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Graduate Programs

Our highly selective graduate programs include master of music and master of arts degrees as well as certificates and artist diplomas in several areas of study. Students can choose an emphasis in classical performance, composition, conducting, jazz studies, musicology, music theory, orchestral studies or Suzuki pedagogy. We’re committed to training the next generation of music professionals to excel through focused and driven work in the industry.

We provide you with the hands-on experience and recording opportunities you need to gain experience and build your portfolio. Our performance spaces are state-of-the-art and home to more than 300 events each year. Performance opportunities also abound throughout Denver’s vibrant music scene, only a quick light rail ride away. The majority of Lamont students receive some sort of financial assistance, making this unique education surprisingly affordable.

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Master's
A master’s degree is the first level of graduate study, typically requiring one to two years of full-time study. To pursue a master’s, you’ll need an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree. Many degrees are specialized to prepare you to enter the job market as a highly qualified applicant or work as an educator in your field.
Certificate
A graduate certificate is approximately equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but with a more limited scope. Most can be achieved in a year or less, and many confer professional benefits such as licensure. Learn more about federal-aid designated certificates.
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Artist Diploma, Conducting

Certificate

About this Program

The artist diploma in conducting is a highly selective program for students determined to pursue a professional career in conducting.

Working closely with a faculty mentor, you'll supplement your existing qualifications with a selection of graduate-level music courses and performance experience with Lamont ensembles.

Conductors in the Artist Diploma program get hands-on experience leading the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble or choral ensembles.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Artist Diploma, Performance

Certificate

About this Program

The artist diploma program is a highly selective, intensive and focused program of professional studies designed to provide advanced training in the art of musical performance and interpretation. With a minimum of academic requirements, the AD is ideal for highly accomplished instrumentalists and vocalists determined to pursue a solo career. Because studios are kept small, all AD students study individually with faculty and enjoy a wealth of performance time.

The artist diploma is the most selective program at Lamont. Competitive applicants will have extensive performance experience. For successful applicants, Lamont makes every effort to award scholarships to cover the cost of tuition.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Conducting

Certificate

About this Program

The certificate is designed for conductors who have already achieved a master's degree but are not yet ready to pursue an artist diploma program. Students receive training in the art of conducting for Western art music while developing crucial skills for all areas of conducting and music direction, including hosting auditions, recruiting and managing personnel.

The certificate in conducting is available in three areas of study: orchestral, wind and choral, each of which will pair a student with one of Lamont's world-class music faculty. With the certificate in hand, graduates will be equipped to continue their studies with an artist diploma or doctoral degree, or to begin their pursuit of a professional music career.

A completed degree in music or its equivalent from a recognized school of music is required for admission.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Conducting

MM

About this Program

The master of music in conducting program offers individual and seminar training in Western choral, orchestral and wind traditions. You'll have the opportunity to conduct in the spectacular Gates Concert Hall and gain valuable hands-on experience. As a leader of award-winning ensembles, you will become a member of our highly regarded community of premier musicians.

The program covers all aspects of conducting and music direction, including managing personnel, working with music libraries, running auditions and recruiting. A combination of intensive experiential learning and advanced musical knowledge will ensure you're prepared to advance your career upon graduation.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Jazz Studies

Certificate

About this Program

Jazz studies certificate students will explore the principles of jazz and build a deep knowledge that extends to performance and creation. This is a one-year program designed for extended work in an applied jazz performance area.

Students in the jazz studies certificate program focus on a curriculum of applied lessons, ensemble participation and jazz electives. Because studios are kept small, all students at Lamont study individually with faculty and enjoy a wealth of performance experience. As they progress through the program, students develop the skills needed to launch their professional careers.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Music Composition

MM

About this Program

At the Lamont School of Music, aspiring composers expand their creative language while developing a diverse portfolio of compositions. A range of contemporary styles are supported, including the use of digital technologies. Seminars and individual lessons from esteemed faculty members guide your original work. Our training focuses include: 

  • Harmony
  • Counterpoint
  • Analysis
  • Conducting
  • Orchestration
  • Digital audio

With over 300 performances each year and a high ratio of performance students to composition students, Lamont offers many opportunities to have your creative work performed. Our state-of-the-art recording studio is wired to every performance and rehearsal space, allowing you to graduate with a diverse portfolio of digitally recorded works.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Music Performance

MM

About this Program

The master of music in performance prepares gifted musicians to pursue professional careers in music. You'll have an abundance of opportunities to practice what you've learned by performing with Lamont's numerous ensembles. 

Students can choose an emphasis in classical or jazz for their performance masters. Along with performing, many graduates hold positions in areas such as education, arts management, audio production, composing, conducting, accompaniment and more.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Music Performance

Certificate

About this Program

The certificate in performance is a one-year program designed for extended work in an applied performance area, with a minimum of academic requirements. The curriculum consists of applied lessons, ensemble participation and a recital.

Whether the goal is preparation for a higher degree in music or taking the next step in professional development, this selective, intensive and focused program provides an opportunity for the student to focus exclusively on the cultivation of musicianship.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Music Theory

MA

About this Program

Our master's program in music theory offers budding educators, performers and composers a robust catalog of specialties and concentrations. Small class sizes and advanced coursework reflect the Lamont School of Music's reputation as a premier music school in the West.

Traditional pursuits within the discipline such as counterpoint, theory pedagogy and set theory are available alongside Schenkerian analysis, serialism, contour theory, neo-Riemannian techniques and chaos. Studying a wide range of musical works, our students attain a complex and thorough understanding of music's hidden structures.

Graduate students in the music theory program can also pursue a dual degree with any concentration from the master of music program. Equipped with this deep body of knowledge, music theory graduates go on to careers in music education, performance, composition, arrangement and arts direction or administration.

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Musicology

MA

About this Program

Our musicology program fosters analytical depth through studies in musical era, structure, perception and performance. Lamont faculty have wide-ranging areas of expertise, teaching classes on topics from contemporary electronic music to classical repertoire. Master's candidates may also pursue a dual degree with a master of music in performance.

A master's thesis may draw on topics from a variety of sub-disciplines, including: 

  • Historical musicology
  • Popular music studies
  • Jazz history
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music technology

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Orchestral Studies

Certificate

About this Program

Designed for instrumentalists who have already completed a music degree at a qualified institution, the certificate in orchestral studies is a one-year program that provides advanced orchestral training with a minimum of academic requirements. The program is selective, intensive and focused, and is geared toward instrumentalists determined to pursue an orchestral career. 

With two hours of one-on-one faculty instruction per week, students in the program refine their orchestral repertoire and gain a more thorough understanding of the challenges of performing orchestral music at the professional level. You graduate with refined performance abilities that provide you with a foothold in the competitive world of orchestral performance.

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Piano Pedagogy

MM

About this Program

The Master of Music (MM) in piano pedagogy prepares musicians for professional careers through advanced levels of coursework, teaching practice and assessment. While maintaining high performance standards, the MM in piano pedagogy is tailored for the 21st-century professional pianist-teacher.

Practical experience is integrated with all pedagogy coursework through the Lamont Piano Preparatory Program, a piano teaching laboratory. This program provides a unique opportunity for supervised teaching experience in both group and individual lesson settings while using a comprehensive and nationally respected curriculum.

Faculty feedback and video recording provide individualized mentoring for maximum professional growth. As with all music degrees, the technical demands encourage students to develop discipline, while the teacher-student relationship and ensemble requirements promote creative collaboration and the development of deeper emotional intelligence. Students will be prepared for successful careers in music pedagogy, as well as in a variety of other fields within and outside of music.

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Suzuki Pedagogy

Certificate

About this Program

The certificate in Suzuki pedagogy provides an opportunity for violin and cello teachers to pursue comprehensive, long-term study of the Suzuki Method with internationally renowned master teachers. The successful completion of each level of this program entitles participants to receive a Suzuki teaching certificate for that level from the Lamont School of Music. Students enrolled in the Suzuki teaching certificate program also receive notification for having completed the units through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

The Suzuki Association is responsible for all Suzuki teacher training that takes place in the Americas. It approves and supports the University of Denver Lamont School of Music as a university long-term training center for Suzuki Method violin and cello.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Suzuki Pedagogy

MM

About this Program

Inspire the next generation of musicians through the Suzuki Method—the teaching system that has become a powerful and positive force in music education. DU's Lamont School of Music is one of the few schools in the nation to offer graduate degrees in the Suzuki method for cello and violin. Our Master of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy is a performance degree combined with a certification in the Suzuki method. 

We operate on the Every Child Can model, believing that every child has limitless potential and is capable of achieving far-reaching goals. You'll acquire the skills to attune students at all levels to their native musical languages, while helping them foster strong moral character.