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Program Overview


As leaders in today's music schools we are charged with navigating a continually evolving professional musical world for our graduates and our institutions. We share the common goal of preparing students for a field that is shifting paradigms, business models, and essential skills. We must understand the opportunities and challenges that these changes present and engage faculty, staff, students, boards, and donors in the visionary evolution of our institutions in such a way that acknowledges tradition while embracing innovation.

Through intense study, interactive presentations, collaborative learning activities, discussion, reflection, and ongoing engagement, we will enhance our leadership effectiveness and develop new perspectives, skills and tools to effectively lead and manage our school, department, faculty and students.

Learning Objectives



Who Should Attend


Current and aspiring deans, associate/assistant deans, department chairs, and select faculty/administrative staff members of music schools. The Yamaha Graduate Fellows Program will afford five outstanding graduate students the opportunity to participate in the Eastman Leadership Conference. This highly competitive program includes a full merit scholarship.

Attending is just the beginning...


Learning will continue as part of a cohort study group that explores essential topics over the academic year following the conference. Each cohort will include and be supported by one of the conference faculty members. Titled, Conversations in Music School Leadership & Administration, we will explore in greater detail, topics covered at the conference and interact through a facilitated distance-learning environment.

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