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Gleason, Bruce

Professor of Music
Ph.D. University of Iowa
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Music Department
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., BEC 5
St. Paul, MN 55105

Stemming from a career that has spanned all levels of instrumental and vocal music instruction, kindergarten through graduate school, Bruce Gleason teaches and advises students within Graduate Programs in Music Education. He has published over fifty articles in music education and music history, and is the founding editor of the on-line research journal, Research and Issues in Music Education. From 2012 to 2014, he served as the Director of International Education at St. Thomas, from 2014 to 2016 as the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, and from 2016-2018 as the Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement in the College of Education Leadership & Counseling (now College of Education). Dr. Gleason has been appointed as the Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism as of March 2018. 

A former euphonium player with the 298th U.S. Army Band of the Berlin Brigade, Dr. Gleason researches the history of cavalry music throughout the world and lectures in the area of band history. His research in band and music education history has been published in Music Educators Journal, Journal of Band Research, Renaissance, Winds, TUBA Journal, BDGuide, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, The Irish American Post, MHQ: the Quarterly Journal of Military History, National Guard Magazine, Military Collector and Historian, Journal of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, The Journal of the Military Music Society, and the Galpin Society Journal. His work in pedagogy and comprehensive musicianship has been published in Kjos Band News, The Instrumentalist, School Band and Orchestra, and Contributions to Music Education.

Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drums: Horse-Mounted Bands of the U.S. Army, 1820–1940 was released by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2016.

In addition to his on-campus and research work, Dr. Gleason is the senior choir director for Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
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Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 216 - L01 Jazz in America - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 110

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1525 - 1700


BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

40177 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours


Bruce P. Gleason

The origins and history of jazz in the United States. Various phases in the development of jazz style are discussed. Blues, ragtime, Dixieland, swing, bop, cool jazz, fusion, as well as other recent developments in jazz performances are investigated. An essential part of the course is the analysis and evaluation of recorded performances by outstanding jazz musicians. Designed for non-majors as well as an elective for music majors interested in jazz. Offered fall semester. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
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