Young, Jerry

Dr. Jerry A. Young is Professor Emeritus of Music at The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he was a member of the music faculty from 1983 to 2016. He formerly taught at the University of Central Missouri, the University of Illinois, and in the public schools of Arkansas. From 1983 to 1993 he was a member of the music faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Northwestern Michigan College and at the Interlochen Arts Academy. In addition to leading a successful applied music studio at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, he taught courses in music education and general music. His former students hold positions in higher education, public education, and professional orchestras and military bands in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He is a widely published author, reviewer, and editor. During his career at UW-EC he served in a variety of administrative capacities including Coordinator of Wind and Percussion Studies and Chair of the Departmental Personnel Committee, as well as editor-in-chief of a professional journal and president of his international professional association. Now in retirement, Dr. Young and his wife, Dr. Barbara Young, live in Leelanau County, Michigan.


Climbing the Career Ladder Without Falling Off: Ideas for Life & Career Balance…and Yes, Success - Music Education

An applied music position will not be satisfying if you and/or your family are unhappy. You have more control over success and happiness at the outset of your professional life than you might think. This presentation discusses aspects of life and career that must be satisfied if an applied faculty is to be successful both in their career and in life. We will also discuss factors that often interfere with achieving that goal. Contact: [email protected].

Recruiting: The Lifeblood of Success in Studio Teaching (Recruiting Strategies for Challenging Times) - Music Education

More than any other aspect of their job, young faculty are frequently not renewed in their position or are denied tenure because of failure to recruit students. This discussion presents innovative and practical ways for a new faculty member to win at the vital “numbers game” in a time when competition for the best freshman students in all applied music areas is fierce. We discuss both strategies for recruitment and ethical (and unethical) practices. Contact: [email protected].

The Future of Applied Teaching: The Best Days May Not Be Over - Music Education

There is an urgent need for creative approaches and entrepreneurship in applied music teaching in the ever-shifting world of higher education. This presentation will engage participants with information on how the field is changing and exciting new instructional possibilities, as well as how to avoid the trap of dated thinking about our field. Contact: [email protected].

The Rethinking of Research and Creative Activity in Applied Music Positions: New Ideas for a New Paradigm - Music Education

Our profession is on the cusp of new and exciting times. Recognition of performance-based creative activity is under great scrutiny in a time wherein academic analytics are heavily skewed toward pure research. In this presentation we suggest ways that applied music faculty might consider adjusting their artistic performance-based activity to satisfy the expectations of upper administration, regents, and/or state legislatures in an era when all faculty in all disciplines must present concrete evidence of the benefits of their scholarly/creative activity to the institution and its students. Contact: [email protected].

The Time Is Now - Music Education

Both training and professional experiences in graduate school are essential aspects of preparation for landing an applied music teaching position in higher education. In this presentation we explore how to discover where your passions and talents intersect and provide suggestions relative to how to begin your professional career while still in graduate school—something we believe to be a necessity in today’s competitive job market. Contact: [email protected].