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Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association

Volume 7, Number 1 (2007)

On Teaching Music Business in 2006 China

Theodore J. Piechocinski
Indiana State University


While an occasional guest lecture at another university is not unusual for today’s higher education faculty, to be faced with teaching an entire, eight-week compressed music business course in Shenyang, China poses more significant challenges and surprises. From the logistics of paperwork for acceptance as a visiting professor for class credit and acclimating to challenging living conditions to working through interpreters in relaying concepts of modern music industry workings, the experience was one of enlightenment and insight. From topic choices, the introduction of on-site visits to music industry outlets, and determining most workable evaluative tools for student progress, the writer’s experiences challenged “normal” methodologies and expectations. But, in the final analysis, students, teaching, and learning have more similarities than differences regardless of the country involved. While obvious cultural differences affected some points of reference between students and professor, all found ways to learn from the other.

Keywords: music business education, music industry, music education, Chinese music business, faculty exchange, global music business, global pedagogy

Piechocinski, Theodore J. “On Teaching Music Business in 2006 China.Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association 7, no. 1 (2007): 137-157. https://doi.org/10.25101/7.9

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