The Development of Curriculum Content for the Study of Undergraduate Applied Trumpet in Thailand


  • Jakaphan Chaiya College of Music, Mahidol University, THAILAND
  • Joseph Bowman College of Music, Mahidol University, THAILAND



curriculum development, music education, Thailand, trumpet, trumpet curriculum


In Thailand, the trumpet is a popular instrument that is utilised in various types of musical genres and styles. These styles include Western classical, jazz, Thai pop, Thai country and Thai fusion, which combines traditional Thai music with popular styles. Thai trumpet players are often required to play in more than one style, however, there are little opportunities to study these skills at the university level. The purpose of this study was to create curriculum content for the study of undergraduate applied trumpet performance in Thailand that will make it appropriate for Thailand. A qualitative methodology was employed for a developmental research approach through the process of collecting curricula from Thai universities and international experts; conducting interviews with four expert Thai trumpet instructors; and analysing and synthesising this curriculum data to create a new core curriculum that reflects international standards yet relevant to the Thai music scene. The resultant curriculum consists of: description of the curriculum, objectives of the curriculum, undergraduate curriculum plan and content description, expected results of a study of outcome-curriculum-design theory, curriculum content guidelines, learning activity subjects, student assessment, and recommendations. Discussion points include possibilities and limitations in curriculum development, the process of curriculum development that is suitable for studying trumpet at the undergraduate level in Thailand, and trumpet curriculum development for future career paths.


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Author Biographies

Jakaphan Chaiya, College of Music, Mahidol University, THAILAND

Jakaphan Chaiya is a D.M. candidate in music performance and pedagogy from the College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand. He has received a Master of Arts (music) in performance from the College of Music, Mahidol University, and a Bachelor of Arts (music) from the Music Department, Payap University, Thailand. He is currently an instructor at the College of Music, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Joseph Bowman, College of Music, Mahidol University, THAILAND

Joseph L. Bowman, D.M.A. is an Assistant Professor of Music at Mahidol University College of Music, Thailand. He has been Professor of Trumpet at College of Music, Mahidol University since 2003, where he teaches applied trumpet, literature, pedagogy, and orchestral repertoire. He also a member of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. Dr. Bowman received a DMA and MM from Arizona State University and a BM from the University of Cincinnati.


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How to Cite

Chaiya, J., & Bowman, J. (2021). The Development of Curriculum Content for the Study of Undergraduate Applied Trumpet in Thailand. Malaysian Journal of Music, 10(1), 12–24.