Concert Calendar
Jul 2014
S M T W T F S
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2

Search events   >

Student Recital Schedule   >

Upcoming Events

  • COMPETITION

    March 30, 2014, 12:00 am
    Mixon Hall

    Inaugural Carl E. Baldassarre Composer/Performer Competition

The CIM Associate Dean for Student Affairs coordinates general health issues with the Institute's partners at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Health Services and CWRU Behavioral Health Services. See below for further information on the student health program or health and wellness resources from Case and other nearby providers.

In addition, CIM maintains staffing of counseling hours on the CIM premises by having Psychologists available to provide both individual and group therapies to CIM students. These trained specialists also provide additional programming through our residence life program to new undergraduate students on issues facing students in the arts including special discussions on issues such as performance anxiety.

The Institute is able to access information from the Musicians Clinic housed at the Cleveland Clinic to provide professional health information as issues arise particular to music students. CIM also provides information and resources for maintaining proper Hearing, Vocal, and Musculoskeletal health.

CIM provides NRR33 (soft foam) earplugs for use by any musicians. These are available prior to any rehearsal or concert and may be picked up by the Ensemble Manager or the student manager on duty. In addition, CIM has negotiated a special rate for high fidelity earplugs with Great Lakes Earmold. If you wish to order these specialty plugs, you should speak with Mr. Jim Kuznar at 1(800) 842-8184. The cost of these musicians plugs is $85.00, and CIM recommends students purchase the level 15 dB valve attenuation.

Regular use of high-fidelity earplugs while practicing, performing and listening to music may protect you from the cumulative effects of overexposure to loud sounds. It is believed that regular sustained exposure to sounds in the 90-95 dB (decibel) range may cause permanent damage. The following chart provides some information on average decibel ranges for certain musical sounds.

Musical Noise Decibels
normal piano practice 60-70 dB
fortissimo singer 3 ft. away 70 dB
chamber music in small auditorium 75-85 dB
regular sustained exposure may cause permanent damage 90-95 dB
piano fortissimo 92-95 dB
violin 84-103 dB
cello 82-92 dB
oboe 90-94 dB
flute 85-111 dB
piccolo 95-112 dB
clarinet 92-103 dB
french horn 90-106 dB
trombone 85-114 dB
timpani & bass drum rolls 106 dB
Average personal listening device on 5/10 setting 94 dB
symphonic music peak 120-137 dB
amplified rock music at 4-6 ft. 120 dB
rock music peak 150 dB

Statistics for the Decibel (Loudness) Comparison Chart were taken from a study by Marshall Chasin , M.Sc., Aud(C), FAAA, Centre for Human Performance & Health, Ontario, Canada.

Protecting Your Hearing Health
A NASM-PAMA Student Information Sheet
on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

  • Hearing health is important for all musicians and essential to lifelong success for singers.
  • Noise-induced hearing loss is largely preventable. You must avoid overexposure to loud sounds, especially for long periods of time.
  • The closer you are to the source of a loud sound, the greater the risk of damage to your hearing mechanisms.
  • Sounds over 85 dB (your typical vacuum cleaner) in intensity pose the greatest risk to your hearing.
  • Risk of hearing loss is based on a combination of sound or loudness intensity and duration.
  • Recommended maximum daily exposure times (NIOSH) to sounds at or above 85 dB are as follows:
    • 85 dB ///9/vacuum cleaner, MP3 player at 1/3 volume) – 8 hours
    • 90 dB (blender, hair dryer) – 2 hours
    • 94 dB (MP3 player at ½ volume) – 1 hour
    • 100 dB (MP3 player at full volume, lawnmower) – 15 minutes
    • 110 dB (rock concert, power tools) – 2 minutes
    • 120 dB (jet planes at take-off) – without ear protection, sound damage is almost immediate
  • Certain behaviors (controlling volume levels in practice and rehearsal, avoiding noisy environments, turning down the volume) reduce your risk of hearing loss. Be mindful of those MP3 earbuds – see chart above.
  • The use of earplugs and earmuffs helps to protect your hearing health.
  • Day-to-day decisions can impact your hearing health, both now and in the future. Since sound exposure occurs in and out of school, you also need to learn more and take care of your own hearing health on a daily basis.
  • If you are concerned about your personal hearing health, talk with a medical professional.
  • If you are concerned about your hearing health in relationship to your program of study, consult the appropriate contact person here at Case Western: Louise Matchett, louise.matchett@case.edu.
  • This information is provided by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA). For more information, check out the other NASM-PAMA neuromusculoskeletal health documents located on the NASM Web site.

Close Section

Protecting Your Vocal Health
A NASM-PAMA Student Information Sheet

  • Vocal health is important for all musicians and essential to lifelong success for singers.
  • Understanding basic care of the voice is essential for musicians who speak, sing, and rehearse or teach others.
  • Practicing, rehearsing, and performing music is physically demanding.
  • Musicians are susceptible to numerous vocal disorders.
  • Many vocal disorders and conditions are preventable and/or treatable.
  • Sufficient warm-up time is important.
  • Begin warming up mid-range, and then slowly work outward to vocal pitch extremes.
  • Good posture, adequate breath support, and correct physical technique are essential.
  • Regular breaks during practice and rehearsal are vital in order to prevent undue physical or vocal stress and strain.
  • It is important to set a reasonable limit on the amount of time that you will practice in a day.
  • Avoid sudden increases in practice times.
  • Know your voice and its limits, and avoid overdoing it or misusing it.
  • Maintain healthy habits. Safeguard your physical and mental health.
  • Drink plenty of water in order to keep your vocal folds adequately lubricated. Limit your use of alcohol, and avoid smoking.
  • Day-to-day decisions can impact your vocal health, both now and in the future. Since vocal strain and a myriad of other injuries can occur in and out of school, you also need to learn more and take care of your own vocal health on a daily basis. Avoid shouting, screaming, or other strenuous vocal use.
  • If you are concerned about your personal neuromusculoskeletal health, talk with a medical professional.
  • If you are concerned about your neuromusculoskeletal health in relationship to your program of study, consult the appropriate contact person here at Case Western: Louise Matchett, louise.matchett@case.edu.
  • This information is provided by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA). For more information, check out the other NASM-PAMA neuromusculoskeletal health documents located on the NASM Web site.

Close Section

Protecting Your Neuromusculoskeletal Health
A NASM-PAMA Student Information Sheet

  • Neuromusculoskeletal health is essential to your lifelong success as a musician.
  • Practicing and performing music is physically demanding.
  • Musicians are susceptible to numerous neuromusculoskeletal disorders.
  • Some neuromusculoskeletal disorders are related to behavior; others are genetic; and others are the result of trauma or injury. Some genetic conditions can increase a person’s risk of developing certain behavior-related neuromusculoskeletal disorders.
  • Many neuromusculoskeletal disorders and conditions are preventable and/or treatable.
  • Sufficient physical and musical warm-up time is important.
  • Good posture and correct physical technique are essential.
  • Regular breaks during practice and rehearsal are vital in order to prevent undue physical stress and strain.
  • It is important to set a reasonable time limit on the amount of time that you will practice a day.
  • Avoid sudden increases in practice times.
  • Know your body and its limits, and avoid “overdoing it.”
  • Maintain healthy habits. Safeguard your physical and mental health.
  • Day-to-day decisions can impact your neuromusculoskeletal health, both now and in the future. Since muscle and joint strains and a myriad of other injuries can occur in and out of school, you also need to learn more and take care of your own neuromusculoskeletal health on a daily basis, particularly with regard to your performing medium and area of specialization.
  • If you are concerned about your personal neuromusculoskeletal health, talk with a medical professional.
  • If you are concerned about your neuromusculoskeletal health in relationship to your program of study, please consult with your principal teacher or the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
  • This information is provided by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA). For more information, check out the other NASM-PAMA neuromusculoskeletal health documents located on the NASM Web site.

Close Section

The Cleveland Institute of Music provides general information on health issues to students through various orientation programs, Residence Life programs, and special topic seminars/workshops offered to students. Some of these workshops have focused on health topics including: Feldenkrais Method, Body Mapping, Yoga, Meditation, Alexander Technique, ProformaVision and Biofeedback, and others. As part of Fall orientation for all new students CIM hosted a seminar on the topic of the maintenance of hearing, vocal, and musculoskeletal health and injury prevention with Dr. Kathleen Riley. The session was recorded and is now viewable on Youtube. The video contains a full overview of these health issues and provides great information. The Powerpoint presentation is also available here.

All medical treatment required by an individual is managed through professional medical providers.


Student Workers: Health & Safety Training

The Cleveland Institute of Music maintains a thorough departmental training program for students who may be employed to work in Student Work Study positions. In particular, students in the Library, Mail Room, Recording Services, Distance Learning Services, Concert Hall Stage Managers, Set-up Crew, and the stage crew for opera productions are all given instructions in proper use of materials and equipment.

CIM also makes available to all students (particularly those in orchestra) earplugs as a means of lessening the aural impact during orchestra rehearsals. Only students trained in the process for moving equipment are allowed to move said equipment.


Developing Balance: The Mind-Body Connection

Student wellness is essential for health, relationships performance and academics. At the Cleveland Institute of Music, and through its shared programming with Case Western Reserve University, students are encouraged to learn more about wellness and the mind-body connection, and to develop a personalized, life-long wellness plan.

Definition of Wellness

The National Wellness Institute uses this definition: The term wellness has been applied in many ways. Although there might be different views on what wellness encompasses, the National Wellness Institute - along with the help of leaders in health and wellness - shared many interpretations and models of wellness. Through this discussion, there appears to be general agreement that:

  • Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential
  • Wellness is multi-dimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment
  • Wellness is positive and affirming

The definition of wellness, long used by the National Wellness Institute is consistent with these tenets. Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.

  • Physical Wellness (including Hearing, Vocal, and musculoskeletal health) encourages regular physical activities, good nutrition, sleep and occasional connections with healthcare providers to prevent illness and disease. It discourages harmful behaviors that include tobacco, excessive alcohol, non-prescription medications and other drugs. It also encourages the use of preventive care, such as earplugs.

    CIM provides NRR33 (soft foam) earplugs for use by any musicians. These are available prior to any rehearsal or concert and may be picked up by the Ensemble Manager or the student manager on duty. In addition, CIM has negotiated a special rate for high fidelity earplugs with Great Lakes Earmold. If you wish to order these specialty plugs, you should speak with Mr. Jim Kuznar at 1(800) 842-8184. The cost of these musicians plugs is $85.00, and CIM recommends students purchase the level 15 dB valve attenuation.

    Regular use of high-fidelity earplugs while practicing, performing and listening to music may protect you from the cumulative effects of overexposure to loud sounds. It is believed that regular sustained exposure to sounds in the 90-95 dB (decibel) range may cause permanent damage. The following chart provides some information on average decibel ranges for certain musical sounds.

    Musical Noise Decibels
    normal piano practice 60-70 dB
    fortissimo singer 3 ft. away 70 dB
    chamber music in small auditorium 75-85 dB
    regular sustained exposure may cause permanent damage 90-95 dB
    piano fortissimo 92-95 dB
    violin 84-103 dB
    cello 82-92 dB
    oboe 90-94 dB
    flute 85-111 dB
    piccolo 95-112 dB
    clarinet 92-103 dB
    french horn 90-106 dB
    trombone 85-114 dB
    timpani & bass drum rolls 106 dB
    Average personal listening device on 5/10 setting 94 dB
    symphonic music peak 120-137 dB
    amplified rock music at 4-6 ft. 120 dB
    rock music peak 150 dB

    Statistics for the Decibel (Loudness) Comparison Chart were taken from a study by Marshall Chasin , M.Sc., Aud(C), FAAA, Centre for Human Performance & Health, Ontario, Canada.

    Close Section

  • Emotional Wellness is having the ability to understand, acknowledge and accept a wide range of feelings in oneself and in others. It includes the ability to balance reason and emotion and it leads to improved self-esteem and confidence.
  • Occupational Wellness includes making positive career-life choices that lead to personal fulfillment and satisfaction in life.
  • Intellectual Wellness includes being open to new ideas and the desire to learn from challenges and experiences. It encourages ongoing intellectual growth, curiosity and creativity.
  • Social Wellness involves developing friendships, healthy sexual behaviors and meaningful social networks.
  • Spiritual Wellness is the willingness to seek meaning and purpose in human existence; being open and respectful of the diverse multi-cultural beliefs and backgrounds of others and building a set of guiding values and principles.

Student Health Program

students doing yoga

The Cleveland Institute of Music recognizes an obligation to assure the physical and mental well-being of its students. All full-time students participate in the Case Student Health Program, which includes care provided by the University Health Service and coverage under the Case Medical Plan. All students who have paid the Health Service Fee are eligible to make use of the services offered within the Health Service.


Health Program Details

For more information on different aspects of the Health Program, click on the links below. For full details, visit the UHS web site, the Case Western Student Affairs Office, or the CIM Student Affairs Office

General Benefits

  • Visits are free to all registered CIM students.
  • Students may choose a personal physician or nurse practitioner.
  • MD specialties include internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics.
  • Nurse practitioners for women's health, ambulatory care, allergies.

Close Section

Women's Clinic

  • Annual exams with Pap smears (at no extra charge).
  • Birth control.
  • Emergency contraception (also available via on-call service).
  • STI (sexually transmitted infection) questions/check-ups.
  • Other concerns: breast mass, infertility, hair growth, painful periods, pregnancy, sexuality/orientation, etc.

Close Section

Men's Health

  • Visits to physicians in the General Clinic.
  • Questions/concerns about STI (sexually transmitted infection), sexuality/orientation, sexual function, testicular irregularity, etc.
  • Questions about family history, cholesterol, hair growth, etc.

Close Section

Appointments / Emergencies

Appointments may be made by calling 216.368.4539.

Same day appointments are available for acute illness; the earlier in the day a student calls, the easier it is to arrange an appointment time. Students who have established a relationship with a primary care practitioner will also have access to that practitioner via e-mail. In some cases, it is possible to refill a prescription, for instance, without the student needing to be seen immediately.

Emergency assistance is available on nights and weekends during the regular school year by calling 216.368-2450. The answering service will reach the nurse on call or the physician on call, who can then assist with the emergency.

Students with life-threatening emergencies should, of course, go immediately to the nearest emergency room and inform UHS (as soon as it is possible). All registered students at CIM, regardless of what insurance they use, are eligible for care at the Health Service and the on-call Emergency Service during the regular school year (Fall and Spring semesters). There is a small, one-time fee charged for students wishing to use the Health Service during the summer. If students have the Student Medical Plan as their insurance, this fee will be covered by the Plan.

All services and records of the Health Service are confidential and may not be released to anyone without the signed written informed consent of the student.

Close Section

Medical Care for Performing Artists

Many specialized resources are available in the Cleveland area. If your teacher suggests such treatment, please contact the CIM Office of Student Affairs and/or UHS for assistance.

Close Section

Medical Records

Medical information from a student's records is available only to members of the UHS staff and may be released only with written consent of the student. UHS does not disclose any nonpublic personal information about students or former students to anyone, except as permitted by Ohio law.

UHS cannot disclose medical information to parents, professors, deans, future employers, or any other interested parties without a written Release of Information signed by the student.

Close Section

Additional Services

An allergy clinic is available so that students receiving allergy shots may continue to do so while at CIM. The student wishing to do this will need to provide bottles of antigenic extract, as well as information from the treating physician regarding administration of the extract. Nutrition information/advice is available for students wishing to lose weight or follow a special diet.

Services not provided at the Health Service itself (laboratory tests, x-rays, consultations, etc.) are often provided at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Students will be billed for any such outside services they receive and then must submit those bills for reimbursement from either the Student Medical Plan or another health insurance plan. Further information about submitting bills for the Student Medical Plan is available within the Health Service.

Close Section

Health Requirements

All new full-time students should fill out an Immunization History. This is particularly important for CIM students who may be traveling internationally. A copy of this history should be kept with the passport.

Ohio Revised Code Section 1713.55 requires all students living in on-campus housing to submit a statement on their vaccination status for meningitis and hepatitis B before they can live on campus. (Students need not be vaccinated to comply with this Ohio law. They simply must be informed that the vaccines are available, though they may be declined, if desired.) More information about the vaccines can be found on the Health Service website.

In addition, UHS requests that all students provide an Emergency Notification form. Students who have specific medical information they would like to disclose to UHS may do so on this form. Both of these forms should be available directly from CIM. Additionally, all of these forms should be available from the Case Student Affairs web site.

Close Section

Student Medical Plan

The Student Medical Plan provides coverage, within the benefit guidelines, for medical services provided outside the Health Service. This includes such things as laboratory tests, x-rays, emergency room treatment, and hospitalization.

Close Section

Dentistry & Eye Care

The University Health Service does not provide dental services or prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will make referrals when needed.

The Dental Clinic of the School of Dentistry is available for routine care, and the Emergency Dental Clinic will provide immediate service as necessary.

The Case Medical Plan excludes coverage for expenses incurred for corrective lenses and eye examinations. The Plan does offer coverage for dental care that is provided by the Case School of Dentistry, and does cover injuries to sound natural teeth within the stated policy guidelines.

Close Section

Dependent Coverage

Dependents (spouses and children) of full-time students are not eligible for care at the Health Service. However, elective medical coverage information is available.

Close Section

CIM Counseling, Placement, and Tutoring Services

The CIM Office of Student Affairs coordinates a variety of counseling services. Assistance is available for personal, academic, and career matters.

CIM offers counseling to international students and assists them in making adjustments to campus life. The Case Office of International Student Services is also a supplementary resource for CIM international students requiring assistance with nonacademic concerns.

Students can log in to access placement assistance offered to graduating students, including an inventory of currently available job openings and by advising in such matters as résumé preparation, employment correspondence, and audition and tape recording preparation. Additionally, a placement credential forwarding service is available.

Tutoring is available to students who need assistance in music theory, sightsinging, and eartraining subjects. Case also provides assistance in certain liberal arts areas.

Close Section


Programs & Resources

University Health Service: students.case.edu/health/

University Counseling Service: students.case.edu/counseling/

Local Health & Wellness Resources: