Studying Music

Music majors get active with their craft. You can join a variety of bands, orchestras and ensembles. You’ll get frequent professional workshops and master classes with visiting performers. You’ll have opportunities to perform in the intimate Roshong Recital Hall and the 600-seat Community Concert Hall. And by graduation, you’ll have the skills to enrich your community on your own personalized career path.


  • Performance - You will have the opportunity to perform in the symphonic band, chamber orchestra, percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble, concert choir, men’s choir, chamber choir, and other instrumental and vocal chamber ensembles.
  • San Juan Symphony Orchestra - Upper-division string students are able to audition for the San Juan Symphony Orchestra. The SJSO is a semi-professional orchestra whose members come from Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.
  • Artist in Residence Program - The program presents a variety of concerts and master classes by guest artists to enhance your musical education. An endowment has been established to support the program and has grown to well over $100,000.
  • Scholarships - Scholarships are available for qualified Music majors.

Beyond the Degree

Once you graduate, you are qualified for any related graduate program.  Earning this degree also leads to careers in such fields as:

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Film scoring
  • Jazz studies
  • Music education
  • Music therapy
  • Orchestral conducting
  • Performance & recording
  • Promotion
  • Songwriting
  • Studio production
  • Voice & opera

For any career, this degree establishes your performance skills and professionalism. You will gain demonstrable experience with public performance and presentations, risk-taking, project completion, and the theoretical and practical skills of musicianship. You will be able to apply the tools, methods, and knowledge from the Music program to any field concerned with enriching your community’s cultural and aesthetic strengths.

Admission Requirements

Admission to FLC and the Music Department is a dual admission process. Application to the College is through the Admission Office. Admission to the Music Department and its degree programs must be made through an audition admission process. You may audition prior to acceptance by the Admission Office; however, acceptance to the Music Department does not guarantee admission to Fort Lewis College.

Music Majors

General Music Studies Option - The General Music Studies option is designed for students interested in a liberal arts education with an emphasis in music.

Music Business Option

Music Education Option - The Music Education option gives high-quality academic preparation to students who wish to become Colorado licensed K-12 music teachers. This option is extremely demanding and requires careful planning and advising. Students choosing this option should consult a Music Department advisor as early as possible in their careers and should read the section of our course catalog for the steps and requirements for applying to the Teacher Education Licensure Program and requirements for completing the program.

Music Performance Option - The Music Performance option is designed for students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to music performance and who wish to use some of their elective credits to further concentrate in this area. The performance concentrations are limited to the areas of expertise represented by the music faculty. The areas of concentration are Piano, Voice, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, and Strings. A specific instrument must be chosen from within the brass, woodwinds, and strings.

Music Minor

Music Minor