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The UCCS VAPA Music Program
The Music Program at UCCS serves a cutting edge undergraduate music degree with interdisciplinary depth, several music minor degrees, an expansive curriculum that cuts across disciplines throughout the campus, and many opportunities for UCCS students to continue a creative musical life throughout their college years in ensembles, vocal groups, and collaborations across the arts. 

The Music Major - The VAPA Music Program offers two major tracks with interdisciplinary components: Composition & Sound Design and Creative Music Practice, Performance and Technology.

Music Minors - Music Performance, Music History, Composition & Sound Design and a general Music Minor.

In all degrees students can focus on a targeted range of specializations in performance, improvisation, composition, sound design, film scoring, music theatre and entrepreneurship and more. Individual mentoring experiences are a particular focus of the curriculum. Music majors have the opportunity to work with renowned visiting guest artists every semester and perform alongside faculty in the Peak FreQuency Creative Arts Ensemble. There are many opportunities to collaborate with Dance, Film Studies, Museum Studies & Gallery Practice, Theatre, Visual Arts and more.

Students can reach their highest potential as performers through our Scholarship driven Chamber Music program that includes, among others, an honors brass and woodwind quintet, string quartet, jazz combo, vocal groups as well as any group of instruments or music-makers. Other ensembles include Jazz and Improvisation, Electroacoustic, Scholarship Mountain Lion Athletic Band, VAPA Vocal, University Choir, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Music Theatre, and THEATREWORKS Student Productions.  

VAPA BA - Music Major
The VAPA Music Program offers two major tracks with interdisciplinary components: Composition & Sound Design and Creative Music Practice, Performance and Technology. Each track shares an innovative VAPA interdisciplinary arts curriculum with the other VAPA arts programs: Art History, Film Studies, Museum Studies & Gallery Practice, Theatre & Dance, and Visual Arts.

The Composition & Sound Design (CSD) track connects traditional western composition, contemporary and experimental music, jazz and improvisation, computer music, world and non-western traditions with interdisciplinary arenas of sound art and sound design in multimedia, installation, video, theatre and film scoring. 

The Creative Music Practice, Performance and Technology (CMP) track identifies the performer/creative artist as a major paradigm in our musical culture. While focused on modern Chamber Music, jazz, vocal music, and popular music traditions, musicians in this track is well-suited for instruments not usually represented in college music degrees - non-western instruments, rap & hip-hop, DJ, laptop culture, creative musicians of all kinds. Students in the CMP track will embark on a comprehensive curriculum and rigorous training on their instruments/voice, to develop individual artistic directions in performance, composition and improvisation. Our students become top-flight creators and performers with the tools to wield their way into today's complex music and arts world.  


Curriculum Lessons & Ensembles
VAPA Music Major Tracks
Music Ensembles Concert Calendar
  - Composition & Sound Design
Private Lessons (MUS 1500) Performance Venues & Directions
  - Creative Music Practice, Performance, & Technology   - Voice Peak FreQuency Creative Arts
VAPA Music Minor   - Woodwinds
  - Minor in Music Composition   - Brass
  - Minor in Music Performance   - Strings & Guitar
   - Minor in Music History   - Piano
Music Course Descriptions Chamber Orchestra of the Springs
Scholarship Opportunities
Audition Information  
Faculty Directory  

For a current schedule or course descriptions, please refer to the UCCS Course Catalog: