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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Filtering by Tag: Jacobs School of Music

The Brass Junkies: Dan Perantoni

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Brass legend Dan Perantoni, Provost Professor of Tuba at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is our latest guest on The Brass Junkies. Not much left to say that hasn't already been said about his impact on the tuba and the brass world as a whole. The term legend is 100% accurate.

Did you know he initially dreamed of being a jazz pianist? Thankfully for all of us, he ended up participating in nearly every important milestone in the development of nearly every important milestone in tuba-dom in the last 50 years. Dan shares stories about Harvey Phillips, Rich Matteson, Don Knaub and the St. Louis Brass Quintet. He explains how he got into Eastman on sousaphone, details his approach to playing and teaching and how he makes meatballs by the hundred and tomato sauce by the gallon.

And to repeat, this dude got into Eastman on a sousaphone! Crazy!


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The Entrepreneurial Musician: Jeff Nelsen

Andrew Hitz

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Jeff Nelsen discusses his phenomenal career as a member of Canadian Brass, how he won four orchestral auditions, and how he started Fearless Performance, a method for mastering the mental process of performance.

He is one of the most uplifting people I've ever met and that is reflected in Fearless Performance.  In this interview, he discusses selling yourself as a musician (which he prefers to refer to as sharing), how to get the best out of yourself on stage, and most importantly how he took the idea for this program and made it a product in the form of seminars, lectures, and books.

As with Dr. Tim in the last episode, this will leave you fired up and ready to follow through on any ideas you have kicking around in your head!


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Next Episode: Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music and former ethnomusicologist for Microsoft, Brian Pertl