Developing harmonic perception

a conversation with Bruno Mangueira




Harmonic perception, Teaching and learning, Folk music, Bruno Mangueira, Eletric guitar


In the present interview, Bruno Mangueira (a Brazilian guitarist, composer, arranger, professor and researcher) shares his process of musical development through a conversation emphasizing the investigation on the development of harmonic perception.  Mangueira comes from a generation of guitarists that had access to higher education in popular music. However, before university he experienced educational processes that were non-formal and informal, related to popular music. Such educational processes were not only incorporated in his musical practice, but also in his pedagogical practice. Mangueira performs both in artistic and academic careers. His trajectory has the potential to collaborate with the processes of teaching and learning on popular music.


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Author Biographies

Thais dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil

Thais dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes is a professor of the Arts and Communication Department at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), where she currently teaches the subjects of Popular Song and World Voices. She has a Bachelor 's, Master' s and Doctoral degrees in Music from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Since 2015, she has been the coordinator of an Extension program called “Popular Music: History, Performance and Teaching” and the leader of the “Studies Group on Popular Song”, together with professor Adelcio Camilo Machado. She has been dedicating herself to research related to the teaching and learning of Popular Music, to the analysis of Popular Song and to the vocal performance.

André de Oliveira, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil

André de Oliveira has been working as a guitarist and private teacher of acoustic guitar, ukulele and electric guitar since 2010. Since 2018, he has also worked as a music educator for electric guitar and band practice at Projeto Guri in São Carlos-SP and private music schools. He has experience recording at studios. As an instrumentalist, he was part of bands like Café das 4, Pente Fino, Grooveria Brasil and Orquestra OSASC. He is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education from the Federal University of São Carlos.

Bruno Mangueira, University of Brasília, Brazil

Bruno Mangueira completed his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees in Music from the University of Campinas (2001, 2006 and 2012), having developed part of his doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati (USA, 2011). He completed his postdoctoral studies at the Queens College of the City University of New York (2020-2021). Mr. Mangueira is currently a professor at the University of Brasilia Department of Music, where he coordinates the Guitar and Popular Music Laboratory and leads the Center for Studies in Popular Music. Appearing as a soloist with symphony orchestras and big bands in Brazil and the U.S., he has released five CDs as a soloist, in addition to participating in works by several artists. He has experience in the field of Popular Music, working mainly on the following subjects: guitar, harmony, improvisation, arrangement, musical composition, Brazilian music, jazz, music production, and research in popular music.


Mangueira, Bruno R. 2006. Concepções estilísticas de Hélio Delmiro: violão e guitarra na música instrumental brasileira. Dissertação de Mestrado. Campinas: Instituto de Artes da Unicamp.

_________________. 2012. Arranjos de Nailor Proveta para a Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica: soluções contemporâneas para o choro numa homenagem a Pixinguinha. Tese de Doutorado. Campinas: Instituto de Artes da Unicamp.



How to Cite

Nunes, Thais dos Guimarães Alvim, André de Oliveira, and Bruno Mangueira. 2023. “Developing Harmonic Perception: A Conversation With Bruno Mangueira”. Per Musi 24 (October):1-13.