Hack Music LA, The LA Phil, and Finding Relevance

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of mentoring students and serving as a fist round judge for Hack Music LA, a Los Angeles Philharmonic sponsored event that brought students from a multitude of backgrounds together for 48 hours of work to compete for prizes through a new venture competition. The weekend was filled with talks,Continue reading “Hack Music LA, The LA Phil, and Finding Relevance”

Thoughts on launching a successful private lesson studio.

Here’s a question I received last week: Hi Nate, I’m moving to a new city and I’d like to quickly recruit 5-10 students into my private clarinet studio.  What suggestions do you have for getting started? Here is my process for launching a private studio in a new town: Be committed to teaching—The most importantContinue reading “Thoughts on launching a successful private lesson studio.”

Finding Stability as an Artist

Here’s a question that came from one of my readers: As an artist 10 years into my career, I am making things work both financially and artistically, but I continue to be interested in finding artistic work that allows me to be upwardly mobile. Can you give me some advice for finding stability? This questionContinue reading “Finding Stability as an Artist”

Thoughts on Why Music Schools Must Embed Context into the Curriculum

Yesterday, I wrote this post, which discusses the role of arts entrepreneurship in higher education. After the post, I started thinking more deeply about the role that context plays in the process of educating our arts students. Higher education helps students go deep in a few subject areas, but mostly, the courses students take provideContinue reading “Thoughts on Why Music Schools Must Embed Context into the Curriculum”

What is the point of Arts Entrepreneurship?

Over the past decade, I think Schools of Music have answered that question in this way: Arts Entrepreneurship helps our students find success in the field. Academia has long placed an emphasis on outcomes based learning that prepares students for success. But what if those proposed outcomes aren’t preparing students for the field, or worse,Continue reading “What is the point of Arts Entrepreneurship?”

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