When Public Administration and Music Collide: Jordan Falciani and Whaler

When Jordan Falciani isn’t being a dedicated student in our MPA program, he’s playing with his band, Whaler. His time in the MPA program has paralleled in various ways with his musical career! Here’s what he had to say when reflecting on his MPA/music crossover:

“Iโ€™ve often said that a band is a bit like a start up: Some friends have an idea (songs), they get some office space (a studio, or in our case a basement), they develop a product (a record), and share that product with people who are passionate about it (your friends, and people you meet at shows who become fans). Iโ€™ve been playing music with some friends since 2013, Whaler is the name of our current iteration. Whaler developed concurrent to my studies as an MPA candidate and over the past couple years Iโ€™ve used a few of the skills I learned in public administration courses to help Whaler be an effective project:

โ—ย ย ย ย ย Lateral Hierarchy- No one person is in charge so we all have to hold each other accountable for sharing responsibility, especially for big projects.

โ—ย ย ย ย ย Branding- Any organization today has to develop a brand. As a team everyone spends a little bit of time each week fielding emails or crafting social media posts.

โ—ย ย ย ย ย Development- Always talk to people at shows, thank them for coming. Everyone gets people to come out to shows.ย  Everyone sells a few tapes and you do that by meetingย  people.

โ—ย ย ย ย ย Strategic Planning- Everybody has busy lives and if you donโ€™t plan certain things well in advance theyโ€™re never going to happen. We recently went on tour. To do that we all sat down and planned out the steps of how to get there (I covertly got the rest of the guys to use SMART goals). Then you follow-up and check in on progress along the way (you always need to evaluate your programs right?).

ย Check us out at the Barbary in Philadelphia. Sunday November, 20th!”

Nice work, Jordan! PS – you can check out Whaler’s music here!