Interview Questions (selected from, but not limited to)


Original Questions (asked by M. Dee Stewart in 1984)

  1. How long did you study with Arnold Jacobs?
  2. What was the reason you initially began to study with Mr. Jacobs?
  3. Was Mr. Jacobs’ approach innovative? If so, how was his approach different?
  4. Please tell me some of the effects Mr. Jacobs’ teaching had upon your own performing and pedagogy.
  5. Did he make any changes in your playing? If so, what?
  6. Some people have said that Mr. Jacobs’ approach may have been too analytical. What is your opinion on this?
  7. Was Mr. Jacobs a role model for you career?
  8. Have you found Mr. Jacobs’ methods effective in your own teaching? If so, have they been as effective as they were for you?
  9. Do you feel Mr. Jacobs’ approach to teaching changed over the span of his career?
  10. Mr. Jacobs often talked about playing with ease. Can you please talk about this?
  11. Do you feel that Mr. Jacobs’ extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology in brass playing got in the way in his teaching?
  12. How does Mr. Jacobs’ method of teaching relate to your performance?
  13. Is there one aspect of Mr. Jacobs’ teaching that has helped or influenced you most?
  14. Is there a relationship between your success and Mr. Jacobs’ approach?
  15. How long have you been teaching?
  16. Can you discuss the emphasis on the mental aspects of playing in Mr. Jacobs’ approach?
  17. 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)

  1. Do you feel that Mr. Jacobs’ approach to brass playing and pedagogy is still valid today?
  2. How have Mr. Jacobs’ methods evolved in your playing and teaching?
  3. Do you feel that Mr. Jacobs’ approach is affecting the current and upcoming generations of brass players?

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