Pass the MIC

This FIG provides the skills, knowledge, and experiential learning necessary for a career in the music industry through guest speakers, workshops, and more.

Challenge FIG: Please note this FIG contains an online course. This course has been vetted by First Year Programs to ensure first-term students can achieve success. The instructor for this course is also teaching College Connections.

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College Connections Faculty: Toby Koenigsberg

Toby Koenigsberg is the Associate Professor of Jazz Piano and Associate Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Oregon, and a Specially Appointed Guest Professor at Shikoku University in Tokushima, Japan. He received his Master of Music degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music and pursued graduate study in classical piano at the Peabody Conservatory. While attending Eastman he received the Schirmer Award, given to the most outstanding graduate Jazz performer in a graduating class.

A critically acclaimed recording artist for the Origin and Ninjazz record labels, Koenigsberg has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Koenigsberg is published by the Jazz Education Journal and by JazzED magazine. He has presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education, the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, the Shenyang Conservatory in Shenyang, China, and at universities throughout the United States.

Since 2013, Koenigsberg has led the effort to create and implement new curricula in popular music at the University of Oregon, including courses in songwriting and degree concentrations in Popular Music Studies. The Popular Music program is the fastest growing one at the School of Music and Dance, and in less than two years is already one of the largest.

FIG Assistant: Bobby Schenk


Summer Assignment

For this FIG, we'll be focusing a lot on artists and how they're represented online. For this assignment, pick 2 artists that meet the following requirements and write a short paragraph (4-8 sentences) that answers the following questions.


- Artist may have a Soundcloud or a Bandcamp profile but NOT a Spotify account

- One of your artists must be based in the Pacific Northwest Region

Questions to answer in response

- How is this artist marketed? Do they have any full albums or only singles?

- Do some quick google searches; Does the artist have any social media?

-What is their social media like?

- How could this artist improve? Musically? Aesthetically?

- What do you think this artist is doing well?

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Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

On Friday, September 21st, your first FIG Meeting starts at 9:30am in Matthew Knight Arena. Please enter through the North Entrance. You will meet your faculty member, FIG Assistant, and other FIG students to have your first FIG class, attend College Block and Convocation! The FIG Meetings will run from 9:30am-12:00pm, with refreshments provided.