The Professional Musician

Syllabus

Instructor
Dr. Mark Snyder
msnyder3@ju.edu
Fine Arts 207
(904) 256-7665
Office Hours M 2:30-4:00 PM, TR 2:30-4:30 PM, and by appointment.

Introduction
Welcome to the Professional Musician. This course is an orientation to the music profession, including but not limited to topics such as music research, personal career planning, goal setting for the music student, business issues for the professional musician, promotion and public relations methods and arts advocacy. Additionally, we will be hearing from experts in various fields about their careers and how they came to be where they are now.

Required Materials
There is no text for this course but you will be building your own digital portfolio that will stay with you during your time here at JU. The space and domain name will cost $25 for the year and we will go over how you’re going to acquire this during the first class.

Course Goals

  1. Provide an introduction to the JU music curriculum, including collegiate music study, degrees and majors offered, and program completion requirements.
  2. Provide an orientation to the music profession and career options in music.
  3. Acquaint students with career resources, including the library, career services and the internet.
  4. Make connections with professionals in the music industry.
  5. Research and report on specific careers in music.
  6. Create a bio, press release and c.v.
  7. Provide instruction in the use of the music library.
  8. Provide basic information about the maintenance of health and safety within the contexts of practice, performance, teaching, and listening, including the maintenance of hearing, vocal, and musculoskeletal health and injury prevention.
  9. Design basic web pages with music-specific content including a web presence on social media.

Critiques
Students are expected to participate in the critiques of the projects and assignments in class. Failure to do so will lower the grade of your project. Critiques are designed to offer insights, suggestions for improvement, support to encourage you to improve your work.

In addition to the above requirements, participation will be measured against the following criteria:

  • Contribute original thoughts or ideas to the critiques.
  • Give relevant reasons to validate points.
  • Demonstrate openness to divergent points of view.
  • Be respectful of the perceptions of others.
  • Integrate material from previous units to formulate ideas and generate dialogue.

Schedule

August 28: Introduction to the course, JU music degrees and Domain of One’s Own

September 4: Labor Day (No Class!)

September 11: Social Media discussion, Bio draft 1 due, Greg Sigman – Music Librarian at the New School

September 18: More social Media, Bio due, Ben Skipworth – Producer Inkwell Films

September 25: Social Media pages draft 1 due, Ellen Cockeham Riccio – Principal Second Violin Richmond Symphony and Executive Director Classical Revolution RVA

October 2: Word press, social media pages due, Becky Brown – PhD student at the University of Virginia, multimedia artist, web designer, technical director of the Electroacoustic Barn Dance and composer

October 9: Web site menu items due, Olivier Conan – Owner of Barbés Records and Barbés club Brooklyn, Director of the Amphi of the Opera de Lyon, France

October 16: Web site draft 1 due, musicians health and wellness, Andrea Cheeseman – Professor of Clarinet Appalachian State University

October 23: Web site draft 2 due, Zach Fichter – Production manager, Recording and Live Sound Engineer

October 30: Web site due, Delbert Bowers –  Grammy Nominated Mix Engineer

November 6: Press release draft due,

November 13: Press release due

November 27: Career Essay draft 1 due

December 4: Career Essay due

Exam Time: Semester wrap up

*****Schedule may be ahead or behind at any point. Pay attention in class to make sure you are aware of important dates and times. The schedule will also fluctuate depending on how many of which emphasis are in the class.*****

Class Participation & Attendance
Education is mostly experiential and therefore class attendance is critical. I go to great lengths to make this course beneficial to you even if you can’t see what it’s value is in the moment. Trust me and come to class!

Absences and Excuses
Each student is directly responsible for absences and for making up missed work.

Academic Honesty
Students at JU are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty. Refer to the information on academic integrity and misconduct found in the online  JU catalog, p.101. Academic dishonesty will be handled appropriately by the instructor.

Grading
The course grade will be determined from evaluations of the following: research project (written report and oral presentation), course assignments, class participation, and attendance.

Student Support Services
Students at JU are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty. Refer to the information on academic integrity and misconduct found in the online 2015-16 JU catalog, p.101. Academic dishonesty will be handled appropriately by the instructor.