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Managing Transitions for Music Entrepreneurs: Articulate Your Fears To Generate Solutions

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With the end of the school year fast approaching, our students are leaving Yale to pursue new ventures, including doctoral programs, joining a military band, studying abroad, and starting their new careers in the freelance world. These external changes signal the process of transition: an internal process that people go through and the emotions that they experience when faced with …

The Power of Yet: How Music Entrepreneurs Are Inspired to Create Long-Term Success

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I greatly admire the groundbreaking work of Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University, who lays out her research on the type of mindset that leads to success in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.   Dr. Dweck identifies two mindsets:  the growth mindset and the fixed mindset. Those with a growth mindset do not simply rely on “talent” …

How to Develop the Growth Mindset: 4 Steps for Music Entrepreneurs To Achieve Success

My class has started and I am thrilled to have another wonderful group of budding music entrepreneurs! This year, I have framed my entrepreneurship course under the umbrella of change: How can you change over the course of this semester and learn the mindset, skills and tools to enable you to create your career success? One important element of success …

Great Career Materials for Musicians: How to Get Started

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Summer is here and for busy musicians, it often means having a little bit of down time in between festivals and tours.  For proactive music entrepreneurs, here is suggestion for using that extra time to move your career forward: create and/or spruce up your career materials! Your career materials are often the first contact that you will have with prospective …

How Smart Music Entrepreneurs Decide on Gigs: 3 Factors to Evaluate

As young musicians begin to develop their careers, they often wonder how to decide which gigs to take on. The advice from many professional musicians I know–including many of the alumni who have spoken at my class at Yale–is to consider how well an opportunity satisfies the following 3 criteria and to choose gigs that give you 2 out of 3: …

Group Coaching Lessons for Success-Oriented Music Entrepreneurs: Share, Learn and Grow

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This semester, I launched 3 career groups at the Yale School of Music as an experiment to see how group coaching could facilitate learning and growth for entrepreneurial musicians. My intentions were to provide: a positive, supportive, safe judgment-free environment that promotes learning through self-reflection and joint problem solving in which musicians can share with like-minded peers learn tools to help …

Managing Audition Rejection: How Music Entrepreneurs Keep Going

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This is the season when music students are hearing about the results of their auditions: from graduate schools, fellowships and summer programs, as well as professional orchestra and other ensemble auditions. With so much competition for a limited number of spots, rejection is a common phenomenon. In two of my recent coaching groups at the Yale School of Music, we went …