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ABOUT US

The mission of the Cleveland Institute of Music is to cultivate new generations of young musicians through an immersive and creative educational process, guiding the most musically talented individuals as rapidly as possible towards fulfilling careers that engage diverse and global audiences, stimulating the understanding and love of music throughout the world.

Since its founding in 1920, CIM has offered a world-class education to students from age 3 to 93 and provided concerts for the community. Located in University Circle, Cleveland's cultural hub, CIM is easily accessible to all music lovers - providing hundreds of concerts annually, most free of charge. CIM graduates play important musical roles in our world as composers producing meaningful new repertoire, as eminent instrumental and vocal soloists, as world-renowned chamber musicians and as members of premier orchestras around the globe. More than half of the members of The Cleveland Orchestra are connected to CIM as members of the faculty, alumni or both.

CIM is an educational and performance resource for the community, working in close association with The Cleveland Orchestra, Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland School of the Arts, University Circle Inc. and other cultural and educational organizations towards increased access to great music, great musical performance and the highest level of music pedagogy.

Degree programs at CIM attract a geographically and culturally diverse student body with approximately 25% international students, 15% from Ohio and 60% from the remaining areas of the U.S. All CIM students participate in the rich curriculum of the joint music program with Case Western Reserve University while benefiting from access to CIM's world-renowned visiting artists and conductors, and from intensive study with CIM's stellar faculty.

Community involvement takes a premier position at CIM, with the efforts of the Youth & Adult Studies Division. More than 1,500 young people and adults take lessons throughout the year. The outstanding faculty boast many years of experience, offering private lessons in all instruments, voice and music theory.

The musical and personal development of students in the Young Artist Program (high school students in grades 11 and 12 intent upon a musical career), Junior Young Artist Program (students in grades 7 through 10 who have demonstrated strong musical abilities at an early age and who exhibit focus and purpose), the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony (Northeast Ohio's finest high school band performers), Beginning and Preparatory String Orchestras, Youth String Camerata and CIM Chamber Music are all supported by this division.

During the summer, students can take private lessons, enjoy Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes, attend Summer Sonata, CIM Summer Chamber Music or the Young Composers Program.

Technology allows CIM to expand its reach beyond local boundaries. Distance Learning programs connect in real time to teachers and students around the world through high-speed videoconferencing technology. The Distance Learning department has distinguished itself as a leader in creating and delivering engaging content for a variety of educational applications. Interdisciplinary programs use music to help students and teachers at the K-12 level improve skills in math, science, language arts and history.

At CIM we believe that music enhances lives and is a gift to be shared with the community. Our conservatory students and faculty mentor and teach at the Cleveland School of the Arts and other schools. The Institute presents hands-on demonstrations and concerts at schools, hospitals, retirement communities and other venues throughout the region.

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