Non-Major Studies

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There are a number of class and ensemble options on the University of Colorado Boulder campus for musicians not pursuing a College of Music degree.

Classes

Non-music majors may take any Music Electives courses with the prefix “MUEL.”

  • MUEL 1081 – Basic Music Theory
  • MUEL 1115 – Piano Class 1
  • MUEL 1184 – Voice Class 1
  • MUEL 1832 – Appreciation of Music (approved for Arts & Sciences core curriculum: Literature & the Arts)
  • MUEL 2752 – Music in American Culture (approved for Arts & Sciences core curriculum: US Context)
  • MUEL 2772 – World Musics (approved for Arts & Sciences core curriculum: Human Diversity)
  • MUEL 2852 - Music of the Rock Era (approved for Arts & Sciences core curriculum: Literature & the Arts)
  • MUEL 3642 – History of Jazz
  • MUEL 3822 – Words and Music (approved for Arts & Sciences core curriculum: Literature & the Arts)

Other courses are listed in the CU Course Catalog

Music Technology Certificate

Undergraduate non-music majors are eligible to receive the Certificate in Music Technology. Find more information on the Certificates page.

Ensembles

Non-music majors may participate in most music ensembles, including bands, orchestras, choirs, jazz and world music ensembles. Each ensemble may be taken for 1 credit hour per semester. The ensembles are listed in the course catalog with a prefix of “EMUS.”

For information about the ensembles, please visit the Ensembles page.

Private Lessons

Non-music majors may receive credit for taking private lessons each semester. These lessons are not offered through the College of Music. They are offered through the Division of Continuing Education’s Applied Music Program. 

Practice Rooms

Unfortunately, the College of Music does not provide practice room space to non-music majors.