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David Kendall, Ph.D.

Adjunct Profesor of Music, low brass  & theory



Dr. David Kendall is an adjunct professor of music at LSU, teaching Musicianship courses, Brass Methods, and lessons in Tuba, Trombone and Euphonium.  Additionally, Dr. Kendall also serves as a Lecturer in Music at the University of California, Riverside (teaching Musicianship and Music Appreciation), a brass instructor at Loma Linda Academy (teaching tuba, trombone, euphonium and trumpet), and the Director of Music Ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Riverside.  He also serves on the board of directors for Makibahagi, a Filipino-American cultural association based in Corona, and is the musical director for the Armory Band, a Civil War reenacting ensemble playing period instruments and repertoire for Civil War events as well as for television and film.

Dr. Kendall specializes in the liturgical music of the Spanish Colonial Philippines (1565-1898), and travels to the Philippines often to present and conduct his research.  He also specializes in organology (the study of musical instruments) and period performance practice.

Dr. Kendall hails from sunny Phoenix, Arizona, graduating from Thunderbird Adventist Academy in 1998.  After graduation from La Sierra University, he spent 2002 and 2003 as an English, Bible and Music teacher in Pingtung, Taiwan, and still maintains the friendships he made there, though his Mandarin Chinese has suffered greatly due to lack of practice.  Hel is married to his wife Shiela May, and they live in Riverside with their two daughters, Carmina and Mikaela.

Dr. Kendall enjoys reading, writing, bicycle riding, hiking and traveling.


PhD, Musicology, University of California, Riverside (2010)

MA, Musicology, University of California, Riverside (2007)

BMus, Music Performance, La Sierra University (2002)


Publications and Presentations:

“Performance Practice and Authenticity in Philippine Musicology: First Impressions.”    Pintacasi: a Journal of Church Cultural Heritage.  Fall 2010.

“Is it Filipino Music?  Philippine-ness in Spanish-era Roman Catholic Liturgy,” Society for Ethnomusicology 54th Annual Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico, November 2009

“Musicology in the Philippines: Sources and Invented Traditions,” American Musicological Society Pacific Southwest Chapter Meeting, Mt. St. Antonio College, September 2009

“Performance Practice and Authenticity in Philippine Musicology: First Impressions,” 6th Biennial Convention of Church Cultural Heritage Workers, Laoag City, Philippines, May 2009

“Is it Filipino Music?  Philippine-ness in Spanish-era Roman Catholic Liturgy,” SEM Chapter Meeting 2009, University of California Los Angeles, February 2009"


Professional Memberships:

American Musicological Society

Society for Ethnomusicology

American Musical Instrument Society

Historic Brass Society



Gribbon Award, American Musical Instrument Society, 2007

Award for Student Travel, Historic Brass Society, 2007

Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of California Riverside, 2005-2006

Outstanding Music Department Senior, La Sierra University, 2002


MUCT 105L (0) Introduction to Music Theory Lab

Music dictation, sight singing, and ear training. Required of students who have not passed the theory placement examination. Does not apply toward a major or minor in music.  Must be taken concurrently with MUCT 105

MUCT 112L (2) Music Theory I A Laboratory

Identification of chromatic intervals and root position triads. Dictation of simple diatonic melodies and introduction to harmonic dictation. Emphasis on solfege sight singing, rhythmic accuracy, intonation, and listening.Prerequisite: MUCT 105L

MUHL 339 (2) Contemporary Popular Styles

A survey of the history, styles, and creators/performers of popular music and of the social, political, economic, and cultural issues influencing its development. Course focuses on music of America and covers folk, African-American, jazz, “pop,” and rock’n roll styles.  Open to nonmusic majors.


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