VAPA Music Program Curriculum

VAPA Music Program Curriculum

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Major in Composition and Sonic Arts Major in Creative Music Performance Bachelor of Innovation - VAPA / Music Minor in Composition and Sound Design Minor in Creative Music Performance Music Technology MinorMinor in Music History General Music Minor


The VAPA Music Program offers two major tracks with interdisciplinary components: Composition & Sound Design and Creative Music Performance and Technology. Each track shares an innovative VAPA interdisciplinary arts curriculum with the other VAPA arts programs: Art History, Film Studies, Museum Studies & Gallery Practice, Theatre & Dance, and Visual Arts.

In all degrees students can focus on a targeted range of specializations in performance, improvisation, composition, sound design, film scoring, music theatre and entrepreneurship and more. Individual mentoring experiences are a particular focus of the curriculum. Music majors have the opportunity to work with renowned visiting guest artists every semester and perform alongside faculty in the Peak FreQuency Creative Arts Ensemble. There are many opportunities to collaborate with Dance, Film Studies, Museum Studies & Gallery Practice, Theatre, Visual Arts and more.

Students can reach their highest potential as performers through our scholarship-driven Chamber Music program that includes, among others, an honors brass and woodwind quintet, string quartet, jazz combo, vocal groups as well as any group of instruments or music-makers. Other ensembles include Jazz and Improvisation, Electroacoustic, Scholarship Mountain Lion Athletic Band, VAPA Vocal, University Choir, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Music Theatre, and THEATREWORKS Student Productions.

VAPA BA - Music Major

COMPOSITION AND SOUND DESIGN (CSD): This track connects traditional western composition, contemporary and experimental music, jazz and improvisation, computer music, world and non-western traditions with interdisciplinary arenas of sound art and sound design in multimedia, installation, video, theatre and film scoring.

CREATIVE MUSIC PRACTICE, PERFORMANCE AND TECHNOLOGY (CMP): This track identifies the performer/creative artist as a major paradigm in our musical culture. While focused on modern Chamber Music, jazz, vocal music, and popular music traditions, musicians in this track is well-suited for instruments not usually represented in college music degrees - non-western instruments, rap & hip-hop, DJ, laptop culture, creative musicians of all kinds. Students in the CMP track will embark on a comprehensive curriculum and rigorous training on their instruments/voice, to develop individual artistic directions in performance, composition and improvisation. Our students become top-flight creators and performers with the tools to wield their way into today's complex music and arts world.

BACHELOR OF INNOVATION - VAPA / MUSIC: The Bachelor of Innovation (BI) in VAPA Music is a cross-disciplinary degree that combines music, engineering and business. A collaboration between the UCCS Music Program, the College of Engineering and the College of Business, this cutting edge curriculum combines academic studies, technical skills and professional training to prepare students for variety of careers in the broad spectrum of music professions including performance, composition, technology, recording, management, the global business world and more. The degree is structured so that students gain a depth of understanding in music and a breadth of other arts disciplines, business skills, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Visit for more information.


VAPA Music Minor

MINOR IN COMPOSITION AND SOUND DESIGN: The Music minor in Contemporary Music Composition and Sound Design consists of courses in music composition, music theory, creative music practice and the integration of multimedia and interdisciplinary practices with other art mediums and broader sound art contexts.

MINOR IN CREATIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE: The Music minor in Performance gives students the opportunity to develop their voice or instrument abilities in a guided applied curriculum that integrates music ensemble, private instruction, music history, and technology.

MINOR IN MUSIC HISTORY: The minor in Contemporary Music History provides an understanding of the historical roots of contemporary music. Courses cover classical music from the 17th to the 20th centuries, jazz, rock and roll, global ethnomusicology, and the divergent branches of late 20th century experimental forms.

GENERAL MUSIC MINOR: The General Music Minor requires 19 credit hours of MUS course work, 3 of which must be upper-division (3000+ level).