New Canvas Resource Site!

JSoM Career Development 2.0

With a major shout-out to Career Specialist and all-around good guy Nathan Fischer, the OECD is pleased to announce a relaunch of our resource site in Canvas: JSoM Career Development 2.0. The new site is streamlined and reorganized to bring you the most-requested and most-relevant information – at a glance and in 2 clicks.

2.0 includes templates and examples to get you started on the documents you need most – when you need them. Then stop by the OECD and meet with a Career Specialist to review, edit, and complete your drafts!

All JSoM students received an email invitation to JSoM Career Development 2.0. Accept the “course” invitation today and have access to this site for the entire academic year – and beyond. Watch for new information and examples as we continue to build content and value for you!

And what information do you want/need to see here? Bring us your ideas to help make this resource more valuable to you! We’re listening…

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Planning for Your Future!

Welcome to (or back to) Indiana University Jacobs School of Music! The Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development (OECD) is here to assist you as you prepare for life AFTER IU. Throughout the year, we’ll bring you special programming, guest artists, and information about campus and community opportunities to build your custom tool belt of professional skills and confidence.

Graduate School application season is upon us, so this semester the OECD will host special programs focused on grad school preparation. Beginning in October, our First Wednesday Workshop Series will feature faculty and campus guests experts who will answer your questions about:

  • Writing the entrance essay (personal statement or statement of purpose)
  • Planning for a possible gap year
  • Preparing for the graduate school interview

In addition, the OECD and Project Jumpstart are partnering with the student chapter of the Audio Engineering Society to bring you important pointers for creating your best application recordings or videos!

Watch for more information – Activate your profile in the Career Portal – Drop in the OECD any time!

(and visit the IU Career Development Center’s Preparing for Graduate School site for additional resources)

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Ice cream, you scream…

It’s almost time for the annual Spring Ice Cream Social – free ice cream, photo booth, and a t-shirt for every graduating Jacobs student (thanks Alumni Association)! Project Jumpstart has some good-old-fashioned summer fun and games planned, too. We’ll see old friends (and might even make new ones) as we bond over ice cream, bouncing beach balls, and MUSIC.

There are many high points in any Jacobs season, but there are challenges and losses too. Joy AND sadness. Gathering with our colleagues is important – professionally and personally. Celebrating and remembering together is a powerful thing.

While you’re enjoying your ice cream this year, consider taking a moment to thank (or apologize) to someone, express appreciation to a friend or mentor, acknowledge those who may no longer be with us, connect with someone new.

Incredible people come together to make the Jacobs School of Music all that it is. We are grateful YOU are here.

Let’s have some ice cream!

  • Wednesday, April 24
  • Noon-2PM
  • East Studio Building


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Your Career Planning and the Harrison Self-Assessment

As musicians, we spend a LOT of time in the practice room. But at some point we must shift our focus from technique and repertoire and begin to think about where we’re going with all this (and how we’re going to get there).

It’s important to engage in some self-reflection:

  • Why are you here at the Jacobs School of Music? What are your values and passions? What other skills and interests do you possess? What motivates you?
  • Now, think about your goals. Have they changed (evolved?) since you’ve been at IU? Do you feel like there are more, or fewer, options available to you in your future career?
  • Next, evaluate “the gap” – that space between where you are now and where you want to be. Addressing the gap creates short-term goals. Achieving short-term goals moves you closer where you want to be!

There are many good self-assessment tools which could be helpful at any stage in this process. The Jacobs School of Music has adopted the Harrison Career Assessment. Harrison provides an in-depth analysis of your interests, task preferences, strengths, potential challenges, and work environment preferences. It measures 175 personality and preference factors against the activities and requirements of more than 650 careers.

The Harrison is intended to be informational rather than prescriptive (or directive). It’s designed to fuel self-awareness and spark curiosity – to help you see yourself, and your strengths, in a new light. It can open new possibilities – within the world of music and the arts, or in altogether new directions, as you choose.

Contact the OECD if you’d like to take the Harrison ( You’ll receive a link (and $25 will be charged to your Bursar account). The assessment takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. When you’re done, reach out to schedule a one-hour appointment with a Career Advisor to discuss!

We believe in the Harrison, and in you!


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Spring Break is in the rear view mirror. End of term (and graduation, for some) is SIX WEEKS away. Throughout the year, the OECD hosts events and workshops to get you prepared for what’s next – whether it’s summer festival season or the professional job search. We’re not about to slow down now!

Tomorrow (Friday, March 22) the Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop comes to Jacobs. This comprehensive session is designed to empower you to understand the salary negotiation process and develop tools to navigate it successfully. It’s not too late to reserve your seat here.

Project Jumpstart is partnering with the Audio Engineering Society to share recording tips for musicians! This event will include microphone (or handheld recording device) placement to capture the best sound, info about Adobe Audition and Premiere, tips to organize your files and tracks, and answers to the difficult question, is the person you’re hiring for your recital, concert, or audition tapes worth the money? Bring YOUR questions and leave with techno tips and tools. Register for this event in the career portal.

Our final event in the semester’s First Wednesday Workshop series is coming up April 3. Join the OECD Career Specialists for pointers about writing effective cover letters and preparing for job interviews.

And…if you just stepped out of the practice room and realized you’re graduating, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a Career Specialist. We’ve been expecting you…



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Start Smart!

It’s hiring season. You created a winning resume. You prepared for the interview. You GOT the job offer! Now what…??

The process of negotiating salary and benefits can be intimidating and mysterious, but we’ve got you covered with the Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop*

Start Smart is specifically designed to teach you how to negotiate salaries for that new job. You’ll gain confidence in your own negotiation style through facilitated discussion and interactive exercises. You’ll learn:

  • How to identify and articulate your personal value
  • How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other strategies to use when negotiating
  • How to conduct objective research to identify target salary and benefit ranges
  • About the gender pay gap, including its long-term consequences

The gender pay gap hits women particularly hard. Research shows that one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men – on average, 82% of what their male peers are paid. Over the course of a career, those potential lost earnings add up. Start Smart is specifically designed for women, but is appropriate (and open) for ALL students in order to build skills and confidence, as well as raise awareness about pay equity.

By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, you’ll be better able to pay off loans, buy the things you want and need, and even save (though it may seem like it’s far away) for retirement.

This important workshop comes to Jacobs:

*Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop is hosted by the Career Development Center’s IUB Women Rising in partnership with the American Association of University Women.




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Entrepreneur of the Month: Mark Kosower!

During the Cleveland Orchestra’s recent visit to Bloomington, Project Jumpstart caught up with Principal Cellist and IU alumnus Mark Kosower to discuss his impressive career.

Mark Kosower embodies the concept of the complete musician, performing as concerto soloist with symphony orchestras, in solo recitals, and as a much admired and sought-after chamber musician. He is Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra, a scholar and teacher of cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.

Kosower is known for varied traditional and contemporary repertoire. His many honors include an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a SONY Grant and was top prize winner in both the Rostropovich and Pablo Casals International Cello Competitions, among others.

He also launched Bach for Humanity in 2018, a three-year commitment to the greater Cleveland area bringing the cello suites and his arrangements of the violin sonatas and partitas to both conventional and nonconventional venues, including educational institutions, community centers, senior residences, and the concert hall.


PJ: Welcome back to Bloomington! What were some of your biggest takeaways from your time at IU studying with Janos Starker?

MK: Janos Starker taught all the principles of music making and instrumental playing. He is regarded by many as the greatest pedagogue of the twentieth century. For me he paved the road that led to a life of cultivated and higher music making.

PJ: You’ve had such a tremendous career. What was your transition from being a student to a professional like?

MK: I was already playing concerts as a professional while attending IU. However in 2003 I officially stopped being a student graduating from Juilliard and it really did feel different. It took a little time to adjust to the idea of being on my own needing to make a living and support a family (my wife). But it soon became a great source of pride and satisfaction.

PJ: After almost a decade with the Cleveland Orchestra, how have you seen the orchestra change? How do you all adapt to connect with your audience?

MK: The changes I’ve seen in The Cleveland Orchestra are very much related to changing times. However, the best way to connect to an audience is by having something special and of great meaning to communicate through your music. In other words the quality needs to be as high as possible. I think we all have to be careful to never overlook this. The Cleveland Orchestra has uncompromising artistic standards which is why I love being a part of this ensemble. Additionally, TCO has become a leader in reaching out to new audiences and developing one of the youngest audiences as well. All of us have shared and in many cases implemented new ideas to reach new audiences and to vitalize existing ones.

PJ: You recently launched Bach for Humanity. What led you to begin this initiative?

MK: It was a dream of mine to play the violin sonatas and partitas of Bach on the cello because this music really spoke to me and provided a totally different angle on the composer from the cello suites. I wanted to reach out into my community individually in a similar spirit to what The Cleveland Orchestra was doing.

PJ: What’s next in store for Bach for Humanity? Do you have a vision to continue this or other projects in the future?

MK: Bach for Humanity continues this spring after a successful launch last year. This year I am focusing on the C major and C Minor cello suites, the A minor violin sonata, and the B minor violin partita. I am performing in some different neighborhoods including for the Louis B. Stokes Veterans Hospital in Cleveland. Bach for Humanity is a three-year commitment to the greater Cleveland area. This is now year two. I can definitely see this project being a foundation for future projects.

PJ: As a teacher, how do you mentor your students to hone a unique voice and become relevant in today’s musical world?

MK: This is definitely challenging, but again, I like to point out that if the musical message is powerful – if a person really has something important to say to their listeners – the music will be relevant provided that they are also engaged with the world around them (something I try to encourage.)

PJ: You’re a performer, teacher, and organizer. How do find balance in your career?

MK: I actually find all three aspects synthesize into one musical life. I strive to be a complete musician in every aspect including all types of music making (orchestra, opera, chamber music, solo playing), being involved in my community, and being in touch with people in the field both nationally and internationally. I also try to find balance in my life since this is the key to happiness and longevity.

PJ: Do you have any last advice for Jacobs students?

MK: You have to follow your beliefs and convictions as a musician and human being and continuously put yourself in positions where the possibility of opportunity exists. If opportunity doesn’t come your way be creative, have fun, and make your own opportunities. You won’t be disappointed.

Project Jumpstart partners with the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the IU Kelley School of Business.

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IUB Women Rising

Flutist Elizabeth Rowe’s recent lawsuit against the Boston Symphony Orchestra shines a spotlight on gender-based pay inequity in classical music. But the issue is well-known, and documented, in the workforce at large. In fact, statistics show that in the US the average woman earns 80 cents for every dollar earned by male counterparts, annually.

Indiana University is addressing this multifaceted issue through the campus-wide IUB Women Rising initiative – promoting leadership and career development, and providing practical tools and advocacy resources for women as they navigate decision-making and structural barriers in the career arena.

This semester, Jacobs School of Music contributes to the effort with innovative program offerings:

Monday, February 25, DM and PhD students are invited to a discussion led by Jacobs Associate Dean Lissa May. An esteemed panel of guests including IU Vice Provost Dr. Eliza Pavalko, Dr. Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, and Dr. Brenda Brenner, will discuss Women in Academic Leadership. What is the present and future climate for women in leadership roles in the Academy? (Seating is limited – sign up in the career portal)

In March, all Jacobs students are encouraged to attend a Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop, conducted by representatives of IUB Women Rising. Participants will learn how to confidently and successfully negotiate salary and benefit packages, as well as learn more about the gender pay gap and its ramifications. Watch for more information coming soon!

Knowledge is power. Stay engaged. Graduate ready. The OECD is here to help and support all students in their journey to career fulfillment AND equity.

Learn more about IUB Women Rising here.

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6th Annual Innovation Competition

*knock knock

Hear that? It’s opportunity knocking for 13 Jacobs students, and their teams, competing in the 2019 Innovation Competition next week!

It’s no secret that musicians are creative AND collaborative. This year’s Competition teams include students from Informatics, Arts Administration, and more. Their innovative projects run the gamut from community engagement to new technology – all for the purpose of advancing and promoting music in contemporary life.

Teams will compete for a $1,500 first prize, to help bring their winning project to life. The second place team will take home $800, and two teams will receive $150 each. The competition kicks off with 90-second pitches. Finalists will then give a three minute presentation of their innovative ideas.

Come out to support your fellow Jacobs students and their teammates! Who knows – you might be inspired to compete next year!

  • Saturday, February 2
  • 1-4PM
  • Kelley School – CG1008

A big THANK YOU goes out to the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Competitive Enterprise at IU’s Kelley School of Business for co-sponsoring the 6th Annual Innovation Competition!

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Top Classical Blogs and YouTube Channels

The world is a-buzz with change as musicians find new ways to connect meaningfully with their audiences and artistic collaborators.

This week, we profile a Feedspot site that keeps track of some of the more interesting blogs, websites, and YouTube channels you probably want to check out.

Don’t want to go through Feedspot? Here are a few on that list that we visit often!


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