Amid enormous changes in higher education, audience and music listener preferences, and the relevant career marketplace, music faculty are increasingly aware of the need to reimagine classical music performance training for current and future students. But how can faculty and administrators, under urgent pressure to act, be certain that their changes are effective, strategic, and beneficial for students and institutions? In this provocative yet measured book, Michael Stepniak and Peter Sirotin address these questions with perspectives rooted in extensive experience as musicians, educators, and arts leaders. Building on a multidimensional analysis of core issues and drawing upon interviews with leaders from across the performing arts and higher education music fields, Stepniak and Sirotin scrutinize arguments for and against radical change, illuminating areas of unavoidable challenge as well as areas of possibility and hope. An essential read for education leaders contemplating how classical music can continue to thrive within American higher education.

chapter |5 pages


chapter 1|17 pages

Beyond Beauty, Brilliance, and Expression

Musicianship and Reconnecting With the General Public 1

chapter 2|39 pages

Gathering Insights From the Field

How the Classical Music Marketplace Is Changing, and What That Change Means for the Training That Students Need

chapter 3|29 pages

Why This Change Is Unusually Difficult

Three Specific Factors May Be Thwarting the Will and Ability of Music Leaders to Change Performance Training Models

chapter 4|19 pages

Making Change That Counts