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music/Maker with Tyler Kline // Episode 6

Reconceptualizing the Tuba with Brett Copeland

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Today on music/Maker with Tyler Kline, Tyler is joined by composer and tubist Brett Copeland.

Dr. Brett Copeland is a tuba player, educator, composer, and music technologist who holds the position of Associate Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Northern Iowa where he teaches Applied Lessons, Low Brass Techniques, directs the UNITUBA ensemble, and teaches a course on Electronic Composition. 

Brett's artistic endeavors extend beyond performance, as he recently co-authored The Creative Listener with other members of NewStream Brass, an innovative method book aimed at providing a resource for music educators to teach audiation and improvisation concepts effectively. Furthermore, his passion for composition shines through his acoustic and electro-acoustic works.

In this conversation, Brett and Tyler cover a lot of ground: Brett shares how he thinks about tuba with electronics and how that is different from how most tuba players might think of it; we reminisce about hanging out with friends at lunch in grad school, and how that’s impacted Brett’s musical thinking; how a composer might leverage AI to break out of their comfort zone; and what it’s like returning to his undergrad as a professor.

His YouTube channel is also worth following, at


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