Staff Directory


Michael D. Golden, DMA

Professor of Music Composition and Theory

Director of the Creative Arts Program

Phone: 949-480-4025

Fax: 949-480-4263


Academic Administration - Undergraduate Program Staff

Faculty - Full-Time


  • D.M.A., Univ. of Washington (1992)
  • M.M., Univ. of Oregon
  • B.M., Univ. of Oregon

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 1998
  • 2015 to the Present, Research Fellow, Min-On Music Research Institute
  • 1995 - 1998, Assoc. Prof. of Music, Marshall University
  • 1993 - 1995, Visiting Asst Prof. of Music, Colby College

Research Interests

  • Music Composition and Theory (including Jazz, Improvisation, Computer applications)
  • World Music
  • Creativity
  • Music and Ecology
  • Music and Peacebuilding
  • Music Psychology (Cognition, Development and Evolution)

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • “Music Emergent: Autopoiesis and Connected Worlds” presented December 2016, Body of Knowledge: Embodied Cognition and the Arts.
  • “Musicking as Education for Social and Ecological Peace: a New Synthesis” (2016) Journal of Peace Education, Vol 13/3
  • “On Music, Interconnection and Consciousness” (2011). In Music and Solidarity: Questions of Universality, Consciousness, and Connection.
  • Bidder to Better, New Albany Records, 2004
  • Suite Ceremonial, Commission: South Coast Symphony Orchestra, 2001
  • It's a Long, Long River, Commission: Huntington Symphony Orchestra, 1997
  • FramesetuDe, Les Productions D'Oz, 2000; recording LaFlame, Records, 1997
  • The Sea Change, and Other Stories, New Ariel Records, 1997

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Introduction to Music Composition
  • Composing Tonal Music
  • Music Composition II: the Next Step
  • Music Composition with the Computer
  • Introduction to World Music
  • Music and Ecology: Studies in Interconnection
  • Music, Mind and Brain
  • Core I: Enduring Questions of Humanity
  • Learning Cluster: Ishmael and the Fundamental Environmental Problem
  • Creativity Forum
  • Jazz Piano and Jazz Ensemble

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Meet the Composer/Commission Music USA Award 1997
  • 1st Prize, Guitar Foundation of America Intl. Composition Competition. 1996

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