Donald W. Thurber, DMA
Professor of Music
Director of Music Education
DONALD W. THURBER
Dr. Thurber taught at two different academies prior to starting at Loma Linda University in 1975. Married to Donna Dickson, music teacher, and we have three children and three grandchildren. Current hobbies include bicycling, motorcycling, golfing, camping, rc airplanes and photography. Graduated from Glendale Adventist Academy, Southern Adventist University and University of North Texas.
Ph.D in Music Education, University of North Texas
Performed at the national ACDA convention in 1990. Conducted choral festivals for all ages, Junior High through adult. Actively involved in music ministry. Music Director at Loma Linda University Church for 23 years. Choral studies with such esteemed conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Sir David Willcocks, Donald Neuen, Helmuth Rilling, Joseph Flummerfelt and Paul Salamunovich. Toured extensively with LSU choral ensembles to all parts of the United States, England, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico and Korea.
The study of the basic elements and forms of music and performing media in historical perspective. The class will integrate lectures with listening to music and concert attendance. Does not apply toward a major in music.
Basic methods and techniques of music teaching in the elementary school. Special emphasis in Orff techniques. Classroom observation required. Does not apply toward a major in music.
MUPF 314 (2) Introduction to Conducting
The theory and application of basic conducting techniques. Prerequisite: MUCT 213
Nature of worship; music as an aid to worship; the role of the choir, organist, director; congregational participation; music for youth and children; and the relation between church musicians and ministerial staff. Open to nonmusic majors
With a focus on American visual and performing arts, this course seeks to make LSU students educated participants in the creation and evolution of American culture. To achieve this fundamental objective, the course introduces students to basic skills of critical analysis as applied to cultural “texts” produced in the United States. Students then learn to use these skills and respond to specific explorations of contested dimensions of culture such as religion, society, culture, politics, and economics. Prerequisite: ENGL 113 or 12