Tiny Bubbles: A Growth Industry for Jazz? | Also Sprach FraKathustra

What does this data tell us? It suggests that adding programs to university offerings will, at least initially, result in increased enrollments in those programs. This is not surprising; when a program is created, it requires a cohort of new faculty who are highly motivated to “recruit” students to populate their classes and ensembles. It also supports the obvious conclusion–when the economy is in the doldrums, enrollment in the fine arts will likely decline as students choose careers with better job prospects.

There is also the “bubble” theory–is higher education the next big bubble in our economy, as has been posited repeatedly in recent years? Could this jazz growth simply be a tiny jazz bubble within the larger higher education bubble? With declining career opportunities in jazz, and with the unceremonious elimination of college jazz and music programs, it’s hard to imagine that it could be anything else. Only time will tell, but when a reliable arts advocate like NPR gets in on the cuts (with a metaphorical “ax” no less), what’s left?

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