Cleveland Institute of Music
Founded in 1920, the Cleveland Institute of Music is one of seven independent music conservatories in the United States. Known for superior training and a strong mentorship teaching approach, CIM offers orchestral, chamber music, audio recording, composition, piano, and voice and opera music programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Alumni perform in major orchestras and opera companies, as soloists and chamber musicians, and hold prominent teaching positions worldwide.
One of CIM’s distinguishing characteristics is its strong and historical relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra. Nearly 40 of its members and emeritus members teach CIM students—in both the conservatory and preparatory divisions—and fully one-third of the Orchestra’s members attended the institute. CIM’s internationally acclaimed faculty also includes practicing musicians, award-winning composers and producers, published academics and sought-after lecturers. Through a longstanding educational partnership with neighboring Case Western Reserve University, CIM students participate in a well-rounded liberal arts education.
Through our Preparatory and Continuing Education division, we offer music training for all ages and abilities.
CIM is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).