Applied Music

Fine tune your musical talents and earn CU Boulder credit through private or group music lessons.

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Applied Music Format

One-on-one or small-group courses in instrumental and vocal instruction for students with no or some previous musical experience. The course includes 9 one-hour lessons per semester for one-on-one instructions; group classes meet twice a week for 10 weeks. The materials are chosen by each individual instructors based on the student’s previous experience and level, and on his or her musical preferences.

Applied Music Credit

Students receive two credits per class; courses can be taken for a letter grade, pass/fail, or no credit. You must indicate your preference before the 100% drop/add deadline.

Applied Music Advisor

Contact the Applied Music Advisor:
Elizabeth Smith

Financial Aid Advising

Students enrolled in university credit courses through Continuing Education may be eligible for financial assistance. Continuing Education has a financial aid advisor to assist you in exploring all the options available to you, whether you are a degree or nondegree student.

Detailed information about how to receive federal financial aid is available on the CU Boulder Financial Aid website.

Email questions to our Financial Aid Advisor at

Applied Music Enrollment

Spring 2023

Spring 2023 enrollment for Applied Music begins October 31, 2022, and classes begin the week of January 30, 2023. Students should enroll for Continuing Education courses through the Buff Portal. You will receive an email notification containing your instructor’s contact information from the Continuing Education office on January 23 and January 30.

Enrollment Restrictions

Engineering students who are on academic suspension are not eligible to enroll in Applied Music classes.

Buff Portal and IdentiKey

Buff Portal is the online campus portal and an important tool. It gives you access to credit course enrollment, your CU student email account, campus announcements, semester schedule, tuition bill, book lists, clicker registration, Canvas, and your final grades. Learn more about Buff Portal.

You’ll need an Identikey, or a unique username, to log in to and access Buff Portal. An Identikey allows you to register for CU courses and provides you with access to online services and campus computing facilities. Use your student identification number to activate your IdentiKey at

If you have questions, contact us at or 303-492-5148.

Consenting to Do Business Electronically

When you log in to Buff Portal for the first time, you’ll be asked to consent to conduct business electronically at CU. If you don’t consent, you’ll lose access to the portal and instead receive information about how to conduct your official university business offline.

If you have questions, contact us at or 303-492-5148.

Applied Music Academic Calendar

Spring 2023

Applied Music Courses Begin Jan 30
Email with Instructor Information Jan 23, Jan 30
Add/Waitlist Deadline Feb 3
Deadline to Withdraw**, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Feb 8
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* Feb 15
Deadline to Withdraw** without Petitioning^, No Tuition Adjustment Mar 16
Deadline to Withdraw*** from All Courses in Session Apr 13
Courses End Apr 14

All times are in Mountain Time.

* Students’ eligibility for a possible tuition adjustment or refund is dependent on residency status and number of credits. Non-resident students are not eligible for a tuition adjustment if they are enrolled in 4 or more credits after dropping or withdrawing from a course or courses.
**Withdraw by 11:59 p.m. online using Buff Portal, submitting an online withdrawal form, or by email to A grade of W will appear on your transcript.
***Withdraw by 11:59 p.m. by submitting an online withdrawal form or send an email to A grade of W will appear on your transcript.

^ Petitioning is designed to provide students who experience unavoidable, extenuating circumstances, the opportunity to waive a University policy that, if enforced, would result in unsatisfactory academic progress or financial consequences.
Nondegree students must petition the dean of CEPS and must have an instructor signature. Degree students must petition the dean of the college in which they are enrolled, and must have an instructor signature.

Continuing Education Important Dates

Spring 2023

Oct 31 Continuing Education Spring Enrollment Begins
Dec 19 CE Online Flexible Enrollment Begins
Jan 10 ACCESS/Nondegree Registration Begins
Jan 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – University Closed
Jan 23 CE Full Session/Session 1 Classes Begin
Jan 31 Nontraditional Student Spring Scholarship Deadline
Feb 20 CE 10-week Session Classes Begin
Feb 24 Spring Fees Waiver Form Deadline
Mar 9 Session 1 CE Online Credit Courses End
Mar 13 Session 2 CE Online Credit Courses Begin
Mar 27-31 Spring Break (No Classes; University Closed Friday, March 25)
May 4 CE Full Session/10-week Session and Session 2 Classes End

Add, Drop, and Withdrawal Info

Enrolled students must add or drop courses by the dates and deadlines listed in their program’s academic calendar. You may add, drop, or withdraw via Buff Portal or Class Search using the instructions outlined under Review Your Registration Actions. You may also submit an online withdrawal form or send an email to

If you fail to drop by the deadline you may receive a grade of F and you may be liable for any tuition and fees. You may withdraw from a credit course after the published drop deadline. Withdrawals will result in a W on your academic record.

Applied Music Tuition Rates

Applied Music tuition for two credits is assessed at the in-state rate and charged in addition to any tuition paid on campus. If an out-of-state student exceeds two credit hours per semester he/she is charged the full main campus out-of-state tuition rate.


Spring 2023

Credit Hours In-State Out-of-State
1 $336 $336
2 $672 $672
4(+) $1,344 $18,821

The Board of Regents reserves the right to change the tuition and fee rates at any time.

Tuition Policy

You will be billed for your Continuing Education registration. Bills are available through Buff Portal. A 1% service charge is added to an unpaid balance after the tuition due date, and a financial stop is placed on your student record. All tuition and refund determinations are subject to audit.

Current CU Boulder Students:

Nondegree students:

  • CE Evening, CE Online, and Applied Music tuition is charged in addition to ACCESS rates when enrolled in both programs concurrently.


If you have lived in Colorado for the past 12 months, you may be eligible for in-state tuition rates. To learn more or provide documentation of residency, contact our classification coordinator at 303-492-5148.


CU Employee Discounts

Continuing Education offers the following discounts to University of Colorado staff.

Class Discounts

Current and retired staff from any of the CU campuses, including the CU System, are eligible for tuition discounts for classes offered through the following programs:

• The International English Center offers a 25% discount.
• The CE Evening Credit program offers a 50% discount.
• Applied Music and CE Online Credit programs offer a 20% discount on all courses with the exception of term-based WRTG courses and courses within the MSOL Program.

University of Colorado faculty, staff, professional researchers must be employed at least half-time and are required to provide a printed copy of their “job list” from Peoplesoft or some equivalent form of documentation when requesting a discount.

Degree Discount

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program offers a 40% tuition discount to permanent, full-time staff of CU Boulder. Contact us for more information.

Alumni Discounts

Alumni Association members receive a 10% discount off in-state tuition for one Continuing Education course (excluding the MSOL Program). For more information call 303-492-5148.

Offered in partnership with the University of Colorado’s Alumni Association. Members of the HERD and “New Graduate Members” are not eligible for this discount.

Other Discounts

The International English Center offers a 25% discount for the spouses and children of CU faculty, CU staff, and current degree-seeking students.

Science Discovery offers a 10% discount to the children of CU faculty, staff, and students.

Financial Aid Advising

Students enrolled in university credit courses through Continuing Education may be eligible for financial assistance. Continuing Education has a financial aid advisor to assist you in exploring all the options available to you, whether you are a degree or nondegree student.

Detailed information about how to receive federal financial aid is available on the CU Boulder Financial Aid website.

Email questions to our Financial Aid Advisor at

Nondegree Student Scholarships

Continuing Education offers scholarships for nondegree students.

Application and Award Process

  • Submit the appropriate application along with a minimum-250 word essay addressing your past educational history, your future goals, and the way in which the scholarship will assist you in meeting those goals.
  • The award amount is based on available funding and a competitive essay review.
  • Awardees will be notified via the email given on the application.

If you have any questions or are unable to log into the appropriate application form, please contact us at

Nontraditional Student Fall & Spring Scholarships


  • Nondegree student at CU Boulder (not formally admitted to a degree program)
  • Must be enrolled in courses for credit offered through main campus, CE Evening Credit, CE Online Credit, and Applied Music
  • Must be 22 years or older

Scholarship Details

  • The maximum award for the scholarship is $1,000, not to exceed 80% of the resident tuition rate of a three-credit course.
  • Students may be awarded a Continuing Education scholarship only once during their time as a nondegree student.
  • Scholarships offered through CE are classified as general fund (i.e. compatible with VA benefits).

The spring 2023 application deadline is January 31, 2023.

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