David Bruenger joined Ohio State to build and direct the program funded by the Targeted Investment in Excellence grant awarded to the School of Music. He is developing an interdisciplinary curriculum that will critically examine the roles of music in media, commerce and culture in both theory and practice.
Bruenger was formerly associate professor of music at the University of Texas San Antonio where he developed and coordinated the music industry program and taught courses in popular music and culture. Previously, at the University of Missouri - St Louis, he directed several concert and educational series. Bruenger has degrees from Southern Illinois University, Washington University and the University of North Texas. He has been a classical, commercial and academic performer, teacher, administrator and scholar for more than 30 years. His research interests include cultural economics, post-modern production and reception in music, and the cultural, economic and political effects of Internet-based social media.
Bruenger's research focuses on the interrelationships between and among music, media, commerce, and culture, with a particular focus on how digital technologies and the social media platforms of the Internet affect the creation and reception of music in the 21st century.