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Fall 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Tuba/Euphonium for the Music Teacher


September 16-December 6, 2024

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Instructor email: [email protected]

*Students enrolled in the MMEd degree program at VanderCook may register for this course at the 500-level through the student portal. Please contact Dean Sinclair at [email protected] if academic advising is needed.


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Maxwell Briggs

Applied Euphonium/Tuba

Dr. Max Briggs is a professional tubist and teacher in Chicago and the surrounding area, who is
dedicated to the advancement of Tuba and Euphonium through performance and education.
Having studied with Ed Risinger, Rex Martin, and Gene Pokorny, Max earned a Bachelor of
Music Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Music from Northwestern
University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University. His doctoral
thesis, The Standard Repertoire for Solo Tuba has been presented as a lecture recital and is
published in the International Tuba Euphonium Association Journal.

As a performer, Max has played with the Kenosha Symphony, Evanston Symphony, Northside
Brass, Temperance Brass, Heartland Brass, and is a member of the Northshore Concert Band.
Max won the Leonard Falcone Festival Tuba Solo Competition in 2015 and earned second
place in 2014. He also won the Chicago Brass Festival Solo Competition in 2015. Max is a
Meinl Weston Artist and has performed as a featured soloist with the Lake Forest College
Concert Band, the VanderCook College Symphonic Band, and the Wilmington Symphonic

As an educator, Max teaches at VanderCook School of Music, North Central College, Lake
Forest College, Merit School of Music, Niles North High School, New Trier High School, Neuqua
Valley High School, Metea Valley High School, and Waubonsie Valley High School. His teaching
is rooted in the pedagogy of Arnold Jacobs and draws upon a deep understanding of tone,
technique, and musicality. His students have won solo competitions and consistently earn spots
in Illinois district and all-state bands, as well as youth orchestras in the Chicago area. Max is an
experienced masterclass clinician, and strives to leave a lasting impact on the musical
community by inspiring the next generation of aspiring musicians.

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