Based on her broad experience as a violin pedagogue and a teaching artist for people of all ages, Monique has trained musicians in the art of audience engagement for over fifteen years, leading professional development seminars for major orchestras in the United States and Europe. Since 2012 she has placed her focus on teaching these skills to pre-professional musicians.


Carnegie Mellon University School of Music

As Director of Music Entrepreneurship Studies, Mead works with colleague, Lance LaDuke to create an environment of entrepreneurial thinking at CMU School of Music.  Their courses cover essential aspects of the music business, stage presence, professional etiquette, audience engagement, and teaching artist training.

Workshops and Seminars

As a guest speaker at universities in the United States and abroad, Monique Mead often covers these popular topics…

Stage Presence

Before a note is played, the audience has already created an opinion about the performance. How can stage presence optimize the concert experience?

Public Speaking

Whether introducing a piece, announcing an encore, or thanking a sponsor, the way it’s said makes all the difference.

Professional Etiquette

Introductions, notes of thanks, email and phone etiquette are all a part of this hands-on workshop that helps students feel comfortable in social settings as well as better colleagues and ambassadors for their organizations.

Audience Development

Every arts organization wants new audiences--now. Monique shares the formula she has used to create highly effective programs for orchestras, festival, and small ensembles in Europe and the United States.

Effective Outreach

Whether visiting a preschool, coaching a school orchestra, speaking at a senior center, or playing at a hospital, it is a musician’s duty to engage, inspire, and uplift the listeners. 

Corporate Sponsorships

Having received sponsorship from Audi, Opel, Deutsche Bank, McDonald’s, and major sports teams for her programs, Monique shares her techniques of advertising and programming that lead to corporate endorsement.

Other Popular Topics

  • Time Management for Musicians
  • Giving an Inspiring Masterclass
  • Professional Etiquette for the Music World
  • Being an Ambassador for Music
  • What Do I Wear?
  • Practicalities of Life on the Road
  • Effective Practice Techniques
  • Being a Master Student
  • Achieving Peak Performance under Stress

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Since 2010, Mead has been a popular instructor at Osher at both Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, which offer courses for retired people. She presents to large audiences, interviewing musicians, performing, and giving insight to musical life in an orchestra and beyond.  Her most recent courses have been A Pittsburgh Symphony Exclusive: An Inside Look at Music, Maestros, and Musicians.  She has also presented Leonard Bernstein's Harvard Lecture Series, The Unanswered Question.  Most recently, she has opened up her university course The Art of Audience Engagement to Osher members.  They listen to the final four weeks of student performances and offer constructive feedback.  To register, please visit the OLLI at CMU website.