CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep
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to CCM Preparatory

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Whether you are interested in Music, Dance or Theatre Arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department is sure to have a program to meet your needs or pique your interest. For motivated and talented students, CCM Prep offers classes and preparation for college study and a future in the performing arts. For anyone at any skill level, we can provide fun and learning opportunities.

Our students have gone on to major colleges including CCM, Northwestern, Baldwin-Wallace, University of Southern California and the University of Michigan. Several of our students have been featured on NPR's “From the Top,” as well as Broadway touring productions and competitions. But most of all, we are proud of all the students who participate in our programs and leave with a profound appreciation and lifelong love for the arts. For a more thorough look at our mission, please take a look at our Overview Page.

We are pleased to offer classes at satellite locations that allow easier access to some of our programs. We also offer programs for Young Children and Adults.

Talk to us

If you have any questions about our programs or opportunities, give us a call at 513-556-2595, and we will arrange to discuss them with you by phone or at our offices on the CCM campus.

Our credentials

CCM Preparatory Department is proud to be fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theater and the National Association of the Schools of Dance. We are the only community school in the state of Ohio with this distinction. We are a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education, the Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition, and the Suzuki Association of America. CCM Prep is a founding member of The Achievement Program (TAP).


Upcoming Events

Jan. 17

Saturday classes resume following winter break

Auditions for Young Artist Concerto Competition

Jan. 19

No classes

 Jan. 21

Jazz Combo Children's Hospital Performance, 5 p.m., Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Jan. 23

Moveable Feast, CCM

Jan. 24

Master Classes Day; schedule TBA

Jan. 28

Jazz Concert Explosion and CYJO,
Patricia Corbett Theater, 7 p.m.

Please see the Calendar Page for more dates in the 2014-15 school year.


What's new

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Registration now open for Adult Chamber Weekend

Attention, adult musicians who want to play chamber music! Don’t miss our second annual Adult Chamber Music Weekend on March 20-21, 2015, hosted by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department. You'll find more information and links to register on the CCM Preparatory Adult page. For more information, e-mail Music Registrar Peggy Grant.


Looking for
adult beginners

CCM Preparatory's New Horizons Orchestra is welcoming new members to join its beginners session beginning at 10 a.m. Saturdays, starting Jan. 31, at UC Blue Ash. Call CCM Preparatory at 513-556-2595 or e-mail leader Betty Ann Gottlieb at for more information.

St. Thomas Church
joins satellite locations

CCM Preparatory now is offering private instruction in voice,  piano and other orchestral instruments at its newest satellite location, St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park. Also offered are preschool music classes and a Cincinnati Children’s Choir satellite program, all convenient to Cincinnati East Side communities including Terrace Park, Mariemont, Anderson, Milford and Indian Hill.

Volunteers needed
for Whiz Kids program

CCM Preparatory is seeking CCM students to teach in our Whiz Kids afterschool program. Interested? Find out more here.

Let us know
how we're doing

We're encourage Preparatory families to complete our annual survey to let us know how we’re doing. This is important information that we read and use to improve our operations, programs and the CCM experience. Go to; it takes only a few minutes to complete.

3 simple ways to help
CCM Preparatory

1. Kroger Community Rewards

If you have a Kroger grocery card, please register it in Kroger's Community Rewards program and Kroger will donate a portion of what you spend to CCM Preparatory, and it won't affect the Kroger points you accumulate. Each year's program expires in April, so we hope you'll re-up each spring.

► Go to

► At the upper right, click "Sign In" if you have a card, or "Create an account" if you don't. You'll receive a confirmation and verification e-mail.

► Once you sign in or confirm your account, select "My Account" and then "Account Settings." Search for "CCM Prep" under Community Rewards and designate it as your organization of choice.

2. Goodsearch.

This Yahoo!-powered search engine donates a penny to CCM Preparatory every time you use it for a Web search. Simply visit and register via your e-mail or Facebook account. When asked to designate an organization to support, enter "CCM Preparatory." You will then have a personalized page that shows how much you have contributed.

3. Volunteer!

Support CCM Preparatory with the gift of time and talent. To be added to our volunteer contact list, please e-mail Kate Loar at You are welcome to indicate ways you'd like to help and you'll get periodic e-mails about no-obligation opportunities to volunteer.

Gifts that help CCM Preparatory

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CCM Preparatory is offering two new items of swag, yours for a small donation that not only supports many worthy activities including guest teachers, financial assistance and community performances, but spreads the word about CCM Preparatory. Take home a polo shirt (red or black) for a $15 donation and a tote bag (or several) for a $3 donation each. Just stop by CCM Preparatory offices in the Corbett Center. Tip: Register CCM Preparatory on your Kroger card (it costs nothing; see below) and we'll give you a tote bag free!

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