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  • MSU Denver Campus Manager & Instructor
    Karen Kitterman
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    Karen Kitterman - MSU Denver Campus Manager & Vocals As a singing voice specialist, science enthusiast, classically trained pianist of 27 years, and a half-way decent banjo picker, Karen Kitterman is a unique addition to the DIME Faculty. Beginning her masters in commercial voice pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory, she later...
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    Matt Hoffman - Music Theory
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    Matt Hoffman - Music Theory Matt Hoffman has been teaching music for 13 years at various institutions, including Indiana University, CU Denver, MSU Denver, and MSU at DIME Denver. Matt is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a music theory and composition background. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Colorado and his Masters of Music...
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    Patrick Unruh - Guitar
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    Born and raised in the small town of Brighton, CO, Patrick Scott Unruh turned to the least quiet thing he could find: the fuzzy crunch of amplified guitars. With his unrelenting drive to master the guitar, Unruh soon turned to overdrive pedals by founding and managing his own heavy...
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    Lem Williams - Drums
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    Lem Williams - Drums Bio coming soon!
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    Vic Stauffenberg - Drums
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    Vic Stauffenberg - Drums Vic Stauffenberg has been playing drums since 1994 when he got his start in middle school band. Growing up in the musically fertile Dallas Fort Worth area, his instructors were alumni of the prestigious University of North Texas. Vic earned his undergraduate degree at University of Texas...
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    Jerome Gilmer - Class Piano & Composing
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    Jerome Gilmer - Class Piano & Music Theory Bio coming soon!
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    Ashley Pontiff - Class Piano & Music Theory
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    Ashley Pontiff - Class Piano & Music Theory Ashley Pontiff joins MSU at DIME Denver as a Music Theory and Class Piano instructor. Ashley earned her Bachelor's of Music (BM) in Music Theory with a concentration in piano, graduating summa cum laude from Baylor University. In 2017, she earned her master’s in Music Theory (MM)...
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    Steve Knopper - Music Industry Studies
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    Steve Knopper - Music Industry Studies Steve Knopper is a Rolling Stone contributing editor and author of "MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson" (Scribner, 2015) and "Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Business in the Digital Age" (Free Press, 2009). He has written for the New York TimesMagazine,...
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    Ty Hughes - Guitar
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    Ty Hughes - Guitar Colorado guitarist and music educator Ty Hughes has been performing, writing, recording, and teaching music for over 20 years. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ty returned to Denver to join in developing the music performance-based School of Rock USA. He begun working...
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    Bart Dahl - Music Industry Studies
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    Bart Dahl lends his skills to DIME Denver as our teacher of the Domestic Music Market, part of our Music Industry Studies program. And if you’ve ever enjoyed listening to Nathaniel Rateliff or the indie rock legends Dinosaur Jr, then you already know how pivotal Dahl has been for...
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    Ron Bland - Bass
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    Ron Bland lends DIME Denver 40 years of talent—four decades of being a professional musician and playing the bass guitar. On the stages of concert halls and theaters, or in the padded walls of recording studio rooms, Bland has played virtually every stile of music under the sun. Bland...
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    Kristi Stice - Vocals & Songwriting
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    Kristi Stice knows that nothing enhances musical creativity quite like knowing music theory. Each student has an individual pool of creative talent, but theory is the language students need to make their voices heard. As a professional musician, vocalist, and composer, Stice brings to DIME Denver’s students an impressive...
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    Junior Burke - Songwriting
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    Junior Burke joins DIME Denver as the school’s songwriting instructor. And if you listen to Richie Havens or Mandy Patinkin, chances are you’ve heard a record written or produced by him. Burke’s folk-and-roots-infused sound has even caught the ear of American-folk-rock’s founding father, Bob Dylan, who recorded one of...
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    Andreas Schmid - Drums
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    Andreas Schmid’s path to being DIME Denver’s drumming instructor began at age 9, when he joined a drumline. Schmid has been marching through the music business ever since. As one of Denver’s go-to professional drummers, Schmid’s mastery over a myriad of genres has made him a go-to for artists...
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    Kathryn Radakovich - Vocals
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    Kathryn Radakovich - Vocals Bio coming soon!