Undergraduate Overview

CSU Music is focused on the belief that music is both an artistic and intellectual pursuit. We offer intense training in specialized music disciplines combined with a balance of core music courses in music history and theory. Our renowned and versatile faculty are committed to helping students discover their own unique identities through music. We offer B.M. degrees in Music Therapy, Music Education, Music Composition, and Music Performance, as well as a B.A. in Music. Additionally, undergraduates can earn a performance-based music minor.

Welcome to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD) at Colorado State University. 

The faculty and staff of SMTD are committed to the success of students as they prepare for careers in the creative sector of the economy as music educators, music therapists, performers, composers, and entrepreneurs. 

The School offers small academic classes and careful attention to advising within the major, assuring that each student receives a high-quality and personalized education. Music majors receive applied instruction on their instrument with highly qualified faculty beginning in their first semester of study. Students apply knowledge gained in lessons and coursework in a variety of performing ensembles. 

Because it encompasses all three of the performing arts areas, SMTD creates special opportunities for programs and courses that draw on the interdisciplinary character of the arts. 

At CSU, your performing arts education takes place in one of the nation’s finest teaching and performance facilities, the exquisite University Center for the Arts. Our facility brings together talented and committed students with a dynamic faculty and staff in a vibrant learning environment that fosters and supports creativity and growth. 

We know you’ll “find your state” at Colorado State University, and be inspired all along the way!

Colorado State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Faculty Mission Statement

Dedicated to its land-grant heritage, the music faculty at Colorado State University are committed to promoting music and pedagogy of the highest quality, serving music education through actions that benefit the students, teachers, and citizens of Colorado.