Since our founding in 1920, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) has offered inspired teaching by creative faculty. In addition to the University Circle Main Campus, the Preparatory and Continuing Education Division has four branches, located in communities throughout northeast Ohio. A quality music education is closer than you think!
CIM strives to be an outlet for creative musical endeavors, and our doors are open to amateur and professional musicians alike. We believe that the skills learned during the course of music study, whatever the age, enhance the quality of life and nurture the human spirit.
As one of only eight independent music conservatories remaining in the US, the Cleveland Institute of Music provides a wealth of musical experiences. Inspiration can be drawn from over 500 orchestral and chamber concerts, staged operas, and faculty recitals of the highest caliber, most of which are free of charge. All CIM students have access to the abundant educational resources located in the beautiful Robinson Music Library.
Lessons and programs for students of all ages and skill levels include:
- Eurhythmics: Classes available for ages 3-18. Eurhythmics provides an introduction to the basic elements of music through movement and sound.
- Private vocal and instrumental instruction: Private lessons offer the opportunity to work one-on-one with a member of CIM's renowned faculty. Lesson days and times vary by branch.
- Suzuki Studies: Developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, this method teaches music similar to the way language is learned in early childhood through listening, imitation, repetition and encouragement.
- Musicianship: Music theory / ear-training lessons and classes taken in conjunction with private lesson instruction, enriches and enhances skills needed for a complete musical education.
- Ensembles: Chamber Music, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and String Orchestras provide participation opportunities for young musicians throughout Northeast Ohio whether or not they study privately at CIM.
Junior Young Artist Program: A program providing instruction in the fundamental components of a thorough music education for serious music students (grades 7-10).
Young Artists Program: A rigorous course of music study combined with an equally demanding academic program that provides a solid foundation for highly gifted music students (grades 11-12).
Certificate Program: A program geared towards the serious music student seeking to strengthen their musical foundations. The program's core curriculum is made up of components' designed to enrich and develop a well-rounded musician.
Application & Enrollment
We are now accepting applications from ages 3 through adult, for lessons in piano, voice, percussion, string and wind instruments, theory and composition. Other offerings include Eurhythmics and Theory classes, Chamber Music, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and String Orchestras.
Submitting an application does not guarantee placement, as classes and lessons are limited to availability.
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Division News & Highlights
Preparatory Division Welcomes Director Marci Alegant
Marci Alegant was appointed in August 2015 as the Director of Preparatory and Continuing Education at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Previously the Director of Fine Arts at I CAN schools in Cleveland, Ohio, she was also at Oberlin College for 14 years, where she served many roles, including associate dean for student academic affairs, executive director of the Music in America program, director of conservatory professional development, director of conservatory development and assistant director of major gifts.
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Marci is a choral conductor and singer, and taught at the university, primary and secondary school levels in Rochester, New York, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Marci Alegant earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Voice from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, as well as a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from McGill University in Montreal, and a Master of Arts in Music Teacher Education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
She continued her commitment to public school education in Oberlin, serving as an elected member of the Oberlin city school board from 2004-2012 and was proud to be a part of the renaissance of the Oberlin schools, the first pre-K to high school International Baccalaureate public school district in Ohio.
Marci is also proud to have taught for two summers at the Jazz Academy at the Solebury School in New Hope, PA, honoring her lifelong commitment to bring arts education to the kids who need it most.