Michael Seth Cudd serves as the Director of Instrumental Music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he directs the Ranger Marching Band, the Symphonic Band, the Concert Band, and the Jazz Ensemble. He also oversees the music education program. As an educator, he has taught band, jazz, guitar, saxophone, elementary music, music theory, and composition. Michael's degrees are all in composition, but he has also completed a great deal of coursework in education. Ultimately, music education would become a driving force within his life.
After finishing a Master of Music degree in composition, he began a career as an educator. All combined Michael has twelve years of experience teaching music. He has experience teaching all grade levels from Pre-K through college. His efforts have primarily been in band, jazz band, and elementary music. He has worked to develop a personalized style of teaching that is both fun and effective. His curriculum begins teaching students to recognize and read music notation at an early age. The end goal of his curriculum is for students to develop a passion for music and feel inspired to grow as young musicians. In 2010 he received a Fund for Teacher’s Fellowship that allowed him to travel to London and participate in the London Conducting Workshop.
As a composer Michael has written for chamber groups as well as orchestra and wind ensemble. He received a Bachelor of Music in theory and composition from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. His master’s degree is from the University of Oklahoma where he received the Alice and Albert Kirkpatrick Scholarship in Composition. He received his Ph.D. in music composition from Rutgers University. His composition studies have been with William “Roddy” Hull, Charles Chapman, James Faulconer, Kenneth Fuchs, Charles Fussell, and Tarik O’Regan.