Innovating Through Artistry

Average Student, Entrepreneurial Student

In Author: David Cutler, ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS, Entrepreneurial Tool Box on August 21, 2009 at 6:59 am

School is back in session! If you’re a student, consider your own approach to education. Which type are you—an average student or an entrepreneurial one?

An average student believes:

An entrepreneurial student understands:

School is preparation for their career.  School is an early phase of their career.
Music school is in charge of what they will learn. Learners create their own education.
Good grades are the goals of education.  Good knowledge is the goal of education.
The most talented and accomplished musicians will be the most successful ones.  Creativity, interpersonal skills, work ethics, and the willingness to take chances are just as important indicators of success, often more.
School will teach them the important answers.  School can help them figure out the important questions.
Curriculum represents a series of hoops to jump through. Curriculum represents a series of opportunities for growth and the development of skills.
The curriculum has far too many requirements. The curriculum has far too few requirements.
Studies should focus on developing strengths.  Addressing weaknesses is equally important.
School will help shape their personal identity.  The importance of actively shaping the school’s identity as well.
Professors are solely teachers.  Professors will also be future connections, colleagues, and friends.
Classmates are merely other members of their class. Classmates will become some of the most important relationships imaginable.
Rules must be followed at all costs. 


While breaking rules always has consequences, every true visionary has broken rules.


David Cutler balances a varied career as a jazz and classical pianist, composer, arranger, educator, and conductor.  Visit for information about his book (now available!) The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living, & Making a Difference, a Resource Center with 1000+links, and much more.

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