1st Edition

A More Promising Musical Future: Leading Transformational Change in Music Higher Education CMS Emerging Fields in Music

Edited By Michael Stepniak Copyright 2023
    120 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    120 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Today’s higher education music faculty and administrators are faced with extraordinary pressure to adapt, innovate, and change. But what change is most critical to pursue – and how can it be brought about effectively? This concise volume brings together four seasoned thought leaders with distinct voices, each providing a complementary glimpse into how music faculty and administrators can help lead changes that truly matter. Making the case for transformations to better align music training in higher education with our culturally diverse society and the actual marketplace facing graduates, the perspectives collected here provide essential change management leadership strategies for music departments in the 21st century.

    Covering topics such as diversity and inclusion, institutional transformation, and preparing students for contemporary music careers, each chapter includes an outline of specific steps that can be taken individually and collectively towards needed change. Illuminating issues and providing practical suggestions, this book will enable both music faculty and administrators to confidently navigate change together with their communities.


    Chapter One: Changing the Game for Music in Higher Education

    David Cutler

    Chapter Two: Transforming Community and Ourselves through Heart and Mind Work: A Pathway for Embracing Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Belonging, and Justice

    Jasmine D. Parker

    Chapter Three: Embracing The 21st Century Superpowers of Creativity, Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Adaptability, and Playfulness

    Brian Pertl

    Chapter Four: Readying Our Classical Music Performers – An Employer’s View

    Kendra Whitlock Ingram


    Michael Stepniak is Dean and Professor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University.