Opportunities for Non-Majors
Students pursing non-music majors may still participate in select Lamont activities. These include lessons taught by graduate teaching assistants, academic music courses, and participation in ensembles (audition required).
For those who are interested in further music involvement, we recommend considering a music minor or music as a secondary major.
It is our policy that a student may audition a maximum of three times, whether for a music major or a music minor.
We offer music lessons to all DU undergraduate students. Lessons are taught by graduate teaching assistants who have extensive knowledge of their instrument.
Non-major lessons are taken for 30 minutes each week as part of a 2-credit course, which typically counts toward elective requirements.
Lamont's GTAs will be offering elective lessons for 2 credits in the following performance areas for the 2021-2022 academic year:
- Classical guitar
For more information regarding how to register for non-major lessons, please visit the Lamont Portfolio page.
Contemporary Music Ensembles
Our contemporary music ensembles offer training and performance opportunities for a wide range of contemporary works. This challenging repertoire pushes students to explore the possibilities of what ensemble music can be.View all Contemporary Music Ensembles
At Lamont, you will have the freedom to explore all possibilities of chamber music and create a diverse combination of instrumental and vocal ensembles. We have ensembles for brass, guitar, percussion, piano, string and wind instruments.View all Chamber Ensembles
World-class, award-winning musicians direct our big band and vocal ensembles. We regularly perform with guest artists at nationally acclaimed festivals and competitions, and we host quarterly performances on campus.View all Jazz Ensembles
Lamont Wind Ensemble
Lamont's wind ensemble programs have a strong history of excellence — we're a staple of the Denver classical music community and our graduates go on to careers in performance, education, administration and scholarship.View the Lamont Wind Ensemble
World Music Ensembles
Our world music ensembles represent cultures from around the globe, bringing the music of the Caribbean, Brazil, India and more right here to Denver.View all World Music Ensembles
Lamont Symphony Orchestra
The award-wining Lamont Symphony Orchestra provides comprehensive and intensive training that prepares students for careers as orchestral musicians.View the Lamont Symphony Orchestra
Lamont Opera Theatre
Lamont Opera Theatre presents fully staged operas, musicals, cabarets and concert performances.View the Lamont Opera Theatre
Academic Music Classes
Students who are not majoring or minoring in music may still take academic music courses. Dive into American Popular Music, study musicology and Baroque music, or find out how mathematics and music interact. The courses offered vary from year to year. All courses offered may satisfy AI: Society requirements unless otherwise noted.
- MUAC 1000 Fundamentals of Music Theory
- MUAC 1012 Music, Society and Culture
- MUAC 1016 History of Jazz
- MUAC 1017 History of Rock and Roll
- MUAC 1018 Understanding Music
- MUAC 1019 American Popular Music
- MUAC 1023 Mathematics in Music after 1970
- MUAC 1024 Black Sacred Music: A Survey
- MUAC 1025 Hip-Hop and Rap Music
- MUAC 1026 American Musical Mavericks
- MUAC 1027 Global Pop
- MUAC 1028 Hearing the Movies
- MUAC 1211 Music Technology (cannot be used for AI: Society requirement)
- MUAC 2052 Musicology: Medieval and Renaissance Music
- MUAC 2053 Musicology: Baroque Music
- MUAC 2054 Musicology: Classical Music
- MUAC 2055 Musicology: Romantic Music
- MUAC 2056 Musicology: Modern Music
- MUAC 2057 Musicology: Introduction to World Musics
- MUAC 2058 Jazz and Commercial Music History and Repertoire I (1900-1955)
- MUAC 2059 Jazz and Commercial Music History and Repertoire II (1955-Present)