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The Bachelor of Music Education (BME) program at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) is a professional degree program.

The Department of Music strives to cultivate confident, creative and skilled musicians and to serve as a leader in the education of professional performers, teachers, composers and scholars.

Through public performances and educational outreach, our students, faculty and guest artists create opportunities for public access to excellence in the arts, thus promoting the cultural life of the college and the surrounding region.

Program Options

Students seeking a BME at MSU Denver choose from one of the following concentrations:

Choral, with an emphasis on voice, piano or guitar

Instrumental, choosing from strings, wind or percussion

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

  • Learn from our internationally recognized faculty of performers and scholars with real-world professional experience and dedication to your success.
  • Gain field experience in elementary, instrumental and choral education that exceeds 150 hours, a hallmark benefit of our BME program.
  • Receive private studio instruction, available in both classical and jazz traditions, for voice, piano, guitar, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings.
  • Work and perform at the King Center performing arts complex, one of the most dynamic and revered performance facilities in the nation.
  • Intern with organizations like the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which serve as steppingstones to employment and professional careers.
  • Gain diverse performing experience by joining one of 23 ensembles, including orchestras, bands, choirs, jazz bands and combos, African drumming and Balinese gamelan, as well as a wide variety of chamber ensembles.
  • Save by attending one of the most affordable programs in the state at a university that’s listed by Forbes as one of the best for return on investment.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

The BME degree at MSU Denver prepares students for further graduate study and for careers teaching instrumental, choral and general music in K–12 schools, including marching band programs and studio or private teaching. This degree satisfies the requirements for K–12 licensure in the state of Colorado, and our graduates who pursue teaching upon graduation have a 100 percent job-placement rate.

Beyond the classroom, the degree provides a foundation for developing careers in music business, arts administration and other arts-related specialties such as leading church or community choirs or ensembles or work with after-school youth programs. Music students also find employment in computer-related fields that draw upon their experience with music technology and the mental disciplines learned in music theory.

Hear from our students:

“My degree set me above other graduates in my application pool because of the involvement of MSU’s students and faculty with local districts. I think the high level of involvement is unique, and I feel like schools took a closer look at me because they knew MSU Denver and the quality of its music program. I spent a lot of time in classrooms as part of my education, and that experience has been invaluable.”

—Tillifinney Smith (BME 2012), elementary music teacher

Alumni at Work

A few local schools that have hired graduates from the MSU Denver BME program include:

  • Denver Public Schools
  • Jeffco Public Schools
  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools
  • Cherry Creek School District

Other students have gone on to teach in districts outside of Colorado, including one who has taught at the International School of Kuala Lumpur and the International School of Panama.

Sample Classes

Comprehensive Musicianship Ensemble

Inclusive Music Class (teaching students with special needs)


Musics of the World

Music Technology for Educators

Elementary, Vocal and Instrumental Pedagogy

Program Accreditation

MSU Denver is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and the BME degree program is approved by the Colorado State Department of Education and fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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