“Takin’ Care of Business”: An Introduction to Financial Literacy

Suggested Grade Level:  7-12

Students know exactly what music is on their iPods, but they rarely understand that the artistry and glitter of superstardom depends upon a complex business network that must remain financially stable. This class will take students behind the scenes with a real-world simulation that puts them in the shoes of a rock band’s tour manager. In the class activity, students will apply mathematical and financial concepts to help manage a fictional band through a cross-country tour.  This will involve weighing some serious financial concerns about profit and loss: What expenses might they have to budget for? Where will the money come from? How will they respond as managers when ticket sales are lower than expected? Any number of scenarios might affect the tour budget and thus their company’s bottom line.

Related Standards:  Mathematics, Social Studies, Fine Arts-Music

Take a look at the 2013 Plain Dealer article on this class here.

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Director of Curatorial Affairs Howard Kramer talks about the marketing strategy of rock and roll pioneer, Elvis Presley.

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      The most effective aspect of the program was for the children to see how what they have learned in class pertains to the “real world” through a medium that appeals to everyone.
      - Lisa Garner, Pine Crest School
      GREAT program! Stephanie did an outstanding job and the entire group enjoyed her presentation because she addressed the participants in a positive, informative and professional way with a light sense of humor!
      - Martin W. Jennings, Genesee Intermediate School District in Flint, MI
      It's good for the students to be able to relate what they are learning to something they enjoy. Everyone was very helpful and made this an easy program to present. The students were able to apply what they have learned in their Business Computer Applications class. They also learned a lot about general business, which is great since we are not able to offer that class here.
      - Carmen Starkey and Kathy Brown, Clay-Battelle High School
      Well planned program, gave a complete overview of music business with practical applications of basic economic skills
      - A 6th grade Economics teacher in Oak Hill, OH