Interview Questions (selected from, but not limited to)
Original Questions (asked by M. Dee Stewart in 1984)
- How long did you study with Arnold Jacobs?
- What was the reason you initially began to study with Mr. Jacobs?
- Was Mr. Jacobs’ approach innovative? If so, how was his approach different?
- Please tell me some of the effects Mr. Jacobs’ teaching had upon your own performing and pedagogy.
- Did he make any changes in your playing? If so, what?
- Some people have said that Mr. Jacobs’ approach may have been too analytical. What is your opinion on this?
- Was Mr. Jacobs a role model for you career?
- Have you found Mr. Jacobs’ methods effective in your own teaching? If so, have they been as effective as they were for you?
- Do you feel Mr. Jacobs’ approach to teaching changed over the span of his career?
- Mr. Jacobs often talked about playing with ease. Can you please talk about this?
- Do you feel that Mr. Jacobs’ extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology in brass playing got in the way in his teaching?
- How does Mr. Jacobs’ method of teaching relate to your performance?
- Is there one aspect of Mr. Jacobs’ teaching that has helped or influenced you most?
- Is there a relationship between your success and Mr. Jacobs’ approach?
- How long have you been teaching?
- Can you discuss the emphasis on the mental aspects of playing in Mr. Jacobs’ approach?
- Is there a general approach in Mr. Jacobs’ teaching that you have been able to successfully incorporate into your own teaching?
New Questions (included in the interviews taken by John Bryan Heath 2013–16)
- Do you feel that Mr. Jacobs’ approach to brass playing and pedagogy is still valid today?
- How have Mr. Jacobs’ methods evolved in your playing and teaching?
- Do you feel that Mr. Jacobs’ approach is affecting the current and upcoming generations of brass players?