Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

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 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 for careers in music therapy, an allied health profession whose members generally work as part of interdisciplinary teams in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living centers, and special education settings. Some music therapists maintain private practices or serve as consultants. Music therapists are specialists in the clinical use of music to facilitate motor, cognitive, communication, and social outcomes for individuals with disease or disability. The Music Therapy degree at CSU is internationally recognized for its leadership in clinical training and research. The curriculum includes a strong emphasis in music, the neurosciences, psychology, and music therapy methods. 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. 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 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 Academics > Areas

B.M., Composition Concentration

The degree is designed to prepare the student to compose original music for a wide variety of venues including live concerts, music to accompany film, video, dance, and theatre. 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.

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)