Applied Music

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

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Applied Music

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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
appmusic@colorado.edu
303-492-5950

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 cefinaid@colorado.edu.

Applied Music Enrollment

Fall 2024

Fall 2024 enrollment for Applied Music begins April 1, 2024, and classes begin the week of September 9, 2024. 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 September 3 and 9.

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 identikey.colorado.edu.

If you have questions, contact us at ceregistration@colorado.edu 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 ceregistration@colorado.edu or 303-492-5148.

Applied Music Academic Calendar

Fall 2024

Applied Music Courses Begin Sept 9
Email with Instructor Information Sept 3, Sept 9
Add/Waitlist Deadline Sept 13
Deadline to Withdraw**, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Sept 18
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* Sept 25
Deadline to Withdraw** without Petitioning^, No Tuition Adjustment Oct 24
Deadline to Withdraw*** from All Courses in Session Nov 14
Courses End Nov 15

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 ceregistration@colorado.edu. 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 ceregistration@colorado.edu. 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

Summer 2024

Mar 11 Continuing Education Summer Enrollment Begins
May 13 CE Online Flexible Course Enrollment Begins
May 27 Memorial Day (University Closed)
May 28 Nontraditional Student Summer Scholarship Deadline
June 3 CE Full Session/Session 1/8-week Classes Begin
July 4 Independence Day (University Closed)
July 5 Session 1 CE Online Credit Courses End
July 9 Session 2 CE Online Credit Courses Begin
July 26 8-week CE Online Credit Courses End
July 26 Summer Fees Waiver Form Deadline
Aug 9 CE Full Session and Session 2 Classes End

Find dates and deadlines for main campus Summer Session classes.

Fall 2024

Apr 1 Continuing Education Fall Enrollment Begins
Aug 19 ACCESS/Nondegree Registration Begins
Aug 26 CE Online Flexible Enrollment Begins
Sept 2 Labor Day Holiday (University Closed)
Sept 3 CE Full Session/Session 1 Classes Begin
Sept 8 Nontraditional Student Fall Scholarship Deadline
TBD Fall Fees Waiver Form Deadline
Sept 30 CE 10-week Session Classes Begin
Oct 18 Session 1 CE Online Credit Courses End
Oct 21 Session 2 CE Online Credit Courses Begin
Nov 25-29 Fall Break (No Classes)
Dec 12 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 ceregistration@colorado.edu.

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.

Tuition

Fall 2023 – Spring 2024

Credit Hours In-State Out-of-State
1 $336 $336
2 $672 $672
3 $1,008 $1,008
4 $1,344 $1,344
5 $1,680 $1,680
6(+) $2,016 $19,385

Fall 2024

Credit Hours In-State Out-of-State
1 $349 $349
2 $698 $698
3 $1,047 $1,047
4 $1,396 $1,396
5 $1,745 $1,745
6(+) $2,094 $20,160

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

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees are just one part of the overall cost to attend CU Boulder. The full cost of attendance for an academic year could include expenses such as on-campus housing and food, books and supplies, and items that are not billed by the university, such as personal expenses, transportation and medical insurance. View the full cost of attendance.

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.

Out-of-State Flat Rate Tuition Policy

Out-of-state students who are enrolled in a combination of classes including CE Evening Credit, ACCESS, Applied Music and Individualized Instruction will have their credits combined as a flat rate once they hit six (6) or more credits. To learn more about the tuition flat rate for 6+ credits, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Discounts

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 cefinaid@colorado.edu.

Nondegree Student Scholarships

Continuing Education offers scholarships for nondegree students.

Application and Award Process

  • Submit the appropriate application along with a 250-500 word essay addressing your past educational history, your future educational and career goals, and the specific 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. Scholarship essays will be rated based on the following elements:
    • (4 points) Content The essay fully addresses all portions of the prompt and has a central point that is interesting, original, substantial, and maybe even striking. The author uses concrete details to “show” rather than merely “tell” their story.
    • (3 points) Readability/Organization The central idea is developed in the essay through well-chosen and appropriate language. The essay is organized and well-structured. There is a beginning, a body, and a conclusion and transitions help the paper flow smoothly. Introductory statements are interesting and appropriate. Concluding statements are satisfying.
    • (2 points) Tone The essay is written in the authentic voice of the writer. It is compelling and interesting. The tone is consistent and shows effort/thought was put in.
    • (1 point) Grammar/Standard language use Author has given thought to form, grammar, and structure and is writing at a college level of English.
  • 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 ceadvise@colorado.edu.

Nondegree Fall & Spring Scholarships

Eligibility

  • 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

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 fall 2024 application deadline is September 8, 2024.

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Now that you’ve selected your favorite Continuing Education courses, email or print the information, including class number, to more easily search Buff Portal and enroll. Still have questions? Contact an advisor.

Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm

Location

We are located at the corner of University Avenue and 15th Street in a white brick building.

Map

1505 University Avenue
University of Colorado Boulder
178 UCB
Boulder, Colorado
80309-0178