Career studies courses provide students with the essential skills needed as working musicians in the 21st-century. Courses provide exposure to industry trends and hands-on experience in technology, pedagogy, entrepreneurship, and community-based projects.
CRS403-1 / CRS404-1 Artistry in Pedagogy
Empathetic, creative, effective teaching. Each student will be paired with a young musician from the community with whom he will develop a year-long relationship. With guidance, students will learn to establish discipline while fostering the love of music—and will learn that through teaching music, we grow in ways previously unimagined. This class meets twice weekly. In addition to the teaching requirement, students will observe master classes and lessons taught by Curtis faculty and guests. Open, by approval, to post-baccalaureate diploma students, master of music students, and select undergraduates.
SCI317-1 / SCI318-1 Music and Technology
The overlaps between music and technology are ubiquitous. From electronic applications in composition, to platforms for broadcast/simulcast, to recording and the life cycles of production and promotion, to the Internet and the infinite variety of AV possibilities it invites, having a basic to intermediate understanding of the dynamics of how music and technology meld to serve the art form is essential for Curtis students as they enter careers in the 21st century. This independent study with a master teacher will expose students to the vocabulary and techniques of production and examples of interdisciplinary collaboration in a multimedia landscape, and will provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn by doing. Students receive a guided tour along the ever-evolving and shared frontiers of music and technology along with some practical training that will stimulate creativity in their primary studies.
CRS411-1 The 21st-Century Orchestra
This one-semester career studies course looks at how a modern-day orchestra operates. Students will hear directly from orchestra musicians, staff, management, and board members about what goes into running these complex organizations. The Philadelphia Orchestra will be a core focus so that students may learn from multiple perspectives about the orchestra that is so closely connected to Curtis. Outside guests such as Michael Kaiser, an independent consultant, and Tony Fogg of the Boston Symphony will also present. Students will work to understand a collective-bargaining agreement, and will hear from members of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s artistic, members', and education committees. Students will learn how artistic decisions take shape among the music director, executive director, musicians, and artistic administrators. Fundraising, marketing, and financial models for several orchestras will be examined. Lastly, the orchestra’s role in the community it serves will be explored by students in consultation with management and musicians from several leading institutions.
Class discussions of reading assignments will focus not only on present-day issues in the orchestra world but also on the evolution of our cultural landscape. Students will consider what aspects of orchestral tradition should be preserved, what aspects need to evolve, and how the orchestra as an institution can best remain relevant to society.
Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America by Michael Kaiser
The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction by D. Kern Holoman
CRS301-1 / CRS302-2 Community Artists Program
A guided independent study in which five to seven students are matched with Curtis faculty, staff, and alumni mentors who help them to design and implement a unique performance project that combines artistry with invention, leadership with advocacy, and citizenship with community. Mentors guide students to resources, challenge their assumptions, introduce them to key people, serve as a sounding board, provide advice, and generally help students to make the most of this special opportunity.
CRS363-1 / CRS364-1 Social Entrepreneur
Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. More specifically, social entrepreneurs adopt a mission to create and sustain social value. Curtis’ new course, Social Entrepreneur, is a one-semester, project-based course that matches students with community based projects conceived of by the Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement. Students’ personal and musical interests are key factors in placing students in service opportunities that utilize their artistry. Through the course, students will also attend the Careers in Music Speaker Series and build their online portfolios. In addition, students will have the opportunity to apply for and receive small grants to continue the work after their semester in this course.
This course is required of all third-year undergraduate students.