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  • Bart Dahl lends his skills to DIME Denver as our General Manager and Music Industry Studies Instructor of the Domestic Music Market. 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 the independent...
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    Bart Dahl
    DIME Denver General Manager & Instructor
  • With 14 years of experience as a voice coach and a background in speech pathology and laryngology, Karen has developed a biomechanical approach to voice training. Karen brings a new level of anatomical understanding to her teaching that is not often seen in the vocal community.
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    Karen Kitterman
    MSU Denver at DIME Denver Campus Manager & Instructor
  • 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 at Indiana University.
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    Matt Hoffman - Music Theory
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  • Neyla Pekarek began playing cello at age 9 in her native city of Denver, Colorado. She studied Musical Theatre and earned a degree in Music Education at UNC in Greeley, CO. In 2010, she joined the Denver folk-rock group The Lumineers as a cellist and vocalist, and after 8...
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    Neyla Pekarek - Vocals and LPW
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  • Creator, touring musician, songwriter, and producer, mobilizing resources to execute high level goals & transform those goals into achievable realities.
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    Jamey Crow Bartley - Music Industry Studies and Group Recital
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  • From 1996-2019, Doe Phillips toured the world as a Tour Manager, Production Manager, Production Assistant and Tour Publicist for many International artists, including, Oasis, Corinne Baily-Rae, Anastasia, Nancy Sinatra, Travis, KT Tunstall, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The Finn Brothers, Jake Bugg, Benjamin Clementine, Laura Marling and most recently...
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    Doe Phillips - Music Industry Studies
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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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    Patrick Unruh - Guitar
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  • 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 with the Denver...
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    Ty Hughes - Guitar
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  • Mike Stausbaugh is a guitarist, composer and arranger with three Masters' of Music in Classical Guitar, Composition, and Jazz Performance & Pedagogy at the University of Missouri, where he was able to pursue all manner of music nerdery dreams. Mike really got to stretch his legs musically at Mizzou,...
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    Mike Strausbaugh - Guitar and Songwriting
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  • 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.
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    Vic Stauffenberg - 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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    Andreas Schmid - Drums
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  • John specializes in many different styles of drumming including traditional African, Latin, Afro-Cuban, jazz, blues, rock, punk, metal, country, funk, soul, r&b, gospel, hip-hop, and electronic.  He has played percussion and drums with the Pink Hawks and the Dendrites, who are both award winning local Denver bands. He is...
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    John Olsson - Drums
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  • Blake received his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Bass at Columbia College Chicago where he was honored as the valedictorian of his graduating class. He divides his time teaching and touring with his other passions: playing basketball, reading, carpentry, and volunteering in the Paleontology lab at the Denver Museum of...
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    Blake Stepan - 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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    Ron Bland - Bass
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  • George has been playing bass guitar since he was 17 years old, and cut his teeth playing in local bands in St. Louis, Missouri.  He moved to Denver to study music at the University of Colorado,  continuing his study of Bass Performance, Music Theory and Music History.  He has...
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    George Lacson - Bass
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  • Steven Weinmeister is a veteran of the Colorado music scene with more than 40 years of professional live performance experience. For 22 years he toured the world as the lead singer of platinum-selling Colorado Music Hall of Fame hitmakers Firefall, singing hits such as “You Are the Woman,” “Just...
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    Steve Weinmeister - Vocals
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  • Jim Farrell has been directing choirs at both the high school and university levels since 1985.  He recently retired from full-time teaching and will now be dedicating his time to working with the choirs and vocalists at DIME Denver.  His career as a teacher includes time at Greeley Central...
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    Jim Farrell - Vocals and Pop & Soul Choir Ensemble
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  • Scott is an award-winning bluegrass recording artist with group Scott Slay and the Rail. He has worked with Grammy award-winning artists on projects in the Folk and Bluegrass genres. In addition to teaching at DIME Denver, Scott has been teaching elementary students for 14 years and is a...
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    Scott Slay - Guitar
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  • Metz is a French-American guitarist, author and teacher. He was born and raised in Paris where he graduated with a master's degree in civil engineering at age 22. Shortly after, Will decided it was time for him to follow his passion: music. He studied guitar performance at the Music...
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    Will Metz - Guitar and Music Theory
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  • Deborah De La Torre has is an award-winning music career as a pianist, music composer/arranger, instructor, classical performer, art festival founder, film producer and recording artist/producer. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Miami, Florida, and a Master’s  in Business Administration from Regis University in Denver.   
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    Deb De La Torre - Piano
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  • Pianist, composer, recording artist and teacher from Boulder, Colorado, Ben Raznick has trained with piano professors in the United States, Argentina, Brazil and Spain. Raznick was selected in 2019 as a 2x The American Prize semi-finalist in the Professional Solo Piano Performance division, and Composers (Instrumental Chamber Music) division....
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    Ben Raznick - Piano
  • Jerome Gilmer is an eight-time Emmy Award winning composer, producer and pianist. He has written and produced hundreds of original musical works for film and television, and his clients include the BBC, AT&T, Chrysler and even his music has included the voices of Lyle Lovett and Yolanda Adams. Jerome worked...
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    Jerome Gilmer - Songwriting
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  • Tony Rosario is a respected and published songwriter/recording artist with four independent solo albums under his belt -  and a true passion for the craft of songwriting. His songs have been recorded by several top recording artists and he also has a myriad of recording credits with some of...
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    Tony Rosario - Songwriting
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  • Heath is a musician, music educator, and social scientist. He holds a B.A. in Music from Metropolitan State University of Denver and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado Denver. His research centers around music and social and political change, and the arts in general as...
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    Heath Ellis - Music Industry Studies and Intro to Music
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  • Steve Knopper is a Rolling Stone contributing editor and author as well as other publications such as the New York Times Magazine, GQ, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, and Fortune. He has lectured at many colleges, from New York University to the University of Colorado.
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    Steve Knopper - Music Industry Studies
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  • Delio Figueroa was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. In 2000, he completed an Associate of Arts degree in Computer Science and Programming at the University of Puerto Rico. In 2005, he graduated from a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. In...
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    Delio Figueroa - Music of the World
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  • Erin McDonald teaches Art History at MSU Denver at DIME, with her specialty being in African Art History and History. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Northern Colorado and her Master’s of Arts in Art History and Visual Literacy.
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    Erin McDonald - Art & Visual Literacy
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  • Eric Morgenson is a PhD candidate at the State University of New York at Albany where he studies Modern American History.
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    Eric Morgenson - American History
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