CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep
dance teacher and young student

to CCM Preparatory

Welcome video

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 Preparatory offers classes and preparation for college study and a future in the performing arts. For anyone at any skill level, we can provide enjoyable and accessible arts 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 Preparatory is a founding member of the Music Development Program.


Upcoming Events

July 31

Camp Curtain Call Getting to Know – The Sound of Music performance, 7:30 p.m., Cohen Studio Theater

Aug. 1

Camp Curtain Call Getting to Know - The Sound of Music performance, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Cohen Studio Theater

Cincinnati Children’s Choir Festival, 3 p.m., Corbett Auditorium

2015-16 School Year

(Dates subject to change)

Aug. 22

Placement auditions

Aug. 29

Preparatory Department classes begin

Sept. 5

No classes (Labor Day weekend)

Oct. 24

Homecoming – No classes

Please see the Calendar Page for more dates in the 2015-16 school year.

What's new

Bella Luna hosts benefit
for Preparatory teacher

This Tuesday and Wednesday, Bella Luna restaurant and the Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition present a fund-raiser to benefit CCM Preparatory piano instructor Dr. Andrew Millar, diagnosed this year with a rare form of cancer. From 4:30-10 p.m., July 28-29, the restaurant will donate a portion of dinner receipts in Millar's support. Details here!

Camp Bravo comes
to Mt. Washington 

This summer, CCM Preparatory offers an additional version of its summer musical theater program Camp Bravo (for students age 9-14) from Aug. 10-14 at Mt. Washington Elementary, 1730 Mears Ave. Cost is $225; call us at 513-556-2595 or e-mail for additional information. Details here! 

Mark calendar for
Arts Day Aug. 15

Join CCM Preparatory staff at the Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition's Arts Day on Aug. 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,at the Sycamore Senior Center,  4455 Carver Woods Drive, Cincinnati. You'll find musical instrument making, an instrument petting zoo, dance demonstrations and much more. Details here!

2015-16 program watch:
Audition sign-up sheets

Students now can sign up to audition for 2015-16 programs and classes that require auditions (either for entry or for placement) by visiting The Audition Page. Further information on offerings will be announced in coming weeks. These programs and classes include:

Preparatory Brass Choir
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble
Cincinnati Jr. Youth Wind Ensemble
CCM Youth Jazz Orchestra
Jazz Explosion
Jazz Combos

Theatre Arts
Junior Musical Theatre Intensive
Acting Levels II-IV
Honors Program
Musical Theatre Intensive
Honors/Certificate Acting


Ballet, levels 2-7
CCM Youth Ballet Company
Music Theatre Dance
Tap (upper level)

2 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.

Help! The document link won't download!

If you're having trouble opening linked documents on this site, installing this Adobe Reader program, free for most users, should solve the problem.

adobe reader