Lucas Tolliver, flute
    Benjamin Chen, clarinet, guest artist
    Yun-Ting Lee, violin, guest artist
    Eric Wong, viola
    Daniel Pereira
    , cello
    Thomas Sherwood, percussion, guest artist

  • New Music Symposium

    October 29, 2016, 1:30 pm
    Studio 113

    Guest composer Augusta Read Thomas discusses her music and approach to composition

  • Pre-Concert Discussion: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 30, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Pre-concert Panel Discussion: Reflections on Boulez

    Augusta Read Thomas, University of Chicago; Susan McClary, Case Western Reserve University; and Joshua Smith, principal flute, The Cleveland Orchestra; moderated by Keith Fitch.

Registration Announcement

We are currently experiencing high volume and demand for registration. It is possible that placement and registration in private lessons may be delayed. Please know that we will get you placed and registered as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and for choosing CIM for your musical education. Feel free to email us if you have questions.

- The Preparatory and Continuing Education Team

CIM Children's Choir

We are very excited to launch the Cleveland Institute of Music Children's Choir.

The choir will be comprised of enthusiastic musicians in grades 3-7 who are eager to improve their musicianship and ensemble singing. Jennifer Call, a veteran conductor and educator, will develop vocal technique, music literacy, pitch and rhythmic acumen and the artistry of choral music.

Mrs. Call has taught music for twelve years in Ohio public schools, currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Oberlin Choristers and sits on the board of the Ohio Choral Directors Association. She is a frequent clinician and guest lecturer regionally and nationally. She is a passionate teacher who uses the ensemble to foster self-expression, artistry and confidence through a social setting that will support your child's passion for music.

Choir will meet on Saturdays, from 10am to 11am. Join us for this exciting inaugural season by contacting the Preparatory office to register.

Watch Mrs. Call's latest performance

Offerings  |  Application  |  Division News


Since our founding in 1920, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) has offered inspired teaching by creative faculty. In addition to the University Circle Main Campus, the Preparatory and Continuing Education Division has four branches, located in communities throughout northeast Ohio. A quality music education is closer than you think!

CIM strives to be an outlet for creative musical endeavors, and our doors are open to amateur and professional musicians alike. We believe that the skills learned during the course of music study, whatever the age, enhance the quality of life and nurture the human spirit.

As one of only eight independent music conservatories remaining in the US, the Cleveland Institute of Music provides a wealth of musical experiences. Inspiration can be drawn from over 500 orchestral and chamber concerts, staged operas, and faculty recitals of the highest caliber, most of which are free of charge. All CIM students have access to the abundant educational resources located in the beautiful Robinson Music Library.


Lessons and programs for students of all ages and skill levels include:

  • Eurhythmics: Classes available for ages 3-18. Eurhythmics provides an introduction to the basic elements of music through movement and sound.
  • Private vocal and instrumental instruction: Private lessons offer the opportunity to work one-on-one with a member of CIM's renowned faculty. Lesson days and times vary by branch.
  • Suzuki Studies: Developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, this method teaches music similar to the way language is learned in early childhood through listening, imitation, repetition and encouragement.
  • Musicianship: Music theory / ear-training lessons and classes taken in conjunction with private lesson instruction, enriches and enhances skills needed for a complete musical education.
  • Ensembles: Chamber Music, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and String Orchestras provide participation opportunities for young musicians throughout Northeast Ohio whether or not they study privately at CIM.
  • Programs
    Junior Young Artist Program: A program providing instruction in the fundamental components of a thorough music education for serious music students (grades 7-10).
    Young Artists Program: A rigorous course of music study combined with an equally demanding academic program that provides a solid foundation for highly gifted music students (grades 11-12).
    Certificate Program: A program geared towards the serious music student seeking to strengthen their musical foundations. The program's core curriculum is made up of components' designed to enrich and develop a well-rounded musician.

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Application & Enrollment

We are now accepting applications from ages 3 through adult, for lessons in piano, voice, percussion, string and wind instruments, theory and composition. Other offerings include Eurhythmics and Theory classes, Chamber Music, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and String Orchestras.

Submitting an application does not guarantee placement, as classes and lessons are limited to availability.
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Division News & Highlights

Preparatory Division Welcomes Director Marci Alegant

Marci Alegant was appointed in August 2015 as the Director of Preparatory and Continuing Education at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Previously the Director of Fine Arts at I CAN schools in Cleveland, Ohio, she was also at Oberlin College for 14 years, where she served many roles, including associate dean for student academic affairs, executive director of the Music in America program, director of conservatory professional development, director of conservatory development and assistant director of major gifts.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Marci is a choral conductor and singer, and taught at the university, primary and secondary school levels in Rochester, New York, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Marci Alegant earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Voice from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, as well as a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from McGill University in Montreal, and a Master of Arts in Music Teacher Education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

She continued her commitment to public school education in Oberlin, serving as an elected member of the Oberlin city school board from 2004-2012 and was proud to be a part of the renaissance of the Oberlin schools, the first pre-K to high school International Baccalaureate public school district in Ohio.

Marci is also proud to have taught for two summers at the Jazz Academy at the Solebury School in New Hope, PA, honoring her lifelong commitment to bring arts education to the kids who need it most.