CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep

Frequently Asked Questions, Music

How do I begin taking music lessons at CCM Preparatory?

The first step is to have a conversation about your background, goals and schedule. We can begin this conversation best if you have completed our New Student Inquiry Process. Directions on how to submit an inquiry form is on the main music page:

If you have questions, you may contact the Prep Office at 513-556-2595 or email

What types of musical instruments do you offer lessons in?

Private lessons in string instruments, classical and popular guitar, bass, piano, organ, winds, percussion, and voice are offered for youth and adults.

What is a private lesson?

Private lessons offer hands on learning in the chosen instrument, much like a private tutor. Students who take private lessons will strengthen their technical skills, as well as improve their musicality. Private lessons are based on the timeless process of master sharing knowledge with the student and are adapted for each individual student.

How long does a private lesson last?

Private lessons are 30-minutes, 45-minutes or 60-minutes long and occur once per week throughout the academic year which begins in August and concludes in mid-May.

How many private lessons should I register for?

Students register for 30 weeks for the school year. Our lesson packages are for 30 weeks for the entire school year (this includes 29 lessons with the Achievement Festival serving as the 30th week).

Some adult learners may register for 15 weeks for the school year (every other week).

Summer private lessons are less strict, with a minimum of 4 lessons and typically a maximum of 8 lessons within the shorter time frame.

How much does a private lesson cost?

Tuition for private lessons are based on a 30-week academic year. The 2019-20 tuition rates for faculty are as follows. We have additional tuition information listed on our tuition page.

  Tier One Tier Two
30-minute lessons   $810   $1,050
45-minute lessons   $1,200   $1,560
60-minute lessons   $1,620   $2,100

What happens if I start taking lessons in the middle of the academic year?

Tuition is prorated based on when you begin taking lessons. Our staff will review the calendar with you before you register.

May I take a trial lesson?

Yes. A student beginning his or her music study may request a single trial lesson with the faculty member who has been recommended by the music registrar. The cost for a trial lesson is the teacher's regular rate plus a small processing fee. We cannot offer these trial lessons for free.

Where do lessons take place?

Many of our private lessons take place at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Directions and parking information are available online.

We offer lessons at other locations throughout Greater Cincinnati, including some teachers’ home studios. However, we do not send teachers to students’ homes.

What happens if I miss a lesson?

Students are expected to schedule lessons at a time when they can commit to regular attendance for the academic year. One makeup lesson is offered, at a mutually agreed time, per 15-week semester if the student misses a lesson and informs the instructor at least 24 hours prior to the absence.

What happens if my teacher cancels a lesson?

Faculty are expected to make-up all lessons that they have canceled.

What other opportunities do you offer for students taking music lessons?

We encourage our music students to participate in ensembles, chamber music, music theory classes, summer camps, recitals, and special events. Consider participating in the DiMario Scholars Program, which is open to all students.