Program Spotlight: CCM Classical Guitar

Declared “one of this country’s leading conservatories” by the New York Times, CCM provides first-rate Bachelor of Music and Master of Music programs in Classical Guitar. Applications are open to join CCM’s fall 2021 class; apply by December 1.

Study is strongly performance-based and the cornerstone of the program is private lessons with faculty, who serve as mentors for students and direct their individual musical, performing and teaching growth.

Classical Guitar curriculum emphasizes the development of the well-rounded, holistic musician by providing a solid background in music history and theory as well as areas specific to each musical medium. Undergraduate students enjoy a close collaboration with the University of Cincinnati through a general education core that supplements their education with academic course work while graduate students specialize more precisely in their chosen field.

“In the CCM guitar program we never neglect the past, but we can’t afford to pretend we don’t live in the present,” says Chris Wilke, director of CCM Classical Guitar. “Our ultimate goal is to prepare true musicians for a professional career in the 21st century.”

All incoming students in 2021-22 will receive an iPad, which will be equipped for audio-visual work to help students gain digital career skills crucial for 21st-century musicians.

Program highlights include:

  • Free iPad to all incoming 2021-22 classical guitar students
  • Generous scholarships available for promising students
  • Chamber music and networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to explore historical plucked instruments and broaden skill sets
  • 21st-century digital career integration

Applications and Additional Information

CCM is now accepting applications for fall 2021. The application deadline is December 1. Learn more at

Learn more about the CCM Classical Guitar program.

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Apply Now to Study Musicology at CCM

Classrooms and evnironmental portraits of faculty in CCM's department of Music Theory and Composition.

Named “one of the continent’s major music schools” by the Toronto Star, CCM offers a comprehensive learning experience for students interested in pursuing careers in Musicology. Applications are now open to join CCM’s Fall 2018 class!

Musicology students at CCM work closely with internationally recognized musicology faculty. In addition, students engage with the rich and diverse CCM arts community, which includes composition, theory, performance, e-media, scenic design, dance and acting majors. Musicologists also pursue interdisciplinary research across campus.

CCM offers MM and PhD degrees, as well as a combined MM/PhD in Musicology. Graduate students are given ample opportunities to teach both lower and upper-level courses and develop pedagogical skills. Renowned scholars visit CCM regularly to teach, lecture and meet informally with students to discuss their research.

Students are eligible for generous four and six-year financial packages, and may receive summer support for comprehensive exam preparation. CCM also provides support opportunities for student research, conference attendance and dissertation completion.

Student Experience
CCM’s Musicology curriculum includes seminars in special topics, which reflect the research interests of faculty members. The Musicology Colloquium assists students in their professional development and offers students the opportunity to present their research and participate in scholarly discourse.

Founded in 1986, the Music Research Forum is a peer-reviewed journal edited and produced by CCM graduate students. In addition, CCM students organize and develop the biennial Music Theory and Musicology Society’s scholarly conference.

Applications and Additional Information
CCM is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Learn more at

For more information, please visit or contact CCM Admissions at 513-556-9478 or email

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CCM Now Accepting Applications For Accent12 Chamber Music Festival

Applications are now being accepted for Accent12, CCM’s annual chamber music festival for young artists. Instrumentalists and composers from throughout the country will convene in beautiful CCM Village for this festival, which runs June 10–16, 2012.

Accent12 provides college-age and graduate artists with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of chamber music of the past and present through performance, master classes and the opportunity to work with remarkable faculty-artists.

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