Adv. Special Topics: Music & Social Entrepreunership


Want to keep music in your life, and make a difference in the world?

Led by Kathryn Wyatt, Founding Executive Director of Kidznotes and TED Prize Fellow

This course is for all students who believe in the power of music for social change, and want to do something about it. 

In this course, students will identify and explore the power of music to affect positive social change, and flex their muscles as musicians and artists in creative social entrepreneurship. This course will include work in personal leadership and explore how students can begin to develop their path as leaders in social change through music.  Students will explore their passions in music and social change through discussion and seminars in current innovations in music and social change, leadership and entrepreneurship development, and in-service learning opportunities through Kidznotes, the El Sistema program of music for social change right here in Durham. Course work will include exercises in leadership development, and developing a career plan for music in social change. 

Course is open to all students, fulfills ALP codes, fulfills elective course in the Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

  • Identify and explore the power of music to affect positive social change
  • Train interested musicians and artists in creative social entrepreneurship
  • Work in personal leadership, developing your path as leaders in music for social change 
  • Discussion and seminars in current innovations in music and social change 
  • Nonprofit and arts business and social entrepreneurship development 
  • Service learning opportunities through Kidznotes, local innovation in music and social change. 
Course work: 
  • Exercises and readings in leadership development 
  • Developing a career plan for music in social change
  • Writing a business plan for your innovative idea in music for social change


About Kidznotes:

Through Kidznotes every child, no matter their social or economic circumstances, is empowered with the fundamental right to know beauty, to strive together to create something that is inspirational and bigger than themselves, and to excel in an art form historically reserved for the elite. We are creating an orchestra campus and thriving arts neighborhood in East Durham, targeting poverty and affecting social change through music. Kidznotes is the first "El Sistema" inspired program in NC, and is connected to other "El Sistema" programs nationwide and across the globe.

About Katie Wyatt:

Kathryn (“Katie”) Wyatt is an accomplished musician, educator and innovator in music and social entrepreneurship.  Katie co-founded and assumed the post of Executive Director of the el Sistema inspired nonprofit Kidznotes in July 2010, serving Raleigh and Durham.  Including her work in El Sistema, Katie is a national leader in the orchestra field in creating programs for access and opportunity for all people to experience the transformative power of music.   Recently Ms. Wyatt was honored as a 2014 Goodmon Award Winner through Leadership Triangle, as one of Musical America’s “30 under 40 for 2013,”  and named as the 2013-14 Duke University Duke in Durham Fellow, through the Office of the Vice President for Durham and Community Affairs.

Leading to the founding of Kidznotes, In 2010, she was selected as part of the first TED Prize - Abreu Fellows program at the New England Conservatory. Wyatt holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and Viola Performance from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Adv. Special Topics: Music & Social Entrepreunership

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