Aug 15, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies

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Contact Information  

Chair:  Sam McGuire
Office: Arts Building, Suite 288
Telephone: 303.556.3480
Fax: 303.556.6612


Gregory Walker, DMA, University of Colorado

Associate Professors:
David Bondelevitch, MFA, University of Southern California
Leslie Gaston, MS, University of Colorado Denver
Storm Gloor, MBA, West Texas A&M University
Sean McGowan, DMA, University of Southern California
Sam McGuire, MS, University of Colorado Denver
Paul Musso, MM, University of Denver
Stan Soocher, JD, New York Law School

Assistant Professors:
Lorne Bregitzer, MS, University of Colorado Denver
Catalin Grigoras, PhD, University Politehnica Bucharest
Erin Hackel, DMA, University of Colorado

Assistant Professors Clinical Teaching Track:
Chris Daniels, MFA, University of Colorado Boulder, Clinical Track
Doug Krause, MA, University of Denver, Clinical Track
Benom Plumb, MM, University of Miami
Peter Stoltzman, MM, New England Conservatory

Senior Instructor:
Peter Ellingson, DMA, University of Colorado

Peter Buchwald, MS, University of Colorado Denver
Gregory Garrison, DMA, University of Colorado Boulder
Karin Hauger, PhD, Virginia Tech
Owen Kortz, MM, University of Southern California
Andrew Morell
Todd Reid, MM, University of Cincinnati - Conservatory of Music
Leslie Soich, MM, University of Colorado Boulder
Pamela Weng, MA, University of Colorado Denver

Bachelor of Science in Music

The music program prepares students for professional careers related to commercial performance, recording, music business and the entertainment and creative industries, as well as for graduate studies at leading conservatories. More specifically, the Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Music, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Students apply to an intended emphasis and track: 

Performance Emphasis  

Singer/Songwriter Emphasis  

Music Business Emphasis, on one of two tracks:

Recording Arts Emphasis, on one of two tracks:

Acceptance into MEIS is on a competitive basis with specific entrance evaluation requirements for both first-year and transfer students. MEIS accepts new students for the fall term only. All applicants are placed in an enrollment pool and admission decisions are based on several factors, which include an indexed composite score of GPA, Music Theory and Ear Training Assessment Exam scores and an audition (if applicable). Application materials must be received by the deadline.

Prospective students should refer to the MEIS website for current entrance requirements, deadlines and procedures.

All students in MEIS are required to abide by the policies and procedures outlined in the MEIS Student Handbook (available by contacting as well as all University Policies and Codes of Conduct.

Performance Emphasis

The performance emphasis  includes specialized courses in small performance ensembles, applied private study, contemporary improvisation, and analysis and history. Students gain a diverse set of performance skills in commercial, jazz, classical and experimental music styles. The curriculum includes the presentation of junior and senior recitals. Students are required to pass a Sophomore Proficiency at the end of the sophomore year in order to progress into advanced performance and musicianship courses.

Students must pass an entrance audition to pursue the performance emphasis.

Singer/Songwriter Emphasis

Students in the singer/songwriter emphasis  complete specialized courses in songwriting and arranging repertoire while developing their performance skills through small performance ensembles and applied private study of voice, accompanying instrument and songwriting. The curriculum includes the presentation of junior and senior recitals. Students are required to pass a Sophomore Proficiency at the end of the sophomore year in order to progress into advanced performance and musicianship courses.

Students must pass a singer/songwriter entrance audition to pursue the singer/songwriter emphasis.

Music Business Emphasis (Audition Track ** or Non-Audition Track ***)

The music business emphasis prepares musicians for careers in such fields as artist management, music publishing, concert promotion, record production, venue management, label promotion, distribution and entertainment law.

Recording Arts Emphasis (Audition Track ** or Non-Audition Track ***)

The recording arts emphasis focuses on contemporary analog and digital technology as it is used in music recording, sound reinforcement and media applications (Internet, video games, interactive art installations, etc.). While mastering technology skills and formats, students also study the artistic and aesthetic applications of technology to recording, reinforcement, composition and performance.

Due to the immense popularity of recording arts and space constraints, the recording arts emphasis is competitive. Students are required to apply to the emphasis to be eligible to take intermediate- and advanced-level recording courses. This application includes completion of a series of music courses, transcript review and an exam (see “Application Requirements for Recording Arts Emphasis” below).

**Audition Track (for students pursuing the music business or recording arts emphasis)

The audition track provides an in-depth study of musicianship/performance through lectures and hands-on learning, while allowing students to specialize in their area of interest. As part of the admissions process, students must pass an entrance audition on a musical instrument or voice.

Students on the audition track must complete three semesters of music theory and ear training & sight singing courses, followed by a semester of jazz theory. In addition, students complete four semesters of class piano. All students in MEIS complete three semesters of music history courses.

Audition track students take four semesters of private lessons, culminating each semester in a performance for a jury of faculty. They also take four semesters of general recital, which culminates each semester in a performance for an audience of their peers.

***Non-Audition Track (for students pursuing the music business or recording arts emphasis)

The non-audition track provides a broad overview of various musicianship/performance topics through lectures and hands-on learning. This track does not require an entrance audition. Instead, students must complete a Non-Audition Application Form as part of their application to MEIS.

Students on the non-audition track complete two semesters of courses in music theory, ear training & sight singing, and class piano. Students may opt to complete up to four semesters of class piano, or can switch to voice class or guitar class. Non-audition track students are required to study one semester of introductory songwriting and one semester of sight reading and improvisation, as well as additional musicianship course work. All students in MEIS complete three semesters of music history courses.

Non-audition track students take two semesters of private lessons, which do not require performing for a jury of faculty.

Students are encouraged to contact the College of Arts & Media at to talk about the differences in curriculum and to determine which track is best suited to them.

Application Requirements for Recording Arts Emphasis

Music majors who intend to apply to the recording arts emphasis are required to have completed or be enrolled in the following courses by the spring semester of their sophomore year:








Please note that satisfactory completion (with a grade of C (2.0) or better) of the above courses will not automatically guarantee a student’s acceptance into the recording arts emphasis.

Students interested in the recording arts emphasis must submit an application and complete an entrance exam covering material from the audio production courses, as well as sound and music. The entrance exam is administered during the first week in April. Each student’s cumulative GPA from CU Denver will also be part of the evaluation criteria. Complete information on applying to recording arts is available at the recording arts website.

See the Graduate Catalog or contact for information about graduate programs in recording arts and media forensics.

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