Death By Music Education: University Of Texas Fine Arts Dean Calls For An Overhaul In The Education Of Musicians At First Conference On Music Entrepreneurship
With a career in music being second in competitiveness only to professional sports, Dr. Robert Freeman, dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, plans to call for major changes in the education of musicians at the first U.S. conference on music entrepreneurship. The Brevard Conference on Music Entrepreneurship (BCOME, http://www.bcome.org) will be held July 14-16, 2006, at the Brevard Music Center in Western North Carolina, one of the nation's leading music training programs.
|MusicDish Network Sponsor|
Saying that "music is a seductive art but a terrible way to make a living," Freeman, who for 24 years was director of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, says it is imperative to improve the demand for the employment of musicians. "It is not realistic for any young musician to sit around waiting for lightning to strike and spontaneously launch a concert career," Freeman said. "The chance that it will do so is almost nil.
"Music education provides too narrow a focus. A great many music students not only do not achieve anything approaching a liberal arts education but are seriously deficient in the skills of thinking, reading, writing, and speaking -- all of which will be necessary for the success of musicians in the new millennium," said Freeman.
Freeman will share his insights, along with some of the country's major musicians, teachers, and entrepreneurs at the three-day conference established to help musicians explore career tracks beyond the traditional job pathways. Thought provoking and innovative, BCOME offers workshops, lectures and instruction on how to envision and establish one's own career as a music entrepreneur, with unique tracks specifically tailored for performers, college faculty and industry professionals.
"The conference will help performers learn how to earn a living doing what they love," says Michael Drapkin, BCOME executive director.
According to Freeman, music schools today are developing too many narrowly trained specialists -- and too few musical generalists in the mode of a Leonard Bernstein, who was a conductor, composer, pianist and teacher. "How many young musicians are we developing these days that can compose, perform, and teach in the breadth of musical repertories that Bernstein controlled?" asked Freeman.
» Nordic & British Musicians' Unions' Joint Statement on Sexism in the Music Industry
» Women Make An Impact On The 2018 MPG Awards Shortlist
» Two-Sides of Copyright Finance: Sound Royalties & Kobalt
» Career Moves: ROLI, Live Nation Sweden, Music Glue, BBR Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music Spain & Blue Night Soundscapes
» Europe's Digital Music Leaders Form Alliance
News Beat Directory
» [2017-11-21] Joint Statement By The Nordic Musicians' Unions And British Musicians' Union; Discussions On The Issue Of Gender Inequality, Sexism And Sexual Harassment, The Scale Of Which Had Been Highlighted By The Recent #metoo Campaign
» [2017-11-13] Women Make An Impact On The 2018 MPG Awards Shortlist; Nearly A Quarter Of Those Named This Year Are Female, Proving That Music Production Is No Longer A Bastion For The Boys
» [2017-11-13] The Nashville Musicians Sound Healthcare Plan Rolls Out; Sound Healthcare & Financial Announced The Formation Of A True Group Health Insurance Policy Plan For Musicians And Industry Professionals
» [2017-11-09] Streaming & Listening Diversity - Spotify Case Study; Will Artists Have An Easier Time Finding An Audience, Or Will Streaming Focus Global Attention On A Small Number Of Stars?
» [2017-11-09] Two-Sides Of Copyright Finance: Sound Royalties & Kobalt; Sound Royalties Unearths Millions In Undistributed Royalties While Kobalt Launches Fund To Invest In Music Copyright
» [2017-11-08] Career Moves: ROLI, Live Nation Sweden, Music Glue, BBR Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music Spain & Blue Night Soundscapes; ROLI Chief Creative Officer, Live Nation Sweden Managing Directors, Music Glue Global Head Of Business Development, BBR Music Group VP Of International, Warner/Chappell Music Spain Managing Director And Blue Night Director Of Music Clearance
» [2017-11-08] Europe's Digital Music Leaders Form Alliance; European Digital Music Companies Launch Of Digital Music Europe
» [2017-11-05] Pandora Subscriber Base Grows To Over 5 Million; Pandora Premium Paid Subscribers Cross The 1 Million Milestone In October 2017
» [2017-11-05] Hybrid Studios Announces Online Mastering Services; Engineers Billy Klein And Brian Frederick Spearhead New Online Mastering Effort Through OC Studio
» [2017-11-05] Music Industry Betting On VR & AR For New Revenue; The Music Industry Is Making An Early Bet On VR & AR To Create New Revenue Streams Across All Their Lines Of Business
» [2017-11-04] Sound Royalties Unearths Millions In Undistributed Royalties; Nearly $14 Million In Undistributed Royalties Has Been Found By Music-focused Finance Firm Sound Royalties
» [2017-11-02] MusicDish*China October China Label Music Releases And Charts; Several Tracks From October Releases Have Charted On Chinese Music Portal Kanjian ING Top 10 Weekly Chart
follow MusicDish on