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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

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Music at MSU Denver offers two exciting summer programs this year - the Orff-Schulwerk Levels certification, and the Summer Flute Institute.

Orff-Schulwerk Levels, July 1-5, 8-12

Running for the first two weeks in July, the Orff-Schulwerk Levels are offered in conjunction with the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). This certification focuses on training music teachers to implement the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. This approach is known for using instruments such as xylophone to improvise and compose music. 

This workshop offers certification in levels I-III with instructors Karen Petty, Beth Nelson, and Paul Cribari, and also includes classes in recorder taught by Paul Hallsted, and movement taught by Laura Bercaw Petersen. Graduate credit is available through Adams State University.

Registration is required at: Orff-Schulwerk Levels

Summer Flute Institute, July 7-10

The Summer Flute Institute at MSU Denver is a flute course designed to develop the flutist’s technical and tone development, musical expression and creativity, and build musical confidence. Classes and coaching on repertoire, orchestral playing and chamber music give participants hands-on learning opportunities. All participants receive daily individual and group coaching with faculty members. 

This year, the Summer Flute Institute is excited to present guest artist Erica Peel, piccoloist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Celebrated for her fearless and innovative approach to music making, Erica has found a truly unique voice outside of the classical world. As a founding member and composer of the internationally recognized pop-fusion flute duo In Sterio, Erica discovered a passion for composition that draws influences from rock, folk, funk, latin, world, electro and jazz styles. 

The Summer Flute Institute is open to flutists of all ages. Participants are also invited to compete in the Colorado Flute Artist Competition for an additional fee.

More informationcan be found at: Summer Flute Institute


Degree Options

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Bachelor of Music

Music Performance

Explore our degree paths in Instrumental Performance, Jazz and American Improvised Music Performance, and Vocal Performance.
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Bachelor of Music


The Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Composition provides students the tools and techniques to confidently express their music.
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Bachelor of Music Education

With Licensure in K-12 Music Education

One of the leading programs in the State of Colorado for education and career placement of music teachers in K-12 music programs.
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Bachelor of Arts

Music and Music Theory Concentrations

The B.A. in Music and extended B.A. in Music Theory are available to students interested in a variety of music career paths.
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