Why study Music Performance : Piano?

Few schools can match the quality of CCM’s Piano Department. An all-Steinway institution, CCM offers advanced piano students access to more than 170 pianos (one of the world’s largest collections of new Steinways), a prestigious faculty of artist-teachers and the opportunity to learn from and perform with esteemed musicians in world-class facilities.

The performance-based curriculum includes weekly private lessons with faculty mentors, chamber music coaching and many opportunities to gain hands-on experience. DMA Piano students perform solo and chamber music degree recitals, complete coursework in repertory, pedagogy, performance preparation, musicology, research and writing techniques and produce a final scholarly document or project. CCM’s unique cognate program enables students to develop a secondary field of expertise. Our faculty of eminent artist-teachers offer students one-on-one attention and opportunities to perform in the tri-state region and globally.

Graduates of the program can be found as leading pedagogues at major conservatories around the world, and as performers, composers, orchestrators and directors of competitions. Our Piano graduates have won awards in prestigious competitions including the Naumburg, the National Chopin and the William Kapell.

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.

Scholarships and assistantships, including teaching assistantships, are available for qualified students.

Admission Requirements

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
Univeristy of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
P.O. Box 210003
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
(513) 556-9478

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