Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What do they teach in these schools...

Classes that they REALLY ought to require for your degree in Choral Conducting:

  • Math 101: Scheduling
  • Math 203: Scheduling
  • Math 405: Scheduling
  • Design 101: How to lay out attractive recruitment and concert posters
  • Design 102: What the hell is up with that Facebook timeline thing
  • English 101: Writing a Decent Resume
  • English 102: Writing a Decent Press Release
  • English 201: Writing a Decent Newsletter Update
  • English 202: Writing a Decent Blog Post
  • Social Media 101: Twitter, Facebook, and You
  • Social Media 201: Surviving a Discussion Thread on Choralnet
  • Comp 101: E-mail: How Mohammed Dealt With the Mountain
  • Comp 201: E-mail: Mailing Lists: Getting Off Them
  • Comp 301: E-mail: Mailing Lists: Getting Other People On Yours
  • Advanced Seminar: Carpentry 400, or Dealing With Your Board
  • Advanced Seminar: Econ 400, or Getting Above Minimum Wage
  • Advanced Seminar: Public Relations 400, or Explaining Why We're Not Doing That John Rutter/Eric Whitacre Piece
and finally:
  • Score-Reading 400: Because you'll never have time to practice, so you'd better be able to sight-read deez notes!
What'd I miss?


  1. Anonymous11:36 PM

    Psych 100: Spotting Troublemakers And Persuading Them To Take Up The Tuba Instead

    Psych 200: Care And Feeding Of Divas

    Psych 300: Stand By To Repel Boarders, Or, What To Do When Your Singers Start Stalking You

    Psych 400: Accepting That Most Of Your Colleagues Are People Who Should Have Been Weeded Out Via Psych 100

  2. @ Greenlily:

    Ahaha. I approve. Esp. of Psych 400! (With apologies to all my Gentle Readers, of course.)

  3. I agree - all of these would have been very helpful.
    At Arizona State, where I did my doctorate, the orchestra director taught a class where he focused more on topics like this (except this was before social media) than he did on conducting, so I think at least some professors are seeing the value of this kind of real employment approach.