Engage with the Community

CIM sits in University Circle, Cleveland’s cultural hub. Practice your craft with diverse audiences and learn valuable pedagogical skills while developing a sense of civic engagement, all right here in Cleveland.

Talk to Your Community Engagement Coordinator
  • CIM schedules 200+ community concerts with over 30 community partners every year. Find out what community performance opportunities and venues are available to you. You can even apply for endowed community performance grants. Students can request a performance by submitting the Community Performance Request Form.
  • Practice your pedagogical skills by teaching students at Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA), an auditioned public high school located minutes from CIM of roughly 450 students, grades 9-12. Mentor band, orchestra and choir students through one-on-one applied lessons, sectionals and ensembles coaching. CIM has partnered with CSA for over 25 years, serving hundreds of students with big musical aspirations.
  • CIM participates in the Saturday Tutoring Program, offering paid work to students interested in tutoring middle- and high-school aged students in non-musical subjects.

To learn more about any of these opportunities, reach out to Matt Arnold.

Find Paid Gigs Through College Central Network

Freelance opportunities are available through CIM’s College Central Network. This platform presents students with opportunities to work directly with external clients and develop their own performance contracts while navigating professional communications and expanding their portfolio.

Discover Community-Focused Opportunities
  • For almost 30 years, a community performance has been required for course credit in all chamber ensembles. This tradition continues to inspire ensembles to reach new audiences and perform in an array of venues. It’s also an effective way to polish repertoire. The Center along with your applied teacher or ensemble coach can help you discover opportunities.
  • First-Year Colloquium, Senior Seminar and Master’s Seminar explore topics around audience development, arts leadership advocacy, and musicians as change agents, all taught by preeminent experts.
  • Through CIM's diverse curriculum, you can find courses focused around community engagement to give you a leg up in this space as a growing performer and professional. 
Participate in CIM’s Day of Service

Students are encouraged to participate in CIM’s annual Day of Service, where all members of the Institute come together to assist local organizations and those in need. Past projects and organizations include:

  • Volunteers made crafts with young students just blocks away at Mary Bethune School.
  • At International Newcomers Academy, volunteers read and practiced English with students who have immigrated to Cleveland.
  • At the Cleveland Sight Center, CIM members deep-cleaned the kitchen and a children’s playroom.
  • Working with the Famicos Foundation in the Glenville neighborhood, just north of CIM, volunteers picked up litter and leaves to fill dozens of bags.
Attend Co-curricular Workshops

Led by world-class artists and thought leaders, including CIM alumni, students can attend co-curricular workshops and conversations focused around community engagement, audience development, diversity in classical music, social entrepreneurism and more. Past speakers include President and Artistic Director of the Sphinx Organization Afa Dworkin, Play On Philly Founder Stanford Thompson, Executive Director of El Sistema Katie Wyatt, and Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Principal Bass and Project 440 Executive Director Joseph Conyers.