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Bachelor of Music

The BM in music history combines the intensive musical preparation of a conservatory curriculum with upper-level studies of music historical periods, genres, composers, cultural topics and world musics, as well as in corollary fields in other arts and humanities.

The music history curriculum at CCM consists primarily of the study of western and non-western music and music literature of the past and present. It also develops music theory, musicianship, analytical techniques and functional piano skills. Students will perform in ensembles, study on an instrument at the secondary level and create a senior capstone research project. The program explores music and musical sources from ancient times to modern in vocal, instrumental and electronic/computer media. 

The program also includes contextual studies in the liberal arts and foreign languages, all of which enable the student to understand conditions under which music was written and performed. Performance opportunities in early music labs and world music labs complement those in the traditional ensembles.

Career Opportunities

Most careers related to music history require graduate degrees in music history or library science. The BM in music history program provides excellent preparation for graduate study in most fields of music. Opportunities include music history educator, music librarian in a university, public, private library, or other institutional setting, archivist or preservationist for a museum or institute, music promotions, arts management and music journalism.

Advantages to studying at CCM 

The study of music history at CCM presents a special opportunity to pursue an essentially academic discipline in a performance-oriented school. CCM offers MM and PhD degrees in music history and musicology, respectively, so the undergraduate music history major has an opportunity to mingle with graduate students at varying stages of professional development. Equally important, CCM gives students opportunities to study with internationally recognized musicologists along with providing exceptional ensemble experience.

In addition to outstanding artist-faculty and degree programs, CCM offers the advantage of being located in a city long known for its intense interest in the performing arts. Major musical events are held frequently. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs in beautiful Music Hall as well as in its summer home, Riverbend Music Center. The Cincinnati May Festival is the oldest continuous choral festival of its kind in the nation, and the Cincinnati Opera brings major artists to the city. The Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum, Museum of Natural History, Contemporary Arts Center, Playhouse in the Park and Cincinnati Ballet Company offer outstanding cultural opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Graduation from an accredited high school, generally in the top one-third of the graduating class. An official high school transcript must be submitted.

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college-preparatory subjects: 

  • English (4 units) 
  • College-preparatory Mathematics (3 units) 
  • Science (2 units) 
  • Social Science (2 units) 
  • Foreign Language (2 units) 
  • Fine Arts (1 unit) 
  • Additional college-prep subjects (2 units)
For specific admission requirements, see the CCM Application Handbook on the CCM Admissions page.