Ramon Ricker, Director of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music and author of “Lessons from a Street-Wise Professor,” will be available for two roundtable discussions at the University Center for the Arts. These discussions are appropriate for students from all performing and visual arts disciplines, not just music, with topics open to what students want to discuss.
Monday, April 30, 3 p.m. – roundtable with graduate students. Room 240, UCA.
Tuesday, May 1, 2:30 p.m. – roundtable with undergraduates and faculty. Room 218, UCA.
About Ray Ricker’s most recent book “Lessons from a Street-Wise Professor”
The professional music world . . . it’s tough out there! Yet musicians manage to survive and even thrive in this competitive environment. And you can too-but in addition to superior musicianship, you’ll need information and skills that you can’t learn in the practice room. “Lessons from a Street-Wise Professor” sheds light on what every successful musician knows but most music schools don’t teach-that a musician, regardless of instrument or specialty, is a small business and with that comes the need for entrepreneurial savvy. Drawing on decades of experience as a professional musician and educator, Dr. Ramon Ricker of the Eastman School of Music offers indispensable insights into this often overlooked but crucial aspect of a musician’s education. Among the many practical skills you’ll learn are:
• developing an entrepreneurial mindset
• understanding your musical marketplace
• separating yourself from the pack
~ Award-Winning Finalist in the Business: Entrepreneurship and Small Business category of The USA “Best Books 2011″ Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.