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Musical Mentors and the Plight of Autonomy


Founded in 2008, Musical Mentors Collaborative is a nonprofit organization that offers free and individualized music instruction to underserved public school students in New York City by training and linking volunteer teachers in student-run university organizations with these students. This study examines the decision by the organization’s executive board to expand from three to six university chapters over a two-year period. The case concludes by asking the reader to create an expansion plan that details the actions needed to establish a new university chapter of Musical Mentors and to examine the implications of its commitment to instructor autonomy.

Author: Caroline Sonett
Published: Volume 4, Spring 2018
Details: PDF Download – 9 pages plus Appendices
ISSN: 2475-4994

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Case Study Methodology

Eastman Case Studies for classroom use have three key attributes:

1. They offer an issue encountered by management in music administration, which demands a resolution or action.

2. They put the student into the business situation, creating an immersive experience that will sharpen student judgement and acumen for similar circumstances.

3. They are presented as chronologically compact scenarios, keeping to facts that bear on the case, and minimizing long histories and extraneous stories about musical arts organizations. The cases shine a light onto particular business problems and are packaged concisely for student learning.