Prep Programs

Two girls play clarinets with the CCM Youth Wind Ensemble

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

At both CCM’s Uptown Campus and through select partnerships across Greater Cincinnati, we 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 opportunities for you and your family, from early childhood through adult. 

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

CCM Prep 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 Prep promotes the health and wellness benefits of the arts as members of the Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition and participants in UC's Be Well initiatives.

Lives United: Music, Arts & Community

Lives United/Vidas Unidas (LU/VU) is a community music and arts organization that provides cost-free programming to enhance the vibrancy of Mt. Auburn and its surrounding neighborhoods, connect underserved populations to enriching arts opportunities, and provide an excellent performance venue for young musicians in Cincinnati.

LU/VU is headquartered at Church of Our Saviour / La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, 65 East Hollister Street, where it serves people from all walks of life, but especially the Hispanic community. In addition to the church community, LU/VU engages in active partnerships with CCM, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Nouveau program, Cincinnati Public Schools Jazz Academy and William Howard Taft Elementary School.

The organization’s core programming includes weekly Community Piano Lessons held on Sundays at the church and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Taft Elementary School. A concert series featuring local musicians and ensembles occurs roughly once a month. The organization also provides free reservations of the performance space at the church to any local musicians or artists who would like to use it.

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

For the Public

CCM Prep 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 Prep 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 Prep 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 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 Prep is a founding member of the Music Development Program.

CCM Prep is grateful to the following grant funders for their support of our CPS Strong strategic initiatives:

  • ArtsWave
  • Ingalls Foundation
  • Louise Taft Semple Foundation
  • Preston Brown Foundation

News and Events


Feast of Carols features holiday hits, local choirs in concert...

November 27, 2023

UC College-Conservatory of Music welcomes the holiday season on Dec. 2-3, 2023 with Feast of Carols, an annual concert featuring festive choral favorites performed by the CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and Graduate Brass Quintet; UC Choruses, Cincinnati Youth Choir and outstanding guest choirs from local high schools.


CCM Starling Prep violinist named semi-finalist in Sphinx...

November 21, 2023

The UC College-Conservatory of Music is proud to announce that Anthony Dorsey, a longtime student in the CCM Starling Preparatory String Project, was recently named a semi-finalist in the annual Sphinx Competition. Dorsey is joined at the semi-finals by Sonya Moomaw, a former student of CCM Prep’s Junior Strings Program. Based in Detroit, the Sphinx Organization is a nationwide social justice organization which fosters the talents of Black and Latinx string players and promotes diversity in classical music.

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