Private Instruction

Since its opening in 1920, the Cleveland Institute of Music has been providing excellent teaching, developing individual potential, and instilling lifelong appreciation and support of the musical arts. The Preparatory and Continuing Studies Division is CIM's link to the community in Cleveland and its suburbs.

Preparatory students and their families value and appreciate the fact that they can take part in a musical institution of international standing. CIM provides an outlet for creativity and produces well-rounded individuals by insuring excellent instruction for both young students and adults. The needs of both the amateur and the aspiring musician are addressed through individual instruction.

Our Branches

Private instruction is offered at five Cleveland area locations; however, some instruments are not offered at every branch. Eurhythmics, Suzuki Studies, harp, harpsichord, percussion and all ensembles are offered only at CIM in University Circle.

  • University Circle Main: 11021 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106

  • Shaker Branch East: First Unitarian Church, 21600 Shaker Boulevard

  • Shaker Branch West: Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, 2860 Coventry Road

  • Chagrin Falls Branch: 516 East Washington Street

  • Crocker Park Branch: 28915 Clemens Road, Suite 111 (Westlake)

Instruction Offered

We provide instruction for brass, classical guitar, harp, musicianship, piano, string, woodwind, and voice. For more on each instrument, click on the links below.

Piano Department >

String Department >

Orchestral Instruments >

Voice Department >

Restrictions & Regulations

To be prepared for Private Instruction, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Stringed Instruments: 6 years or older
  • Piano: 6 years or older - Must have accoustic piano / no electronic keyboards
  • Woodwinds: 10 years or older
  • Brass: 10 years or older
  • Harp: 2 years of piano study - Must have access to harp (owned or rented)
  • Classical Guitar: 6 years or older
  • Voice: 15 years or older

Please click here for information on registration, orientation, tuition & fees, and financial assistance.

Preparatory and Continuing Education

Sandra Shapiro

Dean, Preparatory and Continuing Education

p. 216.791.5000 ext. 252


Mary Ann Grof-Neiman

Program Administrator

p. 216.791.5000 ext. 371


Anna Gibas


p. 216.791.5000 ext. 253


Van Parker

Preparatory Assistant

p. 216.791.5000 ext. 590

Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. Building hours may differ; check concert listings for performance times.

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