General Studies

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CCM's Division of General Studies provides students with flexible pathways for the study of music as a cultural and artistic practice through either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or an Academic Minor program.

General Studies also offers a wide variety of Fine Arts Elective courses, which are open to all UC students. Current courses are listed in CCM's Arts for All offerings.

Academic Programs


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Ricardo Allen

Instructor - Adjunct


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Anne Ruth Barr McAllister

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies


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Steve L Beirens

Adjunct Instructor in General Studies (Dance)


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Shelina Louise Brown

Assistant Professor of American Music


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Laura Duque Molano

Instructor - Adj


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James Feist

Adjunct Assistant Professor


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Stephen Gerard Ferre

Assistant Professor/Educator, Composition, General Music


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Sarah Fischbeck (Summerwell)

Instructor - Adjunct


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Jeri Deckard Gatch

Instructor - Adjunct


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Ellen R. Harrison

Adjunct Associate Professor of Composition; CCM Prep Master Teacher, Theory and Composition


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Owen David Hopper

Instructor - Adj


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Richard Hordinski

Adjunct Professor in General Studies (Commercial Music)


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Julius Jenkins

Adjunct Instructor of Dance, Musical Theatre and General Studies


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Roger Klug

Associate Professor; Educator in General Studies (Music)


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Matthew Rush McAllister

Instructor - Adjunct


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David B McDonnell

Adjunct Instructor in General Studies (Music)


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Kim C. Pensyl

Division Head - General Studies; Program Director - Commercial Music Production; Professor of Music


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Holly B Pratt

Associate Professor of Music - Educator; Director of Music Minor Program


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Gabriel Saba

Academic Advisor; Adjunct Instructor of General Studies


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Karen E Shiota

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies (Music)


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Kazuaki Shiota

Adjunct Instructor in General Studies (Music)


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Lepa Juju Stojanovic

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies


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Kristy Swift

Assistant Professor of Musicology - Educator

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General Studies Division Head and Staff

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Kim C. Pensyl

Division Head - General Studies; Program Director - Commercial Music Production; Professor of Music


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Darlene Y. Miller

Executive Staff Assistant


CCM's undergradaute 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.

Music - BA


Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via on or before December 3 (first-year applicants) or March 3 (transfer and current UC students) in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an interview.

Please note: you must submit your UC Common application (and supplemental materials) by December 1 to be considered for UC scholarships.

Pre-screening Requirements
  • 300-word essay describing how what the BA in Music offers would further your musical interests and future career goals.
  • 500 word writing sample on any topic
  • Upload contact information for one reference 
  • Evidence of your creative process, which may include an audio or video recording of a performance, a score or musical composition, or an essay on a musical subject
Additional Information

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at CCM is a liberal arts degree that provides students with flexible pathways for the study of music as a cultural and artistic practice. Ample electives allow for a breadth of approaches to music studies, and more than half of the coursework allows students to explore courses outside of music, with possibilities for double-majors, minors, certificate programs and pre-med or pre-law coursework. Because of the liberal arts focus of this degree, students primarily interested in studying performance should apply to a bachelor of music degree in their chosen performance area instead. Private lessons in a performance area are encouraged within this program; however, if an applicant wants to study at the secondary or concentration level, the applicant will need to be admitted by faculty in the applied performance area in addition to the BA-Music program.

The BA in Music culminates in a liberal arts degree, which can be a gateway to careers in music and allied fields, including music promotions, arts administration, music therapy, journalism, enthnomusicology, musicology, music theory, composition, songwriting, commercial music production and library science.

Because of the liberal arts focus of the bachelor of arts degree, students primarily interested in performance should apply to a bachelor of music (BM) degree in their instrument.

The BA Music curriculum is flexible, and students design their coursework to emphasize particular skill areas or to complete a broader course of study that samples from all areas. Ample electives allow for the possibility to complete double-majors, minors, certificate programs (including pre-law or pre-med coursework) and to participate in study abroad opportunities. These experiences culminate in an individual capstone research project with a CCM faculty member.

The Music Minor at CCM provides students with a broad general education in Music. The minor offers non-music majors exposure to music through courses in musicology and ethnomusicology, music theory, music composition, music technology, jazz history and studies, commercial music production, and performance studies. Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. The minor is intended for students who want to develop a specialty in music that will complement other areas of study.

Application Process

All applicants must be current UC students. CCM accepts 10-15 minor applicants each year. Students interested in applying for the Music Minor should submit a complete copy of their most recent Degree Audit and a 500-word essay explaining their educational and career goals and why they wish to minor in Music. Submissions for the Music Minor should be emailed to division head Professor Kimothy Pensyl and copied to Darlene Miller, executive assistant. Questions should be directed to Darlene Miller via email or at 513-556-6046. All applications are due by Nov. 1.

In applying for the minor, students affirm their understanding that:

  • admission to advanced classes intended for music majors may be restricted;
  • certain classes may require students to supply a laptop and software applications; and
  • certain ensmbles/applied study may require the student to provide their own instrument.

Curriculum Overview

Students must complete 20 credit hours for the Music Minor. The curriculum is adaptable so that students may design their coursework to emphasize a particular skill area or to complete a broader course of study that samples from multiple areas. In addition to a Music Core of 11 credits, students in the Music minor program can choose 9 credit hours of music electives in any of the following six categories: compositional techniques, ethnographic approaches, sound technologies, cultural history, analytical techniques, and applied music-making (ensembles, choirs, labs, as appropriate). Students must take at least one 3-credit hour course at the 3000- level or above.

News and Events


Spend your summer at CCM: Explore youth, teen and adult programs

January 20, 2023

The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music provides high-caliber summer arts classes and workshops for youth, teens and adults that are open to students of all experience levels. Summer at CCM offers arts enthusiasts the chance to work with the college's world-class faculty and renowned guest artists at CCM's state-of-the-art facilities. Browse CCM's summer program offerings and find the perfect performing arts opportunity for you or for your family! Contact CCM Summer Programs at 513-556-5609 or if you have questions.


Counseling services now available to CCM students through...

January 18, 2023

CCM students can now access counseling services within the CCM Village thanks to the addition of a CAPS embedded clinician. A member of UC’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff, Dalziel Reliford-Stone (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision (LPCC-S) who will serve as an embedded clinician for CCM and DAAP. In this new position, Dalziel hopes to work with students and staff to support a culture that embraces authenticity, self-acceptance and wholeness.


CCM shares spring 2023 schedule of major performances and events

November 22, 2022

Audiences are invited to return to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) concert halls and theaters to experience world-class performances and presentations by the next generation of performing and media artists! The college’s spring 2023 schedule of free and ticketed events is now available. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on Monday, Nov. 28, through the CCM Box Office.

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