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EM Course Offerings

Entrepreneurial Musicianship offers a range of courses that help artists articulate the impact they want to make as musicians and build the professional skill to do so. In addition to our survey course, The Entrepreneurial Musician, we offer focused 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—and can tailor each assignment to fit their unique interests and goals. Advising is built into the DNA of our courses; students receive ongoing feedback from faculty, EM staff, and peers. 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

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. 

The Entrepreneurial Musician » ENTP 351
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

The Entrepreneurial Musician: Graduate Seminar » ENTP 551
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

EM Expo Seminar: The Journey from Thinking to Creating  »
You have ideas about what your career might be, or maybe a project that you’re envisioning – but how do you actually make it happen? In this hybrid online & in-person course, students will have dedicated time and support to think deeply about their desired artistic goals, and walk away with a more tangible plan in place to support that work. The first section of the course will use case studies to explore how careers or artistic projects are developed, and will be supported by individual advising and written reflection assignments. The second section of the course will be an intensive three-day seminar, held during spring break in partnership with the Celebrity Series, to work with and learn from Stave Session guest artists. The third section will be the formulation of an individual plan, representing student’s cumulative thinking and learning, that will identify near and long term steps to achieve the identified artistic goals. Given that the course has two components with minimal in-class time, it is highly recommended that registered students be independently motivated with excellent time management skills.
NOTE: Registered students will be required to attend the full three days class session during spring
break; no exceptions will be made. (1 credit) Roberts

Entrepreneurial Internship » ENTP INT (Undergraduate) / ENTP 540 (Graduate)
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. 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. Learn more about EM Internships here(0 or 1 credit) Faculty

Music Law 101: Copyright Basics » ENTP 553
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

Creating An Audience: Marketing Basics » ENTP 554 
So you have a great artistic product—now how do people find out about it? In this course, students will learn how to reach beyond the community they already know to get the word out about their work to the world beyond. Using real-world case studies, we will develop the language and media to build our individual/organizational voice and brand identity and apply that identity to building functional outreach strategies. Relying heavily on a user/audience-centric approach, students will learn the tactical skills necessary to bring a project, performance, or product to market through practical assignments directly applicable to their individual or ensemble careers. (1 credit) Phillips

Performance and Communication » ENTP 555 
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

Finance 101: What Musicians Need to Know » ENTP 556 
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

Music and the Media » ENTP 557 
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

Body Mapping » ENTP 559 
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