Devoted to the philosophy that quality information should be freely accessible and interactive, Wilktone is a blog by music educator and professional musician, Dave Wilken. Here you will be able to find resources related to a variety of music related topics, including brass embouchures, jazz improvisation, composition, music pedagogy, and more.
Dr. Wilken studied composition at Illinois Wesleyan University, jazz studies at DePaul University, and trombone performance at Ball State University. He has taught music at Indiana Wesleyan University, Adams State College, University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Western Carolina University, Owen High School, and serves as a teaching artist with MusicWorks! Asheville. Based in Asheville, NC, he performs as a freelance trombonist in the region, directs the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band, and the Smoky Mountain Brass Band. He also composes and arranges music for a variety of student and professional ensembles.
While a graduate student Dr. Wilken developed an interest in how brass embouchures function after a lesson with trombonist Doug Elliott. His dissertation topic explored the physical characteristics that can make different players’ embouchures function correctly in very different ways. He continues to study brass embouchures in detail and is devoted to making this under-recognized topic more accessible to teachers and brass musicians.