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Jason Haaheim, timpani

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Jason Haaheim, principal timpani of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, shares his journey from Nanotechnology to the Opera pit.  His deep understanding of Deliberate Practice changed the way he prepared for performances and auditions.  Hear stories of how this style of practice broke down barriers and prepared him for life at the MET.

1hr 16mins

26 Oct 2020

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743: Do We Need Music School with Jason Haaheim

Contrabass Conversations double bass life

Jason Haaheim, principal timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, joins us again on this episode to dig into one specific topic: What’s the value of music school? Instead of going to music school, Jason got a PhD and worked for 10 years as an engineer and researcher for a Chicago-based nanotechnology startup.  During this time, he used principles of deliberate practice to continue improving, eventually winning the audition for his current position with the MET. If he didn’t need to go to music school to make it to the top of the profession, does anybody?  It’s not an easy question, and there’s not an easy answer, but it’s a topic that is worth considering, and I hope you find it valuable. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Jason’s website for more about his musical journey plus information about his next upcoming Deliberate Practice Bootcamp Online.

1hr 9mins

22 Oct 2020

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#78: Jason Haaheim

That's Not Spit, It's Condensation!

www.jasonhaaheim.comJason Haaheim (pronounced HAW-heim) was appointed a Principal Timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2013. In addition to performances at New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Mr. Haaheim can be seen and heard performing with the MET Orchestra on television, international radio, and Live in HD movie theater broadcasts. Mr. Haaheim is on faculty at the NYU Steinhardt School of Music and the Bard Conservatory of Music. A sought-after clinician, Mr. Haaheim gives masterclasses both nationally and internationally, and is the founder of the Northland Timpani Summit, the Deliberate Practice Bootcamp, and the Artful Timpani Auditioning seminar. He is also a frequent coach for The Orchestra Now (TON), the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra (NYO), and the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS).Mr. Haaheim’s guest principal timpanist engagements have included the All Star Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Symphony. He is the principal timpanist of the Lakes Area Music Festival, and has also been a resident artist of the Twickenham Festival. Prior to the Met, Mr. Haaheim was principal timpanist of the Southwest Michigan Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and he performed regularly as timpanist with the Madison Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Illinois Philharmonic.Mr. Haaheim began studying piano in 4th grade, adding percussion studies in 5th grade. He holds a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in honors-music-performance and physics from Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN); he also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UC-Santa Barbara. Influential teachers have included John Tafoya (Indiana University, National Symphony), Dean Borghesani (Milwaukee Symphony), Jonathan Haas (Aspen Music Festival, NYU), and Robert Adney (Gustavus Adolphus College, MacPhail Music School). While auditioning and freelancing, Mr. Haaheim worked as a Senior Research and Development Engineer at NanoInk, a Chicago-area tech company. In this capacity, he gave invited talks on nanotechnology, authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, and was granted numerous patents. In 2017, this dual-career path was highlighted in an interview with Melissa Block on NPR’s Weekend Edition.Active in many musical areas, Mr. Haaheim has also performed extensively as a chamber musician and jazz drummer. He collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma in a Civic Orchestra / Silk Road Ensemble performance, and recorded the premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s “Terpsichore’s Dream” with members of the Chicago Symphony. Mr. Haaheim has performed with Chicago’s ensemble dal niente, and premiered Ryosuke Yagi’s “Mirrors…for timpani” with the UCSB Ensemble of Contemporary Music. Other projects have included drumming for the jazz-fusion quartet “The J3 Intent” and the alt-country band “The Lost Cartographers.” At Gustavus, Mr. Haaheim was selected for the honors recital and won first place in the orchestra’s concerto competition. Extra-musical interests include backpacking and hiking, rock climbing, and both downhill and cross-country skiing.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)

2hr 23mins

23 Sep 2020

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Jason Haaheim: On “Deliberate Lessons” and How to Become a Better Teacher to Yourself

The Bulletproof Musician

Like many other musicians, perhaps you've recorded your weekly lessons in the past. Or had a parent who recorded them. But given how much time it takes to listen back, how useful is this really? Met timpanist Jason Haaheim explains why he believes recording and transcribing your lessons is essential, and why this can significantly increase the effectiveness of your daily practice. Jason Haaheim: On “Deliberate Lessons” and How to Become a Better Teacher to Yourself

1hr 13mins

5 Jul 2020

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Focused Practice in the Digital Age – Jason Haaheim – XPol#8

XPol with Baptiste Watiez

Jason Haaheim is the principal timpanist at the metropolitan opera orchestra since 2013, and he is a former neuroscientist. He explores and analyzes the challenges faced by musicians and artists willing to perfect their craft in the 21st century on his blog and in his deliberate practice bootcamps. His approach combines subtle artistic sensibility and rigorous scientific thinking.

1hr 36mins

27 Jun 2020

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012 Jason Haaheim: The Science, Power, and Joys of Deliberate Practice

The Mind Over Finger Podcast

In this episode, I speak with Jason Haaheim, principal timpanist with NY’s Metropolitan Opera since 2013.   We discuss his fascinating journey, going from working full-time as an engineer to holding one of the most coveted position in the world.  He applied the principles of deliberate practice in his life in a way that will amaze and inspire you!  Jason’s experience and insight on deliberate practice and music-making are eye opening!   We elaborate on: His unorthodox path – securing a position at the MET How he was exposed to deliberate practice What is “talent?” (Pssst!  It’s not what you think!) How his playing soared once he figured out what type of practice works for him How deliberate practice is, in essence, applying the scientific method to instrumental learning How refining the technique in a scientific, methodical way, leads us to musicality and expression Why feedback is so crucial in learning and growing as an artist Why essential to be process-focused and how it impacts the end result Why it’s up to you and the decision you make over the years Why it pays to be a tenacious loser What the things you can control are How the process never ends (and that’s a good thing!) Why we should keep asking questions and how they make us better How his process continues in his career How results are a by-product of the process His audition preparation process – how he organized it and what it involved (have specific goals, a solid plan, record yourself, play mock auditions, get lots of feedback, etc.) How he uses Anders Ericsson’s Mental Representation concept How recording ourselves transforms how we pay attention to our playing in real time How he prepares for the opera repertoire ALL ABOUT JASON: Website: https://jasonhaaheim.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasonhaaheim/ Metropolitan Opera: https://www.metopera.org/ Artful Timpani Auditioning Seminar: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/summer/percussionworkshops/artful_timpani_auditioning Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson Jason Haaheim (pronounced HAW-heim) was appointed a Principal Timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2013. In addition to performances at New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Mr. Haaheim can be seen and heard performing with the MET Orchestra on television, international radio, and Live in HD movie theater broadcasts. Mr. Haaheim is on faculty at the NYU Steinhardt School of Music and the Bard Conservatory of Music. A sought-after clinician, Mr. Haaheim gives masterclasses both nationally and internationally, and is the founder of the Northland Timpani Summit. He is also a frequent coach for The Orchestra Now (TON), the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra (NYO), and the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS). Mr. Haaheim’s guest principal timpanist engagements have included the Seoul Philharmonic, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Symphony. He has also been principal timpanist of the Lakes Area Music Festival, and a resident artist of the Twickenham Festival. Prior to the Met, Mr. Haaheim was principal timpanist of the Southwest Michigan Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and he performed regularly as timpanist with the Madison Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Peoria Symphony, and the Illinois Philharmonic. Mr. Haaheim has also been invited to perform as guest principal timpanist with the Chicago Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Glimmerglass Festival, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Mr. Haaheim began studying piano in 4th grade, adding percussion studies in 5th grade. He holds a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in honors-music-performance and physics from Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN); he also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UC-Santa Barbara. Influential teachers have included John Tafoya (Indiana University, National Symphony), Dean Borghesani (Milwaukee Symphony), Jonathan Haas (Aspen Music Festival, NYU), and Robert Adney (Gustavus Adolphus College, MacPhail Music School). While auditioning and freelancing, Mr. Haaheim worked as “Senior Research and Development Engineer” at NanoInk, a Chicago-area tech company. In this capacity, he gave invited talks on nanotechnology, authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, and was granted numerous patents. In 2017, this dual-career path was highlighted in an interview with Melissa Block on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Active in all musical areas, Mr. Haaheim has also performed extensively as a chamber musician and jazz drummer. He collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma in a Civic Orchestra / Silk Road Ensemble performance, and recorded the premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s “Terpsichore’s Dream” with members of the Chicago Symphony. Mr. Haaheim has performed with Chicago’s ensemble dal niente, and premiered Ryosuke Yagi’s “Mirrors…for timpani” with the UCSB Ensemble of Contemporary Music. Other projects have included drumming for the jazz-fusion quartet “The J3 Intent” and the alt-country band “The Lost Cartographers.” At Gustavus, Mr. Haaheim was selected for the honors recital and won first place in the orchestra’s concerto competition. Extra-musical interests include backpacking and hiking, rock climbing, and both downhill and cross-country skiing. If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support! Visit www.mindoverfinger.com for information about past and future podcasts, and for more resources on mindful practice. THANK YOU: Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson. Also a huge thank you to my producer, Bella Kelly! MIND OVER FINGER: www.mindoverfinger.com https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindoverfingertribe (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases, which helps cover some of the costs associated with the production of the podcast.  Thank you for your support.)

1hr 10mins

23 Nov 2018

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Jason Haaheim: On Practice, Talent, Motivation, and Playing the "Long Game"

The Bulletproof Musician

Have you ever wondered (or worried) if you were talented enough? Met principal timpanist Jason Haaheim explains why this is the wrong question to be asking ourselves - and what we should be asking instead. Jason Haaheim: On Practice, Talent, Motivation, and Playing the "Long Game"

1hr 10mins

4 Nov 2018

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118: Music Learning at Warp Speed, with Jason Haaheim

Musicality Now

Okay, first of all a heads-up. This interview ran long, like epically long. But it's also one of the most densely-interesting ones we've had the pleasure to do! So you are in for a treat. We've talked often on this podcast about musical “talent”, including in our interview with Professor Anders Ericsson, the leading researcher on the topic, and the notion of talent and how it relates to musicality is obviously a really central one for everything we discuss on this show. We’ve also talked more than once about “deliberate practice”, a specific practice methodology which can be applied to any instrument and task, and in fact across any discipline, not just music - and which promises to deliver several times faster progress for the same amount of time spent practicing. Our guest today, Jason Haaheim, is the clearest-cut example we've come across of someone who's taken these ideas on board, applied them very directly in his own life, and tracked and documented the results so as to demonstrate very clearly the impact they had. Jason began in his youth as a very casual musician and his studies and work life led him into science and engineering rather than music. But today Jason is principal timpanist for New York’s Metropolitan Opera, one of the top professional percussion roles in the world. So how did that happen? In this conversation we talk about: • The three big turning points that took him from a casual high-school musician to a world-class professional orchestra player • The four characteristics you need to bring to your own music practice to achieve this kind of rapid progress yourself • How taking a scientific mindset can be reconciled with the "magic" of music that we all love If you're someone who has worried that it might be "too late" for you to reach an impressive level in music, we know you're going to find this episode illuminating and encouraging. We hope you'll enjoy this detailed conversation with Jason as much as we did. He's a fascinating man who's given these crucial topics deep thought and we can pretty much guarantee you're going to come away from this episode with a changed outlook on your own musical development. Subscribe For Future Episodes! Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | RSS Full Show Notes and Transcript: Episode 118 Links and Resources • How Did a Scientist Become Principal Timpanist of the MET Orchestra? • A Process for Everyone: Teachers, Freelancers, and Big-Job Auditioners • I Don’t Care How Good You Are - I Care About the Trajectory You’re Willing to Set • The Deliberate Practice Book Club • The Truth About Talent, with Professor Anders Ericsson • Becoming an Expert Learner, with Josh Plotner • Talent is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin • Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, by Professor Anders Ericsson • The Bulletproof Musician • The Deliberate Practice Bootcamp and Northland Timpani Summit (timpani seminar with Jason Haaheim) Enjoying the show? Please consider rating and reviewing it! Click here to rate and review

1hr 51mins

23 Oct 2018

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Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 107 - Jason Haaheim

Pete's Percussion Podcast - Pete Zambito

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal Timpanist Jason Haaheim stops by to talk about getting the Met Orchestra job (02:15), representation in orchestras (14:30), getting the call and managing the insane rehearsal and performance schedule (19:40), his 10-year career as an engineer prior to the Met job (39:40), growing up near Minneapolis/St. Paul and developing a love for your work (54:50), the similarities and differences in the challenges for orchestras and those who work in the tech and science field (01:18:00), and deals with the Random Ass Questions (01:30:35).Finishing with a rave on Killers of the Flower Moon (01:44:10).Links:Jason Haaheim’s homepageJason Haaheim at the Met OperaJason Haaheim’s Pearl Drums pageJason Haaheim’s NPR profileParker LeeVerdi’s OtelloMozart’s Don GiovanniAaron McDonaldThe Met Opera in HDProblems in Rossini timpani partsNanoinkDip-pen NanolithographyMichael JordanMaria FinkelmeierSilicon ValleyHiggs-bosonThe Onion“Thriller”, “Beat It” , “Smooth Criminal” - Michael JacksonCitizen Kane trailerElvish languagesStar Trek: The Wrath of Khan soundtrackHuman Ashes spread at Met Opera“The Good Friday Music” - Wagner’s ParsifalRaves:Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann

27 Sep 2018

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Episode #48: Well-Documented Failure (Jason Haaheim)

The Limit Does Not Exist

Are you a tenacious loser? Jason Haaheim, principal timpanist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and former senior research scientist, explains why having that title will increase your chances of success. Jason also tells us how he built a sustainable business model for his musical pursuits, and shares the most important question you can ask yourself to determine if you’re truly focused on the right things. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 4mins

3 Jun 2017

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