Faculty & Staff

Dr. Brian Wuttke

Director of Music Education

Associate Professor of Music

  • Doctoral Music Education Seminars
  • Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature
  • Instrumental Music Methods
  • Coordination of Music Education Internships
  • Laboratory Band

Education

  • B.M. in Music Education, University of Miami
  • M.M. in Music Education, University of Miami
  • Ph.D. in Music Education, University of Miami

Brian C. Wuttke is currently Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Music Education at George Mason University where he teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental methods courses and music administration. At the graduate level, Dr. Wuttke teachers courses in music aesthetics, history and philosophy of music education, research design, curriculum developments, and assessment strategies for music educators. Prior to GMU, Dr. Wuttke taught courses in brass techniques, instrumental conducting, and error detection at the University of Miami and was the director of the Symphonic Band at Miami-Dade College.

In addition to his college teaching credentials, Dr. Wuttke is an experienced K-12 music teacher, having served the Miami-Dade County Public School system, the nation’s fourth largest, for eighteen years. He has taught band, chorus, and general music at G. W. Carver Middle School. The bulk of Dr. Wuttke’s K-12 teaching career was as Director of Bands at Coral Gables High School, Hialeah High School, Killian High School, and Coral Reef High School respectively. Concert, jazz and marching bands under his direction have consistently earned superior ratings at district music performance assessments. The Killian High School Jazz Band and Wind Symphony have received Otto J. Kraushaar state superior award numerous times while under his direction. The Killian Wind Symphony attained further distinction by being invited to the 2002 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival.

Dr. Wuttke is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and is recognized in Who’s Who of American Teachers 2000, 2001 and 2004. He was the 2004 runner-up for the Miami-Dade County Public School Teacher of the Year. In 2005, he earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescent and Young Adulthood. Dr. Wuttke has been a member of the Music Educators National Conference over twenty years and has served as an adjudicator, district chairman and member-at-large on the clinics committee for the Florida Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Wuttke has presented workshops on topics including: Band Program Organizational Skills, Self-assessment Strategies for Instrumental Music Teachers and Teaching Intonation and Harmony through Performance. His primary area of research in deals with the acoustic evaluation of wind-band intonation through spectrum analysis as described in his dissertation entitled: A Model Describing the Effects of Equipment, Instruction and Director and Student Attributes on Wind-band Intonation. Other areas of research in higher education includes: preservice teacher attitudes on standards-based grading, model designs describing effective practice among music teachers, experiential learning experiences through laboratory ensembles for undergraduate music education majors, and predicting successful preservice music teacher dispositions.

Contact Dr. Wuttke:  bwuttke@gmu.edu