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Falskow, John photoName: Falskow, John
Position: Professor
Department: Humanities: MUSIC
Office: Bldg. 19-36
Phone: 253.460.4374
Fax: 253.460.4374
Email: jfalskow@tacomacc.edu
Advising Area: Music
Professional Associations: International Trumpet Guild, WMEA, MENC, Conductors' Guild, WASBE


Bachelor of Arts in Music, Trumpet PerformanceWashington State University1994
Master of Arts in TeachingUniversity of Puget Sound1997
PhD in Music EducationFlorida State University2002


John Falskow is an Instructor of Music at Tacoma Community College where he serves as Chair of the Music Department, conducts the TCC Symphonic Band and teaches a variety of classes in the music curriculum.

Prior to these appointments, Dr. Falskow served as an Assistant Professor of Music at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, taught applied trumpet, conducting, orchestration, coached chamber music, coordinated brass and percussion studies, and founded the Lander University String Orchestra. Active as a guest conductor, he has made numerous appearances including: the Tallahassee Youth Symphony, the Big Bend Community Orchestra, the Evergreen Music Festival, and the Florida State University Summer Band Camps. He has also worked with countless school bands and public school musicians in the South and Pacific Northwest. He was the Music Director and Conductor of the Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2005-2008.

In addition to being an active conductor and music educator, Dr. Falskow has also been a successful trumpeter performing concerts across the Northwest and the South, including the Tacoma Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, the Tacoma Concert Band, the Federal Way Symphonic Band, the Tacoma Opera Orchestra, Brass Unlimited, the Evergreen Brass Quintet and a variety of ensembles at Florida State University. He appeared as a member of the FSU Baroque Trumpet Ensemble at the National MENC conference in 2000.

Dr. Falskow' s formal education includes undergraduate studies at Washington State University and University of the Puget Sound. For graduate work, he completed a Doctoral of Music Education at Florida State University, where he conducted many of the universities ensembles: including the Wind Orchestra, University Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, FS Winds, and the Harmonie ensemble. He also coached chamber ensembles and taught applied trumpet lessons. Dr. Falskow was a graduate assistant to FSU professors James Croft, Clifford Madsen, Patrick Dunnigan, and Brian Goff.

Raised in the Tacoma, he was a music educator in the Tacoma School District and served as stand-in conductor for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and their Brass Ensemble.

Dr. Falskow studied conducting with L. Keating Johnson, James Croft, and Andre Thomas and has participated in conducting workshops through the American Symphony Orchestra League with mentors including: Kenneth Kiesler, Larry Rachleff, Samuel Jones, and Christopher Wilkins. Under the guidance of Dr. Donald Portnoy, he also participated in the Conductors Institute of South Carolina.

Class Schedule

MUSC 11001Introduction to Digital MusicMTWTh
10:50 AM
12:20 AM

Office Hours

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Courses Taught

  • MUSC 100 Fundamentals of Music (5 credit hour(s))
  • MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation (5 credit hour(s))
  • MUSC 160 Orchestra I (2 credit hour(s))
  • MUSC 260 Orchestra II (2 credit hour(s))
  • MUSC 299 Independent Study (1-5 credit hour(s))

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