FAQs (Frequently-Asked Questions)
FAQs FOR MUSIC MAJORS OR MINORS:
What music degrees does MSU Denver offer?
Can I minor in music?
What are the admission requirements for the Music Department?
What steps do I follow to apply as a music major?
When are auditions held?
What is required in an audition?
What am I auditioning for?
Can I audition on a day that is not a designated audition date?
What level of theory skills do I need to be accepted into Theory I?
What scholarships does MSU Denver offer?
FAQs FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORS
Can I take private lessons for credit as a non-music major?
If I'm not a music major, can I audition for choirs, orchestra, bands, etc.?
What classes can I take as a non-music major?
Can I use the practice rooms if I am not a music major?
Can I have a locker if I am not a music major?
- We offer the the Bachelor of Music in Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Composition, the Bachelor of Music Education degrees, and Bachelor of Arts in Music. Click on Music Degree Programs for more information.
- The BM prepares students for a professional career in music, and often leads to continued work at the graduate level. BME students take an integrated program that prepares students in musicianship, performance, and K-12 teaching skills needed to be certified for public schools.
- As professional degrees, the BM and BME do not require a minor. The BA is designed for students who want a liberal arts degree with a strong music component, and requires a minor or second major. [Back to Top]
- Yes, the minor in music is designed for students who need a minor and want to expand their musicianship and musical knowledge. It consists of 30 credit-hours, which may be completed in two semesters or may need to be spread over a larger number of semesters, depending on the student's skills and the student's major requirements. [Back to Top]
- There is no formal admission to the Music Department, but there are several placement levels that every student must pass:
- In addition, several of the music degrees have a formal admission process to the degree program, including the BM and the BME. Talk to a music advisor for more information. [Back to Top]
- Contact the Music Department at 303-615-1010 to schedule an appointment with a Music Department Intake Advisor.
- Apply for admission to MSU Denver. This can be done online at: www.msudenver.edu
- During the advising session, the student will complete the necessary paperwork to declare their music major or minor. [Back to Top]
- Audition Information are usually held on a Saturday one and one-half weeks before the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
- In addition to these standard times, there are usually auditions in the spring semester. Contact the Music office at 303-615-1010 for the dates and times. [Back to Top]
- Audition Requirements for Private Instruction vary somewhat from one instrument to another, but generally consist of performing two or more appropriate pieces (memorized preferred), sight-reading, and scales. Students can self-assess their readiness for private instruction. [Back to Top]
- Auditions are held for private lessons and some ensembles. [Back to Top]
- Because auditions take place before a faculty committee, they are only administered at scheduled times. [Back to Top]
- Students that can read music may or may not have the necessary theory skills to pass the Theory Placement Exam for acceptance into Music Theory I. Students can self-assess readiness for the Theory I Placement Exam.
- Necessary skills include being able to notate/write and/or identify:
- major and minor key signatures on the staff
- various simple and compound intervals
- time signatures and rhythmic note and rest values
- major scales on the staff
- all three forms of minor scales on the staff
- all forms of triads and triads in inversion
- In addition to the written exam, students will also take an aural skills exam that includes:
- intervals (size and quality)
- rhythmic dictation
- melodic dictation
- If the theory placement exam is not passed, the student must register for MUS 1010, Fundamentals of Music Theory. Students who then complete this class with a grade of C or higher are exempt from the Theory I Placement Exam. [Back to Top]
- Various scholarship opportunities are available for current students in the Music Department. Eligibility criteria and awards are distinctive for each scholarship and interested students are encouraged to apply for applicable scholarships.
- Music Scholarshipsare available in two areas:
- Ensemble Talent Awards
- Endowed Scholarships
- Unfortunately, the university does not have the resources to provide private lessons for non-majors. Private lessons are offered only to music majors and minors. Non-majors can take class instruction in piano, guitar, and voice. [Back to Top]
- All MSU Denver students are welcome and eligible to audition for any ensemble. Students should register for the course, attend the first class to find out the audition requirements, and pass the audition. If a student is not accepted into the ensemble, it is the student's responsibility to make sure the class is dropped from their schedule. [Back to Top]
- In addition to ensembles, MSU Denver non-music majors can register for Introduction to Music, Fundamentals of Music Theory, Fundamentals of Theory Lab, Class Voice, Class Guitar, Musics of America, Musics of the World, History of Rockand Roll, and Jazz Styles. Be sure to check the pre-requisites before registering for classes. [Back to Top]
- Unfortunately, the practice room space is quite limited in comparison to the number of enrolled music majors and minors, so the use of the rooms is limited. [Back to Top]
- Unfortunately, the number of lockers is quite limited in comparison to the number of enrolled music majors and minors, so the use of the lockers is limited. [Back to Top]