Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Music

The primary goal of the Bachelor of Music is to prepare students to become highly skilled music educators, music therapists, performers, composers, and conductors. Program goals encourage and develop high standards of teaching, scholarship, performance, and research in music. We are pleased to offer small academic classes, applied study with highly qualified faculty, and careful attention to advising. Courses in music appreciation, music theory fundamentals, and ensembles are open to all students regardless of major.

B.M., Music Education Concentration

The degree provides students excellent training to teach vocal and instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools. A feature unique to our music education curriculum is the countless hours of field experience, beginning in the first semester of study, that students receive throughout their coursework. Upon completion of the degree, graduates have met all requirements to sit the exam for licensure to teach in public schools in Colorado. The program is comprehensively structured to allow for continued study at the graduate level.

B.M., Music Therapy Concentration

The degree prepares the student for a career using music for restoration, maintenance, or improvement in mental and/or physical health. Music therapists generally work with other health care professionals to create interdisciplinary programs for improving their clients’ well-being. The music therapy curriculum includes a strong emphasis in music, the neurosciences, and psychology. Colorado State University is the only university in the central Rocky Mountain region providing undergraduate or graduate education in music therapy.

B.M., Performance Concentration

The degree prepares students for a career as a professional performer, studio teacher, or college professor. Colorado State University provides intense training in vocal or instrumental performance. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in music history, music theory, and performance, while ensuring flexibility for continued study at the graduate level. The student has numerous opportunities for performance during completion of this degree including junior and senior recitals. The performance concentration has seven options: Jazz Studies, Orchestral Instrument, Organ, Piano, Piano Pedagogy, String Pedagogy, and Voice

  • B.M., Performance Concentration, Jazz Studies Option: The degree offers instrumental students a balanced course of study in both performance and academic classes to help them develop their skills as jazz artists and educators. Students in the degree program have the opportunity to study jazz history, theory, improvisation, pedagogy and composition and arranging, in addition to taking private lessons with both traditional applied faculty and jazz specialists.

B.M., Composition Concentration

The degree is designed to prepare the student to compose original music for a wide variety of genres, including symphonic works, chamber music, electronic music, and music for media. Course work emphasizes comprehensive musicianship throughout the curriculum with particular emphasis on individualized study in music composition. Students receive six semesters of applied composition lessons, as well as specialized training in arranging, orchestration, electronic music production, and music analysis. The degree culminates with a  student composition recital and the completion of a senior thesis in the form of a major work for orchestra or other large ensemble.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The B.A. in Music allows students to study music within the larger context of a liberal arts education. The degree provides a strong emphasis in applied music, theory, and music literature with a concentration in another academic area. For example, the student, in addition to the music core, has the option of studying business, history, foreign languages, or any other area offered by the University. Graduates have a broad background that prepares them for various employment opportunities or graduate school.

Music Minor

The minor allows students to take applied instruction (lessons), and supporting studies in music theory and history. The minor degree plan is rounded out with ensemble participation and music electives.

Minor in Arts Leadership and Administration

The LEAP minor integrates an arts management curriculum into the performing and visual arts at Colorado State University. Recognizing that success in the arts is being redefined, courses provide visual and performing arts majors the skills required to thrive in a 21st century job market. leap.colostate.edu