Navigating Music Careers

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Welcome to Navigating Music Careers!

Since its inception as a curriculum resource for Music 338 (undergraduate chamber music) at the Shepherd School of Music, the archive has become a valuable resource for young musicians and their teachers all over the world. Navigating Music Careers (NavMusic) is a web-based archive of brief lessons on important music career topics. Click on a title and you will see Shepherd School faculty and other experts speaking on subjects that are important for building and maintaining a career in music. NavMusic offers short video lessons on a variety of topics including career ideas, performance skills, health and injury prevention and the music business. Most importantly, it provides some of the questions and answers that can help sustain the creative spirit in a life in music. You may view these lessons in video format.

About Us

Janet Rarick has enjoyed a diverse career as an oboist/performer and educator that has traversed the worlds of symphony, opera, ballet and chamber music, as well as early childhood music classes and advanced university education. As Associate Professor of Music Career Development at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, she coaches chamber music, teaches classes in professional development, performance skills, chamber music repertoire, and directs outreach activities. She is also program administrator for the Music Career and Skills Enhancement Courses, an innovative initiative for performance majors in the Masters Degree Program. In addition, Ms. Rarick is director for JUMP! Just For U Music Program, a student run and faculty mentored outreach program that offers concerts for school children in the Greater Houston area. In 2007 she developed and produced the Shepherd Careers Forum, a student-centered national conference that explored new directions in classical music performance. Outcomes from this groundbreaking forum included a conceptual framework of recommendations for institutions of higher learning designed to help students meet the challenges of our 21st Century arts environment.

Martin Schultz served as principal second violinist of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras while at Rice University. He has also acted as concertmaster of the preparatory division of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the City of Aberdeen (Scotland) Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Houston Youth Symphony. As a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Shultz performed throughout the United Kingdom and Europe under such conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Yan Pascal Tortelier.


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