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) Kalmanovitch, Epstein, Kidd

»ENTP 551 – The Entrepreneurial Musician: Graduate Seminar
This course provides an in-depth overview of the skills, strategies, and mindsets that help musicians 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 554 Creating An Audience: Marketing Basics
Tailored to the specific needs of independent musicians entering the field, this course offers an overview of traditional and digital marketing strategies to help artists connect with and build audiences for their work. The curriculum addresses written communications, branding, public relations, social media and digital marketing, among other topics.  At the end of the course, students will have a baseline understanding of how to create effective marketing campaigns for performances, projects, recordings and other artistic endeavors. (1 credit) Colbert

»ENTP 553 Music Law 101: Copyright Basics 
The intersection of music and law--artist contracts, copyright law, recording and music publishing agreements, digital rights management, business organization, and more--is a critical area of arts entrepreneurship. This course provides an introduction to US copyright law as it relates to the legal issues that professional musicians face today. Students will complete the course armed with practical tools and resources for understanding fair use and protecting their intellectual property. (1 credit) Guo

»ENTP 555 Performance and Communication
The 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. In this course, students will develop greater awareness of and confidence in their bodies and voices as theatrical instruments, tools for interpersonal communication, and public presentations.  (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) Thorn

»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 coverage 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 445 – 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. The EM staff will work with you to identify a host organization and craft a “job description” that reflects your unique interests and goals. In addition, you will work closely with a mentor from your host organization who will provide support and guidance throughout your placement. Unpaid internships are available for one credit or zero credits. Internships may also be paid, but will not be eligible for credit. International Students must obtain Curricular Practical Training for a paid internship. (0 or 1 credit) Faculty

»ENTP 545 – Entrepreneurial Internship
Graduate offering of ENTP 445. (0 or 1 credit) Faculty