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The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.

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What is Commercial Music Production?

This degree offers a comprehensive education in professional commercial music studies. This unique program combines core training in music theory, composition, arranging and musicianship combined with recording studio techniques, commercial music and media technologies.

The commercial music production degree includes an additional emphasis on entrepreneurial business acumen by inclusion of a minor field in music business in entrepreneurship. This will create a vibrant and exclusive educational experience that will provide graduates numerous opportunities for meaningful employment in the music industry.

Successful commercial music professionals are highly motivated to follow their artistic path. They are self-starters and very dedicated to lifelong practice and personal growth. An ability to work independently at a high level is must for success, however since the career field is often extremely collaborative in nature, a desire and ability to work closely with others is very important. Commercial musicians have strong right-brain inclinations such as musicality, creativity and intuition. However, since jazz study utilizes theoretical tools, jazz musicians often have the ability to effectively integrate left-brain analytical skills as well.

Career Possibilities

The graduates of this major will possess skills that will enablet them to pursue professional opportunities in these areas:

• composition for television, commercial media, and film
•  producing, mixing, running live sound
•  songwriting and scoring
•  music technology and related technologies
•  studio production techniques (editing, mixing and mastering)
•  film scoring
•  music business in entrepreneurship
•  career management



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UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

CCM is a college of the University of Cincinnati, a major undergraduate university and graduate research institution of 41,250 students. This provides a wide selection of academic electives and allows commercial music production majors the opportunity to explore other fields or other potential majors. While it is part of the larger university, CCM also maintains an atmosphere of a professional conservatory. There is a feeling of "family" among CCM students and an especially close camaraderie among jazz students.

Described by The New York Times as "one of this country's leading conservatories," CCM offers professional training in all areas of performance, composition, musicology, theory, conducting, music education, opera, musical theater, drama, technical arts for the stage, dance, arts administration and electronic media. The College-Conservatory of Music presents an all-encompassing environment for the student who realizes that there are no longer any dividing lines between today's various performing and media arts.

The metropolitan area of Greater Cincinnati and the surrounding Tri-state region provide a busy and diverse working environment for jazz, classical and commercial musicians. Many students find professional playing opportunities off campus. In addition to major arts organizations like the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati includes a wide variety of performance venues for local and touring artists such as Riverbend Music Center, US Bank Arena, and the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Numerous jazz clubs feature local groups which often include CCM students. Many students like the fact that Cincinnati is a major cultural center, but still a city that is a "livable" size.

Commercial Music students enjoy the advantages of the comprehensive performing arts and electronic media facilities of CCM Village. Performing groups present concerts and recitals in Corbett Auditorium, Patricia Corbett Theater, Cohen Family Studio Theater, Werner Recital Hall and Watson Recital Hall. In addition, dedicated Commercial Music Production program facilities include a new digital recording and editing studio; a MIDI lab; computer workstations for music notation and sequencing programs; a state-of-the-art, computer-based teaching/presentation "smart classroom;" and rehearsal halls for jazz combos, big bands and other student-organized performing groups. The J. Ralph Corbett audio production suite also offers extensive state-of-the-art recording and production facilities.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.

Graduation Requirements

Several months before graduation, each candidate for a degree must file a formal application for degree with the college office. If a student fails to properly complete this application process, the university will not be responsible for the student's graduation. A minimum of one year in residence as a full-time student is required of all students wishing to apply for any degree awarded by CCM.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

CCM's founding schools (the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the College of Music of Cincinnati) were both charter members of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The requirements for entrance and graduation in all music programs are in accordance with the published regulations of NASM.