Chairperson: Tracy Doyle, D.M.A.
Email: tdoyle AT adams DOT edu
Telephone: (719) 587-7621    
Professor(s): Tracy Doyle, D.M.A.; William Lipke, D.M.A.; Matthew Schildt, Ph.D.   
Assoc. Professor(s): Beth Robison, D.M.A.   
Asst. Professor(s): Shellie Beeman, D.A., C.M.V.T.; James Doyle, M.M.; Donald Miller, D.M.A.   

Music at Adams State is an active and vital program, committed to musical excellence within a small college environment. Each year, more than 400 of the 2,200 on-campus students participate in music through classes, lessons and performing ensembles. The Colorado Commission on Higher Education designated the Adams State Department of Music a Program of Excellence, one of three Adams State programs to have received this honor.

Adams State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Department of Music offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in music education (K-12) and music with emphases in liberal arts, music business, music performance, or music composition. Students in any area of emphasis should have the preparation and background necessary to succeed in their chosen fields.


Master of Arts in Music Education

The Master of Arts in Music Education degree furthers Adams State University’s mission by providing educational opportunities for K-12 teachers to earn a master’s degree in music education at a reasonable cost. The Music Education master’s program furthers students’ musical and professional growth, enhances the success of the students they serve, and provides graduate coursework necessary for additional salary credit. The degree offers two tracks, using the cohort model. For the first track, all courses are delivered online and require a three-day summer residency at the beginning of the degree program. The second track is a combined online/on-campus program. Students in this track enroll in the same online core and supporting courses as the first track. Students in the second track choose an area of concentration in performance, composition, or conducting, in lieu of electives. These courses are delivered face-to-face and require a two semester residency in addition to the summer residency at the beginning of the degree program.

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
Minor in Music

A minor in music is available under any bachelor’s degree program at the university through the Department of Music.

Music Emphasis for Elementary Education Licensure