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CCM: About
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.

What is Harp?

The harp program at the UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is acknowledged to be one of the leading programs among major conservatories. This program leads to a performance degree specializing in the technique and performance of the harp.

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

Career Possibilities

For harpists who wish to perform, the opportunities are diverse: symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, choral accompanying, opera, musicals, ballet and contemporary ensembles. Teaching positions are plentiful and private harp instructors are in great demand. Freelance work for the harpist is unlimited, dependent only on the artistic bent and imagination of the individual.

The job market for harpists in the performance area has become highly competitive. Many harp majors pursue graduate programs to broaden their repertoire as soloists and as ensemble performers. Doing so, they can meet the challenge of becoming highly qualified for their career.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

In addition to outstanding artist-faculty and degree programs, CCM offers the advantage of being located in Cincinnati, a city long known for its intense interest in the performing arts. Major musical events are held frequently. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs in the beautiful and historic Music Hall as well as in its summer home, Riverbend Music Center. The Cincinnati May Festival is the oldest continuous choral festival of its kind in the nation, and the Cincinnati Opera brings major artists to the city. Other major events are the Taft Chamber Concerts and the Broadway Subscription Series. The Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum, Museum of Natural History, Contemporary Arts Center, Playhouse in the Park and Cincinnati Ballet offer outstanding cultural opportunities.

With potential access to more than 900 student, faculty and guest performances each year, along with the advantages of small classes and concerned and dedicated faculty, CCM students benefit from a rich environment of academic and musical interchange.

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.