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The Peabody Conservatory’s Breakthrough Curriculum in Music Leadership recognizes that your success as 21st century musicians will require more than musical excellence. The Professional Studies Department provides training in communication, audience development and programming, community engagement, entrepreneurship, and technology to equip you with the creative and practical skills you will need.

Professional Studies courses are designed to teach you how to lead creative collaborations with diverse stakeholders within and beyond the performing arts, actively cultivate existing and new audiences, respond to the needs of your communities, and bring value through citizen artistry to the vitality and economy of your world.

A foundational course in music business and career development builds knowledge of traditional and new markets and diverse career paths and professional communication skills. You will construct a digital portfolio with which to launch your career, refining it over the course of your degree.


Derrick Wang

Derrick Wang is a composer, lawyer, dramatist, and scholar exploring the future of law, music, and theater. He is the composer and librettist of the opera Scalia/Ginsburg, inspired by the opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia.