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Music Department

John Paulson, D.M.A.
John Paulson
Music - Adjunct Professor


jpaulson@smumn.edu

Dr. John Paulson is currently a tenured Professor of Music at Saint Mary's University 0f Minneosta, where he has taught for the last 24 years. As director of the Music Industry program at Saint Mary's, Dr. Paulson heads the music business track and developed the unique music technology program. While on sabbatical in 2002, he founded the ongoing Music Access For All program dedicated to helping disadvantaged children in the Winona area gain access to music instruments and lessons.

Dr. Paulson earned his B.M. and Master of Music degrees from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and his D.M.A. in music education from the University of Washington in Seattle. His quartet was featured in a “Live” on Minnesota Public Radio broadcast from the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN and he has performed numerous times at venues like the famous Dakota Bar in the Twin Cities. The John Paulson-Larry Price performed September 9th opening the Page Performance Series at Saint Mary's. The group's new CD “Mobley Street Blues” was also released the same evening and it is already getting airplay on regional jazz stations including a recent interview on Leigh Kamman's celebrated “Jazz Image” program on MPR. All of his commercial jazz CD's have received excellent reviews throughout the Midwest and they are available at www.cdbaby.com or from iTunes.

Dr. Paulson has published articles and produced three Master class CDs of his original compositions for The Saxophone Journal and Jazz Player magazine. He recently signed a contract to complete another feature article and play-along Cd for The Sax Journal this summer. For further information on Dr. Paulson's work, please visit his website at www.paulsonjazz.com.

Scholarly and Creative Interests
Jazz improvisation
Jazz performance
History and biography of jazz music
Midi and electronic music
CD's and articles for the sax journal and jazz player

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Combo
Music Theory
Music Synthesis and Technology
Jazz History
World Music in America
Arranging
Music Business
Intro. Sound Recording
Fundamentals of Live Sound Recording
Music Education
Studio Woodwinds
Artscore

Professional Organizations
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Freternity; Eta Nu Chapter, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
American Federation of Musicians
College Music Society
International Association of Jazz Educators (Southeastern Minnesota Regional Representative)
Minnesota Music Educators
Music Educators National Conference
National Flute Association
Twin Cities Jazz Society

Education
D.M.A., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1985
M.M., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1976
B.M., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1974
A.A., Rochester Community College; Rochester, Minnesota, 1971

Teaching Experience
1995 to Present: Professor of Music, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1995-1998: Chairman, Department of Music, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1986-1995: Associate Professor, Department of Music, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1988-1992: Chairman, Department of Music, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1981-1985: Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1981-1982; 1987-1988: Instructor, Department of Music, Winona State University, Winona, MN

Other Professional Experience
Performance Study - Jazz Improvisation: Dave Liebman, Garry Dial, Steve Slagle, New York, NY
Performance Study - Flute: Erich Graf (Principal Flute; Utah Symphony Orchestra); David Shostac (Principal Flute; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra)
Performance Study - Clarinet: Christ Lundquist (Principal Clarinet; Utah Symphony); James Kanter (Principal Clarinet; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra)
Performance Study - Saxophone: Dr. Lowell Hepworth (University of Utah; Utah Symphony Orchestra); Gary Foster (Los Angeles Studio Artist & Yamaha Clinician)
Performance Study - Oboe: Paul McCandless (ECM Recording Artist); Marylyn Ford (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Free-lance Performer)

Honors
1990: Bush Foundation grant to assist in bringing saxophonist Ernie Watts to Saint Mary's College

1989: Bush Foundation grant to augment existing music department tour funds for attendence of the Saint Mary's University Jazz Combo & Ensemble at the International Association of Jazz Educators' Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana

1988: Bush Foundation grant to assist in presenting a paper at the University of Georgia, Athens

1986: Bush Foundation grant to study improvisation, composition and woodwinds at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado with Art Lande and Paul McCandless

1985: Southeastern Minnesota Council For the Arts Grant to produce a series of three concerts with the John Paulson Jazz Quintet in Minnesota and Wisconsin

1985: Lecture/Demonstration "Listening to Jazz" sponsored by the Bush Foundation, Saint Mary's College (now University) of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota

1982-1984: Southeastern Minnesota Council For the Arts Grants for Jazz Festival Funding of clinician/performer and related expenses at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota

Bush Foundation grant to compare current Fine & Performing Arts offerings to other sumilar institutions and develop new courses of study in the Art, Music and Theatre Departments, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota

Three Federal SDIP (Title III) grants administered to fund summer study by faculty

Selected Presentations
"The Ballad Style of Tenor Saxophonist Hank Mobley", Annual Convention, International Association of Jazz Educators Chicago, Illinois, January, 1997

"The Mastery of Charlie Rouse: An Examination of Three Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcriptions", Annual Convention, International Association of Jazz Educators, Boston, Massachusetts, January, 1994

"Job Prospects for Jazz Educators in Higher Education", Annual Convention, International Association of Jazz Educators, Jaunuary, 1992

"An Aesthetic Rationale for Jazz Studies In The Liberal Arts Curriculum", Annual Convention, Southeastern Music Education Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, May 6-7, 1988

Publications
"Sax Solos With Midi Accompaniment" Saxophone Journal July/Aug. 2000 Vol.24, Number 3

"Minor Blues Workout", Masterclass Section of the Saxophone Journal, September/October, 1997

"The Ballad Style of Tenor Saxophonist Hank Mobley", Journal of the International Association of Jazz Educators, January, 1997

"The Mastery of Charlie Rouse: An Examination of Three Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcriptions", Journal of the International Association of Jazz Educators, January, 1994

"Job Prospects for Jazz Educators in Higher Education", Journal of the International Association of Jazz Educators, Jaunuary 1992

"An Aesthetic Rationale for Jazz Studies In The Liberal Arts Curriculum," in Papers of the Southeastern Music Education Symposium May 6-7, 1988 Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia

"Electronic Pioneers", The Instrumentalist (41:11), June,1987