Certificates & Minors

CCM currently offers a graduate certificate in Music Pedagogy, along with academic minors in both Music and Media Production. Learn more about these programs below.

Graduate Certificate in Music Pedagogy

The Certificate in Music Pedagogy is intended for current graduate students and practicing professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a relevant music discipline such as composition, conducting, instrumental performance, vocal performance, musicology, music education, music theory, or have equivalent experience. Coursework for the certificate will focus on music teaching strategies, environments, and educational trends that will enhance and broaden students’ career preparedness. Students will be able to choose classes in topics such as pedagogy in the area of study or specialization; classroom or studio pedagogy; and current trends in professional practices. Experiences would include opportunities for mentored instruction, engaging with others in the field, and developing best practices in pedagogy and andragogy (adult education).

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in a related field (music), complete a graduate application to UC, and submit the required materials listed below via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before May 1 to be considered for admissions.

Application Material Requirements

  • Current CV or Resume
  • Musicianship samples related to pedagogy area - include 2 items demonstrating fluency in different areas/genres, at least one sample must be a video (examples: video recording playing major instrument, video of teaching episode, video of conducting a performance or rehearsal, upload of an original composition, upload of a syllabus or handbook)

Academic Minor in Media Production

The Media Production Minor at CCM prepares students in the integrated media arts of filmmaking and digital cinema, episodic and commercial television production, broadcast news media and talent development, interactive and new media, social media, audio production and sports media.

All applicants must be current UC students. Ten to 15 minor applicants are accepted each year.

In applying for the Media Production minor you are affirming your understanding that:

  • you will likely have to take a required class (IMP2) during the summer;
  • your admission to advanced production classes is likely to be restricted to summer sessions;
  • you are required to have a laptop for the Media Production classes.

Application Process

Applicants 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 Media Production via email to the division head, Professor Kevin Burke at kevin.burke@uc.edu. Questions should be directed to Professor Burke via email. Applications are due Nov. 1.

Academic Minor in Music

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.

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.

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.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is an accredited institution of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), and a member of the University/ Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.