Commercial Music Production

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CCM’s bachelor of music degree in Commercial Music Production (CMP) offers a comprehensive education in professional commercial music studies.

This unique program combines core training in music theory, composition, arranging and musicianship combined with recording studio techniques, commercial music and media technologies.

Although this degree includes music production, editing, business and studio technical training, it is important to note that this is music degree, not a music technology, music industry, audio or recording degree. Successful CMP applicants are expected to have significant musical training and study.

The CMP degree includes an additional emphasis on entrepreneurial business acumen by inclusion of a Minor in Entrepreneurship from UC’s Lindner College of Business. This creates a vibrant and exclusive educational experience that provides graduates with numerous opportunities for meaningful employment in the music industry.

Graduates will possess skills in these areas:

  • composition for television and commercial media
  • producing, mixing, running live sound
  • songwriting and scoring
  • music technology and related technologies
  • studio production techniques (editing, mixing and mastering)
  • film scoring
  • music business and entrepreneurship
  • career management
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Kimberly A. Buczek

Adjunct Instructor of Voice

513-556-3442

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Brian D. Cashwell

Adjunct Instructor of Jazz and Commercial Music Production

513-556-2700

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Nick Martin Fryer

Adjunct Instructor of Guitar

513-556-2696

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Ellen V. Graham

Adjunct Instructor of Voice

513-556-3442

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Thomas A. Haines

Professor of Commercial Music Production

513-556-9497

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Richard Hordinski

Adjunct Professor in General Studies (Commercial Music)

513-556-6046

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Aaron Jacobs

Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Studies (Bass and Combos)

513-556-2696

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Dan Karlsberg

Adjunct Instructor; CCM Prep Master Teacher, Jazz Piano

513-556-2696

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Brad Thomas Myers

Adjunct Instructor

513-556-2696

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Kim C. Pensyl

Director of Commercial Music Production; Professor of Commercial Music Production and Jazz Studies; Division Head, General Studies

513-633-4606

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John W. Taylor

Instructor - Adj

513-556-2696

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Andrew C Villemez

Assistant Professor-Educator

501-517-0491

CCM's undergraduate admissions process begins on August 1 for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Pre-screening and Audition Requirements

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • MP3 audio files consisting of two original compositions in any style
    • These recordings may be from live performances, studio productions or computer generated via sequenced MIDI tracks or files exported from notation software programs
  • Scores, lead sheets, chord charts or chord charts with lyrics of the submitted compositions
    • It is highly recommended that the submitted scores, lead sheets and chord charts be the same as the submitted recordings. This will give you the best chance to receive an audition.
    • Finale or Sibelius software is encouraged, although handwritten scores are acceptable for the pre-screening
  • Documentation of your role in all submitted materials
    • Note if you performed on the original songs and what instrument/instruments you played
    • Note if you engineered and/or produced the recording
    • List the instrument/voice that you would take for applied lessons if admitted to the program

Audition

Audition Requirements

  • Performance of two original compositions 
    • Applicant needs to bring four copies of a score or lead sheet for the compositions performed.
  • Interview that will consist of:
    • Your knowledge and use of technology, like Logic and Pro Tools
    • Your musical background development in school and private lessons
    • Your experience, performances, and productions
    • Your career goals
    • Other questions could involve your main areas of interest

Additional Information

  • Applicants should have a major instrument for audition purposes; vocalists and non-traditional instruments are encouraged to apply. All instruments are considered. 
  • Although this degree includes music production, editing, business and studio technical training, it is important to note that this is a music degree, not a degree in music technology, music industry, audio or recording. Successful CMP applicants are expected to have significant musical training and study.

If you are composing songs in any style (singer/ songwriter, jazz composers, classical composers, film scorers, rock and roll, computer music, R&B, country, etc.) and have working theory knowledge and are able to write out your compositions in a clear way, you may be a good candidate for this program. CMP is an ideal program for applicants interested in studio production, recording, and the editing side of the industry.

An ability to read and write music is required for entrance into the CMP program.

Applicants should have a major instrument for audition purposes; vocalists and non-traditional instruments are encouraged to apply, all instruments are considered.

Although this degree includes music production, editing, business and studio technical training, it is important to note that this is music degree, not a degree in music technology, music industry, audio or recording. Successful CMP applicants are expected to have significant musical training and study.

Applicants will be expected to supply at least two examples of their original compositions, tunes, etc. Any style will be accepted, including classical, jazz, rock/pop, gospel, R&B, contemporary or computer generated music. Questions can be directed to Director of Commercial Music Production Kim Pensyl at pensylkc@ucmail.uc.edu.

We need to see the actual scores or lead sheets showing clearly notated rhythm, pitches, chords (as applicable), etc. The more detail the better. We will also need to review recordings of these pieces. These can be live, studio, or computer-generated MIDI performances, but you must be able to provide MP3 versions. You will need to upload these along with your application; see below for details.

Please Note: If you are working in a computer-generated music platform such as Ableton or Pro Tools, simply printing a totally computer-produced print out for submission is not generally acceptable. The scores should be readable by actual performers. Your score should demonstrate your ability to notate the music you have composed.


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