Introduction to Design Thinking for Musicians (online micro-course) YCAT is delighted to share an exclusive online tutorial and workbook from Coro by iCadenza, which offers expert-led micro-courses for independent performers, composers, and educators. Download the accompanying summary and resources here. Lesson 1: Introduction to Design Thinking A brief introduction to the design thinking process and how it can benefit the work of musicians. Overview of the process and purpose for using design thinking. Lesson 2: Life Design Applying design thinking tools to organizing, strategizing, and implementing personaland professional pursuits. This can work for things related or unrelated to music.Follows the structure of the book Designing Your Life. Lesson 3: Creating Innovative Performances Applying design thinking to creating performances that engage a target audience.Start with an idea about either 1) a performance you want to create OR 2) an audiencefor whom you want to create a performance. Lesson 4: Conclusion Wrapping up design thinking concepts and how to take them to the next level. Zachary Manzi Zach Manzi is the Co-Artistic Director and clarinetist of the ensemble Conduit, which he co-founded in 2017. Conduit explores themes of our time through the creation of new work and experiential performances. The ensemble serves as a vibrant experimental ground for connecting young people to the performing arts. Before Conduit, Zach played three seasons as a Clarinet Fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, where he performed orchestral and chamber music programs and created innovative performance and educational experiences. Zach’s most recent project, transmuse, was a musical experience created in collaboration with transgender community in South Florida to celebrate the trans experience, sourcing stories from trans people and fusing them with music to create a space to bring the community together. Most recently, he has performed in summer festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy, ChamberFest Dubuque, and Madison New Music Festival, and received his Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School in 2015. Zach writes about innovation in the performing arts on Medium. Learn more about Coro by iCadenza here.