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EDUCATION | CONDUCTING | THERAPY | PERFORMANCE | COMPOSITION | JAZZ STUDIES

UNDERGRADUATE MUSIC DEGREES

SC H O O L O F M U S I C , T HE ATR E , A N D DA N C E


The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance empowers students to create, collaborate, innovate, and inspire. Through teaching, creative artistry, research, advocacy, and service,

we elevate arts education.

Welcome to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD) at Colorado State University. The faculty and staff of SMTD are committed to the success of students as they prepare for careers in the creative sector of the economy as music educators, music therapists, performers, composers, and entrepreneurs. The school offers small academic classes and careful attention to advising within the major, assuring that each student receives a high-quality and personalized education. Music majors receive applied instruction on their instrument with highly qualified faculty beginning in their first semester of study. Students apply knowledge gained in lessons and coursework in a variety of performing ensembles. Because it encompasses all three of the performing arts areas, the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance creates special opportunities for programs and courses that draw on the interdisciplinary character of the arts. At CSU, your performing arts education takes place in one of the nation’s finest teaching and performance facilities, the exquisite University Center for the Arts. Our facility brings together talented and committed students with a dynamic faculty and staff in a vibrant learning environment that fosters and supports creativity and growth. We know you’ll “find your state” at Colorado State University and be inspired all along the way!


AUDITION AND ADMISSIONS In addition to meeting the academic requirements for admission to Colorado State University, the successful passing of an audition, as assessed by applied area faculty, is required for admission into all music degrees and the music minor. In addition to the audition, music therapy, music education, music composition, and jazz faculty must approve prospective students desiring to pursue degrees and options in these areas. For information about audition dates and to apply for acceptance into a music degree or the music minor, please go to: music.colostate.edu/admissions/undergrad-apply OR email SMTD@colostate.edu Information about the general application to CSU: admissions.colostate.edu/applying-to-csu

SCHOLARSHIPS Talent-based scholarships are available to music majors, based on the level of their entrance audition and the availability of funds in each applied music area. Although all auditioning students are considered for scholarships as part of the audition process, students must also complete the CSU Scholarship Application. Information on the application can be found at: financialaid.colostate.edu/csu-scholarship-application-csusa.

VISIT THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, THEATRE, AND DANCE Campus visits are encouraged and you can spend a day in the life of a music major! Students who wish to visit should contact Tom Krebs at tom.krebs@colostate.edu or call (970) 491-5529 to discuss their options.


(TOP) Griffin Concert Hall / (BOTTOM) Organ Recital Hall


UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers five undergraduate degree programs in music: The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) with concentrations in music education, music therapy, music composition, and music performance, and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music. A minor in music is also offered. B.M., MUSIC EDUCATION CONCENTRATION prepares students for teaching choral, instrumental, and general music in elementary and secondary schools. This degree prepares students to apply for music teaching licensure (grades K-12) in the state of Colorado. CSU’s outstanding music education faculty members are in demand as clinicians, guest lecturers, conductors, and researchers. A feature unique to the accredited music education curriculum is extensive field experience that students receive throughout their coursework, culminating in a semester of student teaching at the end of the program. Students must select one of two options: instrumental or choral. B.M., MUSIC THERAPY CONCENTRATION prepares students for varied careers in music therapy, an allied health profession whose members generally work as part of interdisciplinary teams in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living centers, and special education settings. Some music therapists maintain private practices or serve as consultants. Music therapists are specialists in the clinical use music to facilitate motor, cognitive, communication, and social outcomes for individuals with disease or disability. The Music Therapy degree at CSU is internationally recognized for its leadership in clinical training and research. The curriculum includes a strong emphasis in music, the neurosciences, psychology, and music therapy methods. B.M., PERFORMANCE CONCENTRATION prepares students for potential professional careers in the music and creative industries as performers, entrepreneurs, and private music teachers as well as for continued study at the graduate level. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in music history, music theory, and performance, with many opportunities for performance, including large and small ensemble participation as well as solo recitals. The performance concentration has seven options: jazz studies, orchestral instrument, organ, piano, piano pedagogy, string pedagogy, and voice. B.M. PERFORMANCE CONCENTRATION, JAZZ STUDIES OPTION offers instrumental students a balanced course of study in both performance and academic classes to help them develop their skills as jazz artists and educators. Students in the degree have the opportunity to study jazz history, theory, improvisation, pedagogy and composition and arranging, in addition to taking private lessons with both traditional applied faculty and jazz specialists. B.M., COMPOSITION CONCENTRATION is designed to prepare the student to compose original music for a wide variety of venues including live concerts, music to accompany film, video, dance, and theatre. Course work emphasizes comprehensive musicianship throughout the curriculum with particular emphasis on individualized study in music composition. B.A. IN MUSIC allows students to study music within a larger context of a liberal education. In comparison to the curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Music (B.M.), less emphasis is placed on studies specifically in music, with greater flexibility for studies in a field outside of music. In lieu of a larger number of credits in music as required for the B.M, the B.A. student completes a 21-credit option in an area outside of music. In addition, completion of a major paper or capstone recital (half recital) is required during the senior year.


MUSIC MINOR — a performance-based minor in music enables a student to broaden career opportunities in disciplines outside of music or to continue pursue music studies throughout their time at CSU within the structure of a minor program. The music minor requires eight semesters of ensemble participation and requires a successful audition prior to entrance. MINOR IN ARTS LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION — the minor enhances the skills needed to be a successful artist, and features LEAP (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Arts Advocacy and the Public) courses in arts marketing, business, technology, and advocacy.

DOUBLE CONCENTRATIONS AND/OR OPTIONS Students are accepted into specific degree programs as outlined above and are bound by degree requirements as articulated for each program of study. Students wishing to pursue a double concentration within the Bachelor of Music program must receive written permission from both the relevant applied area(s) and/or the relevant academic area (music therapy or music education) prior to pursuing a double concentration. Only under exceptional circumstances will a double concentration be allowed. A double concentration in music therapy and music education is not allowed. Note: a double concentration is highly likely to increase time to graduation.

ENSEMBLES The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance represents the performing arts on campus in a highly visible and prestigious environment. Performance opportunities are extensive and ensemble placement auditions are held at the beginning of the school year. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Bands: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band Choirs: Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, University Chorus Jazz: Jazz Ensembles I, II, Jazz Combos I, II, III Orchestras: University Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Concert Orchestra Percussion: Percussion Ensemble, Steel Drum Ensemble, Marching Drumline Chamber Ensembles: String Quartet, Saxophone Quartet, Trombone Choir, Horn Ensemble, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, Brass Ensemble Ralph Opera Program It Could Be Anything New Music Ensemble


(TOP) Ralph Opera Program’s A Little Night Music / (BOTTOM) CSU Jazz Ensemble I


ABOUT THE UCA Opening in 2008 as a world-class facility comprehensively designed to support all art forms, for the past ten years, the University Center for the Arts (UCA) has allowed the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, and the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising to achieve new levels of national and international excellence and recognition. The UCA has become a cherished cultural center for the Fort Collins and Northern Colorado communities, presenting more than 250 events each year. The Office of the President at Colorado State University made the University Center for the Arts one of its highest priorities because of its importance to performing and visual arts programs, students, and faculty. Additionally, the UCA was completed in part through the leadership and commitment of Colorado State University students as funding for the building was largely secured through a vote by CSU’s student body government to increase student fees. Substantial funding was also provided by private donations including the Bohemian Foundation, Griffin Foundation, Kenneth and Myra Monfort Foundation, and the Serimus Foundation. Because of their commitment, the UCA ranks among the finest facilities of its kind in the country.

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Colorado State University / Music Brochure (Undergraduate)  

CSU Music's undergraduate brochure for 2019-20. For questions or to schedule a visit, please email SMTD@colostate.edu

Colorado State University / Music Brochure (Undergraduate)  

CSU Music's undergraduate brochure for 2019-20. For questions or to schedule a visit, please email SMTD@colostate.edu

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