Information on this page is specific for CIM's Preparatory and Continuing Education division. It will be updated frequently as more details become available. Consult the Safety Measures page for specifics about steps in our physical spaces.

Calendar

I’ve heard that the Conservatory is starting early – will the Preparatory calendar be the same?

No, CIM Preparatory and Continuing Education will begin its fall semester on August 24 and continue until December 18.

Will the semester still be 16 weeks?

Yes, the calendar runs from August 24 to December 18, which allows for 16 weeks of instruction, accounting for holidays (including Labor Day and Thanksgiving).

When is the first day of class?

Your first day of class is determined by your private teacher and/or ensemble director. 

Where can I find a rehearsal schedule?

Rehearsal schedules will vary by ensemble. You can view individual program details on this page or contact the director/conductor of your program or ensemble for further details.

When will the spring semester start?

The regular academic calendar has our spring semester starting in mid-January, but CIM is considering adjusting that start date. We will announce our plans for the spring semester in September.

Branch Locations

*Updated: Will lessons be available at the branches?

Update July 29: Faculty and students who opt for in-person piano or string instrument lessons may choose to have their lessons at any of our branch locations (Shaker, Chagrin Falls or Westlake) upon mutual agreement. All private lessons for voice, wind and brass instruments will be conducted virtually for the fall semester.  

What screening is necessary to enter the branches?

At this time, everyone is asked to do a self-assessment of their general health and recent travel before entering the building. A face covering (mask, bandana, etc.) that covers the nose and mouth must be worn at all times in shared spaces (specific exceptions will be made for wind players.) 

We are currently evaluating the possibility of temperature screenings at our branch locations; at a minimum, you should check your/your child’s temperature before entering the building. Anyone with a temperature of 100°F/38°C cannot attend the lesson; there will be no late cancelation penalty for this reason. This screening is subject to change at any time, but it is best to plan for these steps to be in place for some time.

Building Access and Protocols 

What screening is necessary to enter the building?

At this time, everyone is asked to do a self-assessment of their general health and recent travel before entering the building. Everyone who enters the building must complete CIM's certification form. In addition, temperature screenings are required upon entry of CIM's main building, and anyone with a fever of 100°F/38°C must immediately leave. A face covering (mask, bandana, etc.) that covers the nose and mouth must be worn at all times in shared spaces (specific exceptions will be made for wind players.) This screening is subject to change at any time, but it is best to plan for these steps to be in place for some time. 

Can I wait for my child in the building?

Preparatory students will be limited to one guest while they are in the building. For most students, this will be a parent, guardian or other responsible adult. This is necessary to ensure compliance with new building occupancy policies, and helps make CIM a safer place for everyone. Anyone accompanying and waiting for a student is required to wear a face covering (mask) at all times and will be subject to the same screening procedures as students.

How will guests be managed?

CIM has not fully determined the extent to which guests and other visitors will be permitted access to the building and will continue to monitor CDC and local guidance as it relates to higher education and live performance environments.

Lessons

*Updated: Can we take lessons in person?

Update July 29: Yes, for certain instruments. Most piano, percussion and strings faculty members will be offering in-person lessons. (Some may only offer virtual lessons; if you prefer in-person study and wish to consider changing teachers, please contact Nina Takacs at nina.takacs@cim.edu to discuss options). All private lessons for voice, wind, and brass instruments will be conducted virtually at least through fall semester; we continue to monitor the scientific research on aerosols and musicians, and hope to resume more in-person activities for spring semester 

Clear shields will be placed in studios to help keep everyone safe. String and percussion players will be required to wear masks during their lessons. While we intend to offer in-person instruction for lessons in certain instruments, we are closely monitoring guidance from federal, state and local authorities. If conditions in Cuyahoga County change, or the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health or US Centers for Disease Control changes and it is determined that one-on-one interactions are not safe to continue, all lessons will become virtual. (The virtual plan has already been developed and can be easily implemented by our faculty). 

*Updated: Can we take lessons virtually?

Update July 29: Yes! Please discuss your preference of either in-person or virtual lessons with your teacher so that you can schedule lessons accordingly. All private lessons for voice, wind and brass instruments will be conducted virtually at least through fall semester; we continue to monitor the scientific research on aerosols and musicians, and hope to resume more in-person activities for spring semester. We are closely monitoring guidance from federal, state and local authorities. If conditions in Cuyahoga County change, or the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health or US Centers for Disease Control changes and it is determined that one-on-one interactions are not safe to continue, all lessons will become virtual. (The virtual plan has already been developed and can be easily implemented by our faculty). 

Will I be able to take my in-person lesson at my usual location?

Lessons will still take place at main campus as well as the branches in Shaker Heights, Westlake and Chagrin Falls. Due to the time needed for enhanced cleaning procedures in shared spaces, your lesson day or time may be different than you are used to; as always, please work with your teacher to find a mutually agreeable lesson time. 

Chamber Music

Can I be part of a chamber ensemble? Will we receive in-person coaching?

Groups will be formed by the program directors, based on the audition videos submitted. While we intend to offer in-person instruction for all programs, we are closely monitoring guidance from federal, state and local authorities; if conditions in Cuyahoga County change, or the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health or US Centers for Disease Control changes, the program will become virtual. (The virtual plan has already been developed and can be easily implemented.)

Is it safe for my group and coach to work in studio?

All studios and larger rehearsal spaces have been measured and evaluated for configurations that allow for proper physical distancing. CIM will monitor the evolving guidance regarding appropriate distance, etc., for ensembles and adapt the studio configurations as needed. For non-wind instruments, facial coverings will be required.

Where and when will my group rehearse?

The location and time of each chamber music coaching is still being determined as CIM works through a variety of building scheduling challenges. As soon as we know more, we’ll be in touch via email with clear information.

Will we be able to give concerts?

We intend to have performances as conditions permit. More information about the planned concert schedule will be shared with chamber music participants as soon as it becomes available.

Who do I contact if I still have questions or concerns?

Please reach out to Manager of Pre-College and Pathway Programs Johnnia Stigall at johnnia.stigall@cim.edu, who is providing administrative support to the chamber music program.

Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies (CYWS)

*Updated: Will we be able to rehearse in person?

Update July 29: Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony will be conducted virtually at least through fall semester; we continue to monitor the scientific research on aerosols and musicians, and hope to resume more in-person activities for spring semester. 

*Updated: Wind and brass players can’t wear masks - how will this work?

Update July 29: All wind and brass instruction, including CYWS ensembles, will take place virtually at least through fall semester; we continue to monitor the scientific research on aerosols and musicians, and hope to resume more in-person activities for spring semester.

*Updated: What will rehearsals look like?

Update July 29: Our virtual plan for CYWS preserves the high level of instruction and musicianship, and will include virtual rehearsals, sectionals, masterclasses and at-home recording projects. Once we can resume in-person instruction, the CYWS directors intend to have weekly in-person rehearsals for most CYWS members, which will be supplemented with high-quality distance learning, master classes with CIM faculty and virtual performance experiences. Weekly rehearsals will consist of small groups of students properly distanced with alternating rehearsal schedules to allow proper social distancing and minimal traffic flow in and out of rehearsal spaces. Small groups may consist of instrument families (woodwind/brass/percussion), mixed chamber ensembles and sectionals.

*Updated: Where and when will CYWS rehearse?

Update July 29: Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony will be conducted virtually for Fall Semester 2020.

*Updated: Will we be able to give concerts?

Update July 29: We intend to have virtual performances as conditions permit. More information about the planned concert schedule will be shared with CYWS members as soon as it becomes available. 

Who do I contact if I still have questions or concerns?

Please reach out to the Prep office at preparatory@cim.edu, or CYWS Conductor Daniel Crain at daniel.crain@cim.edu.

Eurhythmics

Will eurhythmics meet in person?

All sections of eurhythmics will be taught in person, but students who prefer to attend virtually will be able to access the class online in real-time. Students attending in person must follow all instructions regarding social distancing. While we intend to offer in-person instruction for all programs, we are closely monitoring guidance from federal, state and local authorities; if conditions in Cuyahoga County change, or the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health or US Centers for Disease Control changes, the program will become virtual. (The virtual plan has already been developed and can be easily implemented.)

Can my child wear shoes?

Shoes will not be allowed, but we will allow socks to be worn for eurhythmics classes. Bare feet are preferred, but each student’s decision based on their comfort level will be respected. We strongly recommend investing in a pair of “grip socks” (socks with gripping dots or patterns on the soles), as the wood floor is very slippery. Young children should be reminded not to run/slide in class, unless at the direction of the instructor.

Who do I contact if I still have questions?

Please reach out to the Prep office at preparatory@cim.edu, or eurhythmics faculty Graham Rosen at graham.rosen@cim.edu.

Pre-College and Musical Pathway Fellowship (MPF)

Will the Pre-College/MPF curriculum take place in person?

Classes (music theory, seminars) will be offered in dual modes of delivery – meaning some elements will be available in person and online. Each course will be adapted to the space available, the best delivery for the content and for maximum flexibility, prioritizing the safety of all students and faculty. Students and instructors who identify as high-risk will be accommodated with exclusively virtual coursework. For details about private lessons, eurhythmics, chamber music, or ensemble activities, please refer to the information on this page. While we intend to offer in-person instruction for all programs, we are closely monitoring guidance from federal, state and local authorities; if conditions in Cuyahoga County change, or the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health or US Centers for Disease Control changes, the program will become virtual. (The virtual plan has already been developed and can be easily implemented.) 

What does the schedule look like?

Pre-College and MPF activities will begin the week of August 24. A schedule for 2020-21 will be shared by early August.

Who do I contact if I still have questions or concerns?

Please reach out to Manager of Pre-College and Pathway Programs Johnnia Stigall at johnnia.stigall@cim.edu.

Preparatory Orchestra and String Sinfonia

*Updated: Will we be able to rehearse in person?

Update July 29: Preparatory Orchestra and String Sinfonia will be conducted virtually at least through fall semester.

*Updated: How can we rehearse safely?

Update July 29: Preparatory Orchestra and String Sinfonia will be conducted virtually for Fall Semester 2020.

*Updated: Where and when will my orchestra rehearse?

Update July 29: Preparatory Orchestra and String Sinfonia will be conducted virtually for Fall Semester 2020.

*Updated: Will we be able to give concerts?

Update July 29: We intend to have virtual performances as conditions permit. More information about the planned concert schedule will be shared with orchestra members as soon as it becomes available. 

Who do I contact if I still have questions or concerns?

Please reach out to the Prep office at preparatory@cim.edu, or Conductor Donna Jelen at donna.jelen@cim.edu.

Suzuki Program

Can we take lessons in person?

Yes. Lessons will be offered both in person and virtually. For in-person lessons, clear shields will be placed in studios to help keep everyone safe. String and piano students will be required to wear masks at all times. While we intend to offer in-person instruction for all programs, we are closely monitoring guidance from federal, state and local authorities; if conditions in Cuyahoga County change, or the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health or US Centers for Disease Control changes, the program will become virtual. (The virtual plan has already been developed and can be easily implemented).

Can we take all lessons virtually?

Yes. Lessons will be offered both in person and virtually. Please indicate your preference when you register, so that we have the correct technology available for your teacher.

Will there be an option for online group classes and theory classes?

We are planning for dual delivery of Suzuki classes; this means there will be a mix of online and in-person activities. Those who prefer to take these classes exclusively virtually would have that option. Class schedules will be organized and emailed to you in early August. 

I usually attend my child’s classes; will I still be able to do that?

Yes, but for the safety of the entire CIM community, only one parent or guardian will be allowed to accompany their child. Parents will have an option of observing all classes virtually. Classroom space is reserved for students only due to the size of the classroom and social distancing requirements. Parents must always wear facial coverings (masks) on campus. 

Who do I contact if I still have questions or concerns?

Please reach out to the Prep office at preparatory@cim.edu, or Sato Center for Suzuki Studies Director Kimberly Meier-Sims at kimberly.meier-sims@cim.edu.

Youth Choirs

Children’s Choir and Advanced Chamber Choir

Will Children’s Choir be able to rehearse in person?

There will be Children’s Choir this year, and it will begin online for the fall. There are two reasons for this: CIM does not have spaces large enough to accommodate voice ensembles of this size, and younger children don’t project with the same volume, and we do not wish to compromise their vocal health. The director is finalizing the virtual plan, and it will be shared with choir members by end of July.

Will Advanced Chamber Choir be able to rehearse in person?

We are planning a return to in-person rehearsals beginning August 24, with appropriate physical distancing and safety protocols in place. Singers will be spaced 12 feet apart (twice the usual distance) and limit the number of students who can participate, so we can maintain this distance.

While we intend to offer in-person instruction for all programs, we are closely monitoring guidance from federal, state and local authorities; if conditions in Cuyahoga County change, or the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health or US Centers for Disease Control changes, the program will become virtual. (The virtual plan has already been developed and can be easily implemented.)

 

 

 

Where and when will my choir rehearse?
  • Children’s Choir will work virtually.
  • The location and time of Advanced Chamber Choir rehearsals are still being determined as CIM works through a variety of building scheduling challenges.
  • As soon as we know more, we’ll be in touch via email with clear information.
Will we be able to give concerts?

We intend to have performances as conditions permit. More information about the planned concert schedule will be shared with choir members as soon as it becomes available. 

Who do I contact if I still have questions or concerns?

Please reach out to the Prep office at preparatory@cim.edu or or Children’s Choir Conductor Jennifer Call at jennifer.call@cim.edu.

Testing and Contact Tracing

What measures are in place?

In CIM’s main building, strict protocols related to internal space reservations and external visitor identification ensure contact tracing can be performed quickly. When allowed, visitors will be subjected to screening and tracking at the points of entry to the building.

*UPDATE: What is your response plan when someone tests positive?

Updated and reorganized on August 4: CIM will follow all mandates and guidance from federal and local agencies with regard to reporting, disinfecting, contact tracing and quarantining. 

  • Any confirmed positive COVID-19 diagnosis on campus will be immediately reported to the Cuyahoga County Health Department as required by law.
  • Contact tracing will be conducted for close contacts (any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) of laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients.
  • Depending on the circumstances, spaces that were occupied by the positively diagnosed person may be temporarily closed for disinfection; in some cases, this may require the closure of the entire main building. 
  • Students with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis will have their access card turned off until CIM is advised that their quarantine or isolation is over.

Concerts and Attendance 

What will concerts be like?

We are monitoring the guidance from federal and local agencies regarding the safety of visitors and patrons both on university campuses and in live performance venues. At this time, we cannot say for certain when the public will be completely invited back to our concert halls but we are eagerly awaiting that day! All performances that occur in Kulas and Mixon Halls will continue to be livestreamed and available to the parents, students and faculty involved.

*Updated: Can my family attend my performances? What protocols are in place?

Update October 5: Yes! Preparatory students can invite one accompanying guest (most often a parent or guardian) to their performances. To align with the State of Ohio occupancy allowance, we are capping attendance in our performance spaces at the following levels:

  • Mixon Hall - 35 audience members
  • Kulas Hall - 50 audience members

Performing students will be required to sit in the audience when they are not playing so as not to crowd the backstage area.

Social distancing and mask protocols remain in effect for both performers and audience members. Family units may sit together.

Please note, all shared surfaces (e.g. piano keyboards) will be wiped down with the provided hydrogen peroxide wipes between uses.

Are tickets required to attend a performance?

Tickets will be required for everyone seated in the audience. Currently, only students, families and faculty involved in each recital are invited to watch performances in person. You can expect to receive a link to reserve tickets the Monday prior to each recital. Ticket reservations will end the Friday before each event at 3pm, or when the capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

Guests without prior ticket reservations will not be accommodated at the door.

Tuition

When is preparatory tuition due for fall 2020?

Fall semester bills will be available in early August, and tuition is due before the beginning of the semester on August 24.

If you have a credit from Spring 2020, that will be reflected on the bill. If you have questions after receiving your bill, please email businessoffice@cim.edu for individual assistance.

Are there any adjustments to tuition this year?

CIM is enacting a planned annual update to our tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year. Some programs have a small increase, and others were reduced. Find updating pricing on our Tuition page.

Is there any financial aid available?

Returning Students
Yes! Please fill out this financial aid application.

New Students
Absolutely. New students can apply for financial aid via their program's online application.

What is the tuition refund policy?

Tuition payment and refund policies are detailed in the Preparatory and Continuing Education Division Student Handbook, found here.