Music & Entertainment Industry Studies
As the most comprehensive commercial music program in the Rocky Mountain region, the Performance program at CU Denver offers a bachelor’s degree that prepares graduates to work as professional musicians. Since we do not follow the traditional conservatory model, our program allows for great flexibility in career exploration!
CU Denver's downtown location puts students right in the center of Denver’s vibrant local music scene. And they also perform— from hip-hop to a capella— nationally and internationally— in South Korea, Russia, Amsterdam, and more. All Performance students also benefit by working directly with their classmates in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department in Audio Production and Music Business students by collaborating on recording projects, marketing, and promotion.
This Performance program is particularly well-suited for performers interested in a range of commercial and creative options, including guitarists, bassists, vocalists, keyboardists, percussionist drummers, string players, and electronic musicians creating original material and media content.
Seen performing nationwide and internationally as professional musicians, Performance graduates have found employment as band members and singers of regional, national, and international ensembles. Denver is home to many internationally recognized bands featuring College of Arts & Media graduates, like The Fray and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Some are working as songwriters in Nashville and Los Angeles, professional roles in large studios such as Warner Music Group, music directors and performers at churches, and teachers who work in the non-profit sector.
For more information about the Music Performance emphasis and audition track programs, email the College of Arts & Media at CAMinfo@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-7487. If you would like to visit campus to tour our music facilities and learn more about our programs, you can view all of the visit day options here.For full information about degree requirements and curriculum visit the program page on the CU Denver catalog.