Professional Development Workshop Podcast



New for 2017, the Professional Development Workshop Podcast will serve as the instructor’s mode of lecture & instructor for the course. The aim of the podcast is for students to learn material and complete assignments outside of class, freeing up (precious!) in-class time for a review of the assignments (after they have been completed), discussion of episode topic & book, and general Q&A, rather than using class time to explain concepts and give assignments. 

Each podcast contains an assignment; the assignment is due in class in the format detailed in the podcast episode. Students can volunteer to share their finished assignments and process with the class.


Episode 1: Self-Reflection

In this episode we look at how to develop a self-reflection practice, different styles of meditation, morning pages (from The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron), and learning to face our inner Censor (the voice of our self-doubt). The basic structure of the class is discussed as well as the first required text, Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach. For notes from this podcast go here.


Episode 2: Organization and Time Management

Looking at the organization and task-management system laid out in Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen, we discuss the five steps you need to stay organized, the four criteria to determine what you should do next, and terms like "next action," "open loops," and the two minute rule. For podcast notes on google drive go here.


Episode 3: Style Statement

In this episode we look at some style tips from classical pianist/model Sugar Vendil, advice from Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up on how to find what you really love (and to pare down your possessions), and we go through the exercises in the book Style Statement to find what your two-word style statement is. Supplementary materials found in the Google Drive folder, as well as podcast notes.


Episode 4: Self-Promotion, Part 1

In Part 1 of Self-Promotion we will talk about how to get press/reviewers at your event. We will go over the general guidelines for a press release and also a general timeline of press releases, as well as how to find out whom to contact at a certain publication. The assignment for this episode is a rough draft of your first press release for First Songs. Podcast notes are on google drive here.


Episode 5: Finances, Part 1

In this podcast we take some different quizzes from Kate Northrup's book Money: A Love Story; we discuss making a budget, how to use to keep track of finances, and the app Expensify to keep track of business trip expenses. We also look at taxes for musicians. Podcast notes are on google drive here. Enjoy!


Podcast 6: Manifesto

"A manifesto is a published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government. A manifesto usually accepts a previously published opinion or public consensus and/or promotes a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out changes the author believes should be made. It often is political or artistic in nature, but may present an individual's life stance." In this podcast we look at four different writing exercises that will help you articulate what you believe, what you most deeply care about, and how you want to create. Podcast notes are on google drive here.


Podcast 7: Goals

In this podcast we talk about the challenge and importance of not only setting goals that scare you, but also of making a plan to reach the goals, a calendared timeline, and how to restock the passion and motivation required to meet them. Podcast notes are on google drive here.


Podcast 8: Healing

This podcast episodes anticipates a class visit with laryngeal masseuse extraordinaire Christine Schneider (of Life Light Massage), and talks about the work of neuroscientist Bessel Van Der Kolk, as well as my own particular journey through both the work of both of these wonderful people. Podcast notes are on google drive here


Podcast 9: Websites

This very short podcast describes this week's assignment: creating a beta version of your final-project website. Part two of this podcast is a video tutorial on website building on Squarespace from step one, all the way to a decent final product. The podcast notes on google drive detail the exact assignment requirements.


Podcast 10: Social Media, Part 2

In Social Media Part 2 we talk about business cards, social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, etc.), and networking best practices. Follow along with the google drive notes here


Podcast 11: Finances, Part 2

Finances Part II is a grab-bag of topics that have to do with money: commissioning composers, negotiating fees, a rubric to help you determine how to decide to take a gig or not, how to find grants, production budgets, and basics of crowdfunding. See the google drive notes here.


Podcast 12: Questions and Answers

In our second-to-last podcast, Lucy answers your FANTASTIC questions about moving to NYC, getting into new music, whether one needs to have management, how to handle the work/life balance, and lots of other great topics. Podcast notes are here.