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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


teaching: Music Fundamentals
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.


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.


Mitch Bell, ACM@UCO’s Music Performance Program Director, recently co-wrote three out of the four songs on ZHU’s new EP titled “stardustexhalemarrakechdreams”. The EP released on Friday, Aug. 18 and is currently featured on Spotify’s new enhanced electronic playlist “mint.” We are super proud of Mitch and all of the great work he is doing with ZHU!