Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts



Committee Chair

Kevin Sanders

Committee Member

Albert Nguyen

Committee Member

William Plenk

Committee Member

Jeremy Orosz

Committee Member

Martin McCain


Tubist John Thomas Johnson had a varied career, teaching middle band and orchestra, performing freelance across the southern California area, and teaching at several Los Angeles colleges and universities, including both the University of Southern California and Univesity of California – Los Angeles. His students held many of the most prestigious orchestral positions in the United States, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Johnson is widely considered to be the most heard tubist ever, recording well over 2,000 films, soundtracks, commercial jingles, and television shows. Despite this notoriety, little scholarship has investigated the pedagogical tools, techniques, and influences that made him successful. This dissertation will explore several of the ways Johnson found success as a teacher and how he applied the concepts of his pedagogy to such a wide variety of students and needs.


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Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest.


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