Music

Welcome to the Music program at UCCS! Within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, we offer the Bachelor of Arts in two different tracks:

  • Creative Music Performance
  • Composition and Sound Design


The Creative Music Performance track is designed for instrumentalists and vocalists who want to reach their full potential as performers. Performance majors take eight semesters of private lessons, along with a variety of ensembles and courses in Audio Engineering and Production, Electronic and Computer Music, and Music Theory and History. Stylistic breadth is encouraged, as well as exploration into composition and modern improvisation. 

The Composition and Sound Design track emphasizes the creation and production of original music. Focusing on the development of a student’s craft, technique, and musical identity, all students are required to study both traditional and contemporary Music Theory, as well as Acoustic and Electronic Music Composition. The degree prepares students for varied careers in concert art music, music production, song-writing, sound-art, and film and video game music composition.

Our newest degree, the Bachelor of Innovation in Music, is a cross-disciplinary program that combines music, engineering and business to prepare students for a variety of careers in the broad spectrum of music including technology, recording arts, management, the global business world and more.

We also offer four options for the Music minor: Composition & Sound Design, Creative Music Performance, Contemporary Music History or a General Music Minor.

Elective courses for all tracks include Music Business and Entrepreneurship, Ethnomusicology and internship opportunities. Our dedicated faculty incorporate real world experience with innovative learning practices, as well as individual training and career guidance.

Scholarship opportunities are available for declared music majors and minors, and our inclusive program invites all students to continue their musical life in college by taking private lessons, courses or joining an ensemble, which include University Choir, Mountain Lion Concert Band, VAPA Vocal, Chamber Music, Jazz Ensemble, Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, Creative Music Ensemble and the UCCS Athletics Band.

Please explore our website which contains comprehensive information for both incoming and continuing students!