Do you have a performance project you’d like to fund? An ensemble you want to start? An app or website you’re planning to develop? If so, Project Jumpstart wants to help YOU realize your entrepreneurial dreams!

We’re pleased to announce the Project Jumpstart Innovation Competition, open to all Jacobs School students. Students are invited to submit their proposals for an innovative music entrepreneurship project to be completed at Jacobs. The winner will receive $500 plus mentoring and support from Project Jumpstart.

A proposal (5 pages maximum) with any accompanying media (links to media work as well), should be prepared electronically and sent to Project Jumpstart (

The presentations will be judged by a five-member panel made up of Jacobs School faculty and administration, a representative from Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kelley School of Business, and a member of the greater Bloomington community.


  • February 1st, 2015 (electronically, via
  • The five finalists will prepare a five-minute presentation for Saturday, February 7th at 11 AM in Hodge Hall at the Kelley School of Business.


If you have any questions about your project or the 2015 Innovation Competition, please contact Team Jumpstart at

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MusAid offers teaching fellowships in Central America this summer

MusAidA chance of a lifetime!

The MusAid Teaching Fellowship offers students from around the world the opportunity to teach and perform at El Sistema inspired programs in Central America as part of our partnership with OJCA, The Youth Orchestra of Central America.  This years programs will be held at El Sistema, El Salvador and with the National Youth Orchestra of Belize.  Guest Faculty from the Yale School of Music and Indiana University will be present at the workshop to coach the fellows on pedagogy and teaching strategy.



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An Opportunity to Advance your Career in New Music – Ensemble Modern Academy

An opportunity with the Ensemble Modern Academy, which is a program in Frankfurt that may be of interest!

They offer an intensive one-year master degree specializing in contemporary music, fully accredited by and in cooperation with the Frankfurt University for the Arts (HfMDK). The program is free with a generous monthly stipend.

They’re looking for instrumentalists, conductors, composers, and sound engineers who have finished their core training and are looking to specialize in new music. This is a particularly good way to begin a career in new music, making contacts in Europe while learning about new repertoire from the best contemporary ensemble in Germany.

Applications are due February 13, with a live audition set for April 10-12. More information here:

Information sent by Paul Cannon
Double Bassist, Ensemble Modern


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Steve Zegree: Jumpstart Entrepreneur of the Month

Steve Zegree, Entrepreneur of the Month

Meet Steve Zegree, Project Jumpstart’s December Entrepreneur of the Month!

Dr. Zegree is the Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music, director of Singing Hoosiers, and director of the Jacobs School’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Between teaching, performing, arranging, holding clinics, writing books, recording albums, developing music programs, directing a large scale show choir ensemble as well as other choral groups, Professor Zegree exemplifies the power of versatility of a highly successful musician an ever changing artistic world.

As we look forward to the 2014 Chimes of Christmas performance by the Singing Hoosiers and guests, we invite you to enjoy an interview with this incredibly successful musical entrepreneur.

Click here for the Interview >

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A {well-advised} lunch with James Pellerite and Murray Grodner

THURSDAY, DEC 4 @ 12PM | JS415

Professor of Flute from 1957-1987
Jacobs School of Music

MURRAY GRODNER, double bass
Professor of Double Bass from 1955-1986
Jacobs School of Music

A unique opportunity to benefit from the wisdom and experience of two world-renowned performers, teachers, and entrepreneurs.

Open to all JSoM Students | Limit: 20

Lunch sandwiches will be available for all!


pelleriteFor thirty years (1957-87), James Pellerite served as Professor of Flute at Indiana University.

Since leaving academia, Pellerite, has pursued a new career – that of performing contemporary music on the Native American flute. He has inspired beautiful compositions by an impressive roster of outstanding musicians. His company, Zalo/JP-Publications, produces an important catalog of scores featuring a wide selection of orchestral, chamber and solo works by living composers who share his vision of bringing the Northern Plains instrument firmly into the 21st century. As a soloist with orchestra, he has recorded some of these new compositions with the National Polish Radio Symphony (David Oberg, conductor) and the Moravian Philharmonic (Lawrence Golan, conductor). His performances of other repertoire are included on CDs by Azica, Albany Records and Centaur Records.

As a performer on the modern flute, Pellerite is well-known as an orchestral musician. He succeeded his renowned teacher, William Kincaid, as solo flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has held the position of principal flute also with the symphony orchestras of Detroit and Indianapolis, and has performed with many other leading ensembles, including the Chautauqua Symphony(NY), Radio City Music Hall (NYC), L’Orquestra Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Dallas, and Minnesota under the batons of such legendary conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pablo Casals, Neville Mariner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski and Bruno Walter; with Igor Stravinsky conducting, Pellerite also recorded his Octet for Winds. During much of his career as a classical flutist and artist teacher, he has appeared throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and abroad. Numerous residencies have included tours to Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China.


grodnerMurray Grodner was Professor of Double Bass at Indiana University from 1955-1986.

His first orchestral position was in 1941, with the New Opera Orchestra under conductor Antal Dorati. He has performed with such organizations as the Ballet Russe from 1941-1942, the Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner (Assistant Principal) from 1942-3 and 1946-8, the Houston Symphony (Principal) from 1948-50, and the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini from 1950-54.

Grodner was the president and founder of Lemur Music, a company that served double bassists worldwide with a comprehensive catalog of music, books, recordings, and videos. He is the author of several publications, including the books for the Double Bass and A Double Bassist’s Guide to Refining Performance Practice.

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Sara Caswell is Project Jumpstart’s Entrepreneur of the Month

Multi-stylistic Violinist, Versatile Instructor, Arts Advocate, and Bloomingtonian!

Critically acclaimed violinist and Jacobs alumna Sara Caswell is defining what it means to be a multi-stylistic musician. Her solo and ensemble performing have led her around the world—from university concert halls, to jazz clubs, bluegrass gatherings, and everything in between.

Her teaching includes equally varied arenas ranging the Manhattan School of Music, Mark O’Connor String Camps, Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, Indiana University String Academy, and a private studio. Sara’s eclectic mastery and diverse exposure exemplify what carving out a career looks like at a time where musical genre becomes less relevant.

Read on for a look into the life of an artist boldly defining and defying genres.

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Project Jumpstart offers a variety of important events this November

Don’t miss the following special sessions
available to all Jacobs School students!

Friday, Nov 7 | 12-1:30pm | MAC Mezzanine
A {well-advised} Lunch with Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton
An alumna of the Jacobs School, Jamie is the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and a 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Saturday, Nov 8 | 11am-1pm | Sweeney Hall
Ned Canty – Opera Doesn’t Suck: Changing Public Attitudes
Canty is Stage Director of IU Opera Theater’s production of The Last Savage & General Director of Opera Memphis. Co-presented by SNATS.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Monday, Nov 10 | 12-1:30pm | Parsifal Room
A {well-advised} Lunch with Peter Dobrin
“The Plight of Orchestras in an Era of Hating Institutions: What we can do about it”
Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer and has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Monday, Nov 10 | 7-9pm | M340
Peter Dobrin: Why Every Musician is a Critic
Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer and has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper.
No need to sign up for this event.

Thursday, Nov 13 | 6:30-8pm | M242
Nancy Dittmer: Changes in Music Education and
10 Tips for Getting a Great Recommendation Letter
An Evening with Nancy Ditmer, Immediate Past President of the National Association for Music Education. Co-presented with cNAfME-IU.

Friday, Nov 14 | 12-1:30pm | JS415
A {well-advised} Lunch with Karl Paulnack and Jorja Fleezanis
A world-recognized pianist and influential commentator, Karl Paulnack is Dean of the School of Music at Ithaca College. Jorja Fleezanis is Professor of Music in Violin at the JSoM.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Friday, Nov 14 | 2:30-4pm | MA452
Mind & Body III: Vocal Health
Learn how to prevent injury as you prepare for a performing career! A session led by Rebecca Risser from The Voice Clinic of Indiana.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Friday, Nov 14 | 6:30-9:30pm | Sweeney Hall
A Self-Discovery Workshop with Karl Paulnack
Karl Paulnack’s workshop will give you an opportunity to explore your career goals in a way that synchronizes with who you really are. This is definitely a session to attend, if you can!

Friday, Nov 15 | 11am-1pm | Sweeney Hall
Ned Canty – Acting for Singers: Audition to Rehearsal to Stage
An exploration of the challenges of acting in opera, including some issues to consider during role preparation. Two mock auditions will provide insight into what the people on the other side of the table might be thinking.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Monday, Nov 17 | 2-4pm | Ford-Crawford Hall
Q&A with Klaus Heymann, Founder of Naxos Records
Naxos Records is the brainchild of Klaus Heymann, a German-born entrepreneur and music lover based in Hong Kong. What Penguin Books did for literature, Heymann is very close to doing for serious music.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

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Kim Carballo is Entrepreneur of the Month!

Kim-1-212Meet Kim Carballo: Pianist, Entrepreneur, Vocal Coach, and Mentor – and Project Jumpstart’s October Entrepreneur of the Month!

As a first-rate pianist and innovative project director, opera coach Kim Carballo offers important insights into building a not-for-profit arts organization and career preparation in the 21st century. Kim founded Reimagining Opera for Kids (ROK), a Bloomington-based opera company that serves the community by introducing opera to children and provides young professional musicians with an opportunity to hone their production and performance skills.

“Entrepreneurship is a chance to be creative in a setting that allows one to combine business and art. I think the real power and potential of entrepreneurship is that it can help take away the sense of terror that we may have as we thinking about what’s ahead of us. You don’t have to think ‘I have to fit in this particular box’ or ‘I have to take this predetermined path.’ Rather, you create a box or path that fits the shape of your passion and skills. This is extremely liberating.”

Read on for an inspirational discussion on what it takes to engage the world as a classical musician today >

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Dangerous Thinking: A response to “Practice Does Not Make Perfect”

Joey Tartell

Joey Tartell

By Joey Tartell, Associate Professor of Music in the Jacobs School of Music

In last week’s article published on entitled “Practice Does Not Make Perfect,” the authors investigate two very different kinds of studies in an effort to find out why people succeed in, among other things, music. Their conclusions are as wrong as they are dangerous.

The first study used was on musicians from an elite Berlin music academy.

This was the result: “The major finding of the study was that the most accomplished musicians has accumulated the most hours of deliberate practice.”

Next, the authors examined 88 other studies that they found relevant. The results: “With very few exceptions, deliberate practice correlated positively with skill.”

The second study examined involved measuring twins. They had twins estimate the time they practiced music, then had them take a test on basic music abilities. What they found was: “…although the music abilities were influenced by genes- to the tune of about 38 percent, on average- there was no evidence they were influenced by practice.”

From that, the authors make the leap that, although practice and other factors are important: “…it does imply there are limits on the transformative power of practice.”

No.  It does no such thing.

It implies that we all start from a different place. As a teacher, this is not surprising. Having taught beginning musicians to professionals, letting me know that not everyone starts from the same place seems obvious. Some kids have a beautiful sound from the moment they start playing. Others have the coordination that gives them better technique from day 1.

There is no correlation proven in this article between where people start and where they end.  The authors do concede that there are many factors that lead to success.  

But when they write: “There is now compelling evidence that genes matter for success, too.”, they have made a conclusion that can’t be backed up by their studies.  

All they have proven is that, as humans, we’re all different, and that includes what we’ve learned about music up until the time of the tests given.  

Let’s go back to the first studies, done on students studying at an elite academy, and the other 88 studies referenced by the authors. They consistently found that deliberate practice leads to higher skill. But in none of those studies were the students given tests before they started playing. Are we to assume that all of the studies show that students with “bad genes” are being weeded out?

And let’s also look at the second studies. After testing these twins, has there been a follow up on those that have gone on to study music, and their success measured against the level of deliberate practice they put in?

Here’s why this kind of wrongheaded misuse of science is dangerous. First, it could encourage students to use the greatest of all excuses: ”they can’t possibly succeed; they don’t have the genes necessary!”  

Second, it could encourage teachers to dismiss students who don’t make progress fast enough: “Clearly those students just don’t have the right genes!”  

These are just variations on things that have been said for a long time: that person was “born with it,” or that person “just doesn’t have it.” Both are dismissive and wrongheaded. Saying one is “born with it” doesn’t recognize all the work that person has done to succeed. Telling a student they “just don’t have it” can destroy that person’s opportunity to succeed.  

These studies have taught me two things:

  1. Each student is an individual with individual
    strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Deliberate practice leads to higher skill.

Given these studies, I’ll continue doing what I’ve done my whole career as a teacher: work with each student as best as I can to help them become the best they can.  

Joey Tartell
Associate Professor of Music (Trumpet)
Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University

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Minute to Win It!

More Info soon!

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