Building a Successful Professional Practice

Learning Objective 
This course teaches musicians how to develop a professional career. Subjects include a.o. networking, programming, finances, grants, agents and managers, audiences, educational projects, branding, marketing, communication, time management and personal leadership.

Course Description
First period: intensive seminars given by guest instructors. Renowned musicians, festival leaders, concert and label managers, music educators, and media specialists will give their views on musical life, and cast judgement on your proposals. These experts offer not only a wealth of artistic insight and management experience, but also an opportunity for critical discussion and feedback.

Second period: under extensive supervision you will turn theory into practice as part of a project that will help you launch your career after graduation.

The invited guest teachers of this year are: Alban Wesly (Calefax Reed Quintet), Jared Sacks (Channel Classics), Lucine Schippers (Tivoli Vredenburg), Ruud Hoevenaar (Fontys Rockacademie), en Stephan Aerts (Vondel/CS). Please note that this list may be subject to changes.

Related Electives
* Analysis & Performance: A Coaching Trajectory for Classical Musicians
* Instrumentation and Classical Arranging
* Style in Performance

Course details

teachers Aart-Jan van der Pol, guest instructors
term September-December 2019 or September 2019-April 2020
readings provided by guest teachers
assessment Period 1: active participation in seminars, assignments
  Period 2: completion of artistic project
credits 5 (one period) or 10 (two periods)