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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It’s spring. 2019. …whaaaattt?!

If this is your last semester at Jacobs and IU – CONGRATULATIONS! You have new horizons ahead with decisions and plans to be made – resumes to update, applications to complete, and auditions and interviews for which to prepare. If you need help with strategies – or tips to stay organized – come to the OECD. We can help get you across the finish line.

We have a lot planned this semester. Here are a few things to watch for:

  • Auditions and visits from professional organizations like Celebrity Cruises, National Orchestra Institute Festival and more
  • The annual Innovation Competition
  • The Brownbag Lunch series “What I Didn’t Learn in Music School” continues
  • First Wednesday Workshops continue with topics related to resumes and interview prep
  • Salary Negotiation Skills Workshop from AAUW
  • Special guests, {well-advised} Lunches, Career Days and much more!

Stay tuned to your email. Keep an eye on the Career Portal. We look forward to seeing YOU in the OECD.

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The OECD can help you find and apply for funding…

What project, or study abroad opportunity, sparks your imagination? Have you thought about exploring a Fulbright Scholarship? Are there things you want to do, or try, but worry about the money to make them happen? You have campus resources and partners who can help!

For undergraduate students, the Office of National Scholarships & Awards is a great place to start. Director Paul Fogelman will walk you through the Fulbright process and help you research hundreds of lesser-known sources of funding, international opportunities, and Fellowships.

Fogelman’s counterpart for graduate students is Duke Gatsos, Graduate Fellowships and Awards Coordinator.

Graduate students, also have the Grad Grants Center in their corner. Their team can help with grant research as well as proposal writing and application consultations.

In addition, the Graduate and Professional Student Government offers small travel grants.

The OECD staff is here to help you creatively build your idea, design your proposal, and consult on research and options. Watch for upcoming info sessions and workshops designed to help you #GetFunded!

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Throw yourself…

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
― C. JoyBell C.

Musicians and music are inexorably linked, through history, to social change, evolution, and revolution. There’s no doubt that technology is also forcing change – at a break-neck speed. The nature of change and evolution creates remarkable opportunities. Opportunities to develop new ideas, try new things, come together in new ways. Opportunities to innovate.

Maybe you have an idea. You’ve thought of something new and exciting – or something that could make a difference in the world around you.

You might not be sure how to bring that idea to life, though. Where do you start? How do you develop the idea and gather support? You’d like to learn more, develop new skills, and ask questions. You could use a mentor, and some advice.

Project Jumpstart has you covered! This Saturday (Dec 1, 1-3pm), join us in the OECD (MU011) for a workshop experience created just for you. Bring your curiosity and walk through a design-thinking process to develop your concept and test it out. Who knows, you may decide to enter the 2019 Innovation Competition for a chance to win $1000 to fund your project!

Musicians are inherently creative beings. Problem-solvers. Change agents. Throw yourself into the Innovation Competition.



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You’re ready for Thanksgiving…

…But the gastronomic bliss of the tryptophan hangover will be followed immediately by end-of-semester insanity and FINALS. You can’t afford to lose momentum now, but how do you stay on track and power through to the semester’s finish line?

Musicians have extraordinary determination and dedication. Let that dedication and commitment to excellence follow you from the practice room to the classroom. Don’t succumb to the temptation to skip classes in these final weeks – Professors drop important clues about final exams in these last lectures and discussions. Your AI’s can be a source of help and support now, too. Seek them out for questions and advice. They want you to do well!

If you’re a list-maker, try converting your to-do list into a schedule. Breaking up tasks and spacing them out suddenly makes the list manageable. Remember to also schedule breaks, meals, and self-care – find a drop-in yoga class, try Zumba, or take a few laps in the pool at IU Recreational Sports. Getting off campus can help, too. Call a friend, grab a scarf, and take a walk on the B-Line trail – might be more productive in the long run than draining another Red Bull. And drink more water…really.

Refresh your playlist with those go-to songs that keep you motivated. Stay focused, prioritize: avoid procrastination and distractions. And remember there are lots of campus resources at your disposal: the writing center, academic support center, the OECD, CAPS counseling & health center….we’re all here for you!


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We’ve got you covered…

Writing effective cover letters…intimidating, confusing, annoying. Yet, still a “thing” we need to do. Employers often request an introductory cover letter to accompany a resume and other application materials.

Before you start writing, research the organization. See if there’s a match – are you a good fit for the culture of the organization, as well as the job itself? Weave details into the letter to demonstrate that your interests and abilities align with their mission.

If an employer has a position posted, it means they have a problem. The cover letter can position you as the best solution to that problem. So focus on what you bring to the role (what you can do for them; the results you can deliver) rather than what you hope to gain from the opportunity.

A good cover letter states the position you’re applying for, and perhaps how you heard about the opening. It goes on to align your skills, experience, and education with the position description. Whenever possible, use specific examples to demonstrate your qualifications. For instance, don’t merely assert that you can do something – give a positive example of a time when you did it, and the result/impact of having done it.

Finish strong. Close by thanking them for their time and consideration – then ask for the interview: “I look forward to scheduling an interview to learn more about (position) and discuss the unique qualifications I bring to the role.”

Seem too bold? Then it’s probably just the right tone. Employers hire confident candidates!

Want more information or one-on-one coaching for your cover letters? Drop in the OECD or schedule with a Career Specialist today.

Coincidentally (and by student request), our First Wednesday Workshop for November is….Cover Letters!

  • Wednesday, November 7
  • 12:30-1:30PM
  • MU011 | OECD
  • Sign up in career portal (or just come!)
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AI’s…this one’s for YOU!

Mental and emotional health and wellness is an important topic – in contemporary music education and in the professional world of performance. The OECD is teaming up with Jacobs Counselor-in-Residence, Brad Stepp, to offer: Is There a Method to this Madness? Teaching, Taking Care of Yourself, and Taking Care of Others.

This professional development workshop is for you if you sometimes doubt your teaching skills or feel you’re not reaching students in the ways you hoped. Many music students struggle with self-criticism, self-doubt, and imposter syndrome. Operating within such a demanding field can not only take its toll on one’s emotional well-being, but also one’s self-worth. The hour-long session is packed with tips for making the most out of your teaching assignments using an emotional health framework.

You’ll learn how to monitor your own emotional health through psychological “tune ups.” And also how to spot students in distress, and when/how to refer them to Counseling and Psychological Services.

We’ll also include a brief overview of the OECD so you know how this office can support continued professional development for you and your students! This session is designed for teaching AI’s but is open to all interested Jacobs students.

  • Wednesday, October 24
  • 4:30-5:30PM
  • Merrill Hall | MU011 | OECD
  • Sign up in the career portal!


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“Be sure to visit the OECD once a semester to take care of your career plans!”

Congratulations! You made it through the first eight weeks of fall semester, 2018. You may have pulled off a great recital performance, a major research paper, or managed to juggle gigs and side hustles around a full course load. Whatever the mix, we know it’s been intense, and fast-paced because…well it’s Jacobs. However, with graduation on the horizon, it is time to ask yourself if you are prepared for the challenges you might face in the post-university world. Whether you are applying for an academic position, taking an orchestral audition, or going freelance these are some things you will need:

  • CV
  • Resume (general, performance, and/or teaching)
  • Cover Letter
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • Research Statement
  • Diversity Statement
  • Recent Performance Videos (High Quality)
  • Recent Teaching Demo Video
  • Online profile
  • References

Are you ready? If not, then the OECD can help! We recommend that you take immediate action to strategically plan for the post-graduation world. Make an appointment each semester with an OECD Career Adviser to help you organize and format your professional profile. Get organized, get prepared, and create your professional identity #TheJungleAwaits.

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Shark Week: Taking the Bite Out of Grad School Prep

Seniors: it’s graduate school application season. Deadlines are approaching. You’re negotiating audition dates and making travel arrangements. Underclassmen: you’re starting to think about grad school too – but you have some questions. It all feels a little overwhelming.

The OECD is here to help! We’re offering a series of events specifically designed to help you navigate grad school prep with confidence. We’re calling it Shark Week, because we can.

On Saturday, October 13, guests and faculty panelists will share their expertise in two dynamic sessions:

  • 10-11am –Representatives from Jacobs graduate and admissions offices lead an informative discussion of selecting and communicating with your target schools, and preparing effective application materials. Panelists include Espen Jensen (Director of Admissions and Financial Aid), Eric Isaacson (Director of Graduate Studies), and Nathan Fischer (OECD Career Specialist).
  • 11AM-12pm – Preparing for your grad school audition! Faculty panelists include: Jane Dutton (Associate Professor of Voice), Steve Wyrczynski (Professor of Viola), John Tafoya (Professor and Chair of Percussion), and Evelyne Brancart (Professor of Piano).

Shark Week continues with OPEN ADVISING Monday, October 15 – Thursday, October 18, Noon-6pm. Students are invited to drop-in to meet with a Career Advisor for consultation, questions, and review of grad school application materials.
All Shark Week activities will be in OECD Headquarters, Merrill Hall, MU011.

See you there!

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