The Metropolitan State University of Denver is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Music Department offers a Bachelor of Music degree with concentrations in performance and composition, a Bachelor of Music Education degree with concentrations in choral and instrumental music, a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, and a minor in music. The Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees are professional degree programs designed for students wishing to prepare themselves for careers as performers, composers, or teachers or for further graduate study; these degrees do not require a minor. The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is a non-professional degree with a liberal arts focus, and requires a minor.
Bachelor of Music Education
The Bachelor of Music Education degree prepares students for careers teaching instrumental, choral, and general music in K-12 schools, and satisfies the requirements for K-12 licensure in the State of Colorado. Students must apply for and be granted admission to the music education program prior to any enrollment in music education methods courses, supervised field experiences, and student teaching. Further information may be obtained in the Department of Music Student Handbook ( 77 KB). Students seeking this degree must satisfy all applicable requirements of the Department of Music and the School of Professional Studies teacher education program. Students should read the teacher licensure sections of the Catalog and stay in regular contact with both a music and teacher education advisor. To become licensed, recipients of the Bachelor of Music Education degree must satisfy all applicable requirements of the teacher education and licensure programs in the School of Professional Studies. This degree program is approved by the Colorado State Department of Education and has full accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The following areas of concentration and emphasis are available for the BME:
- Bachelor of Music Education Choral Concentration, Voice Emphasis ( 49 KB)
- Bachelor of Music Education Choral Concentration, Piano Emphasis ( 49 KB)
- Bachelor of Music Education Choral Concentration, Guitar Emphasis ( 48 KB)
- Bachelor of Music Education Instrumental Concentration ( 49 KB)
Bachelor of Music
The Bachelor of Music degree prepares students for further graduate studies, or for careers as performers, composers, or private studio teachers. Concentrations are available in performance and composition. To be admitted to this program, students must demonstrate the capability of developing a high level of musicianship. For admission to the performance concentration, students must pass the music performance audition upon completion of MUS 1720, Private Instruction II. For admission to the composition concentration, students must pass a review of their composition portfolio upon completion of MUS 3650, Basic Techniques of Composition.
The following concentrations are available for the BM in Music:
- Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance Concentration ( 44 KB)
- Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Performance Concentrations ( 46 KB)
- Bachelor of Music, Composition Concentration ( 45 KB)
Bachelor of Arts in Music
The Bachelor of Arts in Music ( 40 KB) degree is a non-professional degree with a liberal arts focus, and requires a minor.
The Minor in Music ( 31 KB) is well-suited to students who wish to expand their background in music.
Please refer to the Course Offering Schedule ( 33 KB) for information about course offerings by semester.