Why study 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).


Admission Requirements

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

CCM's Certificate in Music Pedagogy provides an immersive professional development opportunity for musicians and music educators. Graduates pursue many different careers. A few examples include school music teachers, private instructors, community arts personnel, faculty members at colleges and universities, and students in advanced programs of study.

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 experience-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 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.

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) 556-9478

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Program Code: 16GC-MPED-GC