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Cleveland Institute of Music

The Cleveland Institute of Music—and its internationally-acclaimed faculty—is devoted to empowering the world’s most talented classical music students. CIM’s vision is to be the center for the education of the complete musician of the 21st century, which includes training the next generation of music instructors.



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.


Research Guides (or LibGuides) showcase the library's essential print and online resources related to an instrument, area of study, or class. 


The exceptional foundation you build at CIM prepares you for an extraordinary career. In fact, over the last few years, more than 80% of our alumni are working in the music field. That includes solo and ensemble performance, composition commissions, teaching positions, musical entrepreneurship and admission to prestigious graduate programs. Here’s how some of our grads launched their musical careers.

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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

Undergraduate students are required to live in campus housing for their first two years of collegiate study. The rest of our students rent apartments and houses within University Circle or in nearby neighborhoods.

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. 

ICT services

Robinson Music Library provides access to many significant online resources related to the study of music. A comprehensive list of research databases across all disciplines is maintained by the Kelvin Smith Library. The links below represent the subscription databases to which Robinson Music Library subscribes. These resources can be accessed on the CIM/CWRU campus or remotely with the CWRU VPN.

Medical services

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.

Student Life

Campus life

CIM's residence hall is located directly across from the main Conservatory building. It's easy to step over to the main building and the Hazel Practice Annex for classes and practicing.

On the first floor there's a community lounge with a pool table, ping pong table, and large-screen television. Each floor has its own study lounge. Balconies allow you to enjoy fresh air and sunlight throughout the fall and spring.

The majority of rooms are doubles, with single and quad/triple rooms available to returning students. Each room is wired for cable TV and fiber-optic internet connections. You'll have access to a basic set of furniture, including a bed frame/loft, mattress, desk, chair, and dresser.

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

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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