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Dennis Borycki has been teaching jazz piano, improvisation and recording technology for the University of Central Oklahoma since 2010. He brings a broad depth of musical experience to his teaching and performing skills, and has worked with some of the country’s top musical artists and session players including Grammy Award winners Jerry Reed, and Barbara Bailey Hutchison, singers Ty England, Wanda Jackson, and Jody Miller, jazz artists Dave Douglas, John Fedchock, Kenny Garrett, Bill Watrous, and Donny McCaslin, and session players Russ Kunkel and Jim Hoke.

Borycki provides personalized guidance and knowledge in a broad variety of musical styles and techniques to his jazz piano students. Many of his top students have appeared in high profile performances such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Jazz Educators Network conferences, as well as in local festivals, hotels, and clubs.

While at UCO, Dennis has taught all aspects of the computer music technology, and recording technology classes. He holds an Avid Pro Tools user certification, and has engineered many recording sessions in the Jazz Lab recording studio. His knowledge with the studio recording equipment offers hands-on experience to students working on projects in the recording and production classes.

Borycki has composed and performed two collections of original music: an instrumental collection entitled, “Song For A Traveler”, and a solo piano song cycle, “Silver Morning”.

Educational accomplishments include Bachelors and Masters degrees in Organ performance from San Jose State University, and The University of Oklahoma, respectively, and jazz workshops at the Banff Centre in Canada, and the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Dennis has studied with several noted musicians and teachers including Mildred Andrews Boggess, Lou Harrison, Alan Strange, Dave Holland, Karl Berger, and Ralph Towner.

Borycki’s experience across a wide musical spectrum, from classical pipe organ to the world of jazz piano, brings a unique, and colorful perspective to the study of improvisation.

Classes Taught

Current classes at UCO:

Applied Jazz Piano

Jazz Combo

CD Pre-Production

Previous classes taught:

CD Production (Final Capstone Recording Project)

Advanced Recording Technology

Computer Music Technology

Jazz Improvisation

Recital Attendance

Education and Certifications

B.A. in Music, Organ Performance – San Jose State Universtity

M.M. Organ Performance – University of Oklahoma

Avid Pro Tools User Certification

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