Matt Hoffman joined the MSU Denver Music Department in 2010 and teaches Theory lectures and labs. He received his BM in Composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his MM in Music Theory from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; since 2004 he has taught Theory at Indiana University, Swallow Hill, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and MSU Denver. Matt also holds a bachelor's degree in MCDBiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Matt’s latest work, Strange Americans’ full-length record A Royal Battle, is a marriage of his lyrical/creative process with the band’s two-year musical coming of age. Released in June of 2012, the album has received favorable press, including 303 Magazine’s review, calling A Royal Battle “one of the best local releases of the year.” It has been featured on CPR Open Air, Radio Free Minturn and Fort Collins Public Radio KRFC 88.9FM.
Matt has performed at The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase 2011/2012, Denver Day of Rock 2011/2012, Faceman’s Waltz 2012, Knew Year’s Eve 2011, and has been featured on ABC Channel 7 News, as well as in Denver Westword magazine, GtoC Magazine, and on This Ain’t No Cowtown (A Colorado Compilation CD) Volume 2. Either solo or with Strange Americans, he has shared the stage with local and national acts including The Knew, Glowing House, You, Me and Apollo, Jeff Rady, Jesse Manley, Emily Lewis of Blow the Vault, Anthony Ruptak, The Belle Jar, Yukon Blonde, Lee Avenue (members of Boulder Acoustic Society), The Swayback, Dead Man Winter (members of Trampled By Turtles), Cory Branan, The Fling, Nick Urata (of DeVotchKa), Air Dubai, Tonic, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sister Hazel and Gin Blossoms. A Royal Battle was recorded with Grammy award-winning engineer John Macy and Strange Americans will be featured on an episode of Altitude TV’s On Stage (airing begins July 3, 2012 on Altitude TV).