Faced with shifting demographics and financial stressors in the music field, The Eastman Case Studies are designed to help current and future music leaders develop skills and perspectives to solve real-world problems through situation analysis, recommendations, and discussion. Case studies, a primary teaching tool in business schools, provide narratives about a specific challenge and give students the chance to get practical experience in developing problem-solving strategies.
An initiative of Eastman School of Music’s Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research launched in 2016, The Eastman Case Studies examine issues and challenges that face today's musical leaders and place students in the role of consultant. Students are charged with assessing business problems and making key decisions in resolving the issues, focusing on innovative practices that address problems faced by both traditional and emerging music organizations in the quickly changing marketplace. Topics range from general subjects such as community engagement and organizational residencies to specific issues like programming and contract negotiations.
Pegasus Early Music: Engaging Younger Blaire was invited to co-author the series, becoming part of a team to research, develop and write case studies. Since then, Blaire has published a study in both Volumes I & II - Audiences , Break of Reality and Getting on Board with National Sawdust, respectively .