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 and recording, music performance, or music composition. Students in any area of emphasis should have the preparation and background necessary to succeed in their chosen fields.

2022-2023 Degrees

Program Department Faculty

Program Chairs

  • Beth Robison, D.M.A.
  • Matthew Schildt, Ph. D.


  • William Lipke, D.M.A.
  • Beth Robison, D.M.A.
  • Matthew Schildt, Ph.D.

Associate Professors

  • Matthew Valverde, Ph.D.
  • Angela Winter, D.M.A.

Assistant Professors

  • Melinda Leoce, MM

Visiting Assistant Professors

  • Melinda Leoce

Adjunct Instructors

  • James Doyle, M.M.

Music Department

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