Program Details: Open to the public

Middle School Ensembles Program

The CU 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 the school-based music programs for 6th- through 8th-grade students, while also strengthening the opportunities for future music educators to learn their craft. The program includes full group rehearsals in band, choir, or orchestra, along with sectional instruction, 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 school music teaching. A select group of high school students nominated by their music teachers are invited to participate as co-teachers, as they consider music teaching as a career option.

Registration for middle school students begins in November of each year. Rehearsals begin in January and run one night a week, concluding with a concert in late April. Please visit our website for more details, including event schedule and registration information.

The Middle School Ensemble program 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 CU Boulder Outreach Committee. MSE is also supported through the efforts of the University of Colorado Boulder collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


In Colorado

  • Boulder
  • Erie
  • Firestone
  • Lafayette
  • Longmont
  • Louisville
  • Superior
  • Thornton

Program Contact

David Rickels
Associate Professor of Music Education
(303) 492-1782

Program Categories


  • Education (K-12)
  • Music

Program Types:

  • After School Activity/Instruction
  • Public Performance


  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.