Adjunct Faculty, Music Theory
University of St. Thomas
Office Location: Brady Educational Center lower level 5 A
Dr. Paul J. Budde earned a Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Music Education from the
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1993), a Masters Degree in Tuba Performance from the
University of Minnesota (2004), and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of
Minnesota (2011). Paul is currently on faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College (Euphonium and
Tuba), the University of St. Thomas (Music Theory), and St. Cloud State University (Music
Education). Previously, Paul taught Tuba and Euphonium at Bethel University, Mankato State
University, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire as well as
courses in Music Education at the University of Minnesota.
Paul’s current research involves investigating various teaching methods in an effort to find more
effective ways to teach tonguing/articulation to young musicians. His dissertation study, An
Analysis of Methods for Teaching Middle School Band Students to Articulate (University of
Minnesota, 2011) is a first step in this regard. In addition, Paul recently released a CD (Practice
Room Grooves, available on iTunes) made up of warm-up exercises that serves as a means to
improve intonation and time during independent practice.
Dr. Budde is an active performer (tuba) and clinician in and around the Twin Cities of
Minnesota. He is a member of the St. Anthony Brass Quintet and has played in numerous
ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Encore Wind Ensemble, Lake Wobegon Brass
Band, and the Saint Paul Civic Symphony among others. Paul’s collegiate tuba quartet, The
Pistons, was the first-place winner of the first-ever International Tuba/Euphonium Quartet
Competition in 1992. Paul’s primary tuba instructors have been Jerry Young and Ross Tolbert,
but he has also studied with Arnold Jacobs, Sam Pilafian, and Patrick Sheridan.
In addition to teaching and performing, Paul is the creator and chairperson of Tubonium, a twoday
tuba and euphonium workshop (held at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN),
bringing world-renowned guest artists from around the world to this Minnesota event. He has
also served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Band Director’s Association.
For more information on Dr. Paul J. Budde, please visit: www.houseoflowaire.com