Essentials of Success
This course will address student adjustment to the experiences associated with an urban college: self-direction and learning, time management, decision-making, problem-solving, personal issues, and sensitivity toward diversity. Upon completion of the course students will be familiar with campus life, available support services, academic expectations, faculty roles, social responsibility, and study/practice technique.
Computer Literacy for the Professional Musician
A course designed to familiarize Professional Music majors with the fundamentals of computer theory and operation, using the Apple Macintosh platform. Hands-on instruction will include word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and database applications. Students will have access to the Professional Education Division technology facility for class and individual practice.
Financial Management for Musicians
Overview of the financial planning process, including budgeting, risk management, taxes, retirement planning, estate planning, and investments.
Investment Principles for the Professional Musician
This course focuses on the personal investment portfolio. Review of securities such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other investments, along with principles of portfolio management, will be included. Goals, objectives, risk tolerance, and time constraints will determine the strategy that is used to build a portfolio of mutual funds, stocks, or bonds. Review of events in today's dynamic and complex markets will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to interest rates and their impact on securities.
The Private Studio Teacher
Aspects of private studio teaching including pedagogy, literature, technology, and business considerations. Philosophy and attitudes essential to the successful private instructor. Choosing appropriate methods and materials. Overview of new technological resources for the private teacher.
A study of the concepts, skills, and practices of entrepreneurship with the goal of preparing the student to realistically deal with the essentials of setting up a business in the music industry in which he/she is in total control of profit and earnings. Case studies and guest lecturers present a broad range of experiential wisdom.
Music Career Planning Seminar
Development of career goals from musical interests and aspirations, and behaviors that will foster and enable the transition from student to professional. Development of career-oriented communication and presentational skills.
Final Project Seminar
A seminar in which students receive individualized guidance in the preparation and completion of their graduation project.
Professional Music Internship
Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in a retail, entrepreneurial, or corporate environment matched to the student's individual career goals. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the Professional Music Department chair or a designee. To apply for an internship, students must see the internship coordinator in the Office of Experiential Learning prior to registering. Note: Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the employer/supervisor and the college. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from the Counseling and Advising Center prior to beginning an internship.
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of finance. Various techniques of analysis that reveal the relationships of risk, return, and value are demonstrated. Topics include financial analysis, reporting and planning, long- and short-term forecasting, the time value of money, managing working capital, capital budgeting, and the nature of corporate securities and capital structure.
Final Project Directed Study - Online
A seminar in which students receive individualized guidance in the preparation and completion of their final project. Students will develop an approach and timeline, self-evaluative criteria for assessment of their project upon completion, and gain an understanding of current and future trends in the music industry as they relate to both the final project and the student's broader career goals. This course is a remotely delivered version of the current PM-475 Final Project Seminar.
Movement for Musicians
This class is designed to offer fundamentals of movement and dance for musicians. Each session includes a brief warm up followed by a dance combination and/or work on body awareness, coordination, use of time and space, development of internal pulse, and stage presence, etc. No prior dance experience is necessary.