Dan M. Littles, DMA


I have difficulty recalling a time in my life when music did not play a significant role. By age 12 I began playing trumpet in church and have participated in various church music roles ever since (band member, praise team member, worship leader, sound engineer, and trumpet soloist). 

These experiences, combined with my academic preparation, provide a foundation for multiple venues of personal music ministry, including teaching, speaking, trumpet soloist, and consulting in music, education, and music technology.

I feel extremely blessed to have these experiences in both small and large churches. Such experiences allow me to provide music ministry resources and services tailored to any church size, and to do so with passion!

Being raised in small home missions churches I understand the financial constraints special training, workshops, and speakers places on the smaller churches. Please contact me to make arrangements that fit within your church’s budget. I desire to help the UPCI North American Missions churches as well as the medium and large churches as much as possible!

Academic Preparation

2005:  Bachelor of Music            Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO

Major area of emphasis: Trumpet Performance

2007:  Master of Music                Boston University, Boston, MA

Major area of emphasis: Music Education

2014:  Doctor of Musical Arts     University of Houston, Houston, TX

Major area of emphasis: Music Education

Minor area of emphasis: Conducting

Teaching Experience

Teaching History: I have been blessed to be a full-time music teacher since 2000. From 2000 to 2008 I served as Director of Bands at Clearwater R-1 Schools in Piedmont, MO and from 2008-2012, Assistant Director of Bands at Johnston Middle School for the Performing Arts in Houston, TX.

Current Teaching: I am Associate Professor of Music at Urshan College where I teach Music Theory & Ear Training/Sight Singing (I-IV), Conducting, Music Technology, Music History, and Orchestration & Arranging to students seeking either a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry.

In May 2017 began creating a video series on music theory for the church musician. These training videos are available through the UPCI Music Ministry membership program at www.upcimusic.com. This music theory video series provides fundamental music theory content through a short video segment released each month. A total of 12 sessions will be offered. Topics include: major/minor scale construction, major/minor/diminished chords found in major and minor keys, harmonic progressions (using Roman numbers), and modulations. All content focuses on practical application to church musician.

I have taught private instrumental lessons since 1993. My primary area of focus is brass instruments. However, my experience as band director teaching beginner students allows me to teach students learning other band instruments. Currently, I teach private lessons through the J Oscar School of Music in Florissant, MO. This area of teaching not only offers an opportunity to continue working with band students, it offers an opportunity for me to connect with the community. Read more about my community engagement here.


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