Department of Music
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How to Reach the Department of Music
The main office is currently working remotely. We are ready to support you via email, phone, or video conferencing. If you need assistance, please call us at 303-615-1010; the office phones are being forwarded. If you reach voicemail, please leave a message. We will be checking the voicemail every hour during business hours and responding to ASAP. You can also reach us via email: email@example.com.
- Online Classes
Contact information for office staff and the Music Department faculty is available in the Faculty & Staff Directory.
The music practice rooms, technology lab, percussion studio, drumset studio, and music library are closed until further notice.
A World of Music in the Heart of the City
From state-of-the-art performance venues to internationally-recognized professors who are innovative musicians, scholars, and composers, the Department of Music at MSU Denver will elevate your musicianship so you can turn your passion into a successful career. Whether you choose to pursue performance, composition, or music education, our diverse curriculum flows through classical, jazz, commercial, and world music to help you navigate the broad range of opportunities that exist for the 21st-century musician.
You’ll enjoy extensive performance opportunities with over 20 different ensembles ranging from choir and orchestra, to big band and mariachi. Our 200+ concerts per year, including our Visiting Artist Series, will inspire and enrich your musical experience.
Music varies from place to place and culture to culture, but we see it as a universal language. We invite you to learn that language, and learn how to share that language, at the most accessible, affordable, and diverse university in Colorado.
Apply Now for Music Scholarships Fall 2020 \ Spring 2021!
Music Department scholarships are available for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semester. The application window for these scholarships is August 1, 2020 - September 12, 2020.
Students must apply for Music Department scholarships through the MSU Denver general scholarship application, available at https://msudenver.academicworks.com/.
August 8 Live Audition Day is Canceled
The live Audition Day scheduled for August 8 has been canceled due to COVID-19 safety measures. The good news is that we offer an easy online process for submitting your audition from the safety of your home. All students seeking private lessons for Fall 2020 must submit their online audition by midnight on Saturday, August 8.
The Music Theory Placement Exam has also moved online, and will be offered virtually on the following dates/times:
Friday, August 7, 3:00-4:35 pm - Music Theory I Only
- Saturday, August 8, 10:00 am - All Levels
To sign up for the online Music Theory Placement Exam, fill out the Sign-up Form.
Black Lives Matter
The Department of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver recognizes that Black Lives Matter. We mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others because of the color of their skin and we acknowledge the trauma that systemic and institutional racism can cause.
We recognize music as an essential part of a multicultural, global, and technological society, where music and art are often at the core of activism. Our mission states that we believe that students of all backgrounds, interests, and disciplines should have access to a diverse, affordable, and substantive musical education. Our students learn in an environment inclusive of all identities and cultural backgrounds. We embrace the diversity of our community in performance, analysis, creation, and collaboration through meaningful study of varied musical traditions. We also acknowledge that most performances and music-making in our department are rooted in a Eurocentric history. There is a need to decenter the European Classical tradition in our performances, our pedagogy, and our curriculum, and to make meaningful changes that not only represent the contributions of marginalized groups, but to embrace their perspectives, pedagogies, and contributions as equally valid for academic study. Traditional academic music programs have long participated in systemic prioritization of Eurocentric viewpoints, including expectations of prior musical training in a specific musical system, familiarity with Eurocentric traditions, and privileged access to Eurocentric musical materials, which consequently makes collegiate study of music either undesirable or unattainable to many marginalized populations.
We realize that representation matters. Moving forward, the Music Department will actively choose to make space for black music, black composers, and black musicians in teaching, learning, and performance in order to honor their voices and experiences. We are committed to supporting our students, staff, and faculty, and to ensuring representation for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We must, as a department, commit to lowering the barriers to students of color, to diversifying our curriculum, and to supporting each other.
If you’re a student, we have people you can talk to about these difficult times. Our staff at the Center for Multicultural Excellence and Inclusion have done a great job engaging students remotely this spring. You can reach someone at firstname.lastname@example.org. MSU Denver students also have access to the Counseling Center, which offers free and confidential mental health assistance. Call 303-615-9988 or visit the Counseling Center website to arrange a remote appointment.
MSU Denver employees have access to confidential resources through the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program, free of charge. CSEAP can be reached by phone at 303-866-4314 during business hours, or you can contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or http://coloradocrisisservices.org after-hours.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Center for Equity and Student Achievement (CESA) are working together to develop space for support and opportunities for community gathering, including reaching out to faculty, staff and students, and will communicate these opportunities in the near future.
Choirs and Dance Repertory Class Collaborate
The MSU Denver Choirs and Dance Repertory class have collaborated to create striking digital performance pieces. Director of Choirs, MB Krueger explains how the collaboration originally came about, and how the project evolved into something new.
Late in summer 2019, I contacted Nicole Predki and Leslie Merrill, faculty members in the MSU Denver Dance Program, and asked whether they would be interested in collaborating with the MSU Denver choirs on a May 2020 performance of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. They were both very excited by the idea, and we began to meet and communicate regularly about our collaboration. Then in March came the COVID-19 shutdown; the Dance Repertory class had already been working on Carmina Burana for a few weeks, and the choirs would have started working on their parts the very day the campus officially closed. With that opportunity gone, we felt we wanted to find a new way to collaborate, as well as a way to keep our students feeling connected and inspired to continue creating beauty in this time of online-only interaction. So we decided to produce performance videos combining "virtual choir" with "virtual dance." Jacob Mora and Nicole Predki guided their Dance Repertory students through the choreographing of dances to the music that I had assigned to each of the choirs. Each choir participated in one or two pieces on their own, and all four choirs combined for the final piece, "The Lover's Ghost" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The singers each practiced with some guided assignments I worked up, and then recorded their own voice and sent it to me for editing. The dancers all worked on one piece, "In Youth is Pleasure" together, and each chose one of the other pieces to choreograph by themselves, sending their individual videos along to be incorporated into the final project. Therefore, some videos feature only one dancer, some two, three, or more. Each one is a unique creation that required the participation and cooperation of many students to complete, and highlights our students' commitment to their art.