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Dan Kruse is a 2012 graduate of the UA Fred Fox School of Music, with a Masters in Ethnomusicology, with an additional concentration in documentary and ethnographic film. He teaches courses in Rock and American Popular Music, and Music in World Cultures. Dan's background includes work as an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a music researcher, lecturer and workshop leader.
For his Master's Thesis, Dan produced "ZOOM!", a 33-minute documentary which chronicled a story of a tiny, independent record label which came into being in early 1959. The film was featured at several film festivals, and received the "Best of Arizona" award at the 2013 Arizona International Film Festival.
In the 2014-15 Academic Year, Dan led an interdisciplinary study into "ear worms", the phenomenon of having music stuck in one's mind, with collaborators from the UA School of Music and Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. The project was funded by a Faculty Collaboration Grant from the UA's Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. The study and its outcomes are chronicled in a documentary film, "Tracks", written and produced in conjunction with Arizona Public Media Production Services. Dan presented the film and study results at the 2015 conference of the Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine (ISQRMM) in suburban Philadelphia.
In the fall of 2017, Dan led "Music as Source", a music-centered writing course at the UA Poetry Center. His documentary works on music have aired on Arizona Public Media's "Arizona Illustrated" (KUAT-TV) and on "Arizona Spotlight" (KUAZ, 89.1 FM). He is also a popular lecturer on a variety of topics in the Tucson area, speaking regularly at the Arizona Senior Academy. He also has created and lectured for a multi-part course "Music in a Cultural Context" for the UA's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Dan is a resident of Tucson since 1997, and is a founding member of the Stone Curves Cohousing Community, where he has lived since early 2005.