David Stuart


David Stuart

Associate Professor of Music

Chair of Brass Division



David Stuart is professor of trombone, principal trombonist of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, and trombonist with the Des Moines Symphony Brass Quintet and Des Moines Metro Opera. At Iowa State, he teaches low brass, introduction to music listening, and the history of rock ‘n’ roll. He was recognized for his innovative use of technology in a large-lecture format in 2001, when he was named a Master Teacher for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His music listening course is based on Music in Our World, a text that he co-authored with Gary White and Ellen Aviva. The book and course refer extensively to music from non-Western cultures and a wide variety of popular and classical music. Dr. Stuart is co-author of From Bakersfield to Beal Street, A Regional History of American Rock ‘n’ Roll, and co-editor of Regional Cultures in American Rock ‘n’ Roll: An Anthology. He is also the author of Beginning on the Slide Trombone (Yamaha Music Corporation). 


Dr. Stuart studied trombone Don Kneeburg and John D. Hill as well as with Jeff Reynolds of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and at the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria with Johann Bauer and Josef Rohm of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He has served as Visiting Professor of Music at National Taiwan Normal University in the Republic of China, and researched Scottish folk and popular music in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland.