Music Designation

Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 52% Online

Recording Arts Technology

Transfer to the University of Colorado Denver
Offered in the Classroom, Lab, and Studio
Program of Study

Want to make and produce your own music or record and mix albums? Want to take private voice or instrumental lessons to grow as a performer? Want a safe place to develop your talents to transfer to a four-year school? 

CCD offers music students multiple opportunities to grow as musicians, including an AA DWD in Music Performance, and an AAS in Recording Arts Technology. Come work in our computer music lab or our recording studio receiving the guidance, mentoring and training needed to record, mix, and produce music. Study piano, voice, guitar, woodwinds, strings, songwriting, and composition. Perform as a soloist, or with our vocal and instrumental ensembles in the King Center Recital Hall.

All students receive a foundation in music theory, ear training, music history, and basic keyboard skills. Both CCD Music degrees have official transfer articulation agreements with four-year schools in the state of Colorado. Come take your first steps with us. 

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.