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John Van Houten Jr., M.M.

Applied Instructor, Tuba
Brass Chamber Music Coach
Phone: (818) 331-6910
John Van Houten received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in tuba performance from the University of Southern California. He has performed with a wide variety of music ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, the Long Beach Opera, the Long Beach Municipal Band, and the Joffery Ballet.

His performing experience also includes phonograph recordings with diverse artists, including Lyle Lovett, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Carly Simon, and Alice Cooper; television work on shows such as Alias, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Futurama, King of the Hill, and Psych (an Emmy award-winning musical episode in Season 7). He has also performed on records, for jingles, and on a variety of motion pictures, such as John Carter, Cars II, Motion 8, Ted, Mission Impossible 1 and 3, Crimson Tide, The Thin Red Line, Men in Black, X-Men, Pearl Harbor, Swordfish, Legally Blonde, Planet of the Apes, Piglet’s Big Movie, The Hulk, Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2 and 3, Spiderman 2 and 3, The Incredibles, Ratatouille (nominated for an Oscar for Best Film Score), Speed Racer, Star Trek, UP (Oscar winner for Best Film Score; Grammy winner for Best Song), Land of the Lost ,You Again, The Pacific Rim, and Star Trek 2.


  • Bachelor of Music: Tuba Performance, University of Southern California
  • Master of Music: Tuba Performance, University of Southern California


College of Music and the Arts

School of Music (College of Music and the Arts)


  • 20th Century Music
  • Music and Business
  • Music Contracting
  • Music in Film
  • Music Instructing
  • Music Recording in Hollywood

Courses Taught

  • MUS 153 – Chamber Ensemble – Brass
  • MUS 1B1 – Applied Brass