21st-Century Musician (21CM)

The 21st-Century Musician Initiative is a complete re-imagining of the skills, tools and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future instead of the past – flexible, entrepreneurial musicians who find diverse musical venues and outlets in addition to traditional performance spaces, develop new audiences, and utilize their music innovatively to impact and strengthen communities.

Video: About 21CM at DePauw

Explore

Explore a musical world that has never been more connected. Concert touring is a vital experience for musicians. DePauw students travel to iconic cities and the world’s cultural hubs to gain a global perspective.

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Learn

Learn from the nation’s most innovative music curriculum, including an evergreen selection of topics courses uniquely crafted for the 21st-century musician.

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Engage

Engage communities on campus and beyond to build future audiences for music. Perform in atypical spaces, such as a town square, the public library, senior centers, coffee shops, upscale restaurants, and even outdoors.

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Interact

Interact with living composers and gain a fresh perspective on the contemporary musical world. Composers whose music transcends traditional boundaries are frequently in residence at DePauw.

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Celebrate

Celebrate the art of music-making and the world’s leading musicians, while attending the courageous and fearless programs of the Green Guest Artist Series.

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Share

Share the music you love. 21st-Century Musicians embrace teaching within their portfolio of expertise. DePauw provides extensive opportunities to develop teaching skills and to pay the gift of music forward.

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Foster

Foster innovation through interdisciplinary festivals, artist residencies, and an in-house record label, pushing the boundaries of how we experience and share the most profound music of our day.

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Gather

Gather as a community of music lovers, sparking curiosity, expanding creativity and cultivating collaboration at the downtown Music on the Square and within an all-music student residence, The Music House.

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21st-Century Musician

The 21st-Century Musician Initiative is a complete re-imagining of the skills, tools, and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future instead of the past. 21CM.org is an online, professional resource created expressly to help serious musicians thrive, not just survive, in today’s modern musical landscape. The site combines a magazine focused on people, organizations, projects and innovations with live events, and educational tools.

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Yo-Yo Ma, Honorary 21CM Advisory Board Chair, in a pop-up concert with DePauw Students at the Student Union