Category: ACM Alumni

Summer 2020 Enrollment Now Open: Contemporary Music Performance

ACM@UCO enrollment is now open for our Summer 2020 semester, with courses led by a lineup of innovative and experienced music industry professionals and three core areas of study: Contemporary Music Production, Business and Performance.

Students at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) can earn an Associate’s degree in our three core music areas and a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Production or Audio Production.

Minors are available in the areas of Contemporary Music Performance, Contemporary Music Production, Contemporary Music Business, Songwriting, and Post-Production Audio.

The Academy of Contemporary Music is a division of UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design. For more information and to enroll, please visit acm.uco.edu, email get.info@acm.uco.edu or call 405-974-4700.

Here’s more about our professors and courses in Contemporary Music Performance for the Summer 2020 semester:

Guitarist Mitch bell wearing a backwards baseball cap and sunglasses while playing guitar during a live performance in California. Palm trees are seen in the background.

MITCH BELL

teaching: Applied Instruction I, II, III, IV — Guitar

Bell is an Oklahoma City-based guitarist, songwriter and producer who is best-known for his work with Grammy Award-nominated artist Zhu and grunge/R&B duo THEY. He has also worked and collaborated with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Trombone Shorty, Charli XCX, Skrillex, Tame Impala, Portugal. The Man and others. He has performed at major festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, as well as on main stages across Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Brent Berry performs live behind his drum kit in this candid photo.

BRENT BERRY

teaching: Applied Instruction I, II, III, IV — Drums

Berry started playing drum set at the age of 10 after watching his uncle play. Soon after, he enrolled in middle school band and began competing and drumming in concert, orchestra, jazz big acts and rock and country bands. In college, he studied under drum set masters Jim Chapin, Russ McKinnon and Butch Miles. As a side man, he has toured the US, Japan and Europe. Outside of teaching at ACM@UCO, Berry stays busy freelancing in and around Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Dallas while managing his busy private teaching studio in Edmond.

Drummer Matt Duckworth poses with the Flaming Lips dresses as characters from A Clockwork Orange

MATTHEW DUCKWORTH

teaching: Applied Instruction I, II, III, IV — Drums

Duckworth is an Oklahoma City-based multi-instrumentalist and drummer for psychedelic rock act The Flaming Lips, which he joined in 2014. He’s also half of the DJ and musical performance duo The Brothers Griiin with Nicholas Ley. His creative projects with The Lips include work with Miley Cyrus, Mick Jones of the Clash, Reggie Watts, New Fumes, and members of Foxygen, Spaceface, Peaking Lights, and Stardeath and White Dwarfs, among others.

Joe Gilligan plays bass guitar during a live performance. He's highlighted with. green and blue stage lighting.

JOE GILLIAN

teaching: Applied Instruction I, II, III, IV — Bass

Gillian started out his professional music career at age 14 by playing Western swing music three nights a week … for 10 years straight. He has played with musicians such as Jami Smith and Kristin Chenoweth, and has opened for Markus Miller, Randy Travis and Willie Nelson. Additionally, Gillian toured with Ty England for a year and a half. He currently plays with The Groove Merchants, a successful contemporary music act out of Oklahoma City.

Guitarist Danny Hargis poses with a steel guitar in this candid portrait. He's wearing a denim shirt, vest, jeans and baseball cap.

DANNY HARGIS

teaching: Applied Instruction I, II, III, IV — Guitar

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Hargis is the quintessential “musician’s musician.” At age 13, he began his journey to become a professional guitarist and teacher of the craft. All told, he has been practicing, learning, writing, teaching, performing and living guitar for more than three decades. His teaching philosophy reflects his musical career: A labyrinth of practical application. In the classroom, he helps students find their perfect third while mastering technique, tone, attack and style. He assesses and amplifies students’ innate musical talents.

Musician Chris Hicks performs guitar and sings during alive performance.

CHRIS HICKS

teaching: Applied Instruction I, II, III, IV — Guitar

Hicks plays saxophone and guitar in every style, including jazz, R&B and country. The musician and session artist has worked, recorded and performed with producer Josh Leo (Alabama, LeAnn Rimes, Bad Company, Jimmy Buffett, Glenn Frey), Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and jazz trumpet great Chet Baker, among others.

Musician and ACM instructor David Broyles sings animatedly and plays guitar on-stage during a live performance as his quirky musical alter-ego Dr. Pants.

DAVID BROYLES

teaching: Music Fundamentals
and
Aural Skills

Broyles is an Oklahoma songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, composer/arranger and instructor with a two-decade career in the music industry. You’ve probably heard his band, aka Dr. Pants, on Jersey Shore, BBC World Cup Soccer, CBS Sunday Morning, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and Mtv’s Next.

Mike Hosty performs as his one-man band, playing kazoo, guitar and kick-drum and singing.

MICHAEL HOSTY

teaching: Cultural Studies

This singer, teacher, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, comedian and one-man band performs up to 250 shows a year, well, for about as long as we can remember. His song topics are often a case study in popular culture. He’s a storyteller through and through, just himself with a guitar, kick-drum and kazoo.

 

black and white text flyer listing the performance courses and teachers for the spring 2020 semester at acm@uco.

Summer 2020 Enrollment Now Open: Contemporary Music Business

ACM@UCO enrollment is now open for our Summer 2020 semester, with courses led by a lineup of innovative and experienced music industry professionals and three core areas of study: Contemporary Music Production, Business and Performance.

Students at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) can earn an Associate’s degree in our three core music areas and a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Production or Audio Production.

Minors are available in the areas of Contemporary Music Performance, Contemporary Music Production, Contemporary Music Business, Songwriting, and Post-Production Audio.

The Academy of Contemporary Music is a division of UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design. For more information and to enroll, please visit acm.uco.edu, email get.info@acm.uco.edu or call 405-974-4700.

Here’s more about our professors and courses in Contemporary Music Business for the Summer 2020 semester:

Singer and songwriter Geoff Koch casually poses for a portrait. He's smiling, wearing a scruffy beard and denim shirt, with his arms folded in front of his chest.

GEOFF KOCH

teaching: Key Events in the Music Industry

Koch is a consummate creative, with performance and songwriting credits that span film, television and music. He sang on Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas,” “The Legend of Mulan” and “The Tigger Movie,” as well as 40 other feature films. He’s also recorded with artists Barbra Streisand and Don Henley. His voice and/or songs is recognizable on more than 200 episodes of varying television series. He continues to write and record music, as well as write screenplays.

George Lang relaxes in a chair in the sunlight in a park. He's relaxed, wearing a plaid shit, sunglasses, and smiling.

 

GEORGE LANG

teaching: Survey of Music Business Non-Fiction

George Lang has worked as an award-winning entertainment, music, media and news journalist in Oklahoma City for more than 25 years. His work has been published in The Oklahoman, Oklahoma Gazette, 405 Magazine and others. He also hosts Spy 101, a KOSU/NPR radio show that looks at monumental albums, bizarre stories and the history that still informs today’s indie rock.Katie poses with a tan-and-white Jack Russel over her shoulder as she laughs in this candid portrait.

KATIE MARSCHNER

teaching: Intro to the Music Industry

Marschner’s career in artist and tour management started like many others, falling in love with a band and having a strong desire to work in the music industry. Over six years, she learned the trade from the inside out, from unpaid “merch” hand to lighting director and tour manager for Austin psychedelic rock act The Bright Light Social Hour. Her experience has taken her from Austin City Limits Music Festival to Lollapalooza and from film and TV to Nintendo Switch.

DJ and EDM artist Travis Tester performs a set while working high-tech gear in this live photo. He's backlit with blue and red stage lighting.

TRAVIS TESTER

teaching: Business Management for Artists

As a teen, Travis Tester loved EDM music so much that he’d sneak out his house to attend raves. After years of performing, recording and teaching, he’s become a local DJ people stay up late to experience. Today, he’s known as EMD and DJ act TravIsDead (fka Travis Traps). He earned his Bachelor’s of Applied Technology degree from ACM@UCO, becoming a faulty member soon after.  Mike Hosty performs as his one-man band, playing kazoo, guitar and kick-drum and singing.

MICHAEL HOSTY

teaching: Cultural Studies

This singer, teacher, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, comedian and one-man band performs up to 250 shows a year, well, for about as long as we can remember. His song topics are often a case study in popular culture. He’s a storyteller through and through, just himself with a guitar, kick-drum and kazoo.

black and white text flyer listing the faculty names and courses offered for 2020 summer classes at acm@uco.

Summer 2020 Enrollment Now Open: Contemporary Music Production

ACM@UCO enrollment is now open for our Summer 2020 semester, with courses led by a lineup of innovative and experienced music industry professionals and three core areas of study: Contemporary Music Production, Business and Performance.

Students at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) can earn an Associate’s degree in our three core music areas and a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Production or Audio Production.

Minors are available in the areas of Contemporary Music Performance, Contemporary Music Production, Contemporary Music Business, Songwriting, and Post-Production Audio.

The Academy of Contemporary Music is a division of UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design. For more information and to enroll, please visit acm.uco.edu, email get.info@acm.uco.edu or call 405-974-4700.

Here’s more about our professors and courses in Contemporary Music Production for the Summer 2020 semester:

ACM instructor Tyler Garcia in a casual portrait wearing a red t-shirt and eyeglasses. TYLER GARCIA

teaching: Applied Lesson in Production
and
Beginning Production Techniques

Songwriter, recording engineer, promoter, instructor and owner of 33rd Street Studio in Oklahoma City. His decade-plus experience in the music industry also includes band manager and touring sound engineer. He’s recorded with hundreds of different local artists since opening his recording studio in 2013.

Musician and ACM instructor David Broyles sings animatedly and plays guitar on-stage during a live performance as his quirky musical alter-ego Dr. Pants. DAVID BROYLES

teaching: Music Fundamentals, B1 and Aural Skills

Oklahoma songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, composer/arranger and instructor with a two-decade career in the music industry. You’ve probably heard his band, aka Dr. Pants, on Jersey Shore, BBC World Cup Soccer, CBS Sunday Morning, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and Mtv’s Next.

Composer, songwriter and musician Nicholas Poss works at his home editing station in a casual, naturally-lit shot, wearing a neutral button-up shortsleeve and a short beard. NICHOLAS POSS

teaching: Applied Lesson – Ableton Live

Songwriter, vocalist, composer, sound designer and live musician with an acclaimed passion for creating music scores for indie artists and filmmakers.

A silhouette of ACM instructor and musician Ryan Sneed playing guitar against the sunrays and clouds of a sunsetRYAN SNEED

teaching: Live Sound Fundamentals

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, instructor and half of the Tandem band with musician Mitch Covey. His eclectic experience in the music industry spans performing with a symphonic orchestra to audio engineering and Dj’ing.

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonial: ACM@UCO graduate Jennifer Tindal

Jennifer Tindal is a graduate of Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. She recently visited our downtown Oklahoma City campus, and shared how ACM@UCO helped her develop her career in the music business.

Visit acm.uco.edu for more information and to enroll today!

 

New Music: The Sweet Talkers, “Mixed Signals”

Hear and read about local band The Sweet Talkers’ newest single “Mixed Signals,” available for streaming and download. Make Oklahoma Weirder says of the tune:

Groove is in the heartache. At least, that would seem to be the case on the darker side of The Sweet Talkers’ disco ball moon. The OKC band is no stranger to nocturnal beats and misty synths, sounds inspired by past tides of alternative rock in the 2000s and new wave/post-punk in the ’80s. … The Sweet Talkers are back with “Mixed Signals,” a new single that further explores the band’s taste for glam and gloom. It officially drops everywhere tomorrow, but you can stream it now at the player below in this Make Oklahoma Weirder early premiere.

Check out the full blog and hear the new song at MakeOklahomaWeirder.com.

The band also features ACM alumni Tyler Branstetter & Dakota Green.

ACM@UCO Presents High School Night on March 5

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma presents HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT, 6 p.m. March 5 at the ACM Live Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown. Admission is free!

text poster with outline of crowd in shadow and lightning bolts around the yellow words High School Night. It includes the bands playing, date and time info.LINEUP:

• Downer

• The Major Fifths

• Dr. Deuss

• Chloe Batson

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m.

ACM@UCO presents Metro Music Series performances, masterclasses, clinics and workshops by ACM-affiliated music acts, as well as regional, national and international industry luminaries.

Metro Music Series is sponsored by Downtown OKC Partnership, Bricktown, Painted Door Gift Boutique, Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Hal Smith Restaurants, The Wedge Pizzeria and Exchange Music.

THIS WEEK! ‘Holiday Wrap-Up’ Showcases Local Music, Benefits OKC Nonprofit

The Dec. 5 lineup features colourmusic, Sophia Massad and more; donations benefit Positive Tomorrows

Hear that? It’s the sound of a season-celebrating local music lineup for the ACM student-organized Holiday Wrap-Up, happening Dec. 5 at ACM Live Room at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO). Admission is free, but donations to benefit Oklahoma City nonprofit Positive Tomorrows are welcome at the door.

Colorful holiday-themed poster features red and green rainbow designed like wrapping paper as a background and cut-out images of musicians in holiday sweaters in front of it. It's an event poster for the Holiday Wrap-Up event.The festive lineup features ACM faculty Ryan Hendrix and Nicholas Ley of colourmusic, DJ and musician Travis Tester (aka Trav is Dead), Nicholas Poss, singer-songwriter Sophia Massad, multi-instrumentalist and singer Than Medlam (of Equilibrium), alternative pop singer-songwriter Sephra Scheuber, longtime guitarist Danny Hargis and ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker, as well as ACM@UCO students, alumni and staff (full list below).

“Although it’s not the end of the school year, the holiday season feels makes me reflect on all the amazing achievements our students, faculty, and staff accomplished,” Booker said. “A celebration with our faculty and staff performing together is the perfect representation of who we are!”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; music begins at 7 p.m. at ACM Live, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (First floor; formerly Michael Murphy’s Piano Bar.) Admission is free and open to the public, but a donation is encouraged to benefit Oklahoma City nonprofit Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically for homeless children. Requested donations include new blankets, reusable shopping/tote bags, laundry soap, new beanies, new gloves, and copy paper. Cash is also appreciated.

“I always enjoy performing with students because we get to actually make music together instead of just talking about making music,” said Than Medlam, a longtime musician and ACM@UCO faculty member. “Being part of the performance allows me to share art with my students on an even deeper level than just coaching the preliminary work.”

Student Involvement in The Holiday Wrap Up is not limited to the nights’ performances. The event was conceived, organized and promoted by ACM’s Introduction to Concert and Tour Management class as their final project for the semester.

“An ACM holiday event is such a fun way for students and faculty from all three ACM programs to come together as a family and showcase what we’re learning while supporting a great cause,” said Music Business major NataliaVeloz leos. “It’s exciting to have helped create what might become an annual event at ACM. It’s kind of part of our classes legacy.”

The Holiday Wrap-Up is a new addition to ACM@UCO’s ongoing Metro Music Series, offering dozens of ticketed and free, all-ages events throughout the year with the mission of exposing audiences to new music, cultural diversity, educational opportunities, our campus, and Oklahoma City’s thriving Bricktown entertainment district. ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is also an important piece in growing arts-related partnerships throughout the metro area, the state of Oklahoma, the music and entertainment industry and beyond, and is sponsored by The Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Downtown OKC Partnership, Bricktown, Hal Smith Restaurants, Exchange Music, The Wedge and Painted Door Gift Boutique.

Learn more about ACM@UCO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at acm.uco.edu.

More about the lineup:

• Nick Ley and Ryan Hendrix: colourmusic, ACM Music Business faculty
• Travis Tester: EDM and DJ act Trav Is Dead, ACM Music Business and Production faculty
• Nicholas Poss: ACM Music Business and Production faculty
• Sophia Massad: ACM Performance graduate
• Than Medlam: ACM Performance faculty
• Sephra Scheuber: Sephra Music, ACM Production and Music Business faculty
• Danny Hargis: ACM Performance faculty
• Scott Booker: CEO and Executive Director of ACM@UCO

The Space Program Hip-Hop Collective Inspires ‘Fortitude, Resilience and Innovation’

The Space Program, a hip-hop collective of more than two dozen Black, collegiate artists and entrepreneurs from across Oklahoma, recently released the album “Curriculum of the Mind,” which was celebrated April 25 with a showcase at ACM@UCO Performance Lab.

Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow poses with his hands folded across his chest in this black-and-white portrait

Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow

Among others, the TSP collective features UCO-tied alumni and students, including audio engineer Myles Adams; Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow, who earned a Music Business degree at ACM@UCO; ACM Contemporary Music Production graduate James Curd, aka Deezy; and UCO student Makeen Khalifa, aka Makeen.

Portions of TSP’s debut video for the album’s title track were recorded on the UCO campus in Edmond.

“The true essence of this dissertation album was the ability to see the progression of students, particularly ACM students (e.g. artists, poets, rappers, producers, audio engineers, etc.), come together and masterfully create something that will forever be timeless, both in the hip-hop and educational communities,” said TSP’s CEO, DJ and producer Dr. View, aka Stevie Johnson, who is also the former Assistant Director of Diversity Retention in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Stevie Johnson, aka DJ and producer Dr. View, stands with his headphones pulled above his ears as he looks at the camera in this color portrait.

Stevie Johnson, aka DJ and producer Dr. View

He also recently received his Ph.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

“Many studies do not allow students to authentically express themselves in ways that speak to their epistemological and ontological perspectives. The fortitude, resilience and innovation of these students developed a new avenue of hip-hop scholarship that academia not only has to respect, but that will be used as a blueprint for educators for years to come,” Johnson said.

“In short, these students is helping the world recognize that hip-hop and education can and will work together for the betterment of creating social change,” he added.

Check Out More Than 3 Dozen UCO and ACM-Tied Acts This Weekend at Norman Music Festival

During this weekend’s Norman Music Festival in Norman, more than three dozen music acts will feature students, alumni, faculty and staff from the University of Central Oklahoma and the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO.

NMF runs April 25-27 along Main Street in downtown Norman. Admission is free and open to the public. Event headliners include Beach Fossils, Soccer Mommy, Black Milk with band Nat Turner, The Garden, Omar Apollo, Night Beats, Skating Polly, Mega Ran and more over three days on multiple indoor and outdoor stages.

Learn more and see the full festival lineup at normanmusicfestival.com.

Fall 2018 Rewind: Indie musician Mac DeMarco performed Nov. 1, 2018, to a sold-out audience at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ACM@UCO-tied singer-songwriter Leotie, aka Caleb Starr (pictured), opened the Metro Music Series event.

ACM@UCO alum and singer-songwriter Leotie, aka Caleb Starr (pictured), will perform 7 p.m. Thursday at Norman Music Festival.

The Lunar Laugh

The Lunar Laugh performs 10 p.m. Thursday at Norman Music Festival.

Young Weather performs 10 p.m. Thursday at NMF.

THURSDAY

• 6 p.m. at Bison Witches (front): The Sweet Talkers
• 6:45 p.m. at Brewhouse: Druce Wayne
• 7 p.m. at Resonator: Leotie
• 8:30 p.m. at Red Brick Bar: Useless Randy
• 10 p.m. at Brewhouse: Young Weather
• 10 p.m. at Bison Witches (front): The Lunar Laugh
• 10:30 p.m. at Opolis (indoor): Mt. Terror
• 11 p.m. at Bluebonnet Bar: Cutter Elliott
• Midnight at Opolis (indoor): Applied Music Program
• Midnight at Brewhouse: Chase Kerby & The Villains
• 1 a.m. at Main Street Event Center: Don’t Tell Dena
• 1 a.m. at Bluebonnet Bar: Justin Logan

Colourmusic members Ryan Hendrix and Nicholas Ley sit in a swimming pool, wearing sunglasses

Colourmusic performs 9:30 p.m. Friday at Norman Music Festival.

Jabee Williams adjusts a knit cap on his head, wearing a white T-shirt, and showing off the tattoos on his bicep and forearms, including one of the logo design for his 2016 "Black Future" album

Jabee performs 11:15 p.m. Friday at Norman Music Festival.

Bowlsey performs 8 p.m. Friday at Norman Music Festival.

FRIDAY

• 6 p.m. at Main Street Event Center: Layers of Pink
• 7 p.m. at Gray Street Stage: Sophia Massad
• 7 p.m. at Bison Witches (front): Stone Tide
• 7 p.m. at Opolis (indoor): Swim Fan
• 8 p.m. at Sooner Theatre: Stephen Salewon
• 8 p.m. at Resonator: Tom Boil
• 8 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Bowlsey
• 9 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Original Flow & The Fervent Route
• 9:20 p.m. at Brewhouse: Jacobi Ryan
• 9:30 p.m. at Opolis Outdoor Stage (The Garden): Colourmusic
• 11:15 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Jabee
• 1 a.m. at Bison Witches (front): S. Reidy

Musician and singer-songwriter Rozlyn Zora is outstanding in her field, literally. Here, she dons round-framed sunglasses as she poses in a cornfield.

Rozlyn Zora performs 2 p.m. Saturday at Norman Music Festival.

Saint Loretto performs 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Norman Music Festival.

Chloe-Beth performs 11 p.m. Saturday at NMF.

SATURDAY

• 2 p.m. at Bluebonnet Bar: Rozlyn Zora
• 2:30 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Naturalist
• 3:30 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Saint Loretto
• 4 p.m. at Opolis Outdoor Stage (The Garden): Spinster
• 4 p.m. at Bluebonnet bar: Keathley
• 4 p.m. at Fowler Automotive Main Stage: LCG & The X
• 4 p.m. at Brewhouse: Santiago Romones
• 4:30 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Johnny Manchild & The Poor Bästards
• 4:30 p.m. at Gray Street Stage: Jason Scott
• 7:00 p.m. at Bison Witches (front): Rousey
• 8 p.m. at Bison Witches (front): Part-Time Savants
• 9 p.m. at Main Street Event Center: Lauryn Hardiman
• 11 p.m. at Bluebonnet Bar: Chloe-Beth
• Midnight at Opolis (indoor): Beau Jennings & The Tigers