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Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music Paperback – February 3, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0195169140 ISBN-10: 019516914X

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019516914X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195169140
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The title of this book gives just a glimpse of the breadth of information that is actually included. Author Angela Myles Beeching is director of the Career Services Center at the New England Conservatory, and it is clear that she draws from her personal experience advising hundreds of musicians in all aspects of their careers. Although the book is written primarily for musicians aspiring for full-time professional performing careers, the chapters include practical tips and guidelines that can also be applied to music teachers, composers, and freelancers...This book could easily be used as a textbook for a group of musicians to discuss, ponder, and creatively experiment with promoting their own music making and creating their own 'career paths.'"--American Music Teacher

"The director of New England Conservatory's Career Services Center offers practical advice on a host of topics ranging from performance anxiety and repertoire decisions to creating a web site to managing daily expenses. The book is rife with checklists, short case studies, and what the author calls 'accumulated wisdom of the faculty, alumni, and guest speakers who regularly present career strategy workshops at New England Conservatory.'"--Symphony

"An excellent manual for musicians at all levels. Full of practical advice and important information, simply presented, easily understood and ready to use."--Janet Bookspan, Stage Director and Performance Coach

"Career specialists and students are hungry for this information. When it is packaged as clearly, concisely, and entertainingly as this book is, it is easy to imagine its addition to the shelves."--Simone Himbeault Taylor, Director, Career Center, University of Michigan

"Beyond Talent is a wonderfully helpful book for the professional future of any young musician. Beeching writes clearly and comprehensively. Her book is a must for the library of any professional musician."--Robert Freeman, Dean, College of Fine Arts, the University of Texas at Austin

About the Author

Angela Myles Beeching directs the New England Conservatory Career Services Center, a comprehensive career resource office, internationally recognized as a model of its kind. Ms. Beeching has presented workshops for Chamber Music America, Eastman School of Music, the University of Kentucky, Boston University, and University of Texas, Austin. Since 1997 she has designed and facilitated the annual Young Performers Career Advancement seminar for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conferences. Her articles on career issues have appeared in the National Business Employment Weekly, Inside Arts, Chamber Music magazine, and in Managing Your Career, published by the Dow Jones. She co-chairs the annual conference of the Network of Music Career Development Officers, a group dedicated to improving music career development services.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Beeching taught cello at California State University, Fresno, and at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. A Fulbright Scholar and Harriet Hale Woolley grant recipient, Ms. Beeching also received fellowships at Banff and Tanglewood Music Center. An alumnus of Boston University and New England Conservatory, she holds a doctorate in cello performance from SUNY Stony Brook.

More About the Author

A leader in the field of artists' career development, Angela Myles Beeching is the author of "Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music." She has taught at New England Conservatory, Boston University, Cal State Fresno, and SUNY Potsdam. This fall, as visiting consultant to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Ms. Beeching launched Project Jumpstart, an innovative career and entrepreneurial leadership program. In demand as a speaker, Ms. Beeching has presented at many music schools as well as for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the National Association of Schools of Music, Chamber Music America, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. A Fulbright Scholar, Ms. Beeching holds a doctorate in cello performance from SUNY Stony Brook and maintains a thriving consulting practice, helping both individuals and organizations create paths to success.

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Relevant, clear, informative, and easy to read.
Angela Myles Beeching's book is a thoroughly excellent career guide for anyone who wants to be a professional musician.
Catherine K. Brown
I highly recommend it to any music student, or musician who is trying to create or expand their career.
Jeremy R Johnston

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Taylor on March 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
A music business book for the classical musician? Is that some sort of oxymoron? Imagine my amazement upon finding this absolute gem while browsing in the BYU bookstore's small music section. I've never seen a book with this focus before, and had no reason to hope for one. This book descended on me out of the blue, almost like a revelation.

In the "prelude" Ms. Beeching gives her "confessions" as a career counselor. First she expounds on the "truth about career paths" : there really is no such thing as a laid out path for any musician (classical or pop) that will lead them to enduring success. She then offers "five trade secrets" of her profession:

Look for the light in the eyes (what make you light up when talking?)

People often create their own obstacles

The first steps are most important

You already have the answers

People move ahead when they're good and ready, and not a moment sooner

This is essentially a book about being a self-starter and taking things into your own hands rather than waiting for "them" to discover you. The book gives numerous tools for doing so. It covers qualities you must develop to "make it" as a musician, networking skills, developing your image (letterhead, bios, photos, promo kits, etc.), expanding your impact with demos and CDs, using the internet to promote your career, booking performance like a pro, building your audience (the media, publicity and you), connecting with audiences through residencies and community programming, performing at your best, freelancing - managing yourself, raising money for music projects (yes, you too can fund-raise), and getting it all together.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Abramson on September 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
A little while ago I reviewed a strangely titled book called "Making Music in Looking Glass Land" by Ellen Highstein. A labour of love, this book became the seminal "text book" for the classical musician and, now it its fourth edition, is still the book I would recommend to any musician either starting out on their career or working actively in the industry. However, this year an equally good, authoritative and comprehensive book has been published that aims to equip the classical musician with the tools and techniques required to make a success in this career.

Angela Beeching, an author who has gained a tremendous amount of experience through her work as the director of career services at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston brings to this book real life problems and practical solutions that can help any and all musicians. Staring off by talking about the entrepreneurial musician, Beeching embeds in the mind of the reader the thought that success in this profession is up to you, the musician, and no one else. The characteristics a musician needs, Beeching writes, include "flexibility, resiliency and the ability to find opportunities in the midst of difficulties or challenges". It is from this position that she then moves the reader onto some of the key soft skills required to run your career such as the art of networking (or "Schmoozing for Success" as she puts it), time management, dealing with performance anxiety and the fundamental questions of what you, as a musician, actually do. However, it is the practical advice that really sets this book apart.

Each chapter deals with a different topic including information about creating promotional material (brochures, biographies, etc.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dream Architect on June 8, 2005
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A few years back, Angela Beeching (my dear colleague at New England Conservatory down the road) wrote a "Career Guide for Musicians". I was very impressed at how resourceful the guide was. Well, she finally got the chance to flesh out that first guide and "Beyond Talent" is the result. While ably covering all the nut & bolts of music career success (networking, building your image, recording, performing and raising support), the chief value of the book lies in the wisdom Beeching brings to creative career development. She understands the psychological profile of the career musician and that understanding shines through every page of her book.

In addition, Beeching tackles lesser-explored subjects geared to her primary readership of classical and jazz musicians: residency programs, performance health, teaching and grant opportunities. Up to date and immensely practical, Beyond Talent should be on the bookshelf of all career musicians.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet L. Schwartz on February 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Angela Beeching's "Beyond Talent" is a must-have book for musicians -- both young musicians who aspire to a career, and working musicians who wish to be more successful. Full of practical advice, "Beyond Talent" gives step-by-step strategies for important aspects of building a career in music, covering topics like networking, promotions, and building and connecting with audiences. "Beyond Talent" also includes samples of bios, press releases, and other documents that are vital to the working musician. Beeching knows her stuff and writes with depth, and at the same time, her writing is accessible and inspirational. This book is a terrific companion for young and established musicians alike!
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