Early Childhood Programs

Primary school aged girl dances during a ballet class in a CCM dance studio

CCM Prep's goal is to introduce young children to the performing arts and essential skills in a nurturing, creative environment. Learn more about our offerings for young children by clicking on the links below.

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

Multi-arts Classes

Students will twirl on their toes, march to the drum and perform with puppets! Welcome to stARTS, our unique introduction to CCM and the performing arts. Each week a picture book will come to life as our youngest stars sing, move and explore through creative play, the characters, action and themes of the book. Each 10-week session has a different theme, so children may take both sessions without classes repeating.
It stARTS with a beat, or a movement, or a word … and suddenly you’re singing, dancing and acting on stAGES! In this exciting new multi-arts class, our young stars will be introduced to the world of the stage, both in front and behind! stAGES sparks creativity and imagination as students focus on the skills of an actor, dancer and musician. Storytelling, creative and rhythmic movement, songs and percussion jams are part of each class.

Dance Classes

Very young dancers have fun in this creative introductory dance class learning basic ballet movements and terminology. Class activities include movement exploration, creative movement, moving in groups, improvisation and working with props. Primary Ballet invites students into the magical enchantment of classical ballet. It presents ballet as a fun and creative learning experience, but is structured enough so that the student begins to learn ballet technique through body awareness and become able to recall movement from memory. 

Continuing Primary Ballet invites students into the magical enchantment of classical ballet. It presents ballet as a fun and creative learning experience, but is structured enough so that the student begins to learn ballet technique through body awareness and become able to recall movement from memory.

Music Classes

The Suzuki Method, developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, is based on the evidence that talent is a product of environment rather than heredity. The learning process is broken down into small steps so that the child achieves accomplishment at every level and learns at his or her own pace. The keys to the success of the Suzuki Method include motivation, repetition, listening, reinforcement and parental involvement. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to observe a class and lesson prior to registering for lessons. Parents are expected to attend each lesson and to monitor practice during the week.

The Suzuki Method, developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, is based on the evidence that talent is a product of environment rather than heredity. The learning process is broken down into small steps so that the child achieves accomplishment at every level and learns at his or her own pace. The keys to the success of the Suzuki Method include motivation, repetition, listening, reinforcement and parental involvement. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to observe a class and lesson prior to registering for lessons. Parents are expected to attend each lesson and to monitor practice during the week.

Guitar for the Young is a unique classical guitar program for children. It begins with rote learning and requires a parent to attend the lessons and supervise the home practice sessions. By taking small steps, students are given ample opportunity for success and technical development as they learn to play the guitar. Once a child has learned to play a few melodies and established good positioning of the guitar and the hands, they are ready to begin to learn to read music. 

This class will introduce curious young musicians to the piano and basic keyboard skills necessary to play the instrument. Additionally, students will be developing musicianship skills of listening, music vocabulary and note reading. We recommend participation in this program for one or two years before individual piano study for students in this age range. All materials will be digitally accessed; no book or music purchases required, though it is recommended that the student has a tablet available for easy access to materials. A parent or guardian is expected to attend each week with the student.