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Music Degree Programs

The Metropolitan State University of Denver is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and offers three types of music degrees (Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Arts) and a minor. 

Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music degree prepares students for further graduate studies, or for careers as performers, composers, or private studio teachers. To be admitted to this program, students must demonstrate the capability of developing a high level of musicianship. For admission to the performance concentrations, students must pass the Music Performance Audition upon completion of MUS 1720, Private Instruction II. For admission to the composition concentration, students must pass a review of their composition portfolio upon completion of MUS 3650, Basic Techniques of Composition.

The following concentrations are available for the Bachelor of Music:

Bachelor of Music, Composition Concentration (PDF)
Bachelor of Music, Jazz and American Improvised Music Performance Concentration
Bachelor of Music, Piano, Organ, Guitar Performance Concentrations (PDF)
Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance Concentration (PDF)
Bachelor of Music, Woodwinds, Strings, Brass, Percussion Concentrations (PDF)


Bachelor of Music Education

The Bachelor of Music Education degree prepares students for careers teaching instrumental, choral, and general music in K-12 schools, and satisfies the requirements for K-12 licensure in the State of Colorado. Students must apply for and be granted admission to the music education program prior to any enrollment in music education methods courses, supervised field experiences, and student teaching. To become licensed, students seeking this degree must satisfy all applicable requirements of the Department of Music and all applicable requirements of the teacher education and licensure programs in the School of Professional Studies teacher education program. Students should read the teacher licensure sections of the Catalog and stay in regular contact with both a music and teacher education advisor.

This degree program is approved by the Colorado State Department of Education and has full accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Bachelor of Music Education (PDF)


Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is a non-professional degree with a liberal arts focus, and requires a minor. The Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory is an extended BA and does not require a minor.

Bachelor of Arts in Music (PDF) (requires a minor)
Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory (PDF) (extended BA, does not require a minor)


Music Minor
The Minor in Music is well-suited to students who wish to expand their background in music.
Minor in Music (PDF)


For information about course offerings by semester, please refer to the Course Offering Schedule (PDF)

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