College of Visual and Performing Arts

Continuing Lecturer

 Fort Wayne Philharmonic Mentor / Clarinet

When Cynthia Greider graduated from IPFW in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music, the department consisted of two small soundproof rooms in Neff Hall. Now, the music department has its own building, the Rhinehart Music Center. "It's absolutely stunning," she says. "It's a tremendous facility. The acoustics in the halls are great." Greider teaches clarinet at IPFW and Manchester University, as well as through the Community Arts Academy. She also maintains a private clarinet studio at her home. Greider is the founder of Kindermusik Fort Wayne, an early childhood education music and movement program for children from infants to 7-year-olds. She literally sings Kindermusik’s praises as a way to nurture not only children's musical development, but also their cognitive, language, social, and physical development. "It's a great program to get younger students and their families involved with music," she says. "It especially helps the child to learn about steady beat and rhythm at a very early age." Greider has played clarinet for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1987 and is a Philharmonic Mentor, a joint program between the Philharmonic and IPFW. After earning her Bachelor's from IPFW, Greider went on to get a Masters in Music and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music.