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Students playing various instruments like a guitar, french horn and xylophone.

The Music Program at Otero College is a growing tradition located in the southeast plains of Colorado. Our program is a participating member in the Colorado Department of Higher Education Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA). Otero offers the Associate of Arts Degree with Designation in Music, which fully accredits the first two years of music study. The Associate of Arts Degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music.

While at Otero, students will experience a robust musical education, delivered by expert faculty with advanced training in music. Our faculty hold graduate degrees in music from some of the finest music schools in the United States. Our music curriculum provides unique experiences inside and outside the classroom, all in an immersive and collaborative environment. Students will study the theory and history of music, as well as present performance opportunities for students. The music classes at Otero are designed to challenge and motivate students.

Why Study Music?

Are you a musician looking to turn your talent into a skill? Having trouble finding a place that will help you nurture your talent and creativity? Music study at Otero is that place!

Music enriches our collective human condition and enhances the intrinsic value of life for everyone. The study of music presents students with a unique opportunity to understand history and culture through the lens of creative expression. One of the primary goals of the music curriculum at Otero College is to prepare students for a career.

Studying music at the collegiate level provides many benefits, chief among them are highly marketable skills. There are many diverse career pathways for students who major in music.  Students will be prepared to work in various fields of music – education, performance, music therapy, music business, studio engineer – as well as other career fields. Many students who major in music work as doctors, lawyers, business owners, teachers, social service workers, and politicians. The study of music develops highly marketable skills and traits that employers look for in candidates. 

Why Choose Otero?

Otero College is a student-focused public institution and a member of the Colorado Community College System. Students will work one-on-one with degreed, highly qualified faculty in a collaborative and interactive environment. In this type of learning environment, students learn how to apply information to new problems and freely exchange ideas about music, both inside and outside the classroom. The music faculty are committed to the success of the individual student, mentoring students throughout the course of study.

Furthermore, Otero College has one of the most affordable tuition in the state of Colorado. Students can complete the first two-years of music study at Otero at a significant cost savings. Click this link to review the cost savings by attending Otero for the first two years of collegiate studies.  Keep in mind that the information listed is BEFORE scholarships and other financial aid.

Otero offers music students access to a plethora of resources, from a high-tech classroom dedicated for music to multiple performance venues. Hone your musical skills in any of our practice rooms, Ed Stafford Theatre performance hall, or the acoustically-balanced rehearsal space for large ensembles.

With our program specific “Start Here…..Finish There” degree pathway, students can rest easy knowing that the classes they take at Otero fully align with the course work at the public institutions in the state of Colorado. This is accomplished through the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement, to which Otero is a participating institution. The faculty at Otero have further agreements with select public institutions to ease the transfer process for students. The result is students plug in seamlessly to the transferring institution.

Students who attend Otero will experience many of the same benefits offered at a top-tier music schools but with the convenience of staying close to home.

Learn These Skills

  • Analytical / critical thinking skills
  • Improved language and cognitive skills
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Creative problem solving
  • Decision-making skills
  • Industrious/Hard working
  • Discipline/responsibility
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Social and communication skills
  • Self-esteem

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