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From Football Field to Concert Hall

This image copyright © 2012 Susie Ahrens

“Be the tuba in your head” is the famous Jacobsism. Andrew Hitz takes this quote out to its logical conclusion: “Make the tuba in your head come out your bell and translate to the audience member in the front row as well as the back row”.

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My Ambitions for 2012

This image copyright © 2012 Susie Ahrens

Several of Twitter’s #MusEdChat teachers have posted blogs about their 2012 Resolutions/Goals. I have enjoyed reading them and they got me thinking about my own resolutions for the year. I began thinking of areas that I have been wanting to improve as a musician and as a [...]

Play Louder Without Blasting

My High School band director's signature on my yearbook at the end of my Junior year.

I was facing my Senior year as one of two tuba players in a band of 70+ musicians. (The other player had just joined the advanced band after learning to play tuba the previous year in beginning band. [...]

My Teaching Makes Kids Yawn

Recently, I had the privilege of working with two young tuba players at a friend’s high school. I was anxious to start working with them, but the band had a performance coming up and needed to do a run-through of their music. I had about 10 minutes to work with them before [...]

Practicing Without the Horn

Creative ways around an awkwardly large instrument.

One of the biggest challenges to beginning tuba players is the ability to practice. Since walking home with a tuba or trying to carry it on the bus is unpractical, here’s a few suggestions for overcoming this difficulty.

Multiple Horns:

If your school has multiple [...]

Tuba Q and A: Increasing the high range

Question: What are some helpful techniques for improving the high range of my high school tuba players? Most high school band music is written in the lower register.

Answer: I was once told that the best way for tuba players to improve their range in the upper register is to play up there. As [...]