As one of the only music departments in the country with a contemporary focus, Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) at CU Denver provides the guidance, knowledge and expertise needed to transform your passion for music into a lifelong profession.
Our alumni have won Emmy Awards for sound recording and have toured the world with their bands. Whether you’re interested in building the business or creating the sound, MEIS offers four programs that prepare students for careers in the arts and entertainment industries through intense focus on commercial music business and styles.
Music Business prepares students for the nuanced contemporary music industry with study of finance, law, publishing, concert promotion, music production, and management.
A cutting edge, industry-based education of contemporary music styles, Music Performance graduates students with an entrepreneurial spirit ready for local and national careers.
Recording Arts is a hands-on study of audio engineering in contemporary music and the entertainment industry. Career-conscious courses provide experiences to succeed in an ever-changing, growing industry.
The Singer/Songwriter program is a study of musicianship and contemporary performance focusing on songwriting, arranging, and publishing.
This program prepares students from various backgrounds for work in the field of forensic audio, video, and image analysis utilizing the state-of-the-art methods and technology necessary to fight crime in the digital age.
This program refines skills in sound recording, aesthetics, multi-track recording, digital signal processing, automated mixing, synchronization, stereo imaging and monitoring, mastering and post-production for advanced careers.
Music Business at CU Denver has again been recognized as an international leader, earning a spot on Billboard’s Top Music Business Schools 2020. This is the third time CU Denver has been included on the listing, and this year Billboard examines specifically how it’s unique curriculum is shaping the industries future.
Drew Young, CU Denver visiting professor of Music Business, brings experience as a music industry pro and a lifelong recording artist to "understand and teach music not just as a product– but from its emotional core.”
College Gazette just named CU Denver a 10 Best Hidden Gem University, drawing special attention to the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies, as "one of the few schools nationwide with a music program focusing on contemporary popular music."
Electron Digital Instrument curriculum launched at CU Denver makes the MEIS one of the leaders in contemporary music education.
Students will harness the expertise of industry and thought leadership within the framework of two unique courses–Music Cities and Music Tourism– to make real impact on music ecosystems in communities and the creative economy.