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Music Education

CCM's Division of Music Education offers formal programs of study leading to Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Music Education. Drawing upon widely varied institutional and community resources, these programs integrate the high quality of music training and experience available in a conservatory environment with a strong program of pedagogical preparation. Graduates of these programs enjoy a 100% placement rate, most often as school music teachers, community arts personnel, church musicians, faculty members at colleges and universities, and students in advanced programs of study.

The Music Education Program

This year, the Music Education Program at CCM serves 86 students in residence in our undergraduate, and graduate programs. Drawing upon widely varied institutional and community resources, Bachelor's and Master's degrees are offered which:

  • integrate the high quality of music training and experience available in a conservatory environment with a strong program of liberal education and professional-pedagogical preparation,
  • draw upon the diversity of music teaching settings within the Cincinnati community (i.e., urban and suburban, school-based and community-based), and 
  • are tailored to individual needs and interests through double degree options and, at the graduate level, through specialization studies in areas such as arts administration, choral, orchestral and wind conducting, dance, music theater, early childhood education, educational administration, jazz studies, Orff-Schulwerk, performance, and instrumental music education.

Music Education graduates and faculty have a major impact on the musical life of the city, the region and the nation through teaching in schools, colleges and universities, conducting and performing as principal chairs in major symphony orchestras, singing in lead roles in opera houses throughout the world, and providing leadership through membership and elected positions with professional music and education organizations.

The Division History

Music Education programs at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music grew out of the rich musical and educational traditions of the "Queen City of the West." While formal programs of music teacher preparation were not initiated until the early 1920s, music instruction in the Cincinnati Public Schools was introduced 60 years earlier. This instruction represented a pioneering effort in a number of ways.

  • Charles Aiken was the first paid music teacher in the public schools. (1843)
  • In Cincinnati's first public high school, students had required music instruction for two periods per week for all four years. (1847)
  • Students in grades 2-6 were released from "academic" subjects to receive instruction in the first "Class Piano" instruction program in the United States.
  • Innovative liaisons were established between school and professional music organizations, such as the Cincinnati May Festival and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
  • Early programs of music teacher preparation were undertaken by both the College of Music and the Conservatory of Music in affiliation with the University of Cincinnati. These programs were designed according to the standards of conservatory training and a university education, and shaped by the cultural and educational context of Cincinnati.
  • The College and the Conservatory merged in 1955 and officially became a unit of the University in 1962.