Music Education

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CCM's Division of Music Education offers formal programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Education, Master of Music (MM) in Music Education and Master of Music Education (MME).

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.

Each year, CCM's Music Education program serves 80-90 students in residence in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Drawing upon widely varied institutional and community resources, bachelors and masters degrees are offered which:

  • integrate the high quality of music training and experience available in a conservatory environment with a strong program of liberal education and professional-pedagogical preparation,
  • draw upon the diversity of music teaching settings within the Cincinnati community (i.e., urban and suburban, school-based and community-based), and 
  • are tailored to individual needs and interests through double degree options and, at the graduate level, through specialization studies in areas such as arts administration, choral, orchestral and wind conducting, dance, music theater, early childhood education, educational administration, jazz studies, Orff-Schulwerk, performance, and instrumental music education.

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.

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.

Faculty

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Amy C. Beegle

Associate Professor of Music Education (General Music)

513-556-9505

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Kimberly Buczek

Adjunct Instructor of Music Education

513-556-3442

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Eva G. Floyd

Professor of Music Education, Director of CCM Community Women's Choir

513-556-9506

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Betty Anne Gottlieb

Interim Division Head and Associate Professor Educator of Music Education (Strings), Director of New Horizons Orchestra

513-556-9530

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Matthew Schatt

Associate Professor of Music Education

513-556-9511

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Paul Schrameck

Adjunct Instructor of Music Education

513-556-6017


Staff

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Suzanne M Wright

Executive Staff Assistant for Music Education and Keyboard Studies

513-556-6017

The Music Education Division is located on the fifth 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.

Music Education programs at CCM grew out of the rich musical and educational traditions of the "Queen City of the West." While formal programs of music teacher preparation were not initiated until the early 1920s, music instruction in the Cincinnati Public Schools was introduced 60 years earlier. This instruction represented a pioneering effort in a number of ways.

  • Charles Aiken was the first paid music teacher in the public schools. (1843)
  • In Cincinnati's first public high school, students had required music instruction for two periods per week for all four years. (1847)
  • Students in grades 2-6 were released from "academic" subjects to receive instruction in the first "Class Piano" instruction program in the United States.
  • Innovative liaisons were established between school and professional music organizations, such as the Cincinnati May Festival and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
  • Early programs of music teacher preparation were undertaken by both the College of Music and the Conservatory of Music in affiliation with the University of Cincinnati. These programs were designed according to the standards of conservatory training and a university education, and shaped by the cultural and educational context of Cincinnati.
  • The College and the Conservatory merged in 1955 and officially became a unit of the University in 1962.

News and Events

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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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Get to know CCM’s newest faculty/staff members and unit heads

October 17, 2022

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music welcomes six new full-time faculty members and six new staff members to its roster of distinguished performing and media arts experts this fall. In addition, the college is also welcoming five current faculty members into new leadership roles for 2022-23.

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

October 11, 2022

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 ccmsummer@uc.edu if you have questions.

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