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)