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CCM, Composition, Musicology and Theory

Students in CCM's Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory acquire a broad knowledge of the field and its multidisciplinary practices. An emphasis on writing, cognitive skills and analytical techniques in the principal styles and genres enables the pursuit of individual methodologies and ensures independent thought. Contextual studies form a curriculum that enables the student to comprehend the conditions under which music was written, performed and understood in its own time and in current reception.

Prominent composers, historians, ethnomusicologists, and theorists visit CCM regularly to teach, lecture and meet informally with students to discuss their own work and that of other musicians. These visits add a valuable element to CCM's commitment to the creation, performance and recognition of new music and music research.


What is Composition?

All DMA programs consist of performance requirements (lessons, two recitals, one lecture recital), and coursework in the following areas: performance preparation, historical perspective, and a cognate field. Further requirements: comprehensive examinations in music theory, music history, and the major area, and a final scholarly document or project.


Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.


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.

Quick Facts

Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition

Full-Time Program Duration

5 Years


Uptown Campus West


Univeristy of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-0807
Dr. Mara Helmuth