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Ken Metz

Professor Department of Music Office Location: Music 226 Phone: (210) 829-3850

Dr. Ken Metz serves as assistant chair of the department of music at UIW. He teaches and supervises the music theory and keyboard skills courses as well as co-directs the music composition area. Before joining the faculty at UIW he was a full-time instructor of music theory and jazz at Texas Tech University. His main research interest is in aspects of music theory, composition, and the relationship of number theory to music theory. He is active as a composer and his music has been performed across the country. He has published a textbook, Fundamentals for Aspiring Musicians (2010 Routledge), co-authored with Dr. Robert J. Frank of Southern Methodist University, which is available on Amazon. For many years he served as president of the Composer's Alliance of San Antonio (CASA) and is currently the vice-president of The National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA) Texas chapter. He is a member of the College Music Society (CMS), and the Society of Composers Inc. (SCI).

Dr. Metz's received a BS in Chemistry from Emory University, a MM in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Music Composition from Texas Tech University.

In 2021

  • Release of CD: Heritage by pianist Artina McCain containing original compositions for piano: Hermetitos 1-6 and Chunky (from Playscapes for Piano)
  • Performance of original composition for wind ensemble : Calliope
  • Christopher Newport University Contemporary Music Festival
  • Performance of original composition for Tuba solo: Many Moons Ago
  • College Music Society Southern Regional Conference
  • Performance of original composition for violin-cello and piano; Three Scenes
  • College Music Society South-Central Regional Conference

Book Publications

  • Metz, K. R., et al. (2019). Made in SA Book 5. Kefali Press.
  • Metz, K. R., et al (2018). Made in SA Book 4. Kefali Press.
  • Metz, K. R., et al. (2017). Made in SA Book 3. Kefali Press.
  • Metz, K. R., et al. (2016). Made in SA Book 2. Kefali Press.
  • Metz, K. R., et al. (2016). Made in SA Book 1 Kefali Press.
  • Metz, K. R. & Frank, Dr. Robert (2010). Fundamentals for Aspiring Musicians. New York/London: Routledge Press.
  • College Music Society
  • Society of Composers
  • The National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA)
  • Composers Alliance of San Antonio
  • Studying and playing the music of J. S. Bach and Josef Haydn
  • History, Archeology, Gardening, and more
  • FERA Award (2018) – This funding helped support the creation of the documentary feature film SA24: Two Dozen Songs from Now, which is currently being considered for screening at several film festivals.
  • FERA Award (2017) – This funding helped support the short documentary film Made in SA: New Music, New Musicians, which was shown as part of two research conferences (SCI, Region VI, 2019, 2020) and received its festival premiere in January 2021 as part of the Lift-Off Global Network First-Time Filmmaker Sessions.
  • Experiencing Villa-Lobos Music Festival Percussion Ensemble Competition: winner- Music Visto que Villa-Lobos
  • Textbook publication: Fundamentals for Aspiring Musicians (Routledge 2010)with Robert J. Frank

Advising transfer students, composition seminar, music curriculum and policy development, other service to the music department.

Music composition and music theory pedagogy.

All levels of Music Theory and Aural Skills (coordinator and supervisor), Form and Analysis, Counterpoint coordinator of keyboard skills