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How to Reach the Department of Music

The main office is currently working remotely. We are ready to support you via email, phone, or video conferencing. If you need assistance, please call us at 303-615-1010; the office phones are being forwarded. If you reach voicemail, please leave a message. We will be checking the voicemail every hour during business hours and responding to ASAP. You can also reach us via email:

A World of Music in the Heart of the City 

From state-of-the-art performance venues to internationally-recognized professors who are innovative musicians, scholars, and composers, the Department of Music at MSU Denver will elevate your musicianship so you can turn your passion into a successful career. Whether you choose to pursue performance, composition, or music education, our diverse curriculum flows through classical, jazz, commercial, and world music to help you navigate the broad range of opportunities that exist for the 21st-century musician. 

You’ll enjoy extensive performance opportunities with over 20 different ensembles ranging from choir and orchestra, to big band and mariachi. Our 200+ concerts per year, including our Visiting Artist Series, will inspire and enrich your musical experience.

Music varies from place to place and culture to culture, but we see it as a universal language. We invite you to learn that language, and learn how to share that language, at the most accessible, affordable, and diverse university in Colorado.

News & Announcements

Upcoming Music Classes and Events

MSU Denver President Janine Davidson, Ph.D. has announced that MSU Denver is moving all classes online by March 30 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MSU Denver Music Department faculty will be working with their students to determine how best to finish out the semester using online tools such as Blackboard, Zoom, Skype, or Microsoft Teams to teach lecture courses, labs, private lessons, and ensemble rehearsals.

The Music Department office will be operating remotely beginning March 16, 2020. Office staff are available during normal business hours via email. Contact information for office staff and the Music Department faculty is available in the Faculty & Staff Directory

As the Auraria Campus is shifting to limited operations in order to promote social distancing, the music practice rooms, technology lab, percussion studio, drumset studio, and music library will be closed starting March 17, 2020.

The Music Department has canceled all remaining concerts and events for the semester with the exception of Senior Recitals. Students who are scheduled to perform Senior Recitals this semester will work with their area directors to determine the best option available as we adapt to the quickly-changing conditions on campus and in the state.

For students in MUS 0020: Recital Attendance, the recital attendance requirement has been waived. All students in the course will receive a grade of Satisfactory (S) for the Spring 2020 semester. All remaining convocations in the semester have been canceled.

We will continually update this page as more information becomes available. In the meantime, Music Department students are advised to be in contact with their professors about how their semester will proceed. 

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The Department of Music at MSU Denver is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


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The Music Education program at MSU Denver is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.