I am a composer-improviser and trombonist and also a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine. I use this website to store syllabi and other materials for all the courses I teach at UCI. (For information about what I do as a musician, please visit www.mdessen.com.)

I feel privileged to teach at a public university and to teach diverse topics and equally diverse students. At the graduate level, I’m part of a fantastic team of faculty growing an innovative MA/PhD program called Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT). At the undergraduate level, I teach classes for music majors as well as a lecture course for non-majors that surveys a wide range of music topics. In addition, like most university professors, I also have many administrative responsibilities, and have listed a selection of those here.

Enjoy your visit –

Michael Dessen