Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Our primary goal is to prepare students to become highly skilled music educators, music therapists, performers, and composers. 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.

A successful audition is audition is required for all Bachelor of Music (B.M.) programs.

Learning Outcomes — Students will demonstrate:

  • Ability to perform music from a variety of historical/ style periods, and exhibit the appropriate skills for musical self-expression in juried performances. These skills include: technique, musicianship, tone, diction/articulation, style, interpretation, sight-reading, rhythm, and artistry.
  • Keyboard skills.
  • The capacity to create original or derivative music.
  • Understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music, including musical forms, processes, and structures.
  • Knowledge of music history and repertory, including representative composers and works according to the area of specialization, as well as study and experiences with music in addition to that of the primary culture encompassing the area of specialization.

Students are also expected to learn music literature from all periods through aural and score analysis. Performance skills are tested at the end of the sophomore year and in a graduation recital if required by the degree option. Some programs require satisfactory completion of supervised student teaching, an internship, or a senior project.

Potential Occupations

The professional undergraduate music curricula at CSU can lead to personally fulfilling careers as music educators, music therapists, performers, composers, private teachers, and entrepreneurs. Music graduates from CSU have successfully gained employment in public and private schools, hospitals and institutions, and as professional performers and composers.

B.M., Music Education Concentration

The degree prepares students for teaching choral, instrumental, and general music in elementary and secondary schools. This degree prepares students to apply for music teaching licensure (grades K-12) in the state of Colorado. CSU’s outstanding music education faculty members are in demand as clinicians, guest lecturers, conductors, and researchers. A feature unique to the accredited music education curriculum is extensive field experience that students receive throughout their coursework, culminating in a semester of student teaching at the end of the program. Students must select one of two options: instrumental or choral. music.colostate.edu/bm-music-education

B.M., Music Therapy Concentration

The concentration is designed to prepare students to take the examination of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (MT-BC). Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. As a MT-BC, graduates may work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living centers, and in special education. Some music therapists maintain private practices or serve as consultants. The Music Therapy program at CSU is internationally recognized for its leadership in clinical training and research. The area includes the Undergraduate Music Therapy Research Academy and the interdisciplinary Brainwaves Research Laboratory, where students have opportunities for hands-on involvement in music and music therapy research. music.colostate.edu/music-therapy

B.M., Performance Concentration

The degree prepares students for potential professional careers in the music and creative industries as performers, entrepreneurs, and private music teachers as well as for continued study at the graduate level. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in music history, music theory, and performance, with many opportunities for performance, including large and small ensemble participation as well as solo recitals.

In order to complete the Performance Concentration, students must select one of the following options: jazz studies, orchestral instrument, organ, piano, and voice (the piano pedagogy, and string pedagogy programs are in the process of discontinuation and no longer accepting students).

  • 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 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. music.colostate.edu/jazz-studies
  • Find information about instrumental and vocal areas go to "Areas."

B.M., Composition Concentration

The concentration is a professional undergraduate degree program 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. music.colostate.edu/composition

Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.)

The B.A. in Music allows students to study music within a larger context of a liberal arts education. In comparison to the curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Music (B.M.), less emphasis is placed on studies specifically in music, with greater flexibility for studies in a field outside of music. In lieu of a larger number of credits in music as required for the B.M, the B.A. student completes a 21-credit option in an area outside of music. In addition, completion of a major paper or capstone recital (half recital) is required during the senior year. Checksheet (PDF)

Music Minor

The performance-based minor in music enables a student to broaden career opportunities in disciplines outside of music or to continue pursuing music studies throughout their time at CSU within the structure of a minor program. The music minor requires eight semesters of ensemble participation and requires a successful audition prior to entrance. Checksheet (PDF) 

Courses in music appreciation, music theory fundamentals, and ensembles are open to all students regardless of major.