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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

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Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department

​The Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado Denver offers a Bachelor of Science in Music degree designed to prepare students for a variety of alternative careers in the arts and entertainment industries with a primary focus on commercial music styles. Students are given the option to choose from four distinct emphasis areas of study: Performance, Singer/Songwriter, Music Business, and Recording Arts.

Students in the Performance Emphasis gain a diverse set of performance skills in contemporary and commercial music. The emphasis included specialized courses in applied study (private lessons), contemporary improvisation, and analysis.

Students in the Singer/Songwriter Emphasis​ complete specialized courses in songwriting and arranging repertoire while developing their performance skills.

Students in the Music Business Emphasis focus on areas of business such as finance, law, taxation, publishing, live concerts, marketing, management and new media in relation to the music industry.

Students in the Recording Arts Emphasis​ focus on areas of audio engineering including sound recording, mixing, mastering, electronic music, and multi-track digital recording. Please note: The Recording Arts Emphasis has an additional competitive admission application process.

Students who wish to pursue the Music Business Emphasis or Recording Arts Emphasis will choose to complete either the Audition Track or Non-Audition Track.

  • Audition Track
This track provides an in-depth study of musicianship and performance through lectures as well as hands-on learning, while allowing students to specialize in their area of interest. As part of the admissions process, students must audition on a musical instrument or voice.
Students on the Audition Track complete three semesters of music theory and ear training & sight singing courses, followed by a semester of jazz theory. Students complete four semesters of piano class along with the music theory coursework. All students in the MEIS Department complete three semesters of music history courses. 
Audition Track students take four semesters of private lessons, culminating each semester in a performance for a jury of faculty as well as a performance in general recital for other students.
  • Non-Audition Track
This track provides a broad overview of various performance and musicianship topics through lectures as well as hands-on learning. The Non-Audition Track does not require an audition. Instead, students must complete a Non-Audition Application Form as part of their application to the MEIS Department.
Students on the Non-Audition Track complete two semesters of courses in music theory, ear training & sight singing, and piano class. Students may opt to complete up to four semesters of piano class, or can switch to voice class or guitar class. Non-Audition Track students are required to study one semester of introductory songwriting and one semester of sight reading and improvisation, as well as additional musicianship coursework. All students in the MEIS Department complete three semesters of music history courses. 
Non-Audition Track students take two semesters of private lessons which do not require a performance for a jury.  
Please consult Degrees Offered By Department for a detailed list of degree requirements and sample schedules for each emphasis and track.
Admission to the BS Music degree (as well as the Performance, Music Business, Recording Arts and Singer/Songwriter emphases) is selective and competitive. Please refer to the Fall 2016 MEIS Major Entrance Requirements​ for more information. The MEIS Department no longer accepts students for the Music Minor.
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Please refer to the MEIS ADMISSIONS web page for all application information.