CSU Spur Music Lab

Community-based music outreach

CSU Spur MusicLab is a community-based, and culturally relevant music outreach program that provides fundamental music education for middle school and high school-aged students. MusicLab bridges the gap between meaningful musical encounters and underserved communities.

Led by CSU Music Education students, and supervised by licensed music teachers from Northern Colorado, the MusicLab collaborates with guest artists from Take Note Colorado to provide culturally responsive music lessons and activities.

No previous music experience is required to enjoy this open-door opportunity!

MusicLab takes place monthly at CSU Spur 2nd Saturday in February, March, April, and May. We are fortunate to be housed in the brand new Hydro building at CSU Spur.

CSU students interested in teaching at Music Lab should look for application submission deadlines for following Spur season. 



Dates: 2nd Saturdays @ CSU Spur – February 11, March 11, April 8, and May 13, 2023

Location: CSU Spur is located in the Hydro Building at 4817 National Western Dr., Denver, CO 80216

MusicLab Guest Artists – Sponsored by Take Note Colorado

Take Note Colorado is a statewide initiative to provide equitable access to musical instruments and instruction to every K‑12 student in Colorado. Take Note Colorado supports programs that are inclusive, student-centered, culturally responsive, and empower all students to participate in music.


Kid Astronaut

FEBRUARY 11 @ MUSIC LAB: Kid Astronaut is a time and dimension traveling artist making futuristic R&B. Kid Astronaut (@kidastronavt) was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. His music is a heartfelt mixture of soul, pop and engaging storytelling through lyrics that are an honest and revealing look into the soul of this adventurous songwriter. He is also the Co-founder of CONSCIOUS CREATIVES (@conscious.creatives), a Denver based artist collective that believes in the idea "you are the creator of your reality, why not make it great?" linktr.ee/kidastronavt

Photo by @luckyjayded

headshotMARCH 11 @ MUSIC LAB: Lolita Castañeda is a rising artist Mexican-American Latin pop artist who burst onto the streaming scene in 2018. Lolita combines a variety of compositional elements to form her unique and authentic sound. Artist, activist, and advocate for the arts, Lolita facilitates and encourages people, organizations, and companies who have a humanitarian objective. To date, Lolita has amassed hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify, including her recent release, ‘I'm Not Waiting.' Lolita Castañeda


group photoAPRIL 8 @ MUSIC LAB: 2MX2 is a Latin Pop/HipHop group out of Colorado. They are known for their modern renditions of traditional Latin music into danceable urban rhythms that explore topics such as immigration, health, education reform and other matters of our time.  Band members are Owen Trujillo (aka 01), who was born in Zacatecas, Mexico; and Denver natives Juice ET Hugo, Lolita, DMD, and Kenny O. 2MX2


group photoMay 13 @ MUSIC LAB: Pink Hawks are master-level world musicians garnering comparison to sonic innovators such as Fela Kuti’s Afro-beat and Mulatu Astatke’s Ethiopiques Jazz. "Sun Ra's melodically off-the-rails piano playing, and the languid, sonically adventurous atmospheres of Yo La Tengo." (Tom Murphy, Westword) Put on your dancing pants as Pink Hawks set the floor on fire. Pink Hawks

Music Lab Faculty