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  • TPTV - Luca Benucci - Duration: 1 hour.

    • 1 month ago
    • 415 views
    Internationally renowned hornist, Luca Benucci, shares his experiences studying with Arnold Jacobs. Benucci says Jacobs gave him the right to follow the sound, to look for the sound, to love the so...
  • TPTV - Mary Buscanics-Jones - Duration: 27 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    • 257 views
    Hornist, Mary Buscanics-Jones, was introduced to Arnold Jacobs at one of his annual Northwestern University master classes. Much to her surprise, Mary was invited to work with Jacobs at one of the ...
  • TPTV - David Zerkel - Duration: 19 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    • 409 views
    David Zerkel, Univ. of Georgia Tuba & Euphonium Professor, describes his single lesson with Arnold Jacobs, which proved to be revolutionary in Zerkel’s approach to the tuba. He had been studying wi...
  • TPTV - Dr. Tim Salzman - Duration: 36 minutes.

    • 6 months ago
    • 366 views
    Univ. of Washington Director of Concert Bands, Dr. Tim Salzman describes his studies with Arnold Jacobs while he was a tuba student at Wheaton College. Salzman would write down all that he could re...
  • TPTV - Steve Gamble - Duration: 35 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    • 239 views
    Tucson Symphony trombonist, Steve Gamble initially went to Arnold Jacobs to get some assistance with a lip injury. Jacobs didn’t spend much time focusing on the injury, though, but instead had Gamb...
  • TPTV - Charles Lazarus - Duration: 4 minutes, 17 seconds.

    • 7 months ago
    • 221 views
    Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter, Charles Lazarus, describes his one lesson with Arnold Jacobs. Lazarus came to the lesson with many questions. Jacobs instructed him to play Stars and Stripes on the m...
  • TPTV - Dr. Luis Loubriel 2.0 - Duration: 44 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    • 411 views
    Dr. Luis Loubriel returns to TPTV to discuss in more depth several topics which were touched upon during his first interview back in 2013. In his research on Jacobs’s pedagogy, Luobriel evaluated 5...
  • TPTV - John Stevens (Journey Tuba Concerto) - Duration: 19 minutes.

    • 10 months ago
    • 215 views
    John Stevens discusses the process and experience of composing "Journey" for Gene Pokorny and the Chicago Symphony, premiered in 2000.
  • TPTV - John Stevens (Arnold Jacobs) - Duration: 23 minutes.

    • 10 months ago
    • 455 views
    John Stevens’s initial exposure to Arnold Jacobs’s teaching was through his lessons with Toby Hanks, who himself was a Jacobs student. Stevens first met Jacobs in NYC following a Chicago Symphony c...
  • TPTV - Bob Rada - Duration: 26 minutes.

    • 11 months ago
    • 319 views
    Chicagoland tubist, Robert Rada, described his studies with Arnold Jacobs beginning in 1967 when he was a high school student. Jacobs determined that Rada had a near-seven liter lung capacity, but ...
  • TPTV - Bill Keck - Duration: 40 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 300 views
    In 1959, tubist Bill Keck had just completed a summer studying at Interlochen and was recommended to contact Arnold Jacobs. Keck had been studying music since age 4, but had not encountered any oth...
  • TPTV - Eric Carlson - Duration: 35 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 542 views
    Philadelphia Orchestra trombonist, Eric Carlson, talks about his studies with Arnold Jacobs. He did so after he was already in a professional orchestra. Ed Kleinhammer recommended that Carlson seek...
  • TPTV - Manny Laureano - Duration: 43 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 1,102 views
    Manny Laureano, fabled Minnesota Orchestra principal trumpeter, was convinced by his then-Seattle Symphony section-mate, Jeff Cole to begin listening to recordings of the Chicago Symphony. Being a...
  • TPTV - John Cvejanovich - Duration: 53 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 848 views
    Longtime Chicago trumpet artist, John Cvenjanovich (JC) describes for TPTV his two distinct periods of study with Arnold Jacobs: 1957-1962 & 1992-1998. During the latter period, JC served as Jacobs...
  • TPTV - Mark Schubert - Duration: 22 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 424 views
    Baylor University trumpet lecturer, Mark Schubert, details his two lessons with Arnold Jacobs. Originally it was to be a set of six lessons, but Jacobs’s illnesses didn’t allow for more than the t...
  • TPTV - Dennis Bubert - Duration: 37 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 580 views
    Forth Worth Symphony bass trombonist, Dennis Bubert, recalls his studies with Arnold Jacobs, which was preceded by lessons with Ed Kleinhammer. Kleinhammer recommended that Bubert seek out lessons ...
  • TPTV - Buzzing Benefits - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 2,260 views
    During the past many months, mouthpiece playing has been the focus of countless discussions, many of them on social media. In this TPTV episode, mouthpiece playing is examined through the words of ...
  • Chicagoland trumpet freelance artist and teacher, Margaret Philbrick describes her studies with Arnold Jacobs. She began her studies with him toward the end of her Northwestern University graduate studies in 1982. She approached him for general knowledge purposes, nothing specific to work on. Philbrick’s vital air capacity was 3 liters, so developing an efficient approach to air use was an early focus, as well as mouthpiece buzzing and singing. Philbrick wanted to develop an ability to play l...

    TPTV - Margaret Philbrick - Duration: 22 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 1,097 views
    Chicagoland trumpet freelance artist and teacher, Margaret Philbrick describes her studies with Arnold Jacobs. She began her studies with him toward the end of her Northwestern University graduate ...
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago Principal Horn, Jon Boen details how in 1996 he developed a serious performance issue, which rendered his high range doubtful, leaving him contemplating the possibility of retirement. Upon the recommendation of Gail Williams, Boen sought out the assistance of Arnold Jacobs in a ninety-minute lesson. The trouble that Boen had developed was due to his orientation, which was on how things felt rather than how they sounded. During the lesson, even though it felt “rough”, Ja...

    TPTV - Jon Boen - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 433 views
    Lyric Opera of Chicago Principal Horn, Jon Boen details how in 1996 he developed a serious performance issue, which rendered his high range doubtful, leaving him contemplating the possibility of re...
  • Former hornist, Adele Condreay shares her experiences with Mr. Jacobs as an aspiring musician as well as how she uses his pedagogy in her current profession in the financial services sector. She was first drawn to Mr. Jacobs’ in 1983/84 studio following her master’s year with another teacher, which left her with playing difficulties. Jacobs put her together as both a person and a player. She was initially very locked up as a player and a person so Jacobs spent a lot of time having her talk, s...

    TPTV - Adele Condreay - Duration: 23 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 265 views
    Former hornist, Adele Condreay shares her experiences with Mr. Jacobs as an aspiring musician as well as how she uses his pedagogy in her current profession in the financial services sector. She wa...
  • In this 101st installment, trombonist Michael Becker expands on themes he discussed in TPTV’s very first episode. Becker had his first two lessons with Jacobs as a 13 year-old. Becker described Jacobs’ ideas about the importance of having a concept in the mind. You can refine crudity but silence cannot be refined. Technical studies are music, too. Everything you play should be musical. Exaggerate what’s on the page. Portray music rather than an athletic event when playing. The notes on the pa...

    TPTV - Michael Becker 2.0 - Duration: 23 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 517 views
    In this 101st installment, trombonist Michael Becker expands on themes he discussed in TPTV’s very first episode. Becker had his first two lessons with Jacobs as a 13 year-old. Becker described Jac...
  • Chicago freelance clarinetist, and Northwestern University Senior Lecturer of Clarinet, Leslie Grimm, gives insight into her studies with Arnold Jacobs. Jacobs helped to free up her breathing, both the inhalation and exhalation. Grimm had previously studied respiration from other teachers but remained very unsure about what was the correct path to pursue. She began to realize that how we function as humans was where she should focus, which is what Jacobs did for her. Using anthesia bags, spir...

    TPTV - Leslie Grimm - Duration: 23 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 467 views
    Chicago freelance clarinetist, and Northwestern University Senior Lecturer of Clarinet, Leslie Grimm, gives insight into her studies with Arnold Jacobs. Jacobs helped to free up her breathing, both...
  • Retired New Orleans bass trombonist, Richard Erb began studies with Arnold Jacobs in 1967 and continued for several decades taking his final lesson in 1996. He was referred to Jacobs by his New Orleans Symphony tuba colleague, Ross Tolbert. Erb said he owes whatever success he had in his career to Mr. Jacobs. His first set of lessons with Jacobs taught him that what he had learned from his prior teachers was physically incorrect, based in pedagogical “parroting” tradition rather than in how t...

    TPTV - Richard Erb - Duration: 58 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 712 views
    Retired New Orleans bass trombonist, Richard Erb began studies with Arnold Jacobs in 1967 and continued for several decades taking his final lesson in 1996. He was referred to Jacobs by his New Orl...
  • The following TPTV episode is what was presented at the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference. The episode is comprised of clips from previously released material featuring the following artists:

    David Fedderly -

    As you learn the music you’ll learn the instrument. It’s all about the music.

    Rex Martin -

    Establish excellence in everything you play, everyday!

    Patrick Sheridan -

    Establish a great approach, everyday!

    Peter Wahrhaftig -

    Fuel the buzz through better articulations – tAH tO...

    TPTV@ITEC2016 - Duration: 36 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 817 views
    The following TPTV episode is what was presented at the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference. The episode is comprised of clips from previously released material featuring the following art...
  • Alabama Symphony Principal Trombonist, Jay Evans discusses his studies with Arnold Jacobs. Jacobs by-passed the usual lung measurements and went right to work with Evans and focusing on his thinking, working with his mind. Jacobs did much conceptual suggestions in order to get Evans to become more relaxed and get into the style of the music. Jacobs was able to get Evans to think about what he was trying to accomplish conceptually. Jacobs encouraged Evans to pair words with notes in the music ...

    TPTV - Jay Evans - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 485 views
    Alabama Symphony Principal Trombonist, Jay Evans discusses his studies with Arnold Jacobs. Jacobs by-passed the usual lung measurements and went right to work with Evans and focusing on his thinkin...
  • Former Honolulu Symphony tubist, Richard Watson describes his studies with Arnold Jacobs beginning in 1972 when he was at University of Michigan, at Jacobs’ house on S. Normal in Chicago. Jacobs demonstrated on Watson’s BBb tuba, much to Watson's amazement. Jacobs discussed making music by playing the mouthpiece. Make music first without buttons and then transfer that musical conception to the activity with the buttons. It was not an intensively analytical lesson, but instead focused on makin...

    TPTV - Richard Watson - Duration: 34 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    • 513 views
    Former Honolulu Symphony tubist, Richard Watson describes his studies with Arnold Jacobs beginning in 1972 when he was at University of Michigan, at Jacobs’ house on S. Normal in Chicago. Jacobs de...
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Principal Tubist, Robert Nunez shares his journey coming to the pedagogy of Arnold Jacobs. He was initially introduced to Jacobs’ concepts through Neal Tidwell and Richard Erb. In his initial lesson with Jacobs, he was immediately challenged to set higher standards on the instrument. Jacobs encouraged him to buzz on the mouthpiece rim to increase his quality and efficiency of tone. Put the wind at the lips. Don’t meter the body, blow air (from the lips). Jacobs’ work wi...

    TPTV - Robert Nunez - Duration: 23 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    • 496 views
    Louisiana Philharmonic Principal Tubist, Robert Nunez shares his journey coming to the pedagogy of Arnold Jacobs. He was initially introduced to Jacobs’ concepts through Neal Tidwell and Richard Er...
  • Indiana University Professor of Trombone, Peter Ellefson discusses the pedagogical influence of Arnold Jacobs, in general, and in regard to his own lesson experiences with Jacobs. “Jacobs was as efficient with his words as he was with his playing.” Jacobs was able to zero in on the main issue in Ellefson’s playing right away – segmentation/double vibration. Jacobs told Ellefson that he was protecting his high register. Jacobs gave him a series of studies to practice which helped reverse this ...

    TPTV - Peter Ellefson - Duration: 43 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    • 1,291 views
    Indiana University Professor of Trombone, Peter Ellefson discusses the pedagogical influence of Arnold Jacobs, in general, and in regard to his own lesson experiences with Jacobs. “Jacobs was as ef...
  • Eastman Trombone Professor, Larry Zalkind was in college at University of Southern California when he decided that he should try to address his respiratory issue, which had stemmed from his childhood asthma. While at USC, Gene Pokorny was an influence in Zalkind’s decision to seek out Arnold Jacobs’ help. He found Jacobs to be very kind. His initial musical offering to Jacobs was from Vivaldi, which Jacobs appreciated very much. Eventually in that first lesson, Jacobs measured Zalkind’s vital...

    TPTV - Larry Zalkind - Duration: 33 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    • 1,090 views
    Eastman Trombone Professor, Larry Zalkind was in college at University of Southern California when he decided that he should try to address his respiratory issue, which had stemmed from his childho...
  • Tucson Symphony hornist, Shawn Campbell recalls her lessons in 1975 with Mr. Jacobs. She was in high school at the time and commuted to Chicago from her home in Detroit. She remembers Jacobs as being very welcoming and calming. He stressed with Campbell that the body knows what to do without any cognitive thought at the body’s component level. This point was made in order to stress that we want to think about the product and not the method or mechanics. Focus on what you want to sound like ra...

    TPTV - Shawn Campbell - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    • 358 views
    Tucson Symphony hornist, Shawn Campbell recalls her lessons in 1975 with Mr. Jacobs. She was in high school at the time and commuted to Chicago from her home in Detroit. She remembers Jacobs as bei...
  • Legendary tubist Sam Pilafian shares his expertise on a myriad of topics, including his interactions with Arnold Jacobs, his time in the Empire Brass, Miami, Boston, and much more. He discusses how Empire patterned their approach, in part, on the Chicago Symphony brass section, and how he was transfixed by Jacobs’ performance of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the CSO and Fritz Reiner. In addition to his own lessons with Jacobs, Pilafian would often offer his NYC studio to Mr. Jacobs to tea...

    TPTV - J. Samuel Pilafian - Duration: 53 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    • 3,747 views
    Legendary tubist Sam Pilafian shares his expertise on a myriad of topics, including his interactions with Arnold Jacobs, his time in the Empire Brass, Miami, Boston, and much more. He discusses how...
  • Phoenix-area tubist, Megan Reed describes her studies with Arnold Jacobs during the 1990s. Her first lessons were filled with discussion about listening to the song much more loudly in the mind while playing. Mouthpiece playing and singing were a strength when she initially came to him, but once the tuba became involved her thinking would change. Jacobs thought Reed was relying too much on the musculature and not enough on the better motivation of thinking the music while playing the instrume...

    TPTV - Megan Tiedt Reed - Duration: 24 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    • 387 views
    Phoenix-area tubist, Megan Reed describes her studies with Arnold Jacobs during the 1990s. Her first lessons were filled with discussion about listening to the song much more loudly in the mind whi...
  • Ron Munson first encountered Arnold Jacobs in 1959 at the Gunnison, Colorado Music Festival. He was astounded by what he heard from Mr. Jacobs’ tuba. Jacobs played the tuba as if it were a cello. It made a huge impact on Munson as he spent the next many months trying to imitate that sound. Munson studied with Jacobs on an ad hoc basis as often as their mutual schedules would allow. In one particular lesson, Jacobs exhorted him to develop a more substantial tone. Jacobs helped Munson to do so...

    TPTV - Ron Munson - Duration: 22 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    • 479 views
    Ron Munson first encountered Arnold Jacobs in 1959 at the Gunnison, Colorado Music Festival. He was astounded by what he heard from Mr. Jacobs’ tuba. Jacobs played the tuba as if it were a cello. I...
  • TPTV - Toby Hanks - Duration: 47 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    • 1,136 views
    Toby Hanks first heard about Arnold Jacobs from Bill McNeiland in 1960 or 1961 while living in Texas. Jacobs was described as a teacher who was able to make astounding progress with his students. H...
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