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Three Steps for Music Program Admission

After applying to MSU Denver, take these three steps for admission to the Music Program, whether you are entering as a Music Major or a Music Minor.

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Step One

Meet with an Arts Advisor

All incoming students must meet with an Arts Advisor prior to signing up for an audition or Music Theory Placement Exam. At this one-on-one meeting (available in-person or online), your advisor can answer questions about choosing a degree, registering for classes, financial aid and scholarships, and any other questions you may have about becoming a music student at MSU Denver.

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Step Two


In order to enroll in private instruction, you must pass an audition to demonstrate sufficient prior musical experience on your instrument. You may sign up for an in-person audition during our Audition Days held in January, February, and August; or you may submit an online audition.

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Step Three

Consider the Music Theory Placement Exam

If you have formally studied music theory either through college-level classes (including AP Music Theory) or private instruction, you may take a Music Theory Placement Exam to place into Music Theory I or higher. If you have little or no prior music theory training you are recommended to enroll in MUS 1010 Essential Music Theory Skills, and do not need to take the exam.

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Music Theory Placement Exam