Middle School Ensembles Program

Program Contact

David Rickels

Associate Professor of Music Education



The CU Boulder Middle School Ensembles (MSE) program is a collaborative experience designed for middle school music students, high school musicians considering a career in music teaching, and Music Education majors from the University of Colorado Boulder. This program provides a supplemental musical experience to school-based music programs for 6th- through 8th-grade students, while strengthening the opportunities for future music educators to learn their craft. The program includes full group rehearsals along with sectional instruction by instrument and elements of comprehensive musicianship (music theory, improvisation and composition). All rehearsals, sectionals and activities are led by college students and supervised by faculty directors and graduate assistants with experience in music teaching. A select group of high school students are nominated by their music teachers to participate as co-teachers and explore music teaching as a career option.

Registration for middle school students begins in October/November of each year. Rehearsals begin each year in late January/early February and run one night a week, concluding with a concert in late April. Please visit our website for more details about the upcoming or current program year, including an event schedule and registration information.

MSE is made possible in part through the generous support of the Hoover Fund for Music Education as well as grants from CU Boulder Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the Office for Outreach and Engagement. MSE is also supported through the efforts of the University of Colorado Boulder collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education.

  • MSE 2023 Season

    Additional Info

    Information on the 2024 MSE season will be available on our program website http://music.colorado.edu/mse in October 2023.


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    1/31/2024 - 4/19/2024

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Music

  • Department of Music Education

Program Partners

  • Boulder Valley School District

Audiences Served

  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School