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  • Musical Luncheon Series: CIM Alumni Giving Back

    May 25, 2016, 11:15 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Many CIM alumni stay in Cleveland after graduation. They’re performers and musical entrepreneurs building their own music ensembles, series and festivals and bringing the joy of music to the community in new and creative ways.  Join us as they share their talent and experiences.  Our host is pianist, Shuai Wang.

  • Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival

    June 3, 2016, 12:00 am
    Cleveland Institute of Music

    Guitars International in cooperation with the Cleveland Institute of Music presents the 16th annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival at the Institute. Join us in welcoming this spring’s roster of internationally acclaimed artists in a concentrated series of recitals, premieres, master classes, lectures and exhibits celebrating the classical guitar and art music: solo and ensemble, old and new.
  • Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival

    June 3, 2016, 7:30 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Jason Vieaux, guitar

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Prospective Suzuki Student Orientation

For those parents interested in learning more about what the CIM Sato Suzuki Center can offer, you are invited to join us for an Informational Orientation Session this Summer.

We will provide demonstrations from current suzuki students and answer any questions you may have regarding lessons and observations; additionally, this is your chance to learn how Suzuki philosophy differs from traditional study.

The upcoming session dates are:

Thursday, August 20, 6:30-7:30pm, Main Campus, Room 113

We ask that the parent who will be attending the weekly lesson with the student be present at the orientation. Please also note: this session is for parents only.

Attendance at orientation does NOT guarantee placement. At present, we have available openings for our lower voiced instruments; therefore, focus will be placed on cello, viola and double bass.

If you are new to the Preparatory Division please complete the online application which can be found here. For more information, or to reserve a space in one of the scheduled sessions please email Anna Gibas, Registrar of Preparatory and Continuing Education, at

The Suzuki Method

At the heart of Suzuki Studies at CIM is the strong conviction that "every child has unlimited potential."

This method, developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in the 1940s, was inspired by the observation of the way language is learned in early childhood through the communication skill shared between parent and child. Suzuki based his approach on the belief that "Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited." Dr. Suzuki's goal was not simply to develop professional musicians, but to nurture loving human beings and to help develop each child's character through the study of music.

Because this program begins at such an early age, the role of the parent as "home teacher" is integral to the child's progress. Suzuki seeks to develop the whole child, to expand his/her ability to learn, appreciate, and discover the joy of music. Once the fundamental playing skills have been established, creative music theory is added to teach the basics in reading music.

Click here to read about Suzuki Studies at CIM.

Learn more about Shinichi Suzuki and the Suzuki Method.

Sato Center Instructors

Kimberly Meier-Sims, Director, Sato Center - Violin, SAA Registered Teacher Trainer
Laura Shuster, Coordinator of Special Projects/Placement

Violin: Kimberly Meier-Sims, Liesl Hook-Langmack, Erin Reidhead, Mari Sato, Stephen Sims
Viola: Laura Shuster
Cello: Andris Koh, Pamela Devenport
Double Bass: Tracy Rowell
Piano: Tanya Groys
Music Theory: Jennifer Conner (Chair), Morganne Aaberg, Gabriele Fuldauer, Alissa Shuster Roosta


To apply, please use our Enrollment page or contact CIM at 216.791.5000.