College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Dave Kopplin

Dave Kopplin

Contact Information:

Faculty Office Telephone: (909) 869-3311
Music Department Office: (909) 869-3548
Fax #: (909) 869-4145


  • Ph.D., UCLA (Music Composition)
  • M.M., USC (Jazz Studies/Composition)
  • M.M., University of Colorado, Boulder (Percussion)
  • B.A., University of Colorado (Mathematics)


  • Introduction to Careers in Music
  • Western Classical Traditions
  • Jazz Band

Advisor to Student Groups:

  • Cal Poly Pomona Pep Band
  • Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association
  • Music Uniting Student Entertainers
  • Cal Poly Pomona JSA Taiko Dojo


DR. DAVE KOPPLIN’s professional career in music began as percussionist for the Colorado Springs Symphony, and later as drummer for the Colorado Springs Symphony Jazz Quartet. He has performed and recorded with San Francisco’s Clubfoot Orchestra, the Brazilian jazz group Araça Azul, and the Carlos Barreda Latin Jazz Orchestra, among many others. In 1984 and again in 1985 he was chosen for the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Study Fellowship.

Kopplin holds a Master’s in Music from the University of Southern California, where he studied composition with Bob Linn, Morten Lauridsen, Donald Crockett, and jazz composition with Vince Mendoza. He received the Ph.D. in composition at UCLA, where he studied composition with Roger Bourland, Daniel Lentz, Manuel Enriquez, and Ian Krouse, and musicology with Robert Walser and Susan McClary. Professional credits as a composer include film scores, incidental music for theater, works for chorus, chamber orchestra, full orchestra, various electro-acoustic works for chamber ensembles, songs, and commissions for jazz and Latin-jazz ensembles.

Dr. Kopplin is also active as a writer and speaker. He regularly contributes articles to performing arts magazines across the country, including program notes and features for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, and for the Hollywood Bowl. He currently is a Professor of Music at Cal Poly Pomona.