CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep

Prep musicians: Sign up now to perform at the Achievement Festival   May 17!

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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

Friday-Saturday, April 25-26

Youth Ballet Company concert 7:30 p.m. Patricia Corbett Theater

Saturday, April 26

UC Graduation  NO CLASSES

Sunday, April 27

Ballet Recital, 2 p.m., Patricia Corbett Theater

       Monday, April 28

Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble/Jr. CYWE concert, 7 p.m. Corbett

Wednesday, April 30

Brass choir concert, 8 p.m., Werner Hall

Friday, May 2

Spring Musical: Xanadu Jr., 7 p.m., Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM. Tickets $15 adults, $12 students

Saturday, May 3

Spring Musical: Xanadu Jr., 7 p.m., Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM. Tickets $15 adults, $12 students

Suzuki String Concert, 3 p.m., Patricia Corbett Theater

Sunday, May 4

Cincinnati Children's Choir, 4 p.m., Christ's Church at Mason, 5165 Western Row Road, Mason ($15 general, $6 students, free to UC students)

Saturday, May 10

Cincinnati Children's Choir concerts

Sunday, May 11

Cincinnati Junior Strings concert, 3 p.m., UC Blue Ash

Saturday, May 17

Prep Showcase, Patricia Corbett Theater

Achievement Festival    


Starling Chamber Music Bash, 5 p.m. Watson

Sunday, May 18

Certificate Acting 2 Showcase, 1 p.m., Cohen Family Theater

Jazz Extravaganza, 4 p.m. Patricia Corbett Theater

 Please see the Calendar Page for a full schedule of 2013-14 CCM Preparatory dates. 


What's new

Cast list for Center Stage summer show announced

The cast list for the Summer 2014 Center Stage production Hoodie has been announced; please check here for details.

Don't miss CCM Prep talents in shows this week

The CCM Preparatory Department proudly presents its annual spring productions with the CCM Prep Ballet and Junior Musical Theatre. Tickets for both productions are on sale now.

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On Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater, the CCM Youth Ballet Company, Jr. Company and Mini company perform traditional and contemporary works including Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The Junior Musical Theatre will perform Xanadu, Jr. the following weekend at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 2, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. More info on shows and tickets here.

Help us throw a party!

To help our May 17 end of the year festivities we could use a little help from CCM Preparatory families. First of all, please come! There are lots of performances to attend, vendors to browse, activities and our annual picnic. Second, please visit our sign-up site here to see how you can help by donating snacks, drinks or helping hands at the picnic.

Summer programs lineup announced

Our lineup of Summer Arts Immersion programs (most run from July 7-19) for high school age students is now available, as well as our full lineup of summer programs. Take a look!

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!

Help CCM Preparatory by shopping

Kroger grocery customers can earn money for CCM Preparatory by registering your Kroger card through a Kroger program that donates millions to learning institutions. Registering will NOT detract from your personal Kroger points. Follow the following steps:
1. Go to the Kroger Community Rewards web site.
2. Select the green “Enroll” button next to Cincinnati, Ohio
3. If you have already registered your Kroger card online, sign in on the left side of the screen. Otherwise, follow the prompts on the right side to register your card. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to verify that your card has been registered.
4. Once you have signed in or clicked on the link in your confirmation e-mail, select “My Account” and then “Account Settings.”
5. Under the “Community Rewards” tab, search using the organization name “CCM Prep” OR the CCM Prep organization number: "83237.”
6. Save your selection and registration is complete. Thank you for your support of CCM Preparatory.

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