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An Experiential Retreat on Music Entrepreneurship

The Savvy Musician in ACTION: An Experiential Retreat on Music Entrepreneurship & Leadership June 6-9, 2013 University of South Carolina, School of Music Please consider joining us for this life altering experience. A Retreat Like No Other… The Savvy Musician in ACTION is an intensive, experiential 3½-day retreat designed to cultivate...

Re-Imagining Arts Higher Education

With classes out of session, hopefully the middle of summer provides some time for those of us involved with arts higher education to reflect on our curriculum, requirements, and goals. The educational model for the vast majority arts programs today is virtually identical (within each discipline) from university to university. Though each school...

Back to School Challenge

Here we are again, at the beginning of a new school year full of promise. Hopefully all of you involved with this academic ecosystem are rested, rejuvenated, and rearing to go. Within a matter of weeks or days, urgent deadlines will start to emerge with ever increasing frequency. Stress levels will rise, your to-do list will grow long. All good...

Powerhouse Website Suggestions

As part of a May 21, 2011 Facebook event hosted by the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, I invited music teachers to submit their websites for observation and critique.  Thanks to all who participated. No matter what kind of art you make, I hope these comments provide inspiration and direction for your own...

The Savvy Music Teacher Scavenger Hunt

Attention music teachers!!! On Saturday, May 21 2011, I am hosting a Facebook event sponsored by the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), focusing on issues relevant to private music teachers.  Please feel free to join in on the conversation and advice by clicking here.  Our schedule is as follows:          9 AM...

This Summer, Build Your Career with the Savvy Musician

Though it may be hard to believe, with snow still melting on many of our sidewalks, summer is rapidly approaching.  This season—when school is out and many gigging scenes slow—is an ideal time to reflect on your career trajectory and strategically plan the path forward.  If you’re so inclined, I’d love to help you plot that journey at...

5 Questions Every Music School Should Ask (and Answer)

Below are five essential questions every music school should be asking. And answering.      1.  How is our school training excellent musicians (and what exactly does that mean)? Technical/musical ability? Musicianship/analytical skills? Historical perspective? Ensemble contributors? Other musical areas of emphasis? Multiple musical skill...

2010 Best Reads from The Savvy Musician

Knowledge is power.  In my experience, the savviest musicians prioritize reading and lifelong learning alongside performing, composing, teaching, and other musical activities.  Reading the right books challenges how you think, expands your horizons, and helps you imagine new possibilities for your art.Below are 10 of the most influential books I...

The Coming Melt-Down in Music Higher Education (and some hopeful solutions)

Seth Godin—bestselling author, one of the world’s leading marketing experts, and a personal hero—recently published the article The Coming Melt-Down in Higher Education (as seen by a marketer).  In it, he argues that academia may be an industry in peril in today’s new economy.  To support this thesis, he cites 5 major...

An Exciting Approach to Arts Entrepreneurship Education

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to visit Millikin University, a small liberal arts college in Decatur, IL.  While there, I was delighted to learn about their unique and (as far as I know) unprecedented approach to arts entrepreneurship.  The model in place illustrates one powerful way universities can support a culture of...

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