Category: Recruitment

Music Spotlight: Award-Winning Rapper And Songwriter Dallas Parker

candid face shot of dallas parker in a t-shirt, outside, looking upwardsACM@UCO student artist Dallas Parker, aka Faux Draco, recently released his single “Whatever I want.” Last year, his song “Abilities” made him a Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest award winner, and, since then, the independent artist has released multiple tunes garnering over 6,000 hits.

“Whatever I want” is an upbeat melodic rap tune that encapsulates the free-spirited energy that defines Faux Draco. Collaborating with two other ACM artists, Sam Allen (aka chaos.qt) and Parker Ashbacher (aka Project) through online resources, the song was completed at ACM and will be released on all major platforms.

Even with the challenges of releasing the song during quarantine, the response to the song has been strong, he said.

 

Written by: ACM@UCO Marketing and PR Intern Tanner Nichols.

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.

Spotlight: ACM Student Caleb Starr’s Promo Video, Music

Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) student Caleb Starr, a contemporary music performance major, recently created this promo video as a class project. We wanted to share it!

It also features his music as solo artist Leotie, which he recently performed live in front of a sold-out crowd at Mac DeMarco’s Nov. 14 concert at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown.

ACM TRAVELS TO TULSA TECH CAMPUSES

The month of November was a busy month for student recruitment at ACM!

Brenda Brent and Chris Hicks, along with ACM lecturers Rob Derrick and Travis Tester, traveled to the Riverside and Owasso campuses of Tulsa Tech to speak about the opportunities for careers in the entertainment industry

Huge thanks to Tulsa Tech instructors Walt Bowers and Michael Haggard from Riverside campus and Tim Bell from Owasso campus for having us!