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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

 Maymester 2020: Study the Beatles in London & Liverpool

Image of Study Abroad The BeatlesThe Department of Music is excited to offer its first Study Abroad course in May/June of 2020 - The Beatles: Music and Culture. Offered during the Maymester (May 26-June 5, 2020) and led by the Chair of the Music Department Peter Schimpf, Ph.D., this three-credit course explores the music and phenomenon of the Beatles in the environment that spawned them. The course consists of a mix of lectures and tours of the many homes, clubs, theaters, studios, and other sites that were central to the Beatles' development and career. Additional visits to the many museums in Liverpool provide a rich context to the influential and era-defining music of the Beatles. 

This course is open to all students at MSU Denver, regardless of major, class standing, or music experience.

For more information visit Study Abroad: The Beatles. To reserve a spot in the course, contact Dr. Schimpf directly at

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Office Location:

Arts Building, Suite 287
Auraria Campus

Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Music
Campus Box 58
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362



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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.