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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.

What is Music Education?

The music education program prepares the future elementary and secondary school music teacher. From an initial core program, through the variety provided by two available specialty tracks (instrumental and choral/general), students develop functional, realistic music teaching skills. Graduates of the program are licensed by the state of Ohio to teach music pre-K - 12.  (The Ohio license for music teaching is honored by most states with little or no additional course work.)

The music education profession seeks good musicians who are eager to share their enthusiasm -- both qualities are essential.  It is not enough to be a respectable solo performer. Music education majors must also be able to communicate in the classroom, serve as leaders and organizers, and encourage and motivate promising talent. 

Career Possibilities

Graduates are employed in both the public- and private-school sectors. Students apply for and receive a special provisional license from the state of Ohio permitting them to teach music pre-K - 12.  Through reciprocity agreements, this license is valid in many other states. Placement rate within the profession for CCM music education graduates is 100 percent.

This profession also is fundamental to many other musical careers, whether player, singer, coach, conductor or composer.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

All programs at CCM are enhanced by the enormous wealth of musical talent and opportunity that abounds as part of the CCM experience. Few schools in America can match the quality of our performing ensembles or the international faculty. The music education program provides students with realistic, challenging teaching/learning situations for each of the four years of study. Many music education courses meet in public schools for such realistic training situations. 

For the junior and senior years, students select the specialty track that best meets their professional interests and expectations. 

In the senior year, one of two semesters is devoted solely to student teaching, and the student’s time and effort are controlled completely by the supervising faculty and the cooperating school. The other semester of the year are spent polishing music and teaching skills, completing remaining required courses, and fulfilling any free electives.

The Music Education Division enjoys a 100 percent placement rate of its graduates.

Special Programs

Most students participate in a teaching internship during their junior year which is assigned by the faculty in conjunction with the Preparatory Department or a local school.  This internship allows students a practical, hands-on teaching opportunity that is usually nested in-house and that provides a valuable opportunity teaching and interacting with children prior to student teaching during the senior year.

Admission Requirements

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

Graduation Requirements

The music education faculty expects music education students to exhibit those characteristics appropriate for effective teaching throughout the program and to make satisfactory progress toward the degree. Other specific retention criteria are as follows:

  1. Be in good standing, free from academic, disciplinary or musical probation.
  2. All required courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better; minimum cumulative GPA for graduation is 3.00.

The continuous evaluation of student progress throughout the program is made possible by the semesterly audit and advising system in the Music Education Division. In addition, the progress of all students is reviewed at the completion of the second year by the entire music education faculty in order to determine admission to upper division status. Failure to pass this review will result in dismissal from the program.

Student teaching, under the guidance of a cooperating teacher and university supervisor, is the capstone of this program. To be eligible for a student teaching assignment, students must meet the following requirements: 

  1. Satisfy the retention criteria listed above.
  2. Have removed all unsatisfactory grades from their records (I, U, F, N. etc.).
  3. Have successfully passed the secondary piano music education examination.
  4. Have completed all required course work in the professional education and musicianship areas. 

A student who has, in the opinion of the music education faculty, failed to demonstrate acceptable characteristics and competencies will not be recommended for graduation. Upon successful completion of the music education program, students are eligible for pre-K - 12 music licensure in Ohio and many other states.

State Required Testing

All music education students must complete and pass -- according to current Ohio licensure standards -- Praxis II during or before the academic year in which they student teach. (It is recommended that students complete approximately three-fourths of their course work before taking the exam.) Praxis II scores, as currently required by the Ohio Department of Education, must be on file before a student will be permitted to student teach or be recommended for graduation and an Ohio teaching license.


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

CCM is fully accredited by, and is a charter member of, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).  Teacher education programs are also approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).