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Lund, Golden A. Orchestral Tuba Audition Preparation: The Perspective of Three Successful Teachers. DMA document, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013.
Daniel Perantoni, Warren Deck, and Mike Roylance have played significant roles in developing students that have won orchestral tuba positions in recent decades. These three instructors are representative of the past 30 years in that the success of their students are tiered chronologically over that time period; Perantoni has had students winning orchestral positions since the 1980s, Warren Deck’s studio began flourishing in the 1990’s, and Mike Roylance’s students have been emerging since he began teaching in Boston in 2003.
The purpose of this study was to determine commonalities and differences between the three of these teachers. Their effectiveness was measured on three spheres of competency: interpersonal, musical, and pedagogical.
All three pedagogues were strong in all three spheres of competency, although each instructor favors a specific sphere. A student that needs a lot of emotional support might consider a teacher like Perantoni who is especially charismatic and enthusiastic about seeing their students win jobs. Someone who desires someone to spend a lot of time on the final detailed refinement and seeks more musical ideas should study with someone like Deck, who is a master of helping students refine excerpts to the level they need to be to be attractive to an audition committee. A student that needs structure in the pedagogy of their teacher should study with someone like Roylance who prescribes a specific audition preparation routine for all of his students.
One final finding of note is that while an effective teacher plays a crucial role in a students’ journey to audition success; it ultimately comes down to the ability of a student to apply their teacher’s counsel, their ability to effectively improve their individual weaknesses, and their ability to have the patience and emotional stamina through numerous failures that ultimately results in the aspiring orchestral tubist to win a major symphony job.
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