Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Music and Dramatic

Document Type



Musicians navigate an ever-changing career landscape that requires a strong set of ancillary skills in addition to their assumed musical mastery. A successful 21stcentury career, musical or beyond, demands versatility and command of skills that may include communication, innovation, adaptability, and higher order thinking skills. This document explores the applied professor’s role in introducing the aforementioned elements as well as musical versatility, critical thinking, and skills in collaboration, pedagogy, research, entrepreneurship, and business. Finally, it will examine how or even if the combination of these skills affects student success. The reader will find interviews with successful tuba and euphonium artists who have developed these co-curricular skills with the goal of determining which skills are most important, where they acquired these skills, and how/if they implement them into their pedagogy. As a corollary, I conducted a survey investigating the pedagogical models of the applied tuba and euphonium studios at major US universities. The data provides examples of current tuba and euphonium curricula, highlights the co-curricular skills being taught, and shows the various pedagogical implementation methodologies. Further, to show a functioning model, I conducted a case study of Dr. Joseph Skillen’s studio at Louisiana State University to illustrate a structured approach to the incorporation of co-curricular skills into an applied music curriculum.



Committee Chair

Skillen, Joseph