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Peabody Announces Transformed Arts Conservatory Model, Expanding Canon and 21st Century Career Readiness


With the largest student body in its 165-year history in September, Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory welcomed 760 musicians and dancers from 44 states and more than 30 countries to Baltimore to study and perform with its diverse and distinguished faculty of artists. Following the development of innovative new offerings ranging from groundbreaking curriculum to dance, music for new media and an expanded jazz studies curriculum, Peabody has seen a 24% growth in enrollment over the past five years, marking a milestone in its reinvention of the conservatory experience within the classical tradition and beyond, alongside new academic programs, scholarships and initiatives aimed at expanding access and impact through the performing arts.

Curricular innovation and new academic programs

Since its founding as the first conservatory in the United States, Peabody has remained a leader at the intersection of art and education with a focus on excellence and innovation, advancing a dynamic conservatory model designed to prepare flexible and enterprising citizen artists for rapidly evolving performance. artistic landscape. The groundbreaking curriculum, introduced in 2017 and now celebrating its fifth anniversary, enables students to engage in a diverse range of artistic styles, techniques and traditions across all disciplines and genres, with a suite of core courses and professional resources designed to expand each student’s creativity. and professional toolkits and fostering community connectivity, essential for success in 21st century artistic careers, whether in classical or contemporary music and dance.

Peabody has focused on revitalizing and expanding its jazz studies program as an essential part of the American canon, appointing acclaimed trumpeter and educator Sean Jones to the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair of Jazz Studies. in 2018. After four years of growth in the Bachelor of Music in Jazz program, Peabody is now expanding its graduate program to include a Masters in Jazz Music alongside its Graduate Diploma in Performance and is launching a scholarship graduate jazz program that covers full tuition plus a stipend for up to three students per year, creating more equitable access to advanced studies. The scholarship emphasizes citizenship and social engagement as key elements of exceptional musicality; as part of their training, Fellows will work closely with Jones, perform in a select ensemble, and connect with the greater Baltimore community through concerts and outreach, engaging in historic jazz traditions of the city and establishing relationships with major jazz institutions. All applicants to the graduate jazz program will automatically be considered for the scholarship, which will enroll its first cohort in fall 2023.

Established in the inaugural year of the Breakthrough Curriculum, Peabody’s pioneering programs in dance and music for new media have also continued to grow and adapt since their inception. Covering ballet, modern African diasporic traditions, somatic movement practices and social engagement, the unique interdisciplinary dance program enables students to enter the field as performers, choreographers, teachers, scholars and community leaders. . The cutting-edge Music for New Media program was created in response to growing student interest in fields ranging from film and television music to video gaming and virtual reality sound design, and has spurred growth and innovation in Peabody composition, music technology and recording. Departments of Arts and Sciences. The first cohort of Dance and Music for New Media students, graduating in May 2022, have already begun to venture into the field as sound designers, composers, performers and educators.

The Peabody Institute also continued to expand its arts and health collaborations with Johns Hopkins Medicine, a leader in arts health and clinical care for performing artists. A new Performing Arts Health Research Lab, established this fall, is currently recruiting participants for its first study; previous research collaborations have already yielded new medical discoveries and public resources like the PD Strummers Performance Ensemble, which offers group guitar lessons at Peabody Preparatory as an evidence-based intervention for people with the disease of Parkinson’s. Sound Rounds, created in 2018 in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Councils, brings together musicians from the Peabody Institute to perform at the bedside of patients. The Peabody Institute’s Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network (JHRN) Performers Clinic leverages the expertise of Peabody performers alongside physicians, therapists, and neurologists to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment of performance-related injuries . Peak performance and injury prevention workshops are also incorporated into the Peabody Conservatory curriculum.

Complementing the Conservatory, intended to nurture artists and art lovers of all ages and experience levels, the Peabody Institute also includes the Preparatory, Baltimore’s oldest and largest community performing arts school. . Peabody Preparatory programs span early childhood through adult continuing education, with more than 2,000 students participating in music and dance classes, ensembles, and classes at its five campuses located in central Maryland. 2022 marks the 15th anniversary of Preparatory Tuned-In’s flagship youth development program, which provides Baltimore City public school students with a free, intensive music education, creating a pathway to college or conservatory; nearly 100% of program alumni have gone on to graduate school, and many have reinvested their talents in Baltimore as teachers or mentors for the next generation of Tuned-In students.

Expand access to arts training

Peabody has made institutional and industry-wide change on diversity, equity, access and inclusion a pillar of its strategic vision, program and internal practices, as well as convening of critical conversations through public programs like its Next Normal symposium series exploring the future of the field. Since 2015, the Conservatory has more than doubled the number of students from underrepresented communities to 18% of the 2022 cohort through concerted recruitment and pipeline efforts, and tripled the proportion of faculty from underrepresented groups. -represented to reach a total of 15%. In a critical next step, as part of the broader Johns Hopkins Pathways to PhD initiative, Peabody is launching a Pathways to DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) program aimed at expanding opportunities for applicants from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the Doctor of Musical Arts program. , the highest level of professional training in performance or composition. Each year, beginning with enrollment in Fall 2023, Peabody will provide a grant to two students to begin a Master of Music (MM) program with a defined and supported path to DMA enrollment. During the Master of Music, Pathways students will benefit from mentorship and networking opportunities and produce a final project that will position them for enrollment and success in the DMA. The program also offers full tuition remission and a stipend for four years from the start of MM through the first two years of DMA residency.

In addition to creating opportunities within the Conservatory itself, Peabody participates in Shared Voices, a new initiative led by renowned singer, lawyer and Peabody faculty member Denyce Graves that aims to foster a more classical vocal arts landscape. dynamic and diverse. The program connects classical voice students from historically black colleges and universities with faculty, students and resources at leading conservatories, as well as masterclasses and a new online career development series from The Metropolitan Opera. For the pilot year, the Peabody Conservatory is joined by the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in collaboration with Howard University, Fisk University, Morgan State University and Morehouse College .

Peabody will also make career counseling for performers available to everyone through its first open educational resource (OER), a free online manual that will be released in October 2022. Developed by Peabody’s Learning Innovation Team and the Office mentoring program LAUNCHPad, which as part of Breakthrough Curriculum’s new approach to career planning and life design, The Path to Funding: The Artist’s Guide to Building Your Audience, Generating Income, and Realizing Career Sustainability provides not only guidance on the process of applying for grants and other funding, but also enables readers to define and articulate their artistic identity and purpose. Based on the conservatory course Pitching Your Creative Idea, the manual builds on the success of the Breakthrough Curriculum to prepare artists to forge unconventional paths as creative leaders in their communities.

More information about all Peabody Institute programs and initiatives is available at peabody.jhu.edu.