Workshops

Gerald Klickstein presents innovative workshops and consulting services across North America for musicians, educators, music schools, arts students and career advisors.

Gerald Klickstein’s widely praised workshops enable musicians, educators, music schools and career services professionals to excel. He also coaches individual musicians via Skype, empowering them to practice effectively, perform confidently and build thriving careers. Please send inquiries via the Contact page.

He has appeared at leading music schools such as the Curtis Institute and Rice University, at prestigious summer institutes such as the Meadowmount School of Music and the National Repertory Orchestra, and at numerous national conferences, including those of the College Music Society, Chamber Music America, MTNA, the American String Teachers Association, and others.

New in 2017: Gerald Klickstein offers music schools exclusive screenings of the 75-minute documentary film, Composed, which he pairs with a workshop on overcoming music performance anxiety.

Below are summaries of selected Presentations for Music Students and Professionals as well as Presentations for Music Faculty, Administrators and Career Coaches.

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Presentations for Music Students & Professionals

12 Essentials of Music Career Success
In this fundamental workshop, Gerald Klickstein empowers musicians to succeed as artists and professionals. Participants map out career possibilities and depart with step-by-step action plans they can immediately undertake. See the Music Career Articles on The Musician’s Way Blog.

Fearless Performance
Discover research-based strategies to build on-stage skills, take charge of nervousness, and perform from the heart. Gerald Klickstein demystifies the causes of stage fright and supplies musicians with dependable techniques to excel under pressure. See Part II of The Musician’s Way along with articles on The Musician’s Way Blog in the Performance Anxiety category. This workshop can also include a screening of the 75-minute documentary film, Composed, which depicts classical musicians’ battles with performance anxiety.

Grant Writing Strategies that Succeed
Across the globe, foundations and government organizations offer funding for musicians and other artists to develop and present their work. Nonetheless, few emerging artists understand how to identify suitable funders, create fundable projects, craft grant proposals nor put together appropriately detailed budgets. This session provides attendees with the know-how and materials they need to create high-impact projects, discover funding agencies, and author grant proposals that succeed. See Resources for Grantseekers.

Funding & Commissioning New Music
Composers and performers who attend this workshop discover abundant sources of grant and other funding, learn to organize consortium commissions, and gain strategies for managing rights and premieres. With those concepts in hand, composers are empowered to attract good-paying commissions, and performers acquire the ability to build distinctive repertoires, contributing to the literature for their instruments and equipping them to draw interest from presenters, the public, and the media.

The Power of Deep Practice
When deep learning concepts merge with effective practice strategies the result is a supercharged form of music learning Gerald Klickstein calls Deep Practice. In this session, musicians absorb deep practice strategies that enable them to solve technical problems, create compelling interpretations, become secure performers, and fuel their motivation to work. See the Music Practice articles on The Musician’s Way Blog and Part I of The Musician’s Way.

Creating Concert Programs that Attract Large Audiences
Participants explore ways to craft concert programs that can bring in diverse listeners and generate substantial ticket sales. They uncover how to make their work relevant and differentiate themselves in the concert scene. During the session, musicians view sample programs that succeeded, develop programing ideas of their own and receive feedback on the spot. See “3 Traits of Successful Concert Programs” on The Musician’s Way Blog.

The Secret to Sustainable Music Careers
Attendees explore ways to create value with their music and tap a range of income streams. They investigate strategies to launch performing, teaching, and other entrepreneurial music ventures that align with their visions. They learn to leverage the power of the Internet without needing to be tech wizards. Read more on The Musician’s Way Blog.

The Keys to Successful Collaboration
An ensemble’s professional success depends on 4 things aside from the members’ musical abilities: their culture, interpersonal skills, business practices, and rehearsal & performance strategies. In this session, musicians learn to establish effective team cultures, adopt positive interpersonal habits, employ sound business practices, rehearse productively, and perform artistically. See Ten Tips for Collaborating Musicians.

Masterful Memorization
Is the ability to perform from memory a talent or an acquired skill? Research shows that expert memorizers employ skills that any musician can learn. Gerald Klickstein deconstructs the memorization process and supplies performers with an arsenal of ready-to-use strategies. See The Four Stages of Memorization.

12 Habits of Healthy Musicians
From hearing loss to hand pain to vocal nodules, musicians can be felled by numerous mishaps. This presentation encapsulates research-based ways in which performers, students, and educators can keep their creativity rolling while sidestepping injuries. Read about the 12 Habits on The Musician’s Way Blog. Also see Chapters 12-13 of The Musician’s Way.

How to Win a College Music Faculty Position
Many musicians pursue advanced degrees hoping to becoming college faculty, yet music curricula rarely equip graduates to compete for today’s positions. This workshop shows aspiring faculty what qualifications they need, how to acquire them, and how to succeed in the current academic job market. See Applying for Faculty Positions on The Musician’s Way Blog.

Lifelong Creativity
Participants define their artistic goals, explore the phases of creating, and head home equipped to achieve creative feats. See the Creativity articles on The Musician’s Way Blog as well as Gerald Klickstein’s online course 10 Steps to Lifelong Creativity.

 

Presentations for Music & Arts Faculty, Administrators, and Career Coaches

Teaching Performance Skills
Music Educators: Equip your students to perform confidently and artistically with a research-based program for building performance skills. Discover ways to incorporate performance instruction into lessons and rehearsals, conduct performance-development classes, teach anxiety-busting techniques, and empower students to practice performing. The workshop incorporates materials that teachers can promptly use such as a list of student learning outcomes, a rubric, sample lesson plans, and student self-evaluation tools. See the Music Performance articles on The Musician’s Way Blog. This workshop can also include a screening of the 75-minute documentary film, Composed, which depicts classical musicians dealing with performance anxiety problems and illustrates how inadequately music curricula educate students to cope with performance stress.

Music Career Coaching for University Career Counselors
Music students pay the same required fees as other college students, yet university career centers often lack the resources and expertise to provide comprehensive career counseling to musicians. In this residency, Gerald Klickstein works with career counselors and career center directors, providing them them with conceptual frameworks to understand common music occupations, materials such as templates for creating domain-specific resumes, tools to understand how musicians use the Internet, and guidelines to help music students become equipped for rewarding and high-demand careers.

Masterful Memorization
Is the ability to perform from memory a talent or an acquired skill? Research shows that expert memorizers employ skills that any musician can learn. Gerald Klickstein deconstructs the memorization process and supplies educators and performers with an arsenal of ready-to-use strategies. Materials include a list of student learning outcomes, a rubric, sample lesson plans, and a student self-evaluation. See The Four Stages of Memorization.

Grant Writing Strategies that Succeed
Organizations worldwide offer funding for musicians and other artists to develop and present their work, yet many artists lack effective strategies to access such grant programs. This session provides musicians, artists and arts faculty with essential know-how to discover funders, design fundable projects, construct budgets, and author winning grant proposals. Attendees receive a concise grant-writing guide, a sample budget, and a range of techniques they can promptly use to realize their creative goals. See Resources for Grantseekers.

New-Century Music Education
Gerald Klickstein proposes ways that colleges and conservatories can transform their programs to both align with their missions and also meet the needs of today’s performers, composers and educators. He shows how schools can incorporate into their offerings education in entrepreneurship, creativity, collaboration, technology, Web culture, occupational health, and more. See Music Education and Entrepreneurship.

The 1st-year Music Seminar
More than a decade of research demonstrates that well-designed first-year seminars can dramatically increase college student satisfaction, retention, and graduation rates. This session spells out strategies to design, implement, and evaluate a one-semester course that outfits incoming college students with practice, performance, collaborative, self-care, student success and career skills. Materials include sample outcomes, syllabi and tests.

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