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MSU Denver’s Bachelor of Music degrees with concentrations in performance and composition offer vigorous study of music alongside a strong liberal arts education, equipping students with versatile skills that are highly valued in the broad spectrum of music-related careers.

Music at MSU Denver offers extensive performance opportunities with over 20 ensembles, private instrument instruction, and access to over 200 concerts and events per year including masterclasses with visiting artists, competitions, and music festivals.

Concentration options for the Bachelor of Music degree are:

Bachelor of Music Concentrations

Composition Concentration

The Composition concentration provides a solid foundation of classical and jazz music theory while building skills in arranging, orchestration, conducting, performance, and music technology.

All music majors must pass an audition on their primary instrument for entry into MUS 1710 Private Instruction I. For admission to the Composition concentration, students must pass a review of their composition portfolio upon completion of MUS 3650, Basic Techniques of Composition.

Jazz & American Improvised Music Performance Concentration

Our Jazz and American Improvised Music performance concentration is unique amongst jazz degrees, embracing folk and popular music alongside traditional jazz. Our close-knit community of jazz students at MSU Denver learn genre-spanning improvisation techniques, opening the door to a wider variety of performance and career opportunities.

Private instruction with a Jazz & American Improvised Music focus are offered for guitar, bass, drum set, piano, voice, woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion instruments. All music majors must pass an audition on their primary instrument for entry into MUS 1710 Private Instruction I. For admission into the Jazz & American Improvised Music Performance concentration, students must also pass the Music Performance Audition, which is held upon completion of MUS 1720, Private Instruction II.

Instrumental Performance Concentrations

Music at MSU Denver offers Performance concentrations for all brass, woodwinds, and strings instruments, as well as percussion, Classical guitar, piano, and organ. Students in the performance track gain extensive experience performing as soloists, in small groups, and in large ensembles such as Symphonic Band or Symphony Orchestra.

All music majors must pass an audition on their primary instrument for entry into MUS 1710 Private Instruction I. For admission into either of the Instrumental Performance concentrations, students must also pass the Music Performance Audition, which is held upon completion of MUS 1720, Private Instruction II.

Voice Performance Concentration

The Voice Performance concentration offers a vibrant and diverse array of performance opportunities, from fully-staged productions of operas and musicals to large choirs, mixed choirs, chamber music groups, and global music ensembles.

All music majors must pass an audition on their primary instrument for entry into MUS 1710 Private Instruction I. For admission into the Voice Performance concentration, students must also pass the Music Performance Audition, which is held upon completion of MUS 1720, Private Instruction II.

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Benefits of Studying at MSU Denver

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With state-of-the-art performance venues and internationally recognized professors, the Department of Music at MSU Denver serves as a leader in the education of performers, teachers, and music industry professionals. Our program flows through classical, jazz, commercial, and global music to prepare you for the broad range of opportunities that exist for today’s musicians.

MSU Denver’s music faculty are among the finest performers and educators in the nation, committed to building a familial atmosphere for students and bringing a passion for music education that will ignite your creativity and inspire you to think about music in innovative ways.

Our location in vibrant Downtown Denver places you in the heart of the city’s rich and diverse cultural district. We provide ample performing opportunities both on and off campus with concerts at Dazzle, the Mercury Café, and more. You’ll have the opportunity to perform in fully-staged operas, musicals, and festivals hosted annually on campus like the Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival and the Jazz Celebration. We partner with organizations such as the Colorado Wind Ensemble and the Playground Ensemble to give you experience working with professional musicians.

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

 

Facilities and Resources

As a music major, you’ll study and perform in the King Center on the Auraria Campus, and the Kalamath building in the Santa Fe Arts District, which include:

  • Concert Hall (King Center)
  • Recital Hall (King Center)
  • Studio 101 (Kalamath)
  • Music Technology Computer Labs (Plaza and Kalamath)
  • Theatre (King Center)
  • Music & Dance Studio (King Center)
  • Practice Rooms
  • Private Instruction Studios
  • Smart Classrooms and Rehearsal Spaces

You will also be studying on a campus within walking distance of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and many music venues.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

An MSU Denver Bachelor of Music degree can take you many places, whether you choose to pursue performance, composition, or continuing on to graduate school.

Alumni at Work

Graduates of MSU Denver’s Bachelor of Music degree program perform as artists across musical genres, manage recording studios, teach at the elementary through college level, serve as music and choir directors, and operate their own private-instruction businesses. Among the institutions that have accepted B.M. graduates for post-graduate study are Regis University, the University of Colorado Denver, and UCLA.

Program Accreditation

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

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MSU Denver is dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion and has been named one of the Top Colleges for Diversity by Insight Into Diversity for 10 consecutive years.

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50% of MSU Denver students are transfers. As the top transfer destination for Coloradans, our students make an immediate impact on our workforce and community.

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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