UMBC Music Certificate Program
UMBC Music Certificate Program Collaboration - BSO OrchKids
The UMBC post-baccalaureate Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship will empower musicians to enhance their career opportunities by learning business and entrepreneurial skills, and through practical experiences in entrepreneurial and educational ventures. Students will receive intensive classes in innovative music education methods and musical advocacy through collaborations between UMBC's Department of Music and the Baltimore Symphony's innovative programs. The curriculum will provide skills necessary to establish and build music education programs, music ensembles, and community arts organizations, through management and organizational leadership seminars. The year of study will culminate for each student with a project derived from practical internship experiences.
Courses (15 graduate credits):
- El Sistema methodology and its application in OrchKids
Students in the Music Entrepreneurship program may participate in ensembles and take private instruction, subsidized by the music department.
Music at UMBC
The curriculum for the Certificate Program in Music Entrepreneurship centers on a collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony and their innovative OrchKids program of music education for public school children. In addition to the study of the music education methodology of OrchKids through classroom and internship work, students will address management and organizational leadership skills, both in OrchKids and in other music organizations, which will be applicable to a wide range of future opportunities for these students as musical entrepreneurs.
The following describes specific course content:
El Sistema Methodology, Philosophy and Its Application in OrchKids
Led by Dan Trahey, this course delves into the history and teachings of the El Sistema philosophies from Venezuela to Baltimore and beyond. Students study concepts of early childhood music fundamental training (El Sistema methods compared to other established methods), age appropriate orchestra and chorus development, and creative composition and improvisational principles and techniques. Individual woodwind, brass and string pedagogy will be presented, in addition to percussion techniques and percussion ensemble direction in the El Sistema philosophy. Basic instrument repair and the use of technology in music education are included.
Management and Organizational Leadership in El Sistema/OrchKids
Led by Nick Skinner, this course explores the basic principles of leadership and the tools employed in leading a successful organization. Topic areas include: Program assessment. Strategic and business planning. Marketing and public relations. Governance, including board development and management. Fundraising and fiscal management. Human resources (hiring, salaries, benefits, legalities). Additionally, students learn how to create and manage partnerships (public schools, youth and social centers, government), address at-risk youth and communities, and identify child development and behavior management issues within a cross-cultural understanding.
Establishing Music Organizations
Led by Carol Bogash, this course addresses the essentials of entrepreneurial thinking, including opportunity creation, risk, creativity and innovation, idea generation, social change, product development, and market research. Students analyze existing arts organizations, apply entrepreneurial concepts to create new enterprises, create a business plan, and grow a business by preparing a business feasibility study. Topic areas include: Marketing information for new ventures. Grant writing and other funding strategies, including proposals to corporations. Public speaking, negotiating, writing, contracts, securing a business/organization site, supplies, and networking.
Internships in Entrepreneurial Organizations
Through observation and participation in music teaching and management/leadership activities in the Baltimore Symphony program OrchKids, students gain valuable hands-on experience. During weekly seminar instructor led discussions, students share their field experience with their peers and faculty.
Deepest Appreciation for Extraordinary Sustaining Gifts
Robert E. Meyerhoff & Rheda Becker
BSO Music Director and OrchKids Founder
Early Education Sponsor
Official Instrument Partner
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its uncompromising pursuit of artistic excellence, the Baltimore Symphony has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout the Maryland community.
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