UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Music & Stage & Screen Arts
Office: B46 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Introduction to Music Education, General Music Methods, Elementary Music Methods, Secondary Music Methods, Music for Elementary Teachers, Popular Music, World Music, First Year Adventures, Applied Tuba, and Student Teacher Supervision
Dr. Paul J. Budde is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he teaches Introduction to Music Education, General Music Methods, Elementary Music Methods, Secondary Music Methods, Music for Elementary Teachers, Popular Music, World Music, First Year Adventures, and Applied Tuba. In addition, he supervises music students during Student Teaching. He currently serves as President Elect for the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) and is a member of the WMEA Wisconsin Music Standards Revision Committee.
Previously, Budde served as an adjunct Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College, Inver Hills Community College, Mankato State University, St. Cloud State University, and the University of St. Thomas. In addition, he taught middle and high school music in the public schools of Wisconsin and Minnesota for eight years. As an instructor, Budde is passionate about finding ways to blend the best of traditional music education with forward-looking ideas that align with the ever-changing needs of students in the 21st century.
Dr. Budde’s current research centers on the use of the National Music Standards by music educators in Wisconsin and Minnesota as well as Action-Based Research. His dissertation study, An Analysis of Methods for Teaching Middle School Band Students to Articulate (2011) represents another area of research.
Dr. Budde is an active performer (tuba) and clinician. In addition to his experiences as a tuba soloist, he is a member of the Stone Arch Brass, an ensemble that represented the United States during performances at the 2014 Harbin Summer Music Festival in China. He has also performed in numerous Twin Cities ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Lutheran Chorale, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, Lake Wobegon Brass Band, and VocalEssence. Budde’s collegiate tuba quartet, The Pistons, was the first-place winner of the first-ever International Tuba/Euphonium Quartet Competition in 1992. His primary tuba instructors have been Jerry Young and Ross Tolbert, but he has also studied with Arnold Jacobs, Sam Pilafian, and Patrick Sheridan. Budde was the creator and chairperson of Tubonium, a two-day tuba-euphonium workshop that brought low-brass enthusiasts and world-renowned guest artists to this Minnesota event. He also released an album titled Practice Room Grooves, which is made up of accompaniment tracks that serve as a means to improve fundamentals during independent practice.
Dr. Budde, who currently lives in Lakeville, MN with his wife Kimberly and their four boys, 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).