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Ashley Pontiff

  • Music and Entertainment Studies (CAM)

Ashley Pontiff is an active music theorist and experienced teacher at the K-12 and collegiate level, whose research specialties include music theory pedagogy, improvisation, and music learning psychology. She has presented her work at the Rocky Mountain Music Scholars Conference and the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. She is also a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who enjoys composing and performing many different musical styles.

She received her Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Theory from Baylor University and her Master of Music (MM) in Music Theory from the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating with highest honors. Ashley is a classically trained pianist who has been playing for over 20 years and has over 10 years of combined experience accompanying/directing church choirs and playing in bands (keys, vocals, organ) in various styles from hymns to contemporary Praise & Worship, pop and rock to Gospel improvisation. Ashley is also the Camp Director for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas Summer Music Camp. Her other teaching experiences come from The University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado Christian University, Metropolitan State University, and Brenham Christian Academy.

At CU Denver, Ashley teaches Music Theory, Ear Training, Class Piano, Music Appreciation, and Applied Piano Lessons. She also enjoys gardening, scuba diving, and skiing. She and her husband, James, live just outside of Denver with their English Springer Spaniel, Duke. 

Areas of Expertise

Music Theory
Ear Training
Class Piano

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Baylor University
Bachelor of Music; Music Theory with a Concentration in Piano

The University of Colorado Boulder
Master of Music; Music Theory


Denver Cru - Faculty Advisor 



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