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A World of Music in the Heart of the City


From state-of-the-art performance venues to internationally-recognized professors who are innovative musicians, scholars, and composers, the Department of Music at MSU Denver will elevate your musicianship so you can turn your passion into a successful career. Whether you choose to pursue performance, composition, or music education, our diverse curriculum flows through classical, jazz, commercial, and world music to help you navigate the broad range of opportunities that exist for the 21st-century musician. 

You’ll enjoy extensive performance opportunities with over 20 different ensembles ranging from choir and orchestra, to big band and mariachi. Our 200+ concerts per year, including our Visiting Artist Series, will inspire and enrich your musical experience.

Music varies from place to place and culture to culture, but we see it as a universal language. We invite you to learn that language, and learn how to share that language, at the most accessible, affordable, and diverse university in Colorado.

News & Announcements

A Holiday Card to the City Food DriveHoliday Card image

Join us December 7-8 for our annual Holiday Card to the City Concert and help us make a difference! We'll be collecting non-perishable and non-expired food items for the Roadrunner Food Pantry to help MSU Denver students in need.

Our goal is to bombard the Food Pantry with donations from our attendees. Look for the Food Pantry table when you arrive. Let's show them what the music community can do!

The Roadrunner Food Pantry’s website offers more information on how you can help, with a list of recommended items, information on volunteering and additional support for students in need.

This year's Holiday Card to the City features the MSU Denver Festival Choir and Symphonic Band, along with performances from Mariachi los Correcamonis de MSU Denver, Gamelan Manik Kusuma, and other student groups. Tickets are available for purchase at the King Center Box Office (303-556-2296) or online.

Degree Options

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Bachelor of Music

Music Performance

Explore our degree paths in Instrumental Performance, Jazz and American Improvised Music Performance, and Vocal Performance.
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Bachelor of Music


The Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Composition provides students the tools and techniques to confidently express their music.
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Bachelor of Music Education

With Licensure in K-12 Music Education

One of the leading programs in the State of Colorado for education and career placement of music teachers in K-12 music programs.
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Bachelor of Arts

Music and Music Theory Concentrations

The B.A. in Music and extended B.A. in Music Theory are available to students interested in a variety of music career paths.