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

May 16  

Achievement Festival/Showcase

May 17 

Jazz Extravaganza, 4 p.m., Corbett Auditorium

Guitar for the Young educators workshop, 2-4 p.m. 

Acting Certificate Showcase,
2 p.m., Cohen Studio Theater,  CCM

May 20

Performance TBA, 5 p.m., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

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

What's new

May 16 festival/showcase schedule announced

With performances, try-it classes, snacks and fun, our annual Achievement Festival/Showcase, Saturday, May 16, is THE event of the school year at CCM Preparatory. Check out the schedule of events.

Workshop for guitar teachers offered May 17

CCM Preparatory hosts Guitar for the Young, a guitar teachers workshop from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, May 17, at CCM. Cost is $25; for more information and registration instructions, click here.

Here's the cast for
summer's Internet Cats

CCM Preparatory's summer program CenterStage! has announced its cast list for its production of Brief Interviews with Internet Cats. Follow this link to see it.

Register now for our Summer 2015 programs

Take a look at our 2015 Summer Page to see the fun coming up this summer for music, theater and dance students at CCM Preparatory. 

Winners, givers among
CCM Prep achievers

Check out our new Students & Faculty Update page for the latest on CCM Preparatory people.

DiMario scholars to be announced May 16

We will be announcing the 2015 Gino James DiMario Scholarship recipients at noon on Saturday, May 16, during our Achievement Festival.  Applicants have until until May 1 to apply. Visit the DiMario scholarship page for more information.

Teens welcome to help summer programs

We need apprentices for our summer programs. If you're a teen who enjoys  working with children and who has an interest in music, dance or theatre, please consider applying for our apprentice program. More information here; applications are due May 1.

Renew your support with Kroger card

Time to start or renew your Kroger card support! If your local Kroger purchases supports CCM Preparatory (and we hope they do!) you need to renew your support this month (see more below). Our number is #83237. If you need assistance, please call 1-866-221-4141.

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.

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A special message for friends of Andrew Millar

As many of you know, our esteemed colleague and piano instructor Dr. Andrew Millar has been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumor. He is undergoing chemotherapy, and many friends of CCM Preparatory have asked how they can help. Here are a few of our suggestions:

1. Financially -- either through Paypal or directly to Andrew. If you wish to use Paypal, use his e-mail address. 

2. "Buy" food at the Achievement Festival recitals. We won't charge for food, but donations with proceeds to Andrew will be quite welcome. You can sign up to contribute baked goods for the festival here.

3. Attend the fundraiser recital at the Wyoming Center for the Arts on June 5, 7-8:30 p.m. ($20/ticket). For additional details, please e-mail Mini Ayachit  or phone: 513-504-4425.

4. Volunteer to mow their lawn. They have the machinery. It's about an acre and takes about 1½ hours. Please e-mail Amy Gregg to schedule, and please say that you received this request through CCM Preparatory.

5. E-mail a card to Andrew at andrewpmillar 

6. Visit (e-mail first to schedule).

Thanks to all who have helped so far. We appreciate your donations and expressions of concern.