VAPA Music Program Curriculum

VAPA Music Program Curriculum

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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.

Degrees Offered  

Bachelor of Arts in Music (new, fall 2022) 

By audition (see audition page) 

The new Bachelor of Arts in Music at UCCS is a professional degree integrating performance, composition, and music technology and is modeled for high-level musicians from all traditions. Addressing the present-day world of music, this innovative degree structure enables students to carve out their own personal paths as performers and / or composers, music technologists, scholars, sound artists and others.  With a strong liberal arts focus, students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and skill sets as innovators, creating new connections across the arts beyond.

Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts 

Creative Music Performance Track

The Creative Music Performance track is designed for instrumentalists and vocalists who want to reach their full potential as performers and performer / composers. We welcome musicians from all backgrounds, traditions and genres.  Performance majors take eight semesters of private lessons, along with a variety of ensembles and courses in Audio Engineering and Production, Electronic and Computer Music, and Music Theory and History. Stylistic breadth is encouraged, as well as exploration into composition and modern improvisation. 

Major in Creative Music Performance

Composition & Sonic Arts Track

The Composition and Sound Design track emphasizes the creation and production of original music. Focusing on the development of a student’s craft, technique, and musical identity, all students are required to study both traditional and contemporary Music Theory, as well as Acoustic and Electronic Music Composition. The degree prepares students for varied careers in film and video game music composition, concert art music, music production, song-writing, sound-art, and more.

Major in Composition and Sonic Arts

Bachelor of Innovation in Music 

The Bachelor of Innovation in Music is a cross-disciplinary program that combines music, engineering and business to prepare students for a variety of careers in the broad spectrum of music including performance, composition, recording arts, and the global business world. 

Bachelor of Innovation - VAPA / Music

Music Minor Degrees

We also offer five options for the music minor: 

Minor in Composition and Sound Design Minor in Creative Music Performance Music Technology MinorMinor in Music History General Music Minor

Please explore our website pages which contain comprehensive information for both incoming and continuing students!


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