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  1. Hey y'all! I am fortunate enough to be choosing between Manhattan School of Music and Peabody Conservatory for a Masters in Music for Composition. I'm just wondering if anyone who has been to either has any anecdotal advice. This is an incredibly difficult decision, so any help is appreciated!
  2. Hi Everyone! I'm applying to English/ Comp & Rhet programs for fall 2019. For my writing sample, I'm submitting a section of my Master's thesis and I'm wondering how to format it. Do I keep the cover page of my thesis so they know it's from a longer work? do I title it instead? Do I put my name?? for my SoP, I'm putting just my name and Statement of Purpose in the header--should I do this for the writing sample as well? I appreciate any insight--I've been out of school for several years and have no one to turn to for advice on small matters like these. Thank you!!
  3. I am considering pursuing a DMA program for music composition and I’ve heard that it’s a good idea to find a school where the faculty’s aesthetic lines up with yours and where you see you’re future career being I am interested in in music that is a bit more centered around minimalism and ambient styles, I’m not concerned with super edgy avant-garde. Some of my favorite composers are John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, Arvo Part, Lou Harrison, Charles Ives, Claude Debussy, Ben Johnson, etc i compose a good deal of chamber music but particularly choral and sacred music and electoacoustic music (I’ll mention my background is in music technology as well as composition) I’ve read that the program at Yale might be up my alley, anyone else have any suggestions?? thanks!!
  4. I'm applying for MA programs in composition and rhetoric. My academic and professional background reflects education and editing. (I currently work in technical writing. During undergrad, I student taught high school English and tutored in my university's writing center. I also spent a year copyediting the university newspaper.) I graduated with my BA in English in January 2016. Shortly thereafter, I landed my current job. In May of 2016, a history professor at my university contacted me and asked me to edit her book manuscript. She had asked one of my former English professors if he knew any good student editors, and he recommended me. Over the next three months or so, I edited a sizable chunk of this manuscript (three chapters and the introduction: about 240 pages in all). I deep-conditioned this manuscript at every level, from reordering paragraphs to fixing punctuation errors. I left comments in the documents explaining many of the changes I made and offering advice. During this process, the professor and I corresponded regularly via email. (I didn't meet her until the manuscript was finished, when we were both craving a few celebratory drinks.) Though I'm sure it goes without saying, she paid me for all this. This summer, she informed me the book had been accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press. It will be released in March of 2018, and I'm in the acknowledgements. My two questions are these: Is this experience worth listing on my graduate admissions résumé? If so, what's a good way to go about writing the entry for it? I've been Googling how to list freelance work on résumés, but none of the suggestions I got seemed transferable to a graduate school résumé. I can certainly come up with a list of bullet points for what the work entailed; that's not a problem. I guess I'm wondering what the heading would look like and where on the resume I would put this experience. Is it "work experience," or would it go better under a "related experience" header? Or even "publications"? It seems to blur the line between work and academics. This is what I've got so far. I tried to keep the formatting consistent with the rest of the document: Freelance editing May 2016 - July 2016 Doe, Jane. The Noble History of Socks. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming March 2018. Proofread and copyedited manuscript intended for publication Made global and sentence-level revisions Conferred with author regarding needs, concerns, and goals for manuscript Provided author with targeted feedback What do you think? Is any information missing? Does it look okay? Any suggestions for revision?
  5. I am in a "PhD in Music (Composition)" program, which I am unsure is the same as "PhD in Music Composition." I am asked to prepare a recital of 50 to 60 minutes of music. I understand that this is standard in a composition program. However, the level of music I have written for visiting ensembles, or commissioned works by outside performers, exceeds that of many of the student performers at the school. I have read through various chapters of the NASM accreditation handbook online. It sounds like I, as a student, may propose alternative ways to satisfy program requirements, if the proposed work is comparable to the original requirement. I would like to propose to the faculty a portfolio submission in lieu of the recital. Has anyone heard of this in a PhD program? In my Master's many of us, including myself, were on a film scoring track and we had a choice of submitting a demo reel and/or recital. I mean, my current program is not a DMA, right?
  6. Hey all, I've been reading through the information on the forum over the past month or two, and found all of your insights incredibly helpful as I begin the process of researching and applying to graduate programs in composition and rhetoric. I've found that many comp/rhet programs require a master's degree before one is admitted to a PhD program, and those that don't seem to highly value those with a Master's Degree. I have a Master's degree, but am unsure it does me any good. Let me explain: I graduated in 2014 with a BA in English and History, then immediatly began an intensive, 14-month Master's Degree in English Education, graduating in August 2015. My plan has always been to spend 3-4 years teaching at the secondary level before entering a doctoral program, as my primary area of interest is the difference between writing pedagogy at the secondary and university levels (there is a longer version, of course, but I digress). The only difference between my 14-month Master's degree and a traditional two year Master's degree was that it was accelerated--I still conducted research and wrote a thesis, and took all the classes you would expect one to take for a Master's Degree in English Education. However, I'm worried that the accelerated nature of the degree makes it have less meaning/weight with admissions committees. I'm also worried that it will mean nothing if I am to pursue a PhD in comp/rhet because it was not a Master's degree in English. So, my main question/concern: Do PhD programs in Comp/Rhet look specifically for Master's degrees in English and/or Comp/Rhet? Or, would a program such as, say, Michigan or Syracuse admit a student to their PhD program with a Master's degree in a different, but (somewhat?) related field?
  7. (copied from original posting on chronicle) Hey everybody, I've gotten a lot of great feedback from my last topic, which has been very helpful. In expanding my search for comp/rhet MA programs, I've come across many programs that are not exactly comp/rhet, but have at least one of the two fields, or are somehow related. For example, George Mason U's "MA in English with Professional Writing and Rhetoric Concentration" (http://writingandrhetoric.gmu.edu/programs/la-ma-engl-pwr) has the rhetorical element I seek, but it's missing the key compositional pedagogy aspect (which is important to me as somebody who's interested in working in a writing center), and emphasizes instead "workplace writing." On one hand, because I am open-minded about careers outside academia (such as writing coaching jobs in the private sector), this does seem like an appealing way to broaden my credentials in that regard. However, because my main goal still is staying in academia and therefore getting into a great comp/rhet doctoral program, I don't want an MA program that's going to severely limit me in that regard, and many programs like these don't have that distinct comp/rhet feel or focus. I've been using this list heavily, which has many of these types of writing-related but not necessarily comp/rhet fields: http://www.mdcwss.com/directory/ So, I guess my broader question is: just how particular are comp/rhet doctoral programs about the types of MAs they will generally accept? I know that some people make it in with things like linguistics MAs and other indirectly related fields, but I just don't know if I should be limiting my search to strictly comp/rhet (or programs that are clearly steeped in comp/rhet philosophy, regardless of whether they're called "writing studies" or whatever it may be). Relatedly, would an MA that focuses on classical rhetoric (such as Carnegie Mellon's) and doesn't focus much on composition limit me? Because there are so many related but highly differing options, it's hard to know just what I want to go for, and what would be most prudent... Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  8. Hey everybody, I am a recent college graduate, long interested in pursuing comp/rhet at the graduate level. I plan to apply this year for fall 2017 admission. Originally, at the behest of my English lit professors and advisors who didn't know any better, I thought I could go straight to the PhD. But in my own research, I've discovered that most people pursuing comp/rhet get their MAs first, so now I'm on the hunt for MA programs. Before I ask any questions, a little bit about myself: I have a plain-old BA in English from a small liberal arts college. I never took any formal classes in either comp or rhet, but I was a writing tutor, I wrote my senior honors thesis using rhetorical theory, worked with the writing center director to formulate an e-tutoring program for our center (in a for-credit independent study that included intensive research on the latest compositional pedagogies related to remote tutoring), I worked for a year as a copyeditor at a major company and am now a teaching assistant in a pre-college writing class, and I'm currently doing rhetoric-based research with the professor who mentored me on my thesis. I have a 3.9+ GPA and graduated with honors and awards in both English lit and communications, as I ran my school's literary magazine for two years and wrote/edited for the paper in a leadership position. In short, I have consistently done things related to writing and editing over my college career and in the year-plus since I've graduated. I think I will love this field. I like to think I have a competitive application despite my lack of experience in actual comp/rhet classes. My goal is to attend a fully funded master's program in something that can help me apply for comp/rhet PhD programs later on down the line. So, my main concerns are as follows: -Assuming a decent GRE score and SOP (and other common application elements), will my background likely make me a competitive candidate for funded programs? I know this is subjective and can highly vary, but unlike with more common programs (such as lit) it's harder to tell what my standing really is. -If I apply to MA programs in English with a concentration or focus in composition and/or rhetoric (as opposed to a direct Master in Rhetoric, such as in Carnegie Mellon), does this still put me in good standing to apply to Comp/Rhet PhD programs later on? Maybe this is a dumb question, but I don't want to apply to a regular English program that only has informal concentrations in comp/rhet, only to discover that no reputable comp/rhet PhD program will take it. And I guess the larger concern is what types of programs are beneficial to doctoral study later on, versus which programs are not. -Does anybody know of good MA programs in comp and/or rhet in the northeast (or within driving distance of NYC(? I've been referring to this list, http://www.mdcwss.com/directory/, but it seems somewhat incomplete and only focuses on writing specialties as opposed to rhetorical specialties (e.g., it only refers to Carnegie Mellon's MA in Professional Writing but not its MA in Rhetoric, it doesn't have Hofstra's Master's in Rhetorical studies, etc.). So far, I'm looking at Penn State, U Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Hofstra, LIU Brooklyn, CUNY College of NY, and Rutgers. A link to a list, or any informal recommendations, would be greatly appreciated! I'll also note that I understand I may have to broaden my horizons, so I'm researching further-away programs, in the Midwest especially (Purdue, Ohio State, etc.). -If a program offers both a PhD and an MA, and doesn't explicitly say you need a master's for the PhD, should I just apply for the PhD if that's what I ultimately want? For example, Carnegie Mellon has the MA in Rhetoric and a PhD -- should I just shoot for the PhD in the hopes I can at least be accepted into the MA? Or should I be hyper-specific and just apply for the MA if I think that's my best bet? -Should I reach out to people in the program (the director, or professors I admire) if I want to maximize my chances? If I have a particular question then I will of course, but I'm asking if it's beneficial to express interest via email well in advance of my formal application. I hear this is common in the sciences but not in the humanities, but I'm unsure. -Is a "graduate certificate" in comp and/or rhet worth anything? Specifically for applying to doctoral programs, or pursuing a writing- or editing-related field. It seems much less legit than a pure MA, but I'm not sure. And I think that's about it. I know that's a lot, but I don't have much institutional support and I am relying on these forums and my own research! If anybody has answers to these questions, or any other general advice, I would sincerely appreciate it!
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