The new music industry is tough! PEAR DUO’s workshop might just be the key to cutting through the noise and getting heard.



The ‘piano vocal’ team PEAR DUO will be at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem PA on November 27th, 2018 for one of their acclaimed workshops, ‘The Business of Music.’

Curtis Brengle (piano) and Julie Ragins (vocals) have been entrenched in the music scene in Los Angeles for nearly three decades, touring, recording, and performing with a myriad of jazz, rock, and pop icons.  They bring a breadth of experience to their workshop that can give participants an enormous advantage when heading out into the music industry.

“Think of this as a crash course in music entrepreneurship,” says Brengle.  “All the stuff we had to learn the hard way over decades, you can get in two hours.”

It doesn’t matter if you want to be a working commercial musician or the next pop superstar, the strategies shared in this masterclass apply.  Social media had forever changed the way we find everything from a wedding band to a bass player for an original project, and video truly has killed the radio star!  So if you think just being the best musician will get you where you want to go, you might want to think again.  Finding your way in today’s music scene requires business acumen as well as talent.

The workshop curriculum focuses on several key points.  1- Identifying who you are and what your goals are.  2- Recognizing and creating opportunities.  3- Strategies for branding, marketing, and exposure.  4- The new resume.  5- Musicianship skills to get and keep a gig (including the “top 20 ways to lose a gig”).  Brengle and Ragins bring a rare perspective and have an open approach.  Says Ragins,  “We have witnessed the industry change dramatically over the last 28 years.  So many young, talented musicians hit the music scene without a clue as to how to find their way.  We can show them what we know so they don’t have to start from scratch.”

In the treacherous waters of the music biz, there is no substitute for real world experience.  That, this duo has in spades.

The Business of Music Workshop is open to the public.
321 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem PA 18015
Tuesday, November 27th, 2018   6:00pm – 8:00pm
Fee:  $40
Student Fee:  $25 with valid ID
For tickets, please call (610) 868-2971 x3185 or Register Online (service fees apply to the online purchase)

About Curtis Brengle and Julie Ragins:

Los Angeles based musicians Curtis Brengle and Julie Ragins have toured, performed, and recorded with The Moody Blues, Ray Charles, American Idol, Sheena Easton,  Chaka Kahn, Barry Manilow, Engelbert Humperdinck, Sergio Mendes, the Pointer Sisters, Tom Scott, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bruce Johnston (of the Beach Boys), Justin Hayward (of the Moody Blues), Rick Braun, Deniece Williams, Brian Setzer,  and more.  In 2015 the two created the project PEAR DUO  and today have a show that is touring the country performing community, charity, and house concerts.



Information & Image Provided By:
Ann Gillette
Manager of Public Relations and Media
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
321 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015