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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Singer/Songwriter Emphasis

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department

"This program is for singer/songwriters who want to 
take their act to a world-class, professional level."

Singer/Songwriter Program

This program is for singer/songwriters who want to take their act to a world-class, professional level. Students admitted into the program will take courses in the craft of songwriting, performance techniques, popular music theory and arranging, and private instruction in voice and their accompanying instrument. They will also take classes in music business and recording arts. As Denver’s music scene continues grow, young artists have an opportunity to bring their unique sound to the thriving city life. Students will be able to participate in a variety of Master classes specifically for singer/songwriters which have recently featured Ryan Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic, Andy Guerrero, guitarist for Bop Skizzum, and the Grammy-nominated band DeVotchka.

The Singer/Songwriter program is approved by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) as a part of the Bachelor of Science in Music degree program. 


Singer/Songwriter 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


Singer/songwriter faculty are 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​.



Students pursuing careers in the Singer/Songwriter program 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).


As a Singer/Songwriter graduate from the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department, 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.

  • Music publisher
  • Copyright specialist
  • Concert singer
  • Music licensing
  • Music advertising
  • Lyricist
  • Songwriter
  • Arranger


A student wishing to study in the Singer/Songwriter 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 Singer/Songwriters program, please contact a College of Arts & Media advisor.​​​​​​