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.
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.
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
Non-Audition Track students take two semesters
of private lessons which do not require a performance for a jury.
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.