University of Colorado - Boulder

College of Music



ECOT 311, 530 UCB

University of Colorado, 478UCB

Boulder, CO 80309

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Music Education, Master of Music

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The College of Music offers a Master of Music, a Master of Music Education, a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music.

Master of Music
The Master of Music degree concentrates on the refining of skills in music performance, composition (with an optional emphasis in music technology), conducting, music theory, research, and pedagogy. Areas of emphasis in performance and performance/pedagogy include all band and orchestral instruments, guitar, harpsichord, organ, piano, jazz and voice. The Master of Music degree incorporates studies in the major area, support courses in music electives and thesis/recital work.   

Master of Music Education
Students in the Master of Music Education degree program complete advanced studies that are designed to refine their teaching philosophy and practices. These include courses in historical and philosophical foundations of music education, psychological theories of music learning, basic research methods, curriculum development and assessment. The College of Music also offers a Master of Music Education degree coupled with certification and licensing in K-12 teaching. 

Doctor of Musical Arts
The Doctor of Musical Arts degree is designed for composers, conductors and performers that possess both creative and scholarly abilities. A particular focus of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree is the preparation for a career as a college, conservatory or university teacher. Students work closely with an advisor in developing a degree plan that reflects their needs and interests.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music
The Doctor of Philosophy in Music is intended for the student who seeks a terminal degree emphasizing research in music education, music history, music theory, ethnomusicology or some other aspect of music in culture. Each program plan is developed through collaboration between student and advisor, keeping the specific goals of each individual student in mind. The objective is to prepare the student for a career in research and college teaching.
Research Opportunities

Opportunities for Facilities and Performance

The College of Music has a number of impressive performance halls, including the 2,000-­seat Macky Auditorium, the 500-­seat Grusin Music Hall, the 270-­seat Music Theatre and the 120-­seat Chamber Hall. The home of the college is the Warner Imig Music Building, which is a large complex of practice rooms, faculty studios, offices, ensemble rehearsal areas, seminar facilities and classrooms. The building also features a 4,300-square-foot rehearsal space with a 35-­foot ceiling and acoustical draping.

The college maintains extensive facilities for music technology and electronic music study, including the Computer­-Assisted Music Laboratories, which are multi­purpose labs with Musical Instrument Digital Interface; the CRUNCH lab, a fully ­featured electronic music project studio; and the Class Piano Laboratory, which houses 12 digital pianos.

The college is also home to the Howard B. Waltz Music Library. Considered among the nation’s most comprehensive music libraries, it houses more than 150,000 volumes, scores, recordings and periodicals. The library also contains computerized facilities that allow students to listen to recordings and access a wealth of digital resources.

Finally, the College of Music presents more than 400 concerts by students, faculty and guest artists each year. Students have a wide range of opportunities for performance, from individual performances to collaborations with outstanding visiting ensembles, bands, choirs, orchestras and groups. Recitals by students and faculty are supplemented with visits from world-­class guest artists.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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