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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.

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Announcing the Ron Miles Endowed Scholarship Fund

Image of Ron MilesIn March of this year, we lost our dear colleague Ron Miles. Ron was a celebrity in the jazz world, but we knew him best as a kind, humble, and dedicated teacher and mentor. Ron’s music is a gift to the world, and his dedication to MSU Denver and the Denver area was a gift to his community. In his more than 30 years of teaching at MSU Denver, Ron impacted countless lives and inspired so many students to believe in themselves and to enjoy the process of learning and developing as artists and scholars.

Join us for a special celebration of his life and his music, Rainbow Sign: The Music of Ron Miles performed by his bandmates – drummer Brian Blade, guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist Jason Moran, and bassist Thomas Morgan – on Friday, February 10, 2023.

In honor of Ron Miles, the Miles Family and the Department of Music have established the Ron Miles Endowed Scholarship. This fund helps extend Ron’s legacy as a dedicated teacher and mentor who always lifted others. If you are interested in donating, scan the QR code or visit the web link below. We hope to reach our goal of $25,000 by the end of the academic year. In February, as part of the Mile High Jazz Festival and MSU Denver Jazz Celebration (February 8-11, 2023), we’ll be hosting a special concert as part of a fundraiser honoring Ron’s legacy.

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Our ensembles are open to all MSU Denver students, whether you are a music major or not!

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Explore Music Degrees

The Music Department offers the following undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz & American Improvised Music Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Music Minor

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Department of Music

Office Location: AR 287
Phone: 303-615-1010
Email: [email protected]

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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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Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Music
c/o Auraria Receiving
1201 Fifth Street
Denver, CO 80204