Once upon a time, masterclasses were things that were put on by people who were obviously masters at their trade. A masterclass was put on by someone whose technique everyone admired even if there might be inevitable disagreements about taste and artistry. World renowned musicians put on master-classes teaching the technique that you might pick up from a master but only to students who’d already spent years at the con.
Today high-profile and/or high-chutzpah consultants put on masterclasses. And apart from the reassurance their profile (or their chutzpah) might give you, you can’t really tell that they’re masters at all. Well they speak confidently. And they may have written a book. Anyway, as a conference organiser has told me, you can charge more and get more people in if you call something a ‘masterclass’. And so they do. Commercial conference organisers find academics to give masterclasses.
Anyway, here’s a masterclass you can go to. It is a masterclass on delivering policy under pressure. And who doesn’t want to deliver policy under pressure ? (If they are under pressure that is – and if they need to deliver policy). And of those who deliver policy who isn’t under pressure?
Anyway, I know you’re wondering whether my self-respect will stop me from putting on master-classes. Time will tell, but I wouldn’t put money on it. You’ve got to get with the lingo, get with the base-superstructure tectonics of your age. If I do though, we’ll have this little blog post as our private joke on Yehudi Menuhin and all the other great masters in technique the modern world has seen (I don’t know if they had masterclasses in the ancient world).
In the meantime, if you’re under pressure, I’d say get along to this masterclass and make some policy.
Who should attend?
Especially those under pressure.
You know it makes sense.