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Cleveland Institute of Music


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Cleveland Institute of Music
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Cleveland Institute of Music
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The Cleveland Institute of Music is a Cleveland treasure. Located in the University Circle neighborhood, near Severance Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Case Western Reserve University, the conservatory offers students a Bachelors of Music degree as well as advanced degrees, children's programs, and adult continuing education.


The Cleveland Institute of Music was founded in 1920 by a small group of music enthusiasts, each with $1000 of their own money. The goal, then as today, was to provide quality music education for students of all skill levels.

CIM grew and thrived throughout the years, moving to its present building in 1961. The Institute continues expand. Two new buildings opened in 2007.

Degree Programs:

The Cleveland Institute of Music offers a Bachelor of Music, Masters of Music, and Doctor of Music degree as well as several non-degree courses of study. In conjunction with neighboring Case Western Reserve University, the Institute offers a comprehensive liberal arts education along with top musical training. The Institute can accommodate 427 students and has dormitory housing available for 100 students.


The Cleveland Institute of Music faculty features outstanding current and former concert musicians and masters from around the world. Thirty-seven members of the CIM faculty are members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Children's Program:

The Cleveland Institute of Music does not limit itself to graduate studies. The school is dedicated to excellence is music education for students beginning at age 3 (16 years of age for voice study). CIM offers private study, group lessons, and a variety of student musical groups. Approximately 1600 young people attend music classes at CIM annually.

Adult Program:

CIM offers adult music study for students of all skill levels. Whether you wish to hone your skills or learn a new instrument, the Institute has classes and individual instruction to meet your needs.


More than eighty percent of CIM's alumni work in the music industry, most in major national or international orchestras, opera companies, or in teaching positions at major conservatories and music departments around the world. Thirty-five members of the Cleveland Orchestra are graduates of CIM.

Free Concerts:

The Cleveland Institute of Music presents more than 500 concerts each year, most of them FREE to the public. In addition to student musicians and music groups, past performers have included YoYo Ma, Issac Stern, and Emmanuel Ax. Concerts are held at the Institute as well as other churches, country clubs, and facilities around greater Cleveland.

Contact Information:

Cleveland Institute of Music
11021 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
General: 216 791-5000
Admissions: 216 795-3107

Hotels Near the Cleveland Institute of Music:

The Intercontinental Hotel (check rates), at the Cleveland Clinic, is less than a mile away from the Cleveland Institute of Music and offers elegant accommodations as well as a full range of services. Smaller and more intimate is the Glidden House (check rates), just around the corner. It's a charming bed and breakfast inn, created out of an historic mansion.

(last updated 10-30-12)

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