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Summer Music Industry Program

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department

​The CU Denver Summer Music Industry Program has concluded its 2014 session. We hope to announce next year's dates and deadlines as soon as possible. Thanks to our first group of students, parents, faculty, and staff for such a successful first year.

The CU Denver Summer Music Industry Program is designed to offer high school students ages 14-18, a window into what it takes to be a musician today. The program dates for 2015 are TBDSignificant scholarships are available for families with demonstrated economic hardships, as well as competitive merit awards.

Our vision:

1. Discover & Grow

Cultivate self-awareness, self-assessment, confidence, and an ability to set goals and achieve them. Develop a higher level of artistic and instrumental achievements, and improve industry-relevant fundamental musical skills.

2. Engage & Connect 

Participate in group activities and field trips that cultivate a healthy and thoughtful lifestyle. Offer a community service project in the city of Denver. Explore Denver's music venues, recording studios, and music industry organizations, current influential performers and music industry professionals, and develop a strategy for success in the music industry.

3. Create & Collaborate​

Create original solo and ensemble arrangements and compositions that incorporate an understanding of musical genres, music theory and transcription/analysis, and record/engineer those original works utilizing digital recording techniques. Contribute to a creative and productive team that supports individual growth and achieves the final group projects: Create a demo recording, live show, electronic press kit, & business plan.


Sample daily schedule:

8:15 am


9:00 am

Morning activity

9:30 am

Morning meeting

10:00 am

Special musical presentation

10:45 am

Keyboard workstation

11:30 am


12:15 pm


1:30 pm

Afternoon activity

2:00 pm

Ensemble rehearsal

3:30 pm

Music Business class

4:15 pm

Recording Arts class

5:00 pm


6:00 pm

Private lessons, practice, studio, or jam sessions

7:00 pm

Guest/faculty concert

8:00 pm

Evening activity

8:30 pm

Commuter departure

10:30 pm

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