Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Trudy Kane

Second Committee Member

Timothy Conner

Third Committee Member

Richard Todd

Fourth Committee Member

Brian Russell


As music institutions strive to embody the nature of entrepreneurship in greater capacities, both a lack of understanding and a lack of pedagogical knowledge serve as detriments to this end. The purpose of this study is to equip classical brass performance professors, whose goal it is to incorporate entrepreneurship in their studios, with practical suggestions on how to do so. Information from a survey of brass players was combined with literature regarding entrepreneurship education teaching practices as well as practices from content areas generated from the survey in order to devise a set of suggestions for brass professors. The survey found that most brass players thought that entrepreneurship should be taught in the private studio and that hardworking, perseverance, and learning from failure were viewed as the most valuable content areas for a career in music. The suggestions are broken down into four themes: attitude; experiential learning; moving outside the studio; and character development. Subthemes are acting as a mentor, assisting in students’ pursuit of individual goals, diverging from a didactic teaching approach, learning by doing, learning through failure, reflection, interacting with the community, social engagement, interaction with entrepreneurs, and grit.


entrepreneurship education; entrepreneurship; brass; professor; music education; instrumental performance