Matthew Hoffman

  • Music and Entertainment Studies (CAM)

Matt Hoffman has been teaching music for 14 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 Music (Composition) at the University of Colorado and his Masters of Music (Music Theory) at Indiana University. He currently specializes in songwriting and music theory instruction.

Matt currently writes, records and performs in two projects: Strange Americans and New Mexican. In these bands, Matt has shared the stage with Chris Stapleton, Shakey Graves, Langhorne Slim, Old 97’s, Sean Rowe, Jeffrey Foucault, Guided By Voices, Water Liars, Cory Branan, the Mother Hips, Dead Confederate, The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo), Marco Benevento and many others. Matt is a native of New Mexico but has been in Colorado for most of his life; he and his family live in the greater Denver area.

Areas of Expertise

Music Theory

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of Colorado at Boulder
BM; Composition
BA; MCSBiology

Indiana University
MM; Music Theory


NO DEPRESSION: “ . . . absolutely timeless, tracing the steps of some of the greatest folk and Americana interpreters.”

303 MAGAZINE: “Modern-day Masterpiece . . .”

ROUTES & BRANCHES: “Consider the close-in immediacy of Hiss Golden Messenger triangulated with the cinematic scope of Calexico - a space on the smudged and torn map that's well-removed from the noise of the nearest city.”

MARQUEE MAGAZINE: "In his own way, this New Mexico native is taking cues from the likes of Waits, Steinbeck and Hemingway as he strives to shine light on the plight of working-class men and women in our time — and while that’s not always pretty, this record has very few blemishes.”

Indie Acoustic Project's Best Album (Rock) of 2018

Denver Westword's Best Roots Rock Band (2013)



Telephone: 303-315-7400

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Physical Address

College of Arts & Media
University of Colorado Denver
1150 10th Street Denver, CO 80204


General Mail Delivery (USPS)

(Name or Title of Program)
College of Arts & Media
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 162
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Central Receiving (UPS/FedEx/Parcel or Package Shipment)

(Name or Title of Program)
College of Arts & Media
University of Colorado Denver
1201 5th Street, AR 177
Denver, CO 80204-2005

Admissions & Enrollment

Phone: 303-315-7487

Emmanuel Art Gallery

1205 10th Street Plaza
Denver, CO 80204
Telephone: 303-315-7431


Film & Television Department

Telephone: 303-315-7405

IT Help Desk

Office: Arts Building, 177 C
Telephone: 303-315-7428


LYNX National Arts & Media Camp

Telephone: 303-315-7468

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department

Office: Arts Building, 288
Telephone: 303-315-7405


National Center of Media Forensics

Office: King Center, Fifth Floor
Telephone: 303-315-7496

Next Stage Gallery

1025 13th St
Denver, CO 80202
(Located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex)


Visual Arts Department

Office: CU Building, 800 A
Telephone: 303-315-1501