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The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.

Why study Percussion?

The UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) percussion program is devoted to meeting the demands of today's percussionists, from traditional orchestral playing to various ethnic interests, to the most innovative contemporary techniques of chamber performance, including computers and live electronic music.

Unique to CCM's program is the teacher/student ratio (about 1:6), allowing for highly individualized attention, daily interaction and close monitoring of progress. The faculty percussion group itself is a critical resource. Students have the opportunity to observe faculty practicing their craft on a regular basis while exploring the latest developments in percussion performance and literature. Frequent travel to concerts throughout the world keeps the group abreast of contemporary performance and disciplinary trends. Years of performing and teaching experiences help encourage a flexible, open approach in which students thrive and prepare for percussion careers in the new century.

In addition to talent, the successful student will benefit from such attributes as academic competency, good training and discipline, dedication and perseverance.

Career Possibilities

Throughout the United States and Europe, CCM percussion graduates are employed as timpanists, percussionists and soloists in major and regional orchestras, opera companies, contemporary chamber groups, armed services bands, and as faculty at all levels of educational institutions. For percussionists who wish to be music educators, a wealth of opportunities exists in primary and secondary teaching levels. The percussion and education programs prepare percussionists for these careers, whether they are interested in more general music education programs, or more specific areas such as marching band, college percussion department jobs, and the like.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) performs two concerts per week. Frequent performances by the opera, ballet, pops, and chamber orchestra are also part of the area's dynamic performing arts culture. The percussion group has maintained a close professional relationship with the CSO's percussion section over the years, and students are urged to take advantage of that excellent resource. The jazz division includes a resident drumset faculty member and offers a complete program of courses which are of interest to many percussionists.

The percussion facilities include a centrally located suite of eight practice rooms, which currently house four sets of timpani (including Ringer and Walter Light drums), five marimbas, three vibraphones, three xylophones, three sets of orchestra bells, many snare drums (including Hinger, Clevelander, and other specialty drums), steel drums, and an array of other instruments. (Students’ instruments often supplement this supply.) In addition, the group's studio contains an extensive collection of traditional and exotic instruments accumulated through years of national and international touring.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.

Graduation Requirements

Several months before graduation, each candidate for a degree must file a formal application for degree with the college office. If a student fails to properly complete this application process, the university will not be responsible for the student's graduation. A minimum of one year in residence as a full-time student is required of all students wishing to apply for any degree awarded by CCM.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

CCM's founding schools (the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the College of Music of Cincinnati) were both charter members of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The requirements for entrance and graduation in all music programs are in accordance with the published regulations of NASM.