Jacobs Quotes is a project to carry on the pedagogical legacy of Arnold Jacobs through tweeting his quotes.
I was introduced to the teachings of Arnold Jacobs as a student at Northwestern University in the mid-90's. I had the privilege of attending a few of his master classes and of having one private lesson with him before he passed away. I have also spent a good deal of time in the Northwestern Library pouring over VHS tapes of his master classes over the decades. He has had a profound impact on my career as both a player and teacher.
The @JacobsQuotes project is a tribute to him and his pedagogical insights. Thank you, Mr. Jacobs!
"60% of practice time is spent on interpretive music. Develop musicianship -- even with children's songs or folk music."
"Repetitive material (to practice) could be just as well found in a concerto as in a scales study book."
"40% of (practice) time is spent on drills. Even during this time, make music with a high standard."
"(When practicing) work in the mid-range of both register and dynamics."
"Determine what you want the audience to hear."