Dr. Paul Metz Retirement

Paul Metz_webAfter thirty years at Colorado State University, Dr. Paul Metz will be retiring from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the end of the semester.

Dr. Metz received a B.A. in Music from Gettysburg College, and the M.M. and Ph.D. in Music Theory from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Metz has served as coordinator of music theory at Colorado State University since he arrived in 1986. During his time in the department he has also been assistant chair, acting chair, director of undergraduate studies, coordinator of the B.A. in Music degree program, and adviser to honors students.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Metz served as interim chair for the School.

As a leader in music theory pedagogy, Metz’ teaching techniques, including those outlined in The Clock Diagram: An Effective Visual Tool in Set Theory Pedagogy, are used in music theory classes across the country.

For Metz, significant career accomplishments in teaching, research, and service are centered on his students. "While I have always been gratified to read the kind words that my students and department chairs have written about me over the years, I am more proud of my students’ accomplishments," he said. 

Many of Metz' students have pursued graduate work, earning extremely high scores on their music theory diagnostic exams at some of the top music schools in the country, and music education students are following in his footsteps. “Many [students] have contacted me at some point after beginning their career as a high school music teacher to excitedly tell me that I inspired them to create a music theory class at their school where no such course had existed before.”

Away from CSU, Metz spends his free time in the mountains, racing down them in the winter and climbing up them the rest of the year. Highlights include completing the Colo. 14ers circuit in 2001; climbing to 21,000’ on Aconcagua in Argentina, the highpoint of the western hemisphere, before being forced down by high winds in 2006; finishing the 2007, 2009, and 2011 seasons ranked #1 in the U.S. in his age group in the NAtional STAndard Race ski racing program; and in the last four years, qualifying for the finals of the Lindsey Vonn Race Series, finishing 1st twice and 2nd twice.

We wish Dr. Metz the very best as he continues his adventures on the slopes!