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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts

Committee Chair

John Mueller

Committee Member

Jack Cooper

Committee Member

Kenneth Kreitner

Committee Member

Dan Phillips


ABSTRACTJohnson Jr., Thomas E., DMA. The University of Memphis. August 2020. Sing It First: The Pedagogy of Wycliffe Gordon. Major Professor: John Mueller, DMA.This document presents the pedagogical techniques and materials recommended by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Gordon is an internationally renowned performer, composer, arranger, and educator. He has recorded twenty-one albums as a leader and eight albums as a co-leader. Gordon has received numerous awards including Trombonist of the Year and Best Trombone from the Jazz Journalists Association and Downbeat Magazine respectively. Gordon is a veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He is currently Director of Jazz Studies at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia and has held faculty positions at Michigan State University, Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School. Compared to the currently accepted improvisation methods, Gordon offers a unique and valuable alternative.


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