Amplifying the Transdisciplinary Nature of Arts Entrepreneurship Education Through Online Learning

  • Lindsey Castellano Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Drew Coles Teachers College, Columbia University
Keywords: Online Education, Arts Entrepreneurship, Interdisciplinary education, online learning


Current moves toward online learning have promoted and continue to promote transdisciplinary education as an indispensable path forward. Time and technological advances have given us the perspective to see that many of our disciplines are more interconnected than scholars and pedagogues of the past may have thought. This interconnectedness allows us to develop individually held senses of belonging within our students and a more solidified representation of arts entrepreneurship education. Online education provides inexhaustible resources and delivery methods for educators to provide multiple entry points for students. This piece makes a case for the notion that instruction via the internet enables students and educators to connect with people worldwide and provides additional ways to connect and engage with course material for individuals with varying learning styles. This piece also provides a model of a post-secondary course that can be used to explore arts entrepreneurship.

Author Biographies

Lindsey Castellano, Teachers College, Columbia University

Lindsey Castellano is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University where she is the Research Associate for the Center for Arts Education and Research, the Florence Geffen Fellow for Music Assessment, the Program Coordinator for the Summer Online Hybrid Master’s Program and an applied violin and viola instructor. Lindsey holds a Masters in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy and a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance. She has been working as an arts administrator and community music facilitator for over a decade. Lindsey has been researching online education and creating digital learning environments since 2016 when she created an online community music program to write social justice songs with students in New York City. She co-founded a collaborative musical endeavor between Teachers College and a not-for-profit organization that provides services to families experiencing homelessness. The program included music classes for underserved families with a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and learning styles.

Ms. Castellano established and directed the first International Community Music Research Symposium in the U.S., presented by the program in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, in collaboration with the International Centre for Community Music at York St. John in the U.K. Lindsey has directed professional development workshops for teaching artists in New York City and most recently worked with a community arts organization in Bronx schools focused on music and dance. She created a curriculum framework for the arts organization's teaching artists to implement with students in K-12 settings. The framework is culturally aware and supportive of social justice issues with the goal of educating the whole child. The student-centered curriculum framework was designed to develop content knowledge for basic music and dance literacy skills, explore creative depths, and support students as lifelong learners. Lindsey also facilitates free professional development workshops for arts educators online has been teaching music production in community music settings to students from middle school to higher education.

Lindsey co-presented with Dr. Harold Abeles in March 2018 and 2016 at the National Association for Music Educators Music Research and Teacher Education Conference on "Sex Biases in the Hiring Practices of Music Teachers and Music Teachers’ Experiences in Teaching Positions Atypical for Their Sex" and “The Effects of Sex and Instrument Played on the Hiring Practices of Music Educators in Primary and Secondary Schools”.  Her research with two music facilitators from Scotland and England was presented at the 33rd World Conference for Music Education in Baku, Azerbaijan, "Community Across Continents: Peer networks in doctoral scholarship as a mechanism to support critical reflection and wellbeing." In 2013, Lindsey presented at the American String Teachers Association National Conference on life long learning, "The importance of keeping music part of your life regardless of your career path." ​An active performer in New York City, Lindsey has performed at concert halls across the country including the Chicago Symphony Center and David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center.

Drew Coles, Teachers College, Columbia University

Drew X Coles is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, serial entrepreneur, and educator, as well as an applied lessons instructor, ensemble facilitator, and adjunct professor of music entrepreneurship at Teachers College, Columbia University. His scholarly interests include; the construct of success as it applies to post-secondary music students, culturally responsive pedagogy in the music classroom, the use of technology in the applied studio, Jazz pedagogy, improvisation pedagogy, comprehensive musicianship coursework and curricula, and quantitative research methods in music education.

Drew holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College of the City University of New York, and an M.B.A. from the Metropolitan College of New York. Drew earned his Doctorate in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University after defending his dissertation on the perceptions among musicians on the construct of career success as it applies to them as well as their peers.

Drew has served as the Executive Director of the international chamber orchestra of America. Drew is also a co-founder of Pro Arts Management and Consulting LLC and serves as the Musical Director to the Metropolitan Players, an award-winning New York City-based wedding entertainment collective.

In his applied studio, Drew focuses on using technology to incite and support self-directed learning, both in digital music based students as well in traditional instrumental students.

How to Cite
CastellanoL., & ColesD. (2021). Amplifying the Transdisciplinary Nature of Arts Entrepreneurship Education Through Online Learning. Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education, 3(2), 58-64.