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Oakland University Music, Theatre and Dance
      newsletter              September 2013           Volume 31  
The Business of Being a Musician
Not too long ago, young musicians would pound the streets looking for a gig or recording contract, and if their efforts were unsuccessful, they would continue to wait for their "big break." This is no longer the norm. Artists now have the ability to market and manage themselves in the digital world and take their destinies into their own hands.
A recording contract used to be a coveted fantasy of musicians, but nowadays, it is almost completely obsolete. Record labels can provide financing, distribution and marketing for musicians, but the endless hours one would spend trying to get the attention of an A&R person at a record label can now be spent recording and making connections through various social media channels.
While the recording industry clings to the decaying business model of manufacturing artists for one big hit, many musicians are out hustling their talents with a do-it-yourself aesthetic. Read more. Right: Lisa Agazzi.

September News
Music, Theatre and Dance recently launched a YouTube site, which is located on the Oakland University's official YouTube channel. Find OU's videos by searching for oaklanduniv. We encourage you to follow this link to see "This is Oakland University's Song," which features the OU Wind Symphony and conductor Greg Cunningham. We all love it and we think you will too.
Please share the video with your friends; you are welcome to load it to your social media pages. Seeing our fine student musicians playing may well have people thinking about music classes, so we want to take this opportunity to remind you that now is the perfect time to sign-up for lesson with our Music Preparatory Division. All ages are welcome to enroll in one-on-one lessons for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, low brass, violin/viola, cello, double bass, guitar, harp, percussion, jazz percussion, piano, jazz piano, voice, bassoon or French horn. Many music prep instructors are the very same faculty who teach our music major students. Read more.

Three Lives in Dance
After much planning, OU Music, Theatre and Dance has entered into a major partnership with Oxford Community Schools to offer classes at the Oxford Arts Conservatory (OAC), which is opening this fall. The conservatory is designed for high school students seeking an opportunity to specialize in arts education at a college-prep level.
The interest in dance has proved to be especially strong, and consequently three OU dance program alums will serve as conservatory teachers this year. We thought we would catch up with them to see what they have been doing in the years since graduation.
Jasmine Page-Cox will teach the advanced level technique classes in the program. She says, "While focusing on preparing my students for a higher education dance setting, my goal is to make their transition into college and pre-professional work as smooth as possible." Read more. Right: Jasmine Page-Cox

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

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2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-2030
Upcoming Events


Thursday, 9/5-
Sunday, 9/8

Sunday, 9/15
Mark Stone Trio

Sunday, 9/22
Kenneth Kroesche
Euphonium Recital

Tuesday, 9/24
Guitar Ensemble Concert

Friday, 9/27
Violauta Duo

Saturday, 9/28
Guitar Workshop

Sunday, 9/29
Steve Wogaman, Piano

Thursday, 10/3
Music, Theatre & Dance
Student Showcase

Sunday, 10/6
Oakland Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, 10/8
OU Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, 10/10 - 10/20
Carrie the musical

Thursday, 10/10
OU Brass Band

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