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Upcoming Events and Workshops

Spring events coming soon!

Presenters include faculty members, guests, and alumni. Events and workshops cover topics essential to young performers and teachers, including self-promotion, resume-writing, building a private studio, constructing a teaching philosophy, and planning engaging, audience-friendly programs. Check out the schedule below for upcoming opportunities!


College of Music Student Job Fair

Join us to learn about opportunities for on campus jobs and internships for College of Music students, both at the College of Music and beyond. Plus, get a quick tune-up of your resume and learn some tips to improve your job search, cover letter, and interviewing skills. 

Tuesday, August 28, 3:30-4:30 PM Info Session, Cook 
4:30-5:30 Resume Reviews, Music Building 145

Creating Thriving Studios

Special in-class workshop for graduate piano students. Learn what it takes to create a thriving piano studio. Topics will include recruiting, running studio class, working with parents, invoicing, running a small business, and developing competitive students.

Friday, Sept. 7, 12:40-1:30 PM
Cook Recital Hall

Music In Motion: Beyond Campus 

Wish there were more opportunities to connect with our local community through the arts? Interested in creating partnerships, performances, events, venues, and projects in the City of East Lansing for 2018-19? Come meet students from the arts across campus at this innovation workshop and let's create together. Facilitators will take you through a process to create and test ideas that will make East Lansing a more welcoming, creative place to be in 2018 and 2019. We'll provide plenty of food to keep the ideas generating! What you’ll need to bring: enthusiasm. What you’ll leave with: tools to bring these ideas to life and potential partners to make it happen. 

*Space is limited, sign up early.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 5:00-6:30 PM
Music Building 241

Real Life Series: Taxes Can Be Fun

Based on student feedback, we've created this Real Life series to make sure you have the skills you need in your future careers. Think taxes are scary and boring? Think again. Join Dan Horn, MSU music alumnus and accountant, in an interactive workshop that will help you improve how you track expenses, revenue, and deductions as a musician.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 6-7 PM
Music Building 206

On the Road: Michigan Opera Theater

Ever wondered how an opera company is actually run? Join the College of Music for a Career Exposure On-The-Road event to the Michigan Opera Theatre. You'll tour the house and costume shop, meet with current MOT young artists (and MSU alums!), learn the inside scoop on YAP auditions,  and meet with administrative professionals to understand the many roles available--performance and administrative--in a professional opera company.

Friday, Sept. 21, 8:00 AM-2:30 PM
Michigan Opera Theater (Detroit, MI)


Designing Entertainment: Museums, Live Shows, and Attractions

Do you love creative events and experiences? Ever wonder what it takes to create a theme park, or the world's largest indoor ski park in the desert? Or what type of people are behind experiences such as a Super Bowl halftime show, the Nixon Presidential Library, or the Making of Harry Potter studio tour in London?

Meet MSU Alumnus Joe Zenas, who has spent nearly 30 years in the entertainment industry. Joe began as a performing musician, a producer of live entertainment, museum exhibits, and theme park attractions, and now owns a world renowned experiential entertainment design company (Thinkwell Group www.thinkwellgroup.com) that has consulted on all of those projects and more in the US, UK, China, and Saudi Arabia. Join us to learn about the industry of experiential entertainment design, and the unique skills, talents, and perspective that Spartans can leverage to pursue creative careers.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:45 PM-7 PM
Cook Recital Hall

Scoring Music for Theme Park Attractions

Join MSU School of Music Alumni and Producer Joe Zenas (CEO of the Thinkwell Group www.thinkwellgroup.com) as he showcases the lesser-known industry of creating music for theme parks and location-based entertainment industry.  Just as a film needs a custom score to establish the tone and help propel the story, Theme Park Rides, Attractions and Parades all need custom music but with significant different parameters.  This presentation will break down the production process of scoring for these attractions, illustrating how music composers and producers contribute to the design of these attractions.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:15-8:15 PM
Music Building 206

Intermission: Music, Movement, and Mindfulness

Meet Melissa White, violinist of the Harlem Quartet, Lansing native, first-prize laureate in the Sphinx Competition, and soloist with some of America’s leading ensembles, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Colorado, Detroit, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras. 

Melissa is a founder of Intermission Sessions, which provides sessions and retreats on yoga and mindfulness to musicians. Join us for a workshop that will lead you through light yoga sequences with an emphasis on preparing the body for instrumental practice sessions or performances: arm and hand stretches to warm and limber the muscles, breathing techniques to relax and center oneself before a nerve-wracking stage appearance, and properly stacking the body from the feet to the crown of the head to achieve optimal posture, to name a few examples. 

Come prepared for light exercise-wear loose clothes or active wear. Workshop is during Wind Chamber Music but others are welcome.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 3-4 PM
Music Practice Building 103

Benefits of Incorporating Jazz Into Public School Music Programs

Join Paul Carr, jazz saxophonist, founder of the Jazz Academy of Music in Washington D.C., and jazz education advocate, as he discusses ways to incorporate jazz into MS and HS band and orchestra programs. Learn about incorporating improvisation (and its relationship as the foundation to student proficiency in the more popular genres of music), repertoire, and empowering students to explore and create music in many different styles, as well as partnering with artists for mutually beneficial learning for your future students.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 3:30-4:30 PM
Music Building 207

Running Start Competition Information Session

Learn more about the 2019 Running Start Competition, including new award categories and how you can apply and put your best foot forward. Whether you want to workshop an existing idea or brainstorm a new one, be sure to stop by and learn how to best prepare for this year's competition.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6-7PM
Music Building 145

Studying Abroad for Music Students

Thinking of incorporating studying abroad into your education but feeling like it's too complicated or too expensive? Hear from a panel of students on how study abroad is fitting into their educational goals, professional goals, and get some tips on how to pick a program and find funding to support an experience that is right for you.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 7-8 PM
Music Building 206


The Faces of Chamber Music Careers

Chamber Music careers can look very different. Meet three people who have made careers in chamber music with different business models and structures.

Friday, Nov. 2, 11:30-12:20 PM
Music Building 145

#nofilter: The Higher Ed Job Market

What is it like to have your first job in academic? Join a panel of four MSU alums who have jobs in different institutions across Michigan and the U.S. to learn about how to prepare to apply for jobs in higher education, the interview process, landing your first job, recruitment, being on the tenure track, and what it is really like to have a college teaching job.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5-6:15 PM
Music Building 241