The Western community is mourning the death of Dr. John Wacker - see his tribute page to learn more about him and his tremendous contributions to Western's music department.
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The music students and faculty of Western State Colorado University are passionate about making music. Graduates from Western excel as teachers, graduate students, working musicians, and as professionals in the music industry due in large part to the wide range of experiences they enjoyed at Western.
Small class sizes and a dedicated faculty provide a unique environment for Western music students to find their niche in the music world. Nestled in the beautiful Gunnison Valley, the Western State music program is able to attract renowned artists to perform and engage with students. Ensembles from within the program also travel extensively around Colorado and beyond, serving as both ambassadors for the university and providing a means for students to experience the growth of the music business firsthand. Come and enjoy the Western experience with us!
You’ll learn how to perform on stage as a solo artist and as a member of an ensemble. We’ll provide you with a strong background in music, including the history of different musical traditions, music theory from past to present, and recording and technology in music.
Graduates of Western Music are prepared to enter graduate school or work as teachers, performers, or in the business of music.
In addition to conventional tracks, such as performance, business and education, our students prepare to pursue careers in music therapy, the recording and film industry, music libraries, music publishing, musicology, ethnomusicology and musical theater.
More about the Western Music Program
Learn about or Boston Brass Music Camp and how to participate this coming summer.
Some of our performances are available on our YouTube channel.
Western State Colorado University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
If you're interested in Western's Music Program, we invite you to take the next steps towards becoming a part of the Mountaineer family.
Share your interest with friends and family:
- Get more information about the program.
- Schedule a campus visit so you can meet professors, see the beautiful Gunnison Valley, and find out if Western is the perfect school for you.
- Start the online application process - apply online now.
- Find scholarships, grants, or financial aid that match your interests and situation.