The EM Series offers micro-burst learning opportunities, from how-to sessions to in-depth exploration of topics that affect musicians everywhere. This series includes several concentrated formats that deliver diverse lessons and models for students and alumni to use:

  • Communications Mini-Series: learn how to engage audiences, spread the word, and communicate with confidence
  • Health and Wellness Workshops: expose yourself to effective strategies for achieving peak performance and work-life balance
  • Mock Auditions: participate in our annual mock-auditions held at Symphony Hall and adjudicated by BSO and local professional musicians
  • Pedagogy Mini-Series: build skills and collect resources that will help you grow as a teacher in a variety of formal and informal settings
  • Spotlight Series: connect with leading musicians in the field to get your questions answered about life after the conservatory
  • DMA Series: collect tools and resources to guide your college faculty job search
  • The Expo: attend a day-long symposium devoted to giving you a peek under the hood of some of the most forward looking and inventive young ensembles in the country

Below, you will find detailed information about upcoming events in the EM series. All sessions are free for NEC students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and the general public.

What's Next

Freelancing 101 
Monday, September 8, 2014 // 6:00PM // Keller
Join Tim Shneier of the Music Referral Service, Dean Tom Handel, and Dean and Provost Tom Novak to collect best practices for growing your freelance performance work.

Body Mapping
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 // 6:00PM // Keller
A workshop on Body Mapping, an innovative technique to enhance healthy practice and performance, led by flutists Lynne Krayer-Luke and Vanessa Mulvey.

Tony's Talks: Part 1
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 // 5:00PM // Pierce Hall
NEC President Tony Woodcock leads a two-part workshop on effective communication and the art of storytelling.

Tony's Talks: Part 2
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 // 5:00PM // Pierce Hall
NEC President Tony Woodcock leads a two-part workshop on effective communication and the art of storytelling.

EM Expo with eighth blackbird
Sunday, October 26, 2014 // 9:30AM-5:00PM // Pierce Hall
A day-long symposium devoted to giving you a peek under the hood of some of the most forward looking and inventive young ensembles in the country. This year’s ensemble-in-residence eighth blackbird combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company.

Experience Cadenza
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 // 6:30PM-8:00PM // Pierce Hall
The founders of revolutionary accompaniment app Cadenza will be at NEC for a live demo! Bring your instrument to learn more about this innovative technology and try it out for yourself.

Teach Smart 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 // 5:30PM // Keller
Join master teacher Susan Reed for an in-depth look at how to set up your studio or join a community music school setting. 

Speaking to Your Audience
Sunday, November 9, 2014 // 2:30PM // Pierce Hall
Facilitated by public speaking expert Margie Zohn. Co-sponsored with Community Performances and Partnerships.

Kickstart Your Crowdfunding
Monday, November 17, 2014 // 6:00PM // Pierce Hall
Kickstarter staffer Victoria Rogers leads an interactive session on how to build a Kickstarter campaign that will cut through the noise and reach a diverse audience.


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