Dr. Garrett Hope—composer and speaker

Garrett Hope

Lecturer, theory and literature
Area of Focus: Music Theory

Dr. Garrett Hope teaches the most popular course in the Glenn Korf School of Music, the History of Rock and Roll. With up to 900 students each semester he explores the cultural, musical, and political ties between different styles while covering the emergence of rock in the 1950s through today. He also teaches Music Theory and Aural Skills courses.

Dr. Hope is an active composer and collaborator with multiple commissions and performances annually. He stays busy writing for educational ensembles and film music. His music has been used in feature films, commercials, and as the basis of a doctoral dissertation. He runs a popular podcast, The Portfolio Composer, and helps composers and creatives build their businesses as a business and success coach and public speaker. He is regularly brought in to colleges and universities to speak on the business of music to students.

Dr. Hope is a Colorado native with degrees from Colorado Christian University (BA), the University of Northern Colorado (MM), and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (DMA, 2011). He lives in Lincoln with his wife and daughter.

What do you enjoy the most about being on the faculty at the Glenn Korff School of Music?

Hope: Working with the amazing and dedicated students at GKSOM.

What do you want others to know about the Glenn Korff School of Music?

Hope: The GKSOM is a wonderful place to study music. The faculty are dedicated, excellent teachers who care deeply about the musical, academic, and professional development of their students.

What are you most proud of in the area you work for the Glenn Korff School of Music?

Hope: Watching students grow in their understanding of music theory and developing as professional musicians and educators.

What do you like to do outside of the Glenn Korff School of Music?

Hope: Spending time with my family.