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dr. paul doerksen

Paul Doerksen

Chair of Music Education & Music Therapy; Associate Professor, Music Education
Mary Pappert School of Music
Music Education

Room 305
Phone: 412.396.1888


Ph.D., Music Education, Ohio State University, 1994
Diploma, Faculty of Fine Arts in Music, University of Calgary, 1991
M.M., Instrumental Conducting, Northwestern University, 1985
B.M.E., Music Education, Western Washington University, 1983

Dr. Paul F. Doerksen is an Associate Professor, and Chair of Music Education and Music Therapy, at Duquesne University. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Western Washington University, a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Northwestern University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from The Ohio State University. Dr. Doerksen also earned a Diploma of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Music from The University of Calgary, with a specialization in Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.

At Duquesne, Dr. Doerksen works with undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of instrumental music education, K-12 school music curricula, and music education assessment. Prior to his 2004 appointment at Duquesne, Dr. Doerksen served on the faculties of the University of Oregon and Ball State University. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Doerksen began his teaching career in the public schools, serving as Director of Bands in the Tukwila (Washington), Federal Way (Washington), and Corvallis (Oregon) School Districts. While teaching in Federal Way, Dr. Doerksen also conducted the Federal Way Community Band.

Dr. Doerksen is an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator-traveling extensively to present at conferences such as College Music Society, College Band Directors Association, Society for Music Teacher Education, American String Teachers Association, Instrumental Music Teacher Educators, National Association for Music Education, Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, and International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education. Back in Pennsylvania, Dr. Doerksen serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus, and the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra.


November 21, 2016
Collegiate NAfME Summit Presentation
Creating Useful Curricula for School Music Programs
Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

February 14–15, 2017
Band Clinics
Douglas County School District, Nevada
• Carson Valley Middle School (Karissa Kondo, Director)
• Douglas High School (Christiana Blahnik, Director)
• Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School (Tammy Owens, Director)

February 16–17, 2017
Guest Conductor: High School Honor Band

  • R. Vaughan Williams: Flourish for Wind Band (1939)
  • J. Carnahan: . . . and the antelope play (2007)
  • S. Bryant: Dusk (2004)
  • M. Markowski: Shadow Rituals (2005)
  • H. Fillmore/Fennell: His Honor (1933)

Northern Nevada Music Teachers Association
Churchill County High School: Fallon, Nevada

April 6–8, 2017
Guest Conductor: Honor Band II
Washington Archdiocesan Music Teachers Council
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School: Olney, Maryland

April 19–21, 2017
International Presentation
The Use of Student Assessment in Music Teacher Evaluation: Consequences, Perceptions, and Recommendations of Pennsylvania (United States) PK-12 Music Educators
International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education
Birmingham, United Kingdom

July 24–28, 2017
Summer Graduate Course
Assessment for Music Educators
Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania