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The Department of Music at MSU Denver offers a variety of degrees and musical experiences, with a diverse curriculum that spans classical, jazz, and world music traditions.

Our internationally recognized faculty of performers and scholars teach with commitment and passion, focusing on the future success of every student.

The Kenneth King Academic and Performing Arts Center features state-of-the-art performance venues, practice rooms, theaters, and classrooms.

Located in the heart of downtown Denver, the Department of Music engages the most significant professional music organizations in the region through partnerships, internships, and residencies.

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The Music Department is proud to welcome the addition of Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Elizabeth Macy, Ph.D to our faculty.

Dr. Macy holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, an MA in Ethnomusicology from UC Riverside, and a BA in Music from Colorado College. Her dissertation research addressed the function of music tourism in post-disaster economies; in particular, it focused on the function of music tourism in the recovery and rebuilding of post-Katrina New Orleans and in Bali, Indonesia after the 2002 and 2005 terrorist bombings. Dr. Macy's current and ongoing research focuses on Balinese master musician I Made Lasmawan and his wife Ni Ketut Marni and the music and dance traditions of the village of Bangah di Baturiti in Bali. Currently a performing member of Denver's Gamelan Tunas Mekar, she began studying the music of Indonesia with Lasmawan in 1996. She is a founding member of Sanggar Manik Galih, a transnational music and dance studio based in Bali and Colorado, and teaches study abroad courses in Bali on Balinese music, arts, and culture. 

Dr. Macy has previously held positions at the University of Denver, Skidmore College, Colorado College, UCLA, Chapman University and CalArts, and was the founder and director of Skidmore College's Gamelan Banyu Wali (an extension of Sanggar Manik Galih). She has taught courses on musics of the world, global pop, music of Southeast Asia, music and disaster, tourism, hip hop and the blues, music, race, and class, and African American musical heritage. 


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