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Courses for Non-Music Majors

Course Offerings for Non-Majors

Music at MSU Denver offers a selection of courses specifically designed for non-musicians interested in developing their appreciation and enjoyment of music. 

Music Appreciation, History and Literature

  • MUS 1000 - Introduction to Music*
  • MUS 1050 - History of Rock and Roll*
  • MUS 3000 - Musics of America*/**
  • MUS 3020 - Jazz Styles - America's Music*/**
  • MUS 3050 - Musics of the World*/***
  • MUS 4000 - Musics of Latin America*/***

*This course meets the General Studies Arts and Humanities Requirement for all majors/minors EXCEPT Music
**This course meets the Multicultural Requirement for all majors/minors
***This course meets the Global Diversity Requirement for all majors/minors EXCEPT Music

Applied Music and Theory

For students interested in learning to sing, compose, or play piano or guitar, Music at MSU Denver offers the following courses:

  • MUS 1030 - Composing Music for Non-Majors
  • MUS 160B - Class Piano for Non-Majors
  • MUS 161A & 162A - Class Voice I & II
  • MUS 161K & 162K - Class Guitar I & II

Performance Opportunities

Students who play an instrument or sing are highly encouraged to join a music ensemble. Our ensembles are open to all non-majors. Some ensembles require an audition; to audition, please contact the ensemble director listed below. Students in an ensemble are granted access to the Music Department practice rooms in AR-171 and KC-206, and may use an instrument locker in the Arts Building.

MUS 3816 Early Music Ensemble
MUS 3817 String Sinfonietta
MUS 3818 Mariachi Ensemble
MUS 3819 Chamber Music (Audition required, contact Emily Ondracek-Peterson)
MUS 3820 Chorale (mixed choir) (Audition required, sign up here or contact MB Krueger)
MUS 3821 Women’s Choir
MUS 3822 Men’s Choir
MUS 3823 Auraria Choir (mixed choir) 
MUS 3824 Symphonic Band
MUS 3825 Wind Ensemble (Audition required, contact David Kish)
MUS 3827 Symphony Orchestra (Audition required, sign up here or contact Brandon Matthews)
MUS 3828 Jazz Ensemble (Audition required, contact Ron Miles)
MUS 3829 Jazz Combo (Audition required, contact Dave Devine)
MUS 3830 Guitar Ensemble (Audition required, contact Alex Komodore)
MUS 3831 Percussion Chamber Ensemble
MUS 3832 Collaborative Piano (Audition required, contact Jooeun Pak)
MUS 3833 Opera (Audition required, contact Gene Roberts)
MUS 3834 Gamelan Ensemble
MUS 3835 African Drum and Dance Ensemble
MSU Denver Pep Band (Basketball season only, non-credit, paying gig! Audition required, contact Michael Hengst)