Garrett Hope

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.