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Music Educaiton Graduate Students

Graduate Program

A bachelor’s degree in Music Education from an accredited institution and/or certification to teach music in the U.S. public schools is required for admission to the Master of Music in Music Education program. Evidence of the applicant’s musicianship, a teaching philosophy, and submission of a writing example are also required. References accompanying the application must contain an evaluation of the applicant’s teaching ability.


Music Education

Why study Music Education?

The three-summer Master of Music Education (MME) is a new practice-oriented degree featuring core courses in music pedagogy, music theory, musicianship, and musicology. Students can target specific areas for personal growth with specialized and electives courses offered on a rotating basis that draw upon the unique scholarship expertise of the CCM Music Education faculty. The program includes an exciting opportunity for an optional study abroad experience as well as the chance to enroll in Orff-Schulwerk training workshops as degree electives.

Geared toward regional music teachers who want to remain active in the classroom while continuing their education, the program improves music mastery through high-quality yet specialized coursework, and the efficient and effective delivery of music teaching content matter. The practical degree program can be completed in three summers.

The MME degree is designed for practicing teachers who already have a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education degree and a minimum of two years of teaching experience. More experienced teachers will also benefit from the program. Graduates can advance their careers and potentially find new teaching opportunities.

CCM is a college within the University of Cincinnati, a major undergraduate university and graduate research institution of more than 40,000 students. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world's stage.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Described by The New York Times as "one of this country's leading conservatories," CCM offers students unparalleled opportunities to perform, learn and live in a thriving next-generation city known for its intense interest in the performing and media arts.

Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, CCM’s state-of-the-art facilities provide a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment. The college serves as the largest single source of performing and media arts events in Ohio, and few schools can match the quality of its performing ensembles and theatrical productions.

CCM’s roster of eminent faculty offers professional training in all areas of the performing and media arts, including composition, musicology, theory, conducting, music education, opera, musical theatre, acting, technical arts for the stage, dance, arts administration and electronic media. Members of CCM’s faculty regularly receive distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and many maintain strong professional ties to the region’s leading arts entities.

Students will find an immensely competitive but mutually supportive and personalized “family” atmosphere. With its emphasis on experienced-based learning, CCM provides students with access to internship and performance opportunities with major organizations like the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Cincinnati Ballet. Students also benefit from the fact that Cincinnati frequently hosts major media and performing arts events and is home to the newly renovated Music Hall, one of the nation’s most beautiful and revered performance centers.


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

Master of Music Education in Music Education

Full-Time Program Duration

3 Years


West Campus


University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210003
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-9478
CCM Admissions Office

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are also awarded based on talent and merit and in consideration of current needs, both instructional and administrative. This can be discussed at the time of the applicant's interview. Those awarded an assistantship will receive a scholarship plus a monthly stipend. The Graduate Assistant's work in the Music Education Division may range from 10 to 20 hours a week.

Graduate Assistants in Music Education are assigned a variety of responsibilities. Some of these possibilities include:

  • Instructor of Techniques Classes - Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Voice, String
  • Instructor of Fine Arts Experience, Sight-singing lessons
  • Assistant Conductor of Wind, Choral or String Ensembles
  • Teaching Assistant in Music Education Methods Courses
  • Research Assistant
  • Music Education Technology Specialist
  • Center for Music Education Coordinator/Assistant
  • Bearcat Bands
  • E-portfolio Coordinator

Other duties may be assigned based on Division needs or in an area of student expertise.

The Graduate Assistant work hours (10-20) correlate to the amount of stipend awarded. Preparation time for courses taught by Graduate Assistants is included as part of their weekly assignment. Assignments will normally include several areas of responsibility.

Those interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship must so indicate on their application to the College-Conservatory of Music. Those applying for assistantships must submit a resumé, a teaching philosophy, and have a personal interview in Cincinnati.