Dan Kruse is ethnomusicologist, documentary filmmaker, musical researcher, lecturer and percussionist. He holds a Master’s in Ethnomusicology from the UA Fred Fox School of Music, where he has taught courses in Rock and Popular Music, and Music and World Cultures.
Dan’s musical research has included The Arizona Ear Worm Project, a University of Arizona-funded, interdisciplinary project that examined the phenomenon of Involuntary Musical Imagery from the perspectives of music theory, cognition/perception and the “reported ear worm experience”.
More recently, he explored music videos and their efficacy as conveyance of musical form, presenting the results of his research at the Music and the Moving Image Conference at NYU in June 2019.
Dan’s Master’s Thesis documentary film, “ZOOM!”, produced in collaboration with Prof. Moon, chronicled the brief but magnificent life of a tiny (but historically significant) record label in late-1950s Tucson; the film was named “Best of Arizona” at the 2013 Arizona International Film Festival, and also screened at other prestigious regional festivals.
He also created a series of audio and video short documentaries on a variety of musical topics which aired on Arizona Public Media’s Arizona Illustrated and Arizona Spotlight. Today, he offers courses on musical topics through the UA’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, including a seminar that will focus on the Lifetimes of Listening research effort.