The Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department offers a range of courses that help students build professional skills and articulate the impact they want to make as musicians. In addition to our survey course, The Entrepreneurial Musician, we offer intensive electives that cover diverse topics such as marketing, communications, financial planning, and legal issues. In our courses, students learn by doing—whether it’s talking about their music, building a website, or balancing a budget—students can tailor each assignment to fit their unique interests and goals. Advising is also built into the DNA of our courses; not only do students receive ongoing feedback from faculty, EM staff, and peers; many have the opportunity to connect with an E-Advisor who can give them a window into life after graduation. Our faculty members draw on years of experience in different fields of music and business, but share a common vision for equipping students with a robust professional toolkit.

Course Descriptions

Generally, students are awarded one credit for each hour of class time. Exceptions are made for studio, ensemble, and a small number of classes.
For complete information as to courses offered in the current year, students should consult the schedule of course offerings available each semester in the Registrar’s Office. Courses numbered 100 through 499 are undergraduate level; courses numbered 500 through 999 are graduate level. Course numbers preceded by a “»” are typically offered each academic year. Course numbers followed by a “T” are taught to mixed classes of undergraduates and graduates. Undergraduate students may register for graduate-level courses with the instructor’s permission. Courses followed by a “*” are repeatable for credit. Courses followed by a “**” are repeatable for credit if the topic has changed (permission from Academic Advisor required).

»ENTP 351 – The Entrepreneurial Musician
The Entrepreneurial Musician course provides a strategic perspective of the skills, strategies, and mindsets that help musicians create and develop unique, resilient, and successful careers in today’s music field. This class will cultivate a mindset of self-efficacy – the belief in one’s capacity to perform specific tasks to achieve goals and standards – as the foundation for a life in music. Since discussions in this course are focused primarily on post-NEC careers, students who register should be at least in their junior year of coursework. (1 credit, GE) E. Epstein, Kalmanovitch, Teeters

»ENTP INT – Entrepreneurial Internship
Internships place students in environments where they learn how to take responsibility for all aspects of a musical endeavor – performance, teaching, administrative work, marketing, etc. – because music careers today demand all of these skills. EM Internships are offered in conjunction with a wide variety of local arts organizations and ensembles, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, the Museum of Fine Arts, A.R.T’s Club Oberon, and A Far Cry, among others. Each intern will work directly with a professional from the host organization and is required to work a minimum of 80 hours over the course of a semester. Grading is pass/fail, based on the intern’s self-evaluation and his/her manager’s performance evaluation. Unpaid internships are available for one credit or zero credits. Students many only earn up to two elective credits total through EM internships. Internships may also be paid, but will not be eligible for credit. International students must obtain Curricular Practical Training for a paid internship. An internship may be repeated for credit, either at the same or a different organization, but must involve a different role and learning objectives than the original internship for which credit was earned. (0 or 1 credit) Faculty

»ENTP 540 – Entrepreneurial Musician Internship
Graduate offering of ENTP 440. (0 or 1 credit) Faculty

»ENTP 551 – The Entrepreneurial Musician: Graduate Seminar
This course provides an in-depth perspective of the skills, strategies, and mindsets that help musicians create and develop unique, resilient and successful careers in today’s music field. This class will cultivate a mindset of self-efficacy – the belief in one’s capacity to perform specific tasks to achieve goals and standards – as the foundation for a life in music. Class assignments will guide graduate students through the process of setting, planning for, and achieving a specific career goal. Through this course, NEC will invest in developing a roster of Entrepreneurial Advisors: passionate, highly accomplished music industry experts who are motivated to share their professional experience with the next generation of musical leaders. Each registered student will be assigned an E-Advisor according to the student’s specific musical needs, goals and interests. Students will be required to plan effectively for advising sessions and to demonstrate that they have incorporated the E-Advisor’s feedback into their project plan. Class assignments will be organized around the development of a project plan for a specific career goal. Prerequisite: TOEFL minimum score of 550 or equivalent. (2 credits) Kalmanovitch

ENTP 553 – Music Law 101: Copyright Basics
Even the most talented and advanced musicians need to think and operate like a business to remain successful in today’s music world. From artist contracts, copyright law, recording and music publishing agreements, digital rights management, and business organization, music-related careers are affected by legal matters on a regular basis. This course provides an introduction to the legal issues surrounding United States copyright that individuals working in the music business face today. Students will complete the course with a foundation of knowledge in how to protect their own works from unauthorized exploitation. (1 credit) Hill

ENTP 554 – Creating An Audience: Marketing Basics
Recognizing the current needs of the music industry, this course presents an overview of marketing strategies to help students be successful in creating audiences. It provides a solid understanding in the principles of successful marketing, including introduction to basic tools, terminology, and effective communication strategies. At the end of the course, students will have a baseline understanding of how to create effective communication strategies, that can be applied to develop audiences for their performances. (1 credit) Colbert

ENTP 555 – Performance and Communication
This course introduces students to the communicative tools of the performer, ranging from the skills of stage presence and awareness to their more routine applications of presentation and communication. (1 credit) Weiss

ENTP 556 – Finance 101: What Musicians Need to Know
This course is designed for musicians who will soon be transitioning to the professional world and have a desire to better understand and control their finances. It will provide a systematic approach to learning essential finance skills and will promote habits for long-term financial health. Course topics will include financial planning, saving and credit, loan management, taxes, insurance, and retirement planning. Additionally, the course will address how to create and work within a budget for both personal and professional projects. (1 credit) Rosinski

ENTP 557 – Music and the Media
This course will examine the current role of the arts in the mainstream media, where coverage of classical music and jazz is unquestionably shrinking. Students will familiarize themselves with a broad range of sources, debating the basis for effective musical and cultural criticism. On a practical level, the course will also address what kinds of overage are available to musicians today, the kinds of editorial decisions made regarding the placement of arts coverage, and how musicians can effectively advocate for themselves in the press. (1 credit) Pellegrinelli

ENTP 559 – Body Mapping
The powerful course “What Every Musician Needs To Know About the Body” offers practical strategies to decrease tension, prevent pain and injury, and unleash expressive potential while cultivating healthy habits that are important for injury prevention. Hands-on workshops guide instrumentalists and vocalists in an exploration of three important facets of music-making: training movement, training the sense and training attention. Together these areas empower musicians with enhanced coordination and optimal awareness. (1 credit) Mulvey