3. They Do Something That Every Music Conservatory and Program In the Entire World Absolutely 100% Needs to Do
In today’s brutal economy and ultra competitive entertainment industry, the harsh reality for artists is that struggling musicians can no longer wait around to get signed for a record deal or cross their fingers to get into a top orchestra. Many music colleges have taken note of this, but NEC has stood out with its own initiative – the Entrepreneurial Musicianship program.
The Entrepreneurial Musicianship initiative is exactly the kind of program that every single music college and department in the country must incorporate for the betterment of its students.
Some highlights of this program include:
An online directory of over 3000 music and arts opportunities called Bridge.
A referral program where students have collectively made close to (or more, if my current figures are outdated) to six digits in profit (the program has only been around for a couple years).
A series of entrepreneurial music courses and lectures.
This is the kind of program that I wished I had been able to participate in when I was in my undergraduate career – musicians cannot wait around for other people to make their careers in the 21st century. Unyielding determination, talent, knowledge about your industry, and conviction are the most important factors that determine your success as well as your perceived reputation and value).
2. Location, Location, and Location
Boston is a cultural center of America, with an an absolutely incredible arts and music scene. Just a partial listing of Boston’s offerings to the music and arts world include:
The Boston Symphony Orchestra
Handel and Haydn Society
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Boston Baroque (the oldest “period” instrument orchestra on the continent!)
Boston Children’s Chorus
New England Philharmonic, Boston Philharmonic, and other orchestras in nearby cities including the Waltham Symphony Orchestra
Museum of Fine Arts
The Fenway Court
Boston Lyric Opera
When you are a student, it is critical to fill your mind and artistic spirit with deep, enriching, varied musical experiences to fully complement your music education – CLEARLY, in Boston, your resources for filling this need are unprecedented. Also, there are thousands and thousands of musicians who live in Boston that go to several other top music schools, including the Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music. The pluralism of styles, genres, interests, and stellar musicianship that exist in Boston lends itself to an incredible opportunity for the musicians at NEC to network and meet other musicians, an ultra important part of making a successful career as a musician.
1. The Faculty is Second to None
The New England Conservatory is home to many of the most eminent classical musicians of today, who include:
Kim Kashkashian, Grammy-winning violist
Paul Katz, former cellist of the Cleveland Quartet
Michael Gandolfi, a really good composer
Violinist Paul Biss
Percussionist Frank Epstein
At the end of the day, I would recommend nearly any young musician to look into the New England Conservatory as a priority place for study at the collegiate level. The combination of legendary faculty, strong relationship to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, desirable location, incredible music programs, and their one-of-a-kind, 21st-century savvy, unique Entrepreneurial Musicianship program, the New England Conservatory is an UTTERLY INCREDIBLE experience and one of the best colleges in Boston.
I live quite close to the New England Conservatory, and continue to have fond, nostalgic memories of the school whenever I pass by; I look forward to attending some of their jazz shows / Tuesday Night New Music concerts / Entrepreneurial Musicianship courses very soon…hope to see you there!
Featured Image is of New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, photo by Couche Tard Via Flickr Creative Commons