• Imani Winds, November 2019 image

    Imani Winds, November 2019

  • New to MSU? Drop by and say hi, Music Practice Bldg 202! image

    New to MSU? Drop by and say hi, Music Practice Bldg 202!

  • Running Start Competition, February 2020 image

    Running Start Competition, February 2020

  • Michigan Opera Theater Career Exposure, March 2019 image

    Michigan Opera Theater Career Exposure, March 2019

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Upcoming Events and Workshops

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!



Jonathan Biss: Building a Varied Musical Life

Thursday, January 9, 3-4 PM 
Music Building 241

Writer. Performer. Online Educator. Entrepreneur. All of these words could describe Jonathan Biss, Curtis Institute of Music faculty member and world-renowned pianist. Interested in how these career options could intersect with your goals? Join us to have a conversation about creating a multifaceted musical life, project-based careers, the traditional canon, the online learning space, and more.

MMC Prep: Networking Skills

Sunday, January 12, 3-4 PM
Music Practice Building 103

For undergraduate music education students. Heading to MMC? Feel awkward talking to people you don't know? You are not alone! Come for some coffee, cookies, and practice your elevator pitch to learn how to make new professional connections with ease.

The Bus(y)ness of Music

Tuesday, January 21, 5:30-6:45 PM
Music Building 145

"I can't, I have rehearsal." Sound familiar? The life of music educators, performers, and scholars often require long days, endless to-do lists, and ridiculous schedules. How do you manage this work, sustainably, long term? Meet a panel of faculty and area professionals who wrestle with the same challenges and try out some strategies to implement in school and your career.

Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence: Roomful of Teeth
Monday, January 27

8:30-10:00 PM Composition Reading 
Cook Recital Hall 

Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence: Roomful of Teeth
Tuesday, January 28

11:30-12:20 PM Entrepreneurship Workshop 
Music Building Room 206

12:40-1:30 PM Vocal Arts Workshop
Hollander Hall (Music Building 120)

1:50-2:40 PM Thinking about Cultural Appropriation
Hollander Hall (Music Building 120)
oin a panel of faculty from the College of Music to think about issues of cultural appropriation across different disciplines-education, performance, musicology, and composition—and some of the challenges facing our field today.



Beyond Performing and Teaching: Creative Careers

Tuesday, February 4, 5:30 PM-6:45 PM
Music Building 145

Interested in what MSU alums can do with a background and love in music beyond teaching, performing, composing, or conducting? Dreading those questions from your family and friends during spring break, "so what are you going to do with that?" Come talk to a panel of MSU alums who are working in interesting--and unexpected—fields such as sonic branding, musical instrument repair, arts administration, higher education, and social justice. See what the possibilities could be and connect with some Spartans who want to help you succeed too!

2020 Running Start Competition Live Pitch

Sunday, February 9, 1:30-3:30 PM
Hollander Hall, MB120

Copyright Licensing and Permissions: The Basics

Monday, February 17, 8 PM-9 PM
Music Practice Building 103 (during jazz studio)

Join the MSU Jazz studio as Joe Bellanca, lawyer, chair of the Arts, Communication, Entertainment, & Sports section of the State Bar of Michigan, and member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys) explains the basics of copyright, royalties (digital and mechanical), and rights law that artists need to know.

Supporting Equity in the Music Industry

Wednesday, February 19, 5:30-7:00 PM
Music Practice Building 103

Diversity and Inclusion have rapidly become one of the music industry's top priorities in the last 2-3 years. What are some ways that musicians, teachers, composers, administrators, can support equity in the work we do?  Join a panel of faculty and professionals, and develop your own customized set of goals for how you can make an impact, regardless of whether you are a doctoral student or a freshman.

Fundraising and the Arts

Tuesday, February 25, 11:30-12:20 PM
Music Building 206

Patronage and fundraising has long served as the engine of the arts, but how many of us actually know how fundraising works for large arts organizations? Join Joe Robinson, former principal oboist for the New York Philharmonic, who has spent his life both as a performer and as an arts administrator, to unpack some of these principles of fundraising.