CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep

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

Saturday, Oct. 25

DiMario Student Recital, 12:15 p.m., Werner Recital Hall

Sunday, Oct. 26

DiMario Student Recital,
3 p.m., Werner Recital Hall

Saturday, Nov. 8

Starling Chamber Orchestra,
7 p.m. Werner Recital Hall

General Music Recital, 3250 Mary Emery Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Children's Hospital performance, 5 p.m., Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Saturday, Nov. 22

Student composition recital, 12:15 p.m., Mary Emery Hall Room 3250

Guitar area recital, 12:30 p.m., Dieterle Vocal Arts Center Room 100

Sunday, Nov. 8

Starling Chamber Orchestra, 7 p.m. Werner Recital Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 11

No classes

Thursday, Nov. 27-Saturday, Nov. 29

No classes

Friday, Dec. 5

DiMario Scholarship Fund faculty recital
(invitation only)

Saturday, Dec. 6

CCM Preparatory Ballet Company performance with Cincinnati Community Orchestra,
7:30 p.m., Our Savior Methodist Church

Monday, Dec. 8

CYWE and Jr. CYWE, 7 p.m. Corbett Auditorium

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Brass Choir, 8 p.m. Werner Recital Hall

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 12-13

Ballet Company, 7:30 p.m. Patricia Corbett Theater

Saturday, Dec. 13

Jazz Combo concert, 4 p.m., 3250 Mary Emery Hall

Suzuki String concert, 4:30 p.m., Muntz Theater, UC Blue Ash

Final day of classes before winter break

Sunday, Dec. 14

Cincinati Junior Strings, 3 p.m. Muntz Theater, UC Blue Ash

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Children's Hospital performance, 5 p.m., Cincinnati Children's Hospital

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


What's new

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.


Competition for
wind, percussion players

Woodwind, brass and percussion players in grades 9-12 are encouraged to audition for the  Young Artist Concerto Competition. Auditions take place Jan. 17. 2015, and competition winners will perform a concerto with the CCM Wind Orchestra on March 11, 2015. Deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 14. Competition details here.

Coming in January: Harp!

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Beginning in January 2015, CCM Preparatory will offer an opportunity to learn to play one of the most beautiful and fascinating of musical instruments through interactive group classes. More information here.

2014-15 Program Guide
now available online

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Print versions of CCM Preparatory's 2014-15 program guide, with a full list of programs, tuition rates and all kinds of useful information for students and their families are available. You can follow this link to a downloadable pdf version, or call us at 513-556-2595 and we'll mail you a copy. Note: The above link shows updates and corrections that have been made since the guide's publication.

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.

Wall St. Journal features
New Horizons group

In a recent article on the phenomenon of older adults learning or re-learning to play a musical instrument, the Wall Street Journal newspaper highlighted CCM Preparatory's New Horizons String Orchestra, now entering its second season, in a photostory. You can read the article 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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