Questions Concerning Grad Schools
Date: July 13, 2015
Greetings to the collective brain that is the ACDA forums! I have almost completed my Bachelor's Degreen in Music Education. I am 40 (Yikes!) years old next week! I had 20 years experience in the business world as an accountant/bookkeeper and decided to pursue my original love of music! (I had started many moons ago, but never finished). In those 20 years, I have been quite actively musically (been a church choir director/organist for al of those 20 years, directed community theater, community choirs, etc., accompanied at high schools, etc.) - so I've not been out of the music world for those 20 years.
I have had a completely wonderful time with my undergrad experience. The choral director has given me tons of podium time having taught and conducted generally 2 pieces a semester since I started. I've invested myself in my fellow students and we have great relationships in and out of the classroom. This has been the best decision I have ever made in my life. I am happy and at home.
My question is this: My ultimate goal would be teaching/conducting at the university level. However, at 40 a master's and doctorate program seem like a huge investment (us accouting types are always concerned with Return on Investment!). A few colleagues have mentioned skipping a master's degree and going straight for a PhD. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of path? Are there programs that you could recommend? Perhaps you have other thoughts and/or suggestions for getting to the desired goal as quickly (and cost effeciently) as possible?
I appreciate the replys from the collective and look forward to engaging in conversation!