Cleveland Institute of Music

The Cleveland Institute of Music is one of just seven independent conservatories of music in the United States, one of three devoted exclusively to classical music performance. CIM students benefit from access to world-renowned visiting artists and conductors, intensive study with CIM’s stellar faculty and the rich curriculum offered by CIM’s partner Case Western Reserve University.



The dream of a conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio became a reality in April 1920 when a small group of founders contributed $1,000 each to establish a "school of music where every type of student could find opportunity for the best musical education." 

The Cleveland Institute of Music officially opened its doors on December 8, 1920 at 3146 Euclid Avenue in a grand house with grand ideals.


At CIM, students are introduced to rich and diverse coursework, encouraged to share musical approaches and create new repertoire, and coached by renowned artists. Our partnership with Case Western Reserve University enables CIM students to take non-music courses and earn dual degrees, including an educational degree. Students can also choose to double major in the areas of theory, composition, eurhythmics or audio recording. The immersive and creative educational process at CIM empowers graduates to leave the Institute prepared for the future.


CIM uses College Central Network as its career management and networking platform. This online resource is available 24/7 to help students connect with professionals, access resources and find opportunities to advance their career.

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Student services

The CIM Office of the Conservatory Registrar is your source for information about student records. We provide the following services:

  • Registration
  • Student schedule maintenance
  • Evaluation of transfer credits and advanced placement scores
  • Grade reports
  • Proof of enrollment documentation
  • Transcript requests

Housing services

The new five-story facility will include 22 acoustically isolated practice rooms on the main floor, residence space for first- and second-year CIM undergraduates as well as limited rental units targeted at upperclass and graduate students at CIM on the second and third floors.  

  • Deluxe, fully furnished units with all the comforts of home, including in-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, laundry and full kitchens 
  • An acoustical-minded construction approach, which reduces sound transfer suite to suite 
  • 19 individual and 3 chamber music-sized practice rooms available around the clock 
  • Secure, controlled access 
  • Exercise studios 
  • Spacious, relaxing lounges and a classroom  
  • Individually controlled heating and cooling

Library services

We invite you to explore everything the Robinson Music Library has to offer, which includes a full spectrum of print and digital resources. The library’s space and collections have evolved over the years to meet the ever-changing needs of the next generation of great performers. 

Medical services

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.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Located in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio

Student clubs

CIM's Student Government Association is the first and foremost organization through which students can appeal to the administration. We are here to represent the needs, welfare and the well-being of all students at CIM, from undergraduate freshmen to graduate students and doctoral candidates. We want to help make your time at CIM as fun, inspired and meaningful as possible. 


Privately supported, CIM is a private, nonprofit, degree-granting institution which is accredited by the following organizations:

  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • National Association of Schools of Music

East Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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