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Leadership in Music Organizations is a Course

Leadership in Music Organizations

Time limit: 8 days

$250 Enroll

Full course description

Course Introduction

This course is directed to collegiate-aged students who envision leadership roles in their professional musical lives.  The curriculum consists of an introduction to the components of leading a modern-day music organization.  Initial work will focus on personal strengths, interpersonal dynamics, and leadership attributes.  The development of a mission, its articulation, and a subsequent strategy for making it a reality will form the core of the course, with the management and motivation of human resources, work-place culture, educational outcomes, resource development, communication, and the anatomy of decision-making considered in support of the established mission.  Further consideration will be given to the role of the common good and community development in connecting mission to breadth of impact.  Throughout the course, a combination of case studies and guests from academia and the profession will help connect readings, exercises, and discussions to practitioners and real-world circumstances.

Course meetings will be held synchronously via Zoom. Students should have access to a computer, tablet, or other device with reliable internet in order to access materials and engage during course meetings.

**There is a 20% early bird discount for participants who register by June 11. (Discount code: JSOMEARLYBIRD)**

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this material, learners will be able to:

  • Articulate a personal, professional mission
  • Connect that mission to a strategy for achieving it
  • Recognize and explain leadership attributes
  • Understand personal strengths and areas for growth
  • Tailor communication for greatest effect
  • Express beliefs and convictions on a range of leadership topics

Meet the Instructor

Gwyn Richards served as the David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from the end of 1999 until mid-2020.  He served as Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at IU Jacobs from 1992.  Prior to Indiana University he served as Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Choral Music at the University of Southern California, Assistant Dean of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Rice University, Director of Choral Activities at McGill University in Montreal, and as a young music faculty member at Montana State University–Northern. Currently he is a faculty member of the IU Jacobs Choral Conducting Department. 



Length: 4 weeks (8 course meetings / 2 hours each). The course will meet Tuesday/Thursday, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., July 6 - 29, 2021


Jacobs School of Music


Credit: Certificate


Audience: Public