Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
The career of Dennis L. ‘Denny’ Schneider, Professor of Trumpet at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1961-1996, was expansive. From small town Nebraska, Schneider graduated from the University of Nebraska and Indiana University. After serving in the USAF Strategic Air Command Band, and teaching public school music, Schneider began teaching at the University of Nebraska. He served as principal trumpet of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra for decades. Schneider also served as principal trumpet for the Cabrillo Summer Festival Orchestra, and performed and recorded with the Summit Brass. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska and the International Trumpet Guild Award of Merit. This project examines Schneider’s life, career as a trumpet player, and pedagogy. One of his former students pointed out that “his publications are his students themselves:” evidenced by the large number of successful professional trumpet players and teachers that studied with him. These include Tim Andersen, Michael Anderson, Allan Cox, Laurie Frink, Grant Peters, and Alan Wenger. Through a series of interviews with these and others, themes have been identified in his teaching, which show how he adapted his teaching style to the individual needs of each student. The appendix contains transcripts from the interviews, a listing of references to Schneider’s work in the International Trumpet Guild Journals between 1976 and 2012, and a copy of his infamous “Pink Sheet” trumpet practice routine. It is my hope that this project will help to preserve Denny Schneider’s legacy as a master teacher, world class trumpeter, and human being of the highest quality in the trumpet community and greater music world.
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Eckhardt, Louie Colton Sperry, "Straight Ahead: The Life, Pedagogy, and Influence of Dennis L. Schneider" (2015). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 1529.