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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Music Performance Emphasis

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department

"Classical and jazz, world beat and electronic, rock bands, and​
avant-garde—in the College of Arts & Media’s Music Performance 
program, you can explore them all."


Students are prepared for a variety of paths in the rapidly changing and diverse musical marketplace by establishing the solid foundation of general musicianship necessary for any professional endeavor.  Focused on the development of performance skills in classical, jazz, commercial, and experimental music styles, this is the program for passionate and dedicated musicians.​​​

...and the spotlight's on You.

Music Performance classes offer a unique education in current styles, interdisciplinary collaboration, and technology.  Students can select a variety of specialized courses including small performance ensembles, lessons, theory, counterpoint, concert music, contemporary improvisation and analysis, and music history and literature.

The College of Arts & Media also offers students a variety of ways to gain work experience in musical performance.  You will have many opportunities for creative work including:

  • Small ensembles: Performing and competing locally, nationally, and internationally, our musical ensembles perform on campus and at community functions, as well as travel throughout the country and the world.
  • Mentoring, clinics, and workshops

Educating and Encouraging Faculty

The Music Performance faculty is comprised of musicians who understand the importance of music’s application both in and outside of the classroom. For this reason, your instructors strive to be the bridge between you and professional musicians.

The faculty’s active participation in their field ensures that students receive both a traditional and a cutting-edge education.  To learn more about the Music Performance faculty, please select their name and you will be directed to their personal web pages, or visit the faculty home page​.

The Bachelor of Science in Music Degree

Students pursuing careers in Music Performance receive a Bachelor of Science in Music from the Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies in the College of Arts & Media, a degree awarded by the University of Colorado Denver.

This degree is designed for students who are interested in professional careers in music, including music composition and performance, recording, business, and entertainment.  Students can select classes that lead to local, regional, and national careers in audio research, production companies, art administration, and audio engineering—to name just a few. This four-year program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. All applicants for a Bachelor of Science in Music degree must pass an entrance audition before being accepted (except for those focusing on Music Industry Studies Tracks in Music Business or Recording Arts).

Foundation for Your Future

As a Music Performance graduate from the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies program, the career opportunities available to you are as limitless as your motivation and imagination.  Here are just a few of the options available to this program’s graduates.

  • Musician
  • Teacher
  • Artistic director
  • Accompanist
  • Concert singer
  • Instrumentalist
  • Lyricist
  • Songwriter


A student wishing to study in the Music Performance program must be admitted as both a student of the University of Colorado Denver and as a student of the College of Arts & Media. Admission into the College of Arts & Media is selective and based on several factors including previous academic records, standardized test scores, and audition performance. For more information on entrance requirements please see MEIS Major Entrance Requirements – Fall 2016 Semester​​ 

To learn more about the opportunities awaiting you in the Music Performance program, please contact a College of Arts & Media advisor. ​​​​​​​​​