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Admission to the Music Program

All incoming students to the Music program must schedule a Music Intake Advising appointment with an Arts Advisor. This appointment must be made prior to signing up for an audition or Music Theory Placement Exam.

All incoming students are encouraged to apply for admission to MSU Denver before setting up their intake advising appointment.


 

Steps for Admission by Student Type:


1. Schedule a Music Intake Advising appointment with an Arts Advisor.

2. Submit an online audition.

  • In order to enroll in private instruction, students must pass an audition demonstrating sufficient prior musical experience on their instrument. 

3. OPTIONAL: Sign up for an online Music Theory Placement Exam.

  • Students with basic music theory knowledge have the option of testing out of MUS 1010 Essentials of Music Theory. The Music Theory Placement Exam is held on the January and August Audition Days.
  • Students with little or no basic music theory knowledge should enroll in MUS 1010 Essentials of Music Theory and do not need to take the Music Theory Placement Exam.

In the MSU Denver admission process, students with prior college credit and/or a previous music degree will be required to request official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities. In addition, transfer students must:

1. Schedule a Music Intake Advising appointment with an Arts Advisor.

  • If official transcripts have not been processed by admissions at the time of the intake advising appointment, students are encouraged to bring an unofficial transcript to help determine the need for an advanced audition, Music Theory Placement Exam, and/or Class Piano Exam. Prior private instruction credits, music theory credits, and class piano credits do not automatically transfer.

2. Submit an online audition.

  • In order to enroll in private instruction, students must pass an audition demonstrating sufficient prior musical experience on their instrument. 
  • Students with previous private instruction credits may audition into an advanced level of lessons. To audition into an advanced level of lessons, students must contact the director of their instrument area (see contact info below) prior to submitting their online audition for additional requirements. Transfer students may be asked to send a list of repertoire studied at the college level and copies of college transcripts to the director of their instrument area.

3. Sign up for an online Music Theory Placement Exam.

  • All transfer students must take the Music Theory Placement Exam, even if an entire music theory sequence was completed elsewhere.

4. OPTIONAL: Sign up for an online Class Piano Exam.

  • Students have the option of testing out of any level of class piano, or the entire sequence.

5. Schedule an appointment with the Department Chair to evaluate and transfer music course credits from previous schools. This may be done at any time during the first semester of enrollment. Email music@msudenver.edu to schedule.

Instrument Area Director Contact Information:
Brass/Percussion: Michael Hengst, mhengst@msudenver.edu
Classical Guitar: Alex Komodore, komodore@msudenver.edu
Jazz: Dawn Clement, dcleme15@msudenver.edu
Piano: Jooeun Pak, jpak14@msudenver.edu
Strings: Emily Ondracek-Peterson, eondrace@msudenver.edu
Voice: Bradley Thompson, bthomp40@msudenver.edu
Woodwinds: Patricia Surman, psurman@msudenver.edu

1. Schedule a Music Intake Advising appointment with an Arts Advisor.

2. Submit an online audition if more than one calendar year has passed since enrollment in private instruction.

3. Returning students who completed music theory coursework, class piano coursework, and/or their final semester of required private instruction more than seven years prior to re-enrollment are respectively required to take the Music Theory Placement Exam, Class Piano or Piano Proficiency Exam, and/or audition to test out of the private lesson sequence.

 

Individuals who already have a music degree and are interested in teacher licensure have some options for obtaining licensure. One is to obtain a second undergraduate degree in Music Education (see Degree Programs for more information). It is also possible to pursue alternative licensure through the Colorado Department of Education. Individuals who wish to take music education classes at MSU Denver must be declared Music Education majors and be formally admitted to the Music Education program.

Individuals who have a teaching license in an area other than music may pursue music endorsement through the Colorado Department of Education. The music endorsement requires a passing PRAXIS score or additional course work in music education. Note, individuals need to be declared Music Education majors and be formally admitted into the Music Education program to obtain the needed credits in the various courses.

All students interested in teacher licensure or an endorsement in Music should contact the Director of Music Education, Dr. Carla Aguilar (caguil13@msudenver.edu) as soon as they apply for admission to MSU Denver. We do not recommend taking any courses at MSU Denver before contacting Dr. Aguilar.

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