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Doctoral Essay

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Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Studio Music and Jazz (Music)

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First Committee Member

Brian Lynch

Second Committee Member

John Daversa

Third Committee Member

Dante Luciani

Fourth Committee Member

Brian Russell


This is a document introducing a unique articulation technique to trumpet players who perform jazz music. Information of the doodle tongue technique was analyzed from various spectrums, including the history of the doodle tongue technique, the common instruments that use and/or require doodle tonguing for particular musical situations, and the individual musicians that master this articulation technique. The doodle tongue technique is used in genres of music outside of jazz. Definitions and step-by-step instruction were used to determine how the doodle tongue technique is executed. Diagrams and figures were used to demonstrate tongue placement of the doodle tongue syllables, along with introductory exercises, scales, and etudes. Several musicians claim that this articulation technique can be used on all instruments. Through various interviews, master classes and method books by trumpeters, including Clark Terry and John McNeil, it was concluded that doodle tonguing could be used in jazz performance for the trumpet player.


Trumpet; Jazz; Doodle Tongue; Articulation; Clark Terry