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Music General Studies Courses and Electives

Music at MSU Denver offers a selection of courses specifically designed for non-musicians interested in developing their appreciation and enjoyment of music, as well as beginning instruction on select instruments.

MUS 1000 Introduction to Music +/* (3 credit hours)
MUS 1030 Composing Music for Non-Majors (3 credit hours)
MUS 160B Class Piano for Non-Majors (1 credit hour)
MUS 161A Class Voice I (1 credit hour)
MUS 162A Class Voice II (Pre-requisite: MUS 161A) (1 credit hour)
MUS 161K Class Guitar I (1 credit hour)
MUS 162K Class Guitar II (Pre-requisite: MUS 161K) (1 credit hour)
MUS 1050 History of Rock and Roll +/* (3 credit hours)
MUS 3000 Musics of America +/*/** (3 credit hours)
MUS 3015 Global Pop Music */*** (3 credit hours)
MUS 3020 Jazz Styles – America’s Music +/*/** (3 credit hours)
MUS 3050 Musics of the World +/*/*** (3 credit hours)
MUS 3099 The Beatles: Music and Culture * (3 credit hours)
MUS 3240 Songwriting (3 credit hours)
MUS 4000 Musics of Latin America*/*** (3 credit hours)
MUS 4010 From Blues to Hip Hop */** (3 credit hours)


+ Course also offered in the summer semester, but subject to change
* Course satisfies General Studies Arts and Humanities credit requirement
** Course satisfies General Studies Multicultural credit requirement
*** Course satisfies General Studies Global Diversity credit requirement

Join a Music Ensemble!

Students who play an instrument or sing are highly encouraged to join a music ensemble. Our ensembles are open to all non-majors. Some ensembles require an audition; to audition, please contact the ensemble director listed below. Students in an ensemble are granted access to the Music Department practice rooms in AR-171 and KC-206, and may use an instrument locker in the Arts Building.

MUS 3816 Early Music Ensemble (not offered every semester)
MUS 3817 String Sinfonietta (not offered every semester)
MUS 3818 Mariachi Ensemble
MUS 3819 Chamber Music (Audition required, contact Michael Hengst)
MUS 3820 Chorale (mixed choir) (Audition required, sign up online or contact MB Krueger)
MUS 3821 University Treble Choir
MUS 3822 University Basso Choir
MUS 3823 Auraria Choir (mixed choir – not offered every semester)
MUS 3824 Symphonic Band
MUS 3825 Wind Ensemble (Audition required, contact David Kish)
MUS 3827 Symphony Orchestra (Audition required, submit audition video online, or contact Brandon Matthews)
MUS 3828 Jazz Ensemble (Audition required, contact Dawn Clement)
MUS 3829 Jazz Combo (Audition required, contact Dawn Clement)
MUS 3830 Guitar Ensemble (Audition required, contact Alex Komodore)
MUS 3831 Percussion Chamber Ensemble
MUS 3832 Collaborative Piano (Audition required, contact Jooeun Pak)
MUS 3833 Opera (Audition required, contact Gene Roberts)
MUS 3834 Gamelan Ensemble
MUS 3835 African Drum and Dance Ensemble
MSU Denver Pep Band (Basketball season only, non-credit, paying gig! Audition required, contact Michael Hengst)