Why study Music Education?

CCM’s Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education prepares future music teachers to serve as leaders in elementary and secondary schools. Prestigious faculty, performance opportunities and location in one of the country’s premier cities for the arts make this program the perfect choice for music education students looking to maximize their talents and gain an incomparable musical and academic education as they prepare to become pre-K–12 school music teachers.

Through an initial core program and three available specialty tracks (jazz, instrumental and choral/general), students develop functional, realistic music teaching skills. Students gain breadth and experience by working in Cincinnati’s diverse offering of music teaching settings (i.e., urban and suburban, school-based and community-based, public and private) and benefit from high quality professional-pedagogical preparation, a strong program of liberal education and experiences available in a conservatory environment. Students apply for and receive a special provisional license from the state of Ohio, permitting them to teach music pre-K–12. Through reciprocity agreements, this license is valid in many other states.

Music Education graduates and faculty have a major impact on the musical life of the city, the region and the nation as school music teachers, community arts personnel, church musicians and faculty members at colleges and universities. This profession also is fundamental to many other musical careers, whether player, singer, coach, conductor or composer. The program boasts a 100% employment rate.

CCM is a college within the University of Cincinnati, a major undergraduate university and graduate research institution of more than 40,000 students. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world’s stage.

Admission Requirements

CCM’s admission requirements vary by program. Please visit the CCM Admissions website for additional information. All programs require both the appropriate University application followed by a pre-screening submission via CCM's Acceptd website, which must be completed and uploaded by Dec. 1.

Graduates of CCM’s Music Education 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 have a major impact on the musical life of their communities and the nation at large 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.

Described by The New York Times as "one of this country's leading conservatories," CCM offers students unparalleled opportunities to perform, learn and live in a thriving next-generation city known for its intense interest in the performing and media arts.

Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, CCM’s state-of-the-art facilities provide a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment. The college serves as the largest single source of performing and media arts events in Ohio, and few schools can match the quality of its performing ensembles and theatrical productions.

CCM’s roster of eminent faculty offers professional training in all areas of the performing and media arts, including composition, musicology, theory, conducting, music education, opera, musical theatre, acting, technical arts for the stage, dance, arts administration and electronic media. Members of CCM’s faculty regularly receive distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and many maintain strong professional ties to the region’s leading arts entities.

Students will find an immensely competitive but mutually supportive and personalized “family” atmosphere. With its emphasis on experienced-based learning, CCM provides students with access to internship and performance opportunities with major organizations like the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Cincinnati Ballet. Students also benefit from the fact that Cincinnati frequently hosts major media and performing arts events and is home to the newly renovated Music Hall, one of the nation’s most beautiful and revered performance centers.

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.

Contact Information

CCM Admissions Office
University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
P.O.Box 210003
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
(513) 556-9479

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