Into the Third Generation

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Problems and Paralysis

Arnold Jacobs' understanding of human physiology and psychology gave him a unique ability to diagnose problems in playing.  People from all over the world would came to Mr. Jacobs for various reasons. Some people came because they thought he was "the breathing teacher."  Some came because he was renowned as the greatest teacher, and could make you great instantly.  Some of his students came "on crutches"

 

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Solutions In Simplicity

Arnold Jacobs' approach was always positive.  He believed that the answers to very complex problems in playing, most often lie in simplicity.  He said,  "We never try to break bad habits, we simply replace them with new healthy habits."

 

The simple phrase Song and Wind has became synonymous with Jacobs, and is used throughout the world as the most simple explanation of what it takes to be a great performer.

 

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Teaching Methodology

Arnold Jacobs began teaching in 1937.  His teaching methods and ideas are a mirror image of Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Carol Ann Tomlinson's structure of Differentiated Instruction.

 

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In 1984, under the direction of M. Dee Stewart, Charles Gorham, Harvey Phillips, and Philip Farkas, the Second International Brass Congress was held on the campus of Indiana University.  Arnold Jacobs, the legendary tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was given their highest honor.  His dedication to both performance and pedagogy set the stage for "Jake" to become one of the most influential people in the history of brass pedagogy.

 

The testimonies of his students in 1984 were a clear demonstration of the influence he had on the performing and pedagogical world at the time.  32 years later, those same students, having established their own legacies as performers and pedagogues, still credit Jacobs' teaching for their for their success and are convinced that his methods have stood the test of time, continuing...

Supplemental Episodes

These videos are an extension of the documentary:

Into The Third Generation.