One 14-week Semester

Class activities and assignments – Study 4-6 hours weekly.

Class Starts

August 25

What are the Career Skills Musicians Need to Know?

Career Skills for the 21st Century provides a foundation for musicians to envision their career paths and to develop essential skills, tools and attitudes to implement it. Topics of study include professional writing (résumés, bios, cover letters, news releases, pitch letters), communication skills (networking, interviewing, workplace rules and ethics), career planning (defining success, goal setting, freelancing, starting your own business), self promotion (branding, email marketing, websites, social media, video), practical and business skills (financial management, contracts, copyright, and licensing). Course activities are supplemented and reinforced by guest presentations and interviews.

Topics Include

Career Planning
Professional Writing
Basic Finance
Social Media

Eastman Credit Option

$1394 USD

This is a two-credit course and is available for Eastman undergraduate or graduate credit. Students must achieve a grade of B or higher for this course to count towards the Eastman Career and Leadership Certificate.

Non-Credit Option

$798 USD

Students receive a grade report for the course but no college credit from Eastman*. Students are expected to meet all course requirements, including assignments, participation in activities, and meeting of all deadlines.

*Students who choose the non-credit option are not eligible for the Eastman Career and Leadership Certificate.

Meet the Instructor

Steve Danyew

Composer, Educator, Arts Administrator

Steve Danyew is a composer and educator whose music has been hailed as “startlingly beautiful” and “undeniably well crafted and communicative” by the Miami Herald, and has been praised as possessing “sensitivity, skill and tremendous sophistication” by the Kansas City Independent. He serves as an Instructor in the Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School of Music and is the Managing Editor of the Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research at the Eastman School, where he writes and curates content for musicians, ensembles, and organizations. Danyew received a B.M. from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and holds an M.M. in Composition and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music. For more information, please visit www.stevedanyew.com

Learn More

“It is expected that all those entering the professional music field are exceptional musicians – but that is not enough in our competitive marketplace. Today’s musicians must have a comprehensive portfolio of additional skills to envision and implement a successful career in music.

– James Doser, Director of the Institute for Music Leadership