Lawrence is one of the few reputable music schools that is an undergraduate-only music institution…
Right, and this has tremendous advantages for the music students at Lawrence.
There are no graduate students competing for seats in the orchestra, choir, wind ensemble, jazz bands…
All of our students study with our professors, not graduate students.
This primes students to be engaged in high-level music making from the time they are freshmen.
You have an entrepreneurship initiative your school is embracing. How does Lawrence prepare students for a 21st century career in the arts?
It’s a multi-faceted approach…
There is the core of the liberal arts and music education. This helps our students become the creative problem solvers that the world so desperately needs.
I like to think of this training as “dancing between disciplines.”
This is when you can look at the world through the lens of various disciplines– as a historian, as a musician, as a composer, as an artist, perhaps as a biologist… so you are efortlessly dancing between ways to understand the world.
But more importantly, you can occupy the liminal space between multiple disciplines, being influenced by each–literally dancing between disciplines.
This is where innovation happens, where creativity happens, this is where the magic happens.
This is part of our core liberal arts training that we are enhancing through the addition of our Entrepreneurship program.
We have a course called The Entrepreneurial Musician, in which we help students find their own musical path.
By the end of our class, all students create a full business proposal, website, a business card, a toolkit for everything they need.
But more importantly, this class is about taking the time for an undergraduate student to really figure out what they love, and give them the tools to make their dreams a reality. It is also about practicing innovation and overcoming the persistent feeling that they aren’t good enough to succeed. The single biggest block to success is never putting your dream into motion.
Besides this class, there are 8 other entrepreneurship courses that Lawrence offers to help students get to the next level.
On the next page, we talk about what Lawrence’s future looks like…