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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

Visiting Artist Series: Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde

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The MSU Denver Department of Music is excited to host New York-based Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, bandleader, and activist Taína Asili and her band (Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde) for a 3-day residency (September 25-27) culminating in an evening performance on Friday, September 27 at 7:30 pm in the King Center Concert Hall. Asili's music fuses powerful vocals with an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock, offering a sound that spans continents, exuding strength of Spirit, inspiring audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion. 

Asili's residency celebrates MSU Denver's Hispanic-Serving Institution designation.

Learn more about Taina Asili: WebsiteFacebookYoutubeSoundCloudTwitterInstagram

All concerts in the Visiting Artist Series are FREE to MSU Denver students, faculty, and staff. Other community members may purchase tickets at the King Center Box Office, or call 303-556-2296.



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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