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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.


Jazz Studies

What is Jazz Studies?

The Jazz Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is designed for the student seeking a professional career in jazz and related fields of contemporary music. The philosophical objective is to develop the special talents of the creative jazz artist as well as the flexible skills required of the successful, well-rounded musician.

Frequent rehearsals, recitals, and concerts provide the opportunity for students to work closely with the faculty and, in some cases present student/faculty collaborative performances. In addition to the 13 jazz faculty in residence, numerous visiting artists present workshops and joint performances with students. Jazz Studies majors also enjoy the advantage of the myriad of classes, ensembles and workshops offered by CCM's many other departments.


The MM degree is primarily a performance degree and, as such, chiefly focuses on the musical and artistic training necessary for a career as a jazz soloist, studio musician, live performer, composer, arranger or educator. Additional areas concentrate on developing 21st century skills for the jazz artist and entrepreneur, such as sound reinforcement, digital recording and editing, studio production, and music business. Elective studies include electronic music, 20th century music theory and history, and ethnic and world musics. The degree not only reflects, but also seeks to anticipate important artistic and professional trends in the field.

The curriculum offers a cutting edge and high level artistic, technological, and musical experience to our graduate students within a vibrant and highly creative environment. World-renowned faculty perform regularly on campus and in the community as a continual example of CCM’s artistic expectations and possibilities. The curriculum has been strategically revised to maximize the student experience and to better prepare graduates to propel their professional artistic careers to ever-higher levels.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

CCM Jazz Students enjoy the advantages of the comprehensive performing arts and electronic media facilities in the newly renovated CCM Village. Jazz performing groups present concerts and recitals in Corbett Auditorium, Patricia Corbett Theater, Watson Recital Hall, and in the beautiful Werner Recital Hall.

In addition, specific Jazz Studies Program facilities include a new digital recording and editing studio; a MIDI lab, computer workstations for music notation and sequencing programs; a state-of-the-art, computer-based teaching/presentation “smart classroom;” and rehearsal halls for jazz combos, big bands, and other student-organized performing groups. For more complex and involved recording projects, the Electronic Media division offers extensive state-of-the art recording facilities. Jazz wind players, pianists, and vocalists utilize practice rooms in Memorial Hall, while jazz guitarists, bassists, and drummers have dedicated practice and storage rooms in close proximity to the rehearsal halls and performance theaters. In addition to CCM’s Gorno Memorial Music Library, the Jazz Studies Program has its own Jazz Record Library housing over 10,000 historic LPs .

The Visiting Jazz Artist Workshop Series features clinics by renowned jazz artists who perform with the students and present clinics, critiques, and lectures. There are approximately 5-10 guest artists each year. A selected list of visiting artists is provided below (by instrument):

Trumpet: Terence Blanchard, Dominick Farinacci, Tim Hagans, Clay Jenkins, John McNeil, Barry Ries, Red Rodney, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Byron Stripling, Steven Bernstein, Alex Norris, Bobby Shew, Louis Smith, Terell Stafford, Marvin Stamm, Ira Sullivan, Ray Vega
Sax: Benny Golson, Loren Schoenberg, Tim Warfield, JD Allen, Greg Abate, Jamey Aebersold, Harry Allen, Tim Armacost, Don Braden, Nick Brignola, Gordon Brisker, Jeff Clayton, Jerry Coker, Eddie Daniels, Frank Foster, Kenny Garrett, Frank Griffith, Scott Hamilton, Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Michael Moore, Ken Peplowski, Rich Perry, Dave Pietro,Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Tim Reis, Dave Riekenberg, Charlie Rouse, Bud Shank,Jim Snidero, Norris Turney, Gene Walker, Bobby Watson, Walt Weiskopf, Steve Wilson, Phil Woods
Trombone: David Baker, Michael Dease, John Fedchock, Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton, Conrad Herwig, Paul McKee, Rick Simerly, Jiggs Whigham
Piano: Bill Charlap, Dado Maroni, Ted Rosenthal, Christian Sands, Gerald Clayton, George Duke, Hal Galper, Fred Hersch, Ahmad Jamal, Andy Laverne, Chuck Marohnic, Jim McNeely, Mulgrew Miller, Donald Brown, Jovino Santos-Neto,  Wlodek Pawlik, Kenny Werner, James Williams
Guitar: John Abercrombie, Roni Ben-Hur, Gene Bertoncini, Corey Christiansen, Dave Stryker, Joshua Breakstone, Dave Cliff, Mark Elf, Dan Faehnle, Bruce Forman, Ken Karsh, Peter Leitch, John Pizzarelli, John Scofield, Jack Wilkins
Bass: John Clayton, David Friesen, Paul Keller, Christian McBride, Jacek Niedziela, Frank Proto, Andre Vasconcellos, Drew Gress
Drums: Dennis Mackrel, Louis Bellson, Bill Berry, Obed Calvaire, Jamey Haddad, Tim Froncek, Dana Hall, Billy Hart, Airto Moeira, Erivelton Silva, Roland Vazquez
Composers:  Maria Schneider, Gerald Wilson, Jim McNeely, Steven Bernstein, Kenny Wheeler

The Greater Cincinnati Area

The metropolitan area of Greater Cincinnati and the tri-state region provide a busy and diverse working environment for jazz, classical, and commercial musicians, and many students find professional playing opportunities off-campus. In addition to major arts organizations like the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, venues such as Riverbend Music Center, US Bank Arena, and Aronoff Center for the Arts present music by international touring artists. Numerous jazz clubs feature local groups, often including CCM students. Many students like that Cincinnati is a major cultural center, but still a city that is a “livable” size.

Admission Requirements

For admissions criteria and deadline dates please visit the CCM Admissions website.


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.

Quick Facts

Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West


University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-9447
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