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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.


Music Education

What is Music Education?

The Division of Music Education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers formal programs of study leading to Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Music Education. Drawing upon widely varied institutional and community resources, these programs integrate the high quality of music training and experience available in a conservatory environment with a strong program of pedagogical preparation.

Graduates of these programs enjoy a 100% placement rate, most often as school music teachers, community arts personnel, church musicians, faculty members at colleges and universities, and students in advanced programs of study.

Career Possibilities

Music Education graduates and faculty have a major impact on the musical life of the city, the region and the nation through teaching in schools, colleges and universities, conducting and performing as principal chairs in major symphony orchestras, singing in lead roles in opera houses throughout the world, and providing leadership through membership and elected positions with professional music and education organizations.



The continuous evaluation of student progress throughout the program is made possible by the routine course audit checks and advising system in the Music Education Division.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Graduate Assistantships: Graduate Assistantships are also awarded based on talent and merit and in consideration of current needs, both instructional and administrative. This can be discussed at the time of the applicant's interview. Those awarded an assistantship will receive a scholarship plus a monthly stipend. The Graduate Assistant's work in the Music Education Division may range from 10 to 20 hours a week.

Graduate Assistants in Music Education are assigned a variety of responsibilities. Some of these possibilities include:

  • Instructor of Techniques Classes - Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Voice, String
  • Instructor of Fine Arts Experience, Sight-singing lessons
  • Assistant Conductor of Wind, Choral or String Ensembles
  • Teaching Assistant in Music Education Methods Courses
  • Research Assistant
  • Music Education Technology Specialist
  • Center for Music Education Coordinator/Assistant
  • Bearcat Bands
  • E-portfolio Coordinator

Other duties may be assigned based on Division needs or in an area of student expertise.

The Graduate Assistant work hours (10-20) correlate to the amount of stipend awarded. Preparation time for courses taught by Graduate Assistants is included as part of their weekly assignment. Assignments will normally include several areas of responsibility.

Those interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship must so indicate on their application to the College-Conservatory of Music. Those applying for assistantships must submit a resumé, a teaching philosophy, and have a personal interview in Cincinnati.

Facilities: The Music Education Division is located on the 5th floor of Mary Emery Hall: "The Penthouse" of CCM. Division Resources for students include a full research library and computer lab.

The library contains band and orchestra method books and scores, basal series, choral scores and general reference works.

The computer lab is equipped with six Apple iMac computers, each with a Yamaha PSR-640 keyboard. Software includes Microsoft Office, Safari, Finale, Sibelius, Pyware 3D Java and other programs.

There is audio-visual equipment available (for reviewing and/or recording lessons and music) and a Yamaha Clavinova electric piano for practicing. The lab also serves as a meeting/conference area with space for studying, academic discussions or talking with friends.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines 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 Music Education

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West


University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-9527
Dr. Ann Porter