School of
Music, Theatre, and Dance

The future of Emerging Music Courses in Colorado

CSU music education master’s student Maddy Cort focused her graduate research on contemporary music courses that music teachers are often requested to teach as a part of their course load in Colorado secondary schools, including guitar, piano, and electronic music.

Winter 2021

The Thing Itself: Navigating the borders of concept to performance

Choreography translates the border between the emotional concept and the physical moves themselves, and allows an audience to hold their own perceptions and their own story. Three CSU Dance majors produce their senior capstonetaking  their initial idea or concept and translating it into a performance, moving the idea from an internal realm to an external one.  

Spring 2021

Together, we adapt and perform

In the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, together we persevere, discover, investigate, connect, and engage. From concerns about human bioaerosol emissions to finding new spaces and ways to perform, faculty and students in the performing arts have been challenged to find new ways to express themselves and the human condition.

Winter 2020

The Wicked Problem of Artist Wellness

Avoiding burnout and prioritizing wellness is an important and new effort of SMTD, who has just started a class on self-care for creative arts majors. While most performers have a deep emotional investment in very personal work, the faculty are trying to teach students that sacrificing for your art doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your body, mind, and spirit. 

Winter 2019/Spring 2020

The University Center for the Arts: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future

The University Center for the Arts is a historic place of learning and a celebrated artistic venue with museums, dance halls, and performance spaces.

Spring 2019

The Sound of Technology

While recorded sound was the ‘first big thing’ as far as technology’s impact on music, everything from the synthesizer to the computer and composition software has had an impact on how music is composed, created, and shared. Modern technologies in the classroom and in the performance halls at the University Center for the Arts allow music students and music patrons to experience state-of-the-art music performances.

Winter 2018

Water takes center stage in CSU Theatre’s latest production

Big Love by Charles Mee has been called a big, beautiful, fantastic mess. Just like love, or perhaps like water. Water plays a major role in the on-stage dynamic, and the key to success is collaboration between the multiple theatrical shops. From the set designer to the technical director, all members of CSU’s Theatre worked together to make the production a success (and not a mess!)