Since 1920, the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music offers a wide range of programs for undergraduate and graduate study, integrating advanced musical and interdisciplinary training with professional-level experiences. One of the top comprehensive music schools in the country, the College of Music—situated within an internationally recognized research university in America’s top place to live—is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

#1 According to, “The best music programs in Colorado are offered by the University of Colorado Boulder. This music college has excellent quality programs evaluated with five-star rating for curriculum and four stars for teaching.”

Our students earn more than a music degree in the foothills of the Rockies: Diverse opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and a spirit of inclusive excellence await you! We develop multiskilled, multifaceted universal musicians who are well-equipped to participate in the 21st century as artists and scholars; as broadly based professionals with flexible career options; and as passionate, compassionate world citizens.

Our faculty are deeply dedicated pedagogues, award-winning performers, scholars and composers who are standing by to support your success—whether your passion is to teach, perform, compose, research or rethink music entirely.

Home to the American Music Research Center, the first university-level music entrepreneurship center in the country and a musicians’ wellness program, the College of Music offers 7 degrees in 24 fields of study—i.e., a full range of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, including 3 degree types for undergrads (BA, BME, BM) plus options for dual degrees. Discover our 11 academic areas, including composition, performance, education and more. Of note, 13 CU Boulder students have pursued a music focus as Fulbright recipients to date; the university is a top producer of Fulbright students.