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Cleveland Institute of Music

"The highly distinguished and very competitive Cleveland Institute of Music boasts "exceptionally strong" string programs and uniformly excellent programs across the board. CIM is located in University Circle, only a few miles from downtown Cleveland, and it maintains a joint music program with nearby Case Western Reserve University."

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"The highly distinguished and very competitive Cleveland Institute of Music boasts "exceptionally strong" string programs and uniformly excellent programs across the board. CIM is located in University Circle, only a few miles from downtown Cleveland, and it maintains a joint music program with nearby Case Western Reserve University."

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As its new president, I would like to welcome you to the new website of the Cleveland Institute of Music. This website seems to have captured the sense of joy in music that radiates from our school and I hope that, as you enter, you will use your imagination to get a true feeling for what makes our school such a special place to master the art of musical expression.

Cleveland is a relatively small city with a history of big culture and how wonderful that is. And, similarly, we are a relatively small independent conservatory with a world-class faculty in all departments. Indeed, a school's faculty is its true educational resource and we are proud to have 35 members of the great Cleveland Orchestra as faculty members of the orchestral instruments.

Located in University Circle, one of the most attractive and culturally rich square miles in the world, we have at arm's distance the campus of Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the renowned Cleveland Clinic, Severance Hall, home of The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland's Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

CIM takes pride in providing an environment for our students that feels intimate, yet accommodates their needs nicely. Students tend to leave CIM with an increased sense of identity, both personal and musical and with a sense of having had a rich and well-rounded personal, musical and educational experience.

CIM offers free concerts throughout the year and utilizes an extensive outreach program of concerts and classes in the greater Cleveland area. We thereby maintain a relevant musical presence, helping build new audiences for great music and affording our students performance opportunities that inform them of the joy and responsibility of bringing music to a local community.

As you navigate the website, notice the light that permeates our school, as there are windows everywhere. Look closely at the faces of our faculty, staff and students, all caught up in the process of learning, all brought together by a love and appreciation of the magical power of great music and its human benefits.

I hope you will have gained insight from your time here into both the care that CIM bestows on each of its students and the seriousness with which we approach the responsibility of guiding the formative years of extremely talented young people towards a rich and happy existence.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 237
Gender 50% Male / 50% Female
Geography 23% In State / 77% Out of State / 18% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 16% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 34%
International 18%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Ethnicity Unknown 40%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

60% of students live on-campus.

100% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Wellness Housing

Activities

Student Publications: CIM Notes

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choral Groups
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensembles
  • Opera
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Drama/Theater

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: reduced course load remedial instruction tutoring learning center study skills assistance writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center, dorms dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections computer repair service available on campus wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling financial aid counseling career counseling employment services for undergraduates health services personal counseling placement services for graduates veteran's counselor
  • Facilities: electronic music studios, audio recording and distance learning facilities, large cd/dvd, record, and tape library, technology learning center
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): english as a second language (esl) cross-registration double major independent study
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Music Performance (92%), Music Theory and Composition (4%), Music, Other (3%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that generally prepares individuals to master musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Includes instruction on one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that focuses on the study of the principles of sound manipulation as applied to the creation of music, and the techniques of creating and arranging music. Includes instruction in aural theory, melody, counterpoint, complex harmony, modulation, chromatics, improvisation, progressions, musical writing, instrumentation, orchestration, electronic and computer applications, studies of specific musical styles, and development of original creative ability.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.

Any instructional program in music not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

Administration & Faculty

President Joel Smirnoff
Accredited by National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 39
Student : Faculty Ratio 7 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 56 : 43
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 54.7% accepted of 358 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Level Of Applicants Interest, Talent Ability

Important: Recommendations, Interview, Academic GPA, Application Essay, Character Personal Qualities, Class Rank

Also Considered: Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Standardized Test Scores, Alumni Relation, Extracurricular Activities, Racial Ethnic Status

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 0 4
Math 0 3
Science 0 3
Social Studies 0 3
Foreign Language 0 3

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

Deadlines

December

1

Regular Decision

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $34,273 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $31,674
$30K-$48K $30,061
$48K-$75K $33,010
$75K-$110K $32,651
$110K+ $38,518

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $42,250, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,250 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,789 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,844 $8,100
Books $600 $600
Total (before financial aid) $57,483 $52,739

Students Receiving Aid

98% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 52% $6,521
Federal Scholarships/Grants 16% $3,822
Institutional Grants 98% $24,811
Other Federal Grants 14% $844
Other Loans 7% $6,206
Pell Grants 16% $3,072
Student Loans 55% $6,901

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.cim.edu/conservatory/financialaid.php.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.cim.edu/conservatory/finaid/npcalc.htm.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

47% of students graduated on time.

62% of students graduated in six years.

85% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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