Music, B.M. Major

Transform your passion for music into a successful career for life.

At a glance

This program prepares you to become a highly skilled educator, music therapist, performer, or composer. In addition to in-depth work with your instrument of choice, you’ll choose from a variety of concentrations and options to help you focus your studies and gain valuable career exposure. Throughout your coursework, you’ll develop high standards of teaching, scholarship, performance, and research in music, and enjoy small class sizes, personalized instruction, and a friendly community.

Degree typeBachelor of Arts
FormatOn campus
Part ofCollege of Liberal Arts
Audition required?Yes
Accelerated option?No
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A concentration allows you to specialize in a certain area within your major, offering a depth of information and hands-on experiences that you may not otherwise get. Many students in this major will concentrate in one area to work in a specific field after college, as well as find mentors and internships before they even graduate.


Learn to compose original music for various genres, including symphonic works, chamber music, electronic music, and music for media. The professional degree program emphasizes musicianship and individualized study in composing.

Music Education

You’ll pursue an accredited curriculum that develops musical knowledge and skills, and prepares you to become an accomplished music educator in choral or instrumentals music. You’ll do field work that includes a semester of student teaching.

Music Therapy

You’ll prepare to work in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living and special-education settings; some music therapists maintain private practices or serve as consultants. You’ll also prepare to take the examination of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (MT-BC).


Focusing in performance offers you options in jazz, orchestral instrument, organ, piano, or voice. You’ll prepare for careers in the music/creative industries or grad studies. The curriculum also emphasizes music history and theory.

Some Career Options

Your degree will lead to fulfilling career options in education, music therapy, performance, composing, and business. Music graduates from CSU have successfully gained employment in public and private schools, hospitals and institutions, and as professional performers and composers, and/or have advanced to outstanding graduate programs.

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Tour and info session options

Tours may be available as part of Admissions tours and info sessions, offered throughout the year.

For additional opportunities, please reach out to:

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance recruiter at or (970) 821-5276 (Text friendly. Please include your/the student’s full name in the message.)

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