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When the Music Stops: Peabody Institute Looks Beyond the Notes

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

May 08, 2015
Video and editing by Lisa Philip
The Peabody Institute, known for educating classical-music stars like André Watts, is re-examining how to prepare its students for a rapidly changing industry.

For over 150 years, the Peabody Institute has trained generations of classical musicians, including the cello soloist Zuill Bailey and the concert pianist André Watts. Now, faced with declining audiences and crumbling symphony orchestras, the 600-student conservatory, which teaches most orchestral instruments, as well as composition and jazz, is re-examining how to prepare its students for a rapidly changing industry, beyond teaching them how to master the violin, trumpet, or baton.

 

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