Preparatory Programs

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CCM Preparatory offers a wide variety of programs in music, dance and theatre arts for arts enthusiasts of all ages and abilities — including classes for adults, young children, teens and pre-professional students preparing for a future in the performing arts.

Both at CCM and through numerous satellite locations and partnerships across Greater Cincinnati, we aim to provide excellent, enjoyable and accessible arts opportunities that educate and inspire the whole student and serve as a catalyst for transforming and empowering our communities.

Visit CCM Prep's online registration website for a complete list of class offerings.

Browse CCM Prep's program offerings to find the perfect arts opportunity for you or for your family:

If you have any questions please feel free to call the CCM Prep office at 513-556-2595 or email ccmprep@uc.edu.

The Pre-College Division of CCM Preparatory is designed for the student who is passionate about the arts and aspires toward a career in the arts. Most students in this division are high school, but talented younger students may also participate in this division. Many of the programs in this division require auditions along with specific skills, often nurtured first as arts enthusiasts.

In music, students may choose to take a lesson, chamber music, theory, and participate in the national music certification program. They may choose to audition for one of our ensembles. Talented string players may audition for the Starling Program. Students also should consider the CCM Prep Honors Program.

Ballet students take classes several days a week and perform in the Youth Ballet Company. Theatre Arts students may wish to audition for the Musical Theatre Intensive Program, the Acting Certificate Program, or the new Honors Program in Acting. These programs demand a significant commitment from the student.

CCM Preparatory is committed to support arts education for all people regardless of age, ability or financial situation. We partner with area schools, social organizations, and other arts organizations to assist with these efforts. CCM Preparatory promotes the health and wellness benefits of the arts through programs such as the Music & Wellness Coalition of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Arts Association's Arts in Healing project.

Lives United: Music, Arts & Community

Lives United: Music, Arts & Community (LUMAC) is a community engagement initiative located in Mt. Auburn. The purpose of the LUMAC initiative is to provide a performance venue for young and aspiring artists and to increase access to the arts for the Mt. Auburn neighborhood and surrounding communities.

In partnership with CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement, the goal is to create a dynamic hub for music and the arts, which will further a mission of justice, compassion, inclusion, and wholeness. Concerts and events, often featuring CCM student artists, are presented free of charge for the community.

Contact Anne Cushing-Reid for more information about the program.


For the Public

CCM Preparatory activities and performances can be found at various fairs and community events throughout the area, promoting the arts as a vital element of everyone’s lives. CCM Preparatory also supports deserving students with scholarships and financial assistance. CCMPower, Cincinnati Symphony Club and many private donors assist in supporting financial assistance and scholarships to deserving students.

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement is proud to be fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of the Schools of Dance. We are the only community school in the state of Ohio with this distinction.

We are a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education, the Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition, and the Suzuki Association of America. CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement is a founding member of the Music Development Program.

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