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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

Dr. Fred Hess Memorial Concert and Fundraiser

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Please join us on April 18th as we celebrate the life and music of Dr. Fred Hess, beloved professor of composition. This concert will be a fundraiser for the Dr. Fred Hess Memorial Scholarship, and features performances of Dr. Hess' compositions by MSU Denver Faculty, the Adam Bartczak Republic big band, and the Boulder Creative Music Ensemble. We hope you can join us for this very special memorial concert.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 18th, 7:30pm
Location:  King Center Concert Hall (855 Lawrence Way, Denver, 80204)
Tickets: FREE to the MSU Denver Community 
General public: $20, $15, $10

 Performances by:

  • Boulder Creative Music Ensemble
  • Adam Bartczak Republic
  • MSU Denver Faculty & more!

100% of the ticket proceeds go toward the Dr. Fred Hess Memorial Scholarship.

If you cannot attend the concert, but wish to donate to the Dr. Fred Hess Memorial Scholarship, you may do so here: Fred Hess Memorial Scholarship

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.
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