Chair: Richard Strasser
Office: Arts Building, Suite 288
Gregory Walker, DMA, University of Colorado
Stan Soocher, JD, New York Law School
David Bondelevitch, MFA, University of Southern California
Lorne Bregitzer, MS, University of Colorado Denver
Storm Gloor, MBA, West Texas A&M University
Catalin Grigoras, PhD, University Politehnica Bucharest
Erin Hackel, DMA, University of Colorado
Sean McGowan, DMA, University of Southern California
Sam McGuire, MS, University of Colorado Denver
Paul Musso, MM, University of Denver
Richard Strasser, DMA, Manhattan School of Music
Cecilia Wu, PhD, University of California Santa Barbara
Assistant Professors Clinical Teaching Track:
Benom Plumb, MM, University of Miami
Peter Stoltzman, MM, New England Conservatory
Peter Ellingson, DMA, University of Colorado
Doug Krause, MA, University of Denver
Todd Reid, MM, University of Cincinnati - Conservatory of Music
Gregory Garrison, DMA, University of Colorado Boulder
Andrew Guerrero, BS, University of Colorado Denver
Karin Hauger, PhD, Virginia Tech
Owen Kortz, MM, University of Southern California
Jeffrey Merkel, MS, University of Colorado Denver
Leslie Soich, MM, University of Colorado Boulder
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:
Music Business Emphasis, on one of two tracks:
Recording Arts Emphasis, on one of two tracks:
Acceptance into MEIS is on a competitive basis for audition track, performance, and singer/songwriter students, with specific entrance evaluation requirements for both first-year and transfer students. MEIS accepts new audition track, performance, and singer/songwriter students for the fall term only. These 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. Application materials must be received by the deadline. Non-audition track students are admissible in any semester without additional application requirements. Audition track applicants hoping to start in the spring term, should apply as non-audition track students and then audition while enrolled in the spring to attempt to move to the audition track for following fall term.
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 email@example.com) as well as all university policies and codes of conduct.
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.
Students in the singer/songwriter emphasis complete specialized courses in the 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.
The music business emphasis prepares undergraduates for careers in fields such as artist management, music publishing, concert promotion, record production, venue management, label promotion, distribution and entertainment law.
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.
**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 two 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 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.
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 two music history courses.
Non-audition track students take two semesters of private lessons, which do not require performing for a jury of faculty.
***Non-Audition Track (for students pursuing the recording arts emphasis)
The non-audition track recording arts emphasis provides an in-depth review of recording arts topics through lectures and hands-on learning. This track does not require an entrance audition.
Students on the non-audition track complete one semester of music theory, two semesters ear training & sight singing, and class piano, guitar class, or voice class. All students in MEIS complete two music history courses.
Students are encouraged to contact the College of Arts & Media at CAM@ucdenver.edu to talk about the differences in curriculum and to determine which track is best suited to them.
See the Graduate Catalog or contact CAM@ucdenver.edu for information about the graduate programs in media forensics.