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Mark Kreitzer

Mark Kreitzer

  • Lecturer in Guitar and American Folk Instruments, Music

Education & Professional History

University of Wisconsin (Madison), BA; MA.

At Carleton since 2007.

Courses Taught This Year

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages


MARK KREITZER (American Folk Instruments) has an MA in German Literature and another in French Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught German at Bethel University, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Minnesota. His musical career began with piano studies as a boy, switching to guitar when he heard the Beatles. Since then he also has become proficient with the banjo, mandolin, mandola, mandocello, fiddle, Dobro and bass. In addition to his award winning instrumental skills, he is an award winning songwriter, member of the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame, and is currently teaching songwriting at Cretin-Derham High School in St. Paul. In 2012, he wrote the music for an adaptation of Mark Twain's "Life On The Mississippi." Mark performs solo and with his own Mark Kreitzer Band, as well as with the gypsy jazz bands Mill City Hot Club, and Clearwater Hot Club, and the traditional New Orleans influenced band Patty and the Buttons. He can be seen sitting in with many other local bands, including Becky Schlegel, Rugged Road, the Southside Aces and French 75. His songs have been recorded by Joe Carr and Alan Munde, Becky Schlegel, the Middle Spunk Creek Boys, on his solo recording "Pages," and the self-titled "Mark Kreitzer Band" CD on the Okey-Dokey record label. Furthermore, Mark owns his own publishing company, Harvest Hop Musik. Mark Kreitzer's personal website can be found at:

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