Music Department / Theory and Composition
Office: Ophelia Parrish 2225
Dr. Charles Gran
Truman State University
Department of Music
100 E. Normal
Kirksville, MO 63501
Current teaching: Composition, Electronic Music, Songwiriting, Aural Skills III and IV.
At Truman, Dr. Gran coordinates music writing and production. This includes the composition students (the Comopsers Studio), teaching individual composition lessons, and classes related to composition and theory. He also directs and manages the Music Computing Lab and the Electronic Music Studio. The cross-disciplinary student research group, The Electronic Music Working Group, meets in the lab and presents research regularly. Students not majoring in music can participate in the EMWG, or take the Songwriting and Electronic Music classes with Dr. Gran.
Dr. Charles Gran was born and raised in Southern California. He holds a B.Mus. from California State University, Fullerton and a Ph.D. from The University of California, Los Angeles, both in music composition. He studied composition with Paul Chihara, Paul Reale, Lloyd Rogers, Ian Krouse and Roger Bourland. Dr. Gran has written for various combinations of voices, instruments, and media as well as libretti and lyrics. Recent work has emphasized electronics and includes chamber music, solo piano, and scores for theater. His recent emsemble compositions include My Beating Heart (2015) for jazz big band and The Aviary for orchestra (2016). You can listen to and read about his compositions at campdeadly.com/clg.
Dr. Gran has also taught at Santa Monica College and Occidental College, both in Southern California. He is an Associate Professor of Music at Truman State University having joined the faculty in 2008.