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Music & Entertainment Industry Studies


Undergraduate:

Recording Arts​

This degree is designed for students who are interested in professional careers in music, including music composition and performance, recording, business and entertainment. The undergraduate curriculum combines a comprehensive general education with career-conscious courses, giving students the breadth and depth needed to succeed in this ever-changing industry.

Singer/Songwriter

This degree is designed for students who are interested in professional careers in music, including music composition and performance, recording, business and entertainment.​

Music Business​

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.

Music Performance

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.​

 

Everything you need to know to apply to the Music Major​


Graduate:​

Master of Science: Recording Arts emphasis, Media Forensics​

As a student in the MS in Recording Arts—Media Forensics (MSRA-MF) program, you will be able to hone your deduction skills while being a part of a one-of-a-kind program.​

​Master of Science: Recording Arts

At this time the Master’s of Science in Recording Arts (MSRA) program is under review and temporarily on hold until further notice. We are not currently accepting new students for the upcoming academic year and 2018 fall start. We are taking the time to develop a new and exciting MSRA program that will be set to launch in the fall of 2019. Please look for the revamped program info in the months to come. For further information about the program please contact the Recording Arts Area Head, Jeff Merkel, at jeff.merkel@ucdenver.edu. Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.



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CU Denver's Department of Music and Entertainment Industy Studies (MEIS) was ranked as one of the top music business programs in the country by Billboard, the Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) lives up to its name with state-of-the-art recording studios, private teaching studios, and cutting-edge technology. This department is designed to prepare students for a variety of alternative careers in the arts and entertainment industries through its intense focus on commercial music styles.


Our students have acess to:


  • Five state-of-the-art recording studios

  • 16-station piano lab the most up to date applications.

  • 12 student practice suites.


King Academic & Performing Arts Center  – 500-seat concert hall, 200-seat recital hall and multiple production studios.


MEIS offers a Bachelor of Science in Music with four emphasis areas: 

Performance, Singer/Songwriter, Music Business and Recording Arts. In addition we offer a Master of Science in Recor​ding Arts or one with an emphasis in Media Forensics.


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Admission to the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) Department is selective and competitive. The MEIS Department requires supplementary application materials in addition to the standard University of Colorado Denver application.

Everything you need to know to apply to the Music Major​

Commercial Voic​e Program

CU Denver offers one of the only Commercial Voice programs in the country. Our voice teachers are trained to help your voice gro​w in the styles you want to sing in. Offering instruction in contemporary music styles, including jazz, pop, rock and musical theater, we’ll help you explore ways to make your singing the best it can be in the genres you want to sing. Actively performing in the Denver area and beyond, CU Denver's faculty can give you the performance opportunities and direction you need to help you toward a career in music.

At CU Denver, we believe in providing all our singers with the best and healthiest techniques for singing in today’s contemporary styles. We’ll encourage you to explore new music while helping you to polish the genres you already excel in. All students working in a degree program with a voice emphasis will receive one-on-one instruction on a weekly basis, where you will work on healthy singing, voice building and performance technique. Alo​ng with privat​​e instruction, you will be expected to perform in Voice Performance classes, an ensemble, as well as performing a final singing exam. 

After a successful audition, the Coordinator of the Commercial Voice Emphasis will assign you to the teacher best suited ​to your skills and needs.  


Drumset and Percuss​io​n Program

The University of Colorado Denver offers students studying percussion and drum set unique, relevant and engaging program of learning and experience. With both drum set and percussion areas of emphasis available, each student can enjoy gaining the knowledge, skills and musical character necessary to successfully participate in today's challenging musical marketplace. Our drum set/percussion faculty have years of playing and teaching experience in many styles including rock, funk, jazz, blues, Latin, world music, as well as classical and contemporary percussion music.​


Gu​itar Program

The Guitar Program at the University of Colorado Denver is one of the few music colleges in the country that offers jazz and commercial guitar as an degree emphasis. The guitar program is designed to provide all guitar students with the skills needed to become a proficient, viable and versatile musician in today's diverse musical marketplace. Our guitar faculty is comprised of qualified, versatile, educated, energetic guitar instructors who are also working professionals skilled in teaching many musical styles including jazz, classical, world music, latin and rock.​


Piano Pro​gram 

The Piano Program at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) is focused on giving our students the skills and experiences necessary for tangible success in today’s world(s) of music.  The Piano Program is a destination for passionate keyboard students—a program that offers dynamic contemporary training for dynamic contemporary artists.


World-class Learning

Our piano instructors have diverse, high level performing and academic backgrounds.  Students can take piano lessons wit​h faculty who have played everywhere from Dazzle to Carnegie Hall, Japan to Brazil; faculty who have recorded CDs as sidemen, as soloists, as band members, on indie and major labels; faculty who have written music for the screen, for the stage, and for the studio, in all styles; and most importantly, faculty who love to teach.  All CU Denver students—piano performance majors, singer-songwriters, music business, and recording arts majors—have the opportunity for both private piano instruction and lab classes. 


State-of-the-art Resources

Students can create professional quality tracks and charts in one of the best keyboard labs in academia—equipped with Rola​nd keyboard stations, each with an iMac with Logic Pro, Finale, and various multi-media learning resources.  With an overhead mounted camera, projection and screen-sharing, students in the lab can have a birds-eye view of instructors at the piano.  CU Denver​ also has full-scale analog and digital recording studios, and an impressive assortment of vintage keyboards, from Moog to Rhodes.


Ensembles

Piano Performance majors benefit from the hands-on training of ensembles.  Our ensembles provide experience in a variety of styles that professional pianists encounter. 


Ensembles include:

    • Jazz Combo

    • Voz de la Clave (Latin Ensemble)

    • Claim Jumpers (Dixieland Ensemble)

    • Pop/Rock Ensemble

    • Chamber Ensemble

    • Electro-Acoustic Ensemble

    • Piano Trio Ensem​ble


String Program

The String Program at the University of Colorado Denver's Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies offers students who want to study violin, viola, cello, or double bass exposure to a wide range of styles, concepts, and cutting-edge technology. Now with the departmental acquisition of a matched quartet of state-of-the-art NS Design electric instruments, students can enjoy gaining the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to participate and compete in today's evolving industry. Our internationally-acclaimed string faculty​​ tailor their instruction in classical and contemporary styles with an emphasis on each student's individual talents and aspirations.​

 

Wind and Brass​ Program

The Wind and Brass Program at the University of Colorado Denver's Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies offers students who want to study a wind instrument in the wind program a valuable learning experience. Each student can enjoy gaining the knowledge, skills and musical character necessary to successfully participate in today's challenging musical marketplace. Our wind and brass faculty​​ have years of playing and teaching experience in many styles including rock, funk, jazz, blues, Latin, world music, as well as classical and contemporary music.​




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