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The CCRCI offers coursework that provides career readiness skills for multi-faceted careers in the arts.

ME 1500 Practical Foundations for Music Careers

2 hours weekly/2 credits. This course is designed to build career readiness and to prepare students for multi-faceted professional careers. In today’s marketplace, musicians need more than just artistic excellence; entrepreneurial skills as well as vision and initiative are often paramount to building rewarding and sustainable music careers. Course highlights include a focus on audience engagement, communication and promotion, creativity and innovation, an exploration of the arts economy, financial management and fundraising, expanding career, networking, promotional and public speaking skills, and understanding more about value creation and making an impact. The class includes professional networking with guest visits from industry professionals. This is a required class for all undergraduates. Course offered Fall or Spring depending on major.

ME 2600 Orchestral Entrepreneurship

2 hrs weekly/2 credits. This course is designed to equip orchestral students with the knowledge and perspective needed to succeed as professional orchestral players in a changing industry. The class covers essential organizational, financial, and programmatic issues affecting orchestras and their entrepreneurial possibilities for the future. There will be guest speakers throughout the semester. The course is required for graduate students in the Orchestral Performance program and is available to others with permission from the instructor. Offered Fall only.

ME 2001 Advanced Practicum in Music Entrepreneurship

2 hours weekly/2 credits. In this graduate level course students plan and launch their own entrepreneurial ventures. In a supportive “think tank” environment, students create business plans, budgets, and action steps to achieve their desired professional goals. Class work includes relevant readings, research, and mentoring. Past projects have included starting a new festival, creating a performance series, outreach program, and launching an online booking service. This is a required course for graduate students in the Contemporary Performance program. This course may substitute for ME1500 with faculty approval. Offered Spring only.

ME 1700 Becoming an Arts Ambassador

1 hour weekly/1 elective credit. This elective course takes students through the creation of performance modules, combining narratives and storytelling with individual musical selections. Students will perform these creations and participate in a variety of events where they will gain hands-on training in becoming arts ambassador, advocating for their art forms, and interacting with a variety of professionals in the field. Offered Spring only

ME 1900 Internship

10 hours weekly off-campus/1 elective credit. MSM’s Internship Program offers real-world experience, skills and contacts that enhance on-campus coursework and foster career readiness. Students eager to gain professional arts experience in one of the world’s most dynamic cities have a terrific array of internships possibilities to enhance their education. Internships for current students are arranged for one semester. Students may only enroll once per their degree program. Interested students must apply through the CCRCI office before registering. Available Fall and Spring to juniors, seniors, and graduate students

ME 1000 Setting the Stage

Attendance at five (5) events required by graduation. Attendance must be in-person or via Zoom (when offered) with camera turned on. The CCRCI presents an array of Setting the Stage events. Inspiring guest speakers share their expertise and advice during interactive lectures. Past topics have included social media and networking skills, niche creation, audience development, and community engagement. This is a graduation requirement for all undergraduate students, MM candidates in Collaborative Piano, Contemporary Performance, Orchestral Performance, and Orchestral Conducting, and PS candidates in Collaborative Piano and Orchestral Performance.



“The [CCRCI] connected me to an arts administration internship that significantly supplemented and complemented my on-campus classes and performances; this gave me additional experience to run my own new music ensemble.”