Music Designation

Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 52% Online
Program of Study

CCD offers music students unique opportunities. You can take private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, woodwinds, strings, songwriting, and composition, practice in private rooms with pianos in the art building on the Auraria Campus, and perform in the King Center recital and concert halls. 

Music students also use keyboards and computers in the music technology lab at the King Center. With the lab’s specialized computers and software, you can create, record, and even notate original compositions and arrangements. Students can also use this technology to learn more about music theory, ear training, and music history.

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD's Excel Zone

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 52 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
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Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
MUS 100, MUS 110, MUS 111, MUS 112,
MUS 113, MUS 120, MUS 121, MUS 122,
MUS 123, MUS 131, MUS 132, MUS 141,
MUS 142, MUS 151, MUS 152, MUS 161,
MUS 162, MUS 210, MUS 211, MUS 212,
MUS 213, MUS 241, MUS 242, MUS 251,
MUS 252, MUS 285
High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)
MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 241, MUS 242 Private Music Instruction $213.00 (flat)

Online Course Fees

A separate fee is used to absorb the cost of any lab kits needed for lab-based online courses. This fee eliminates the need for students to purchase lab kits separately.

Course Description Fee
MUS 100, MUS 120, MUS 121, MUS 122 High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

This program is a guaranteed transfer (GT) program.

GT programs enable all college students to complete their first two years of college here at CCD and then transfer to any public college in Colorado as a junior. It is called the DWD program (Degrees with Designation). This program saves you money and time.

A Two-Year Degree from CCD Can Lead to a Four-Year Degree from ...

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University Ft Collins
  • Colorado State University Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be due to increases in demand for musical performances. However, there will be tough competition for jobs because of the large number of people who are interested in becoming musicians and singers.

When you earn a degree with a music plan of study, you’ll learn about music theory, ear training, and music history. You’ll be on the path to various careers where salaries can range from $15 to $50 per hour. Careers include

  • performance education/teaching,
  • music technology,
  • business,
  • engineering,
  • managing a band,
  • controlling the soundboards at concerts, and
  • performing individually or with a symphony, chorus or other musical groups.

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median hourly wage for musicians and singers as $26.96 in May 2017.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook for musicians and singers.