Schedule & Agenda

Schedule & Agenda

The 2011 NETMCDO conference plan is ambitious:we will answer the question...

"What career preparation skills should an undergraduate music degree provide?"

(posted 9/27/10, updated 12/3/10)

In 2 days of group work, discussions and deliberations, we will create a list of recommendations for music programs. We will be grappling with outcomes, as in, by the time they graduate, Students Will Be Able To . . . or S.W.B.A.T. Our final document will include suggestions for how schools can tell whether students have acquired the skills, as well as ways that these skills can be effectively taught, encouraged, or introduced.

What’s in this for you?
  • For veterans of past NETMCDO conferences, this is your opportunity to help shape an important document to be used in the field
  • For those new to NETMCDO and to the field of music career development, this is your opportunity to plunge in and deal with the big question facing all institutions: what are the essentials we need students to learn and experience?
  • For everyone: great networking, plenty of time to share ideas and resources, and make connections for in-depth exchange throughout the year.

Day 1: Wednesday, January 12

We will start promptly at 9:00 am and go until 5:00 pm.

We will discuss the many aspects of music career services issues in panel discussions, small breakout groups, and large group discussions. These sessions will address the issues that matter most to YOU -- so bring your ideas, questions, and concerns to share and explore.

9:00–10:00 a.m. Introductions and preliminary “Bucket List”
  • What should a student be able to do by the time she/he graduates?
10:00–11:30 Panel Discussion: Former music students (aka Alumni) reflect on their schooling.
  • What did you learn in school that helps you with the work you’re doing now?
  • How did you learn this? (In a class, through an internship, one-on-one mentoring?)
  • What do you wish you’d learned in school that you did not?
11:45-12:30 Bucket List Revisited
12:30–1:45 p.m. Lunch

A delicious lunch at a restaurant next door (provided with registration) — connect with both new and “old” friends and discuss topics started in the morning sessions. Also a chance to network further with our Alumni Panelists for more behind-the-scenes info.

2:00–3:30 Panel Discussion: Career-related curriculum reform in music schools--How has this played out in schools?
  • Ed Klorman, Manhattan School of Music
  • Howard Felton, Royal College of Music
  • Jeff Nytech, University of Colorado Boulder
3:45–4:30 “Idea Marketplace”

Exchanging important resources and innovative ideas.

4:30–5:00 Review of draft list and plan for the next day

Note: Many conference participants go out to eat together after the first day, please consider joining us!

Day 2: Thursday, January 13

We will start promptly at 9:00 am and go until 5:00 pm.

9:00–9:30 am "Open Space" Intro / Setting of Morning Topics

Overarching question:

Assessment: How do we know that a student has in fact learned what we hope they have?

9:45–10:30 Open Space Sessions 1
10:45–11:30 Open Space Sessions 2
12:15–1:45 p.m. Lunch

Lunch at nearby restaurants (on your own).

2:00–3:00 “Wordsmithing“ our Bucket List of Recommendations
3:10–4:00 Deliberations and revisions
4:00–4:15 Final version: ceremonial reading of the NETMCDO learning manifesto and accompanying suggestions.
4:15–5:00 Wrap-up and "Talking Stick" Closing Ceremony

As many veterans can attest, this tradition is as vital a part of our conference as any of the sessions. Please try and arrange your travel plans so that you can stay until at least 5:15. Or better yet: stay an extra night and join us for dinner and cocktails.