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CCM Jazz Studies, University of Cincinnati
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Jazz Studies

The Jazz Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is designed for the student seeking a professional career in jazz and related fields of contemporary music. The philosophical objective is to develop the special talents of the creative jazz artist as well as the flexible skills required of the successful, well-rounded musician.

Frequent rehearsals, recitals, and concerts provide the opportunity for students to work closely with the faculty and, in some cases present student/faculty collaborative performances. In addition to the 12 jazz faculty in residence, numerous visiting artists present workshops and joint performances with students. Jazz Studies majors also enjoy the advantage of the myriad of classes, ensembles and workshops offered by CCM's many other departments.

The comprehensive curriculum includes weekly private lessons with jazz artist/teachers in residence, improvisation study in small classroom workshops, extensive courses in jazz theory, arranging, composition, jazz history, and jazz keyboard skills, plus integrally related courses like electronic music, digital recording and editing, sound reinforcement technology, the business of music, and ethnic and world music.


CCM Jazz Students enjoy the advantages of the comprehensive performing arts and electronic media facilities of the newly constructed and renovated CCM Village. Jazz performing groups present concerts and recitals in Corbett Auditorium, Patricia Corbett Theater, Watson Recital Hall, and in the new Werner Recital Hall.

In addition, specific Jazz Studies Program facilities include a new digital recording and editing studio, a MIDI lab, computer workstations for music notation and sequencing programs, a state of the art computer-based teaching/presentation “smart classroom,” and rehearsal halls for jazz combos, big bands, and other student-organized performing groups. For larger recording projects, the Electronic Media Division offers extensive state-of-the art recording facilities. Jazz wind players, pianists, and vocalists utilize the newly constructed practice rooms in Memorial Hall, while jazz guitarists, bassists, and drummers have dedicated practice and storage rooms in close proximity to the rehearsal halls and performance theaters. In addition to CCM’s Gorno Memorial Music Library, the Jazz Studies Program has its own Jazz Record Library housing over 10,000 historic LP’s.

The Greater Cincinnati Area

The metropolitan area of Greater Cincinnati and the tri-state region provide a busy and diverse working environment for jazz, classical, and commercial musicians, and many students find professional playing opportunities off campus. In addition to major arts organizations like the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, venues such as Riverbend Music Center, USBank Arena, and Aronoff Center for the Arts present music by international touring artists. Numerous jazz clubs feature local groups, often including CCM students. Many students like the fact that Cincinnati is a major cultural center, but still a city that is a “liveable” size.