Faculty and Staff

Budde, Paul

Paul Budde

Paul Budde

Office: B46 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-4079


Courses Taught:

Music Education I, Music Education II, Music For Elementary Teachers, World Music, and Student Teacher Supervision.

Dr. Paul J. Budde

Paul J. Budde, assistant professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, taught middle and high school music in the public schools of Wisconsin and Minnesota for eight years. Since then, he has 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, where he taught Music Education, Music Appreciation, Music Theory, History of Rock & Roll, World Music, and Applied Tuba/Euphonium; directed Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble; and supervised student teachers. 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.

Budde's research trajectory 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) was a first step in this regard. He was the creator and chairperson of Tubonium, a two-day tuba and euphonium workshop that brought low-brass enthusiasts and world-renowned guest artists to this Minnesota event. In addition, he released an album titled Practice Room Grooves, which is made up of accompaniment tracks that serves as a means to improve fundamentals during independent practice. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Band Director's Association.

Budde is an active performer (tuba) and clinician. He is a member of the St. Anthony Brass Quintet, an ensemble that represented the United States during performances at the 2014 Harbin Summer Music Festival in China. In addition, he has performed in numerous Twin Cities ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Lutheran Chorale, 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, who lives in Lakeville, Minn., with his wife, Kimberly, and their four boys, earned a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1993), a master's degree in tuba performance from the University of Minnesota (2004), and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Minnesota (2011).