Questions on Pursuing a Doctorate Degree
Date: March 17, 2016
I have a Bachelor of Music Education (choral and instrumental emphases), and am on track to complete my Master of Music Education (choral emphasis) at the end of next summer. I have a thesis that my graduate dean says could be published nationally. I am going to pursue a doctorate degree someday. I want to get a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting, a D.M.E. (Doctor of Music Education) or a D.M.A. in Music Education someday (no Ph.D.). I'm still deciding on what I would like to do. This wouldn't be for a few years but I'm planning now.
Just a little bit about me: I've been a choir director since I was 17 (I'm 26 now; I started directing my church choir in high school, no joke!). I'm also a very accomplished and in-demand piano accompanist. I'm in my 3rd year successfully teaching public school choir and general music (high school for 2 years, currently in my first year in middle school). I also am an accomplished percussionist, organist and vocalist. I have guest conducted, judged for contests and serve on an ACDA board. I am looking for all and any advice on how to pick a school, what to expect, and about auditions.I have directed musicals for a summer theatre group, and at my current job. I also directed a small student-run college choir at a different college than my own while I was completing my undergraduate degree. It was one of the most successful jobs I've ever held. My specialities are choral conducting, students with special needs (my master's thesis will be specific on this), voice lessons, piano sight-reading, church music, and piano accompanying.
I feel like having a B.M.E. and M.M.E. would be a better precursor to a D.M.E. or D.M.A. in Music Education but am very eager to improve my skills and learn more about Choral Conducting. I would like a more hands-on type of program which is why I'm not considering pursuing a Ph.D.
I would like to teach in a Christian university or collegiate setting someday (choral, voice and piano classes and lesson preferably). I've done a LOT of research on programs and auditions around the country but I'm looking for first-hand advice.
Thank you in advance!