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Alternative to Master's Degree #1916267 06/20/12 12:54 PM
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I would like to go to graduate school but that won't be an option for me any time soon so I'm looking for some alternatives. I've been thinking of different things I can do, projects even, instead of going to graduate school. Not only do I want to keep fresh and improve myself, I'd also like to have something really solid to show a school if I eventually was able to swing going to grad school.

So far, I have been occasionally taking piano lessons (about 8-10 times per year), going to workshops (I'm trying to do this at least yearly), am a member of MTNA, subscribe to Clavier Companion, and I lurk around this forum. I've managed to really improve my technique and get some good ideas through doing these things.

Does anyone recommend any books/workshops/projects... anything big or small that I can do to keep growing as a teacher? Would anyone like to share some of the helpful/beneficial projects you did during grad school or on your own?

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Re: Alternative to Master's Degree [Re: kissyana] #1916280 06/20/12 01:30 PM
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Read through the WTCs - one a week. This was a tremendous project for me during graduate school and I very much not only enjoyed it, but noticed an improvement in my reading, analytically skills to both playing and teaching, and appreciate of practicing difficulty!

Expose yourself to different styles of music, particularly world music: different scales, modes, progressions, etc.

Continue your theory - this is a huge focus in graduate school. Dabble in composition!

Participate in ensemble work: arrange duets, trios, etc.

ABRSM has degrees, and I think the LRSM is equivalent to a Master's, if I am not mistaken:

http://www.abrsm.org/en/exams/diplomas/

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Thanks! I like those suggestions. I wasn't aware of ABRSM's offerings... that will be a good thing for me to explore.

I think I have a date with Bach tonight smile

Re: Alternative to Master's Degree [Re: kissyana] #1916636 06/21/12 08:22 AM
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Are there perhaps summer camps for teachers? There's also MTNA certification.


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Re: Alternative to Master's Degree [Re: kissyana] #1916685 06/21/12 10:53 AM
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There are tons of summer workshops for teachers. Kissyana, next summer you can drive right over to northern Indiana for a wonderful workshop at a little college in Goshen, Indiana. It's going on right now, so you're too late for this year. I went to it for a number of years before leaving the midwest. http://www.goshen.edu/music/piano-workshop/


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How about a project at......

http://www.mtnacertification.org/


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Re: Alternative to Master's Degree [Re: kissyana] #1916832 06/21/12 03:24 PM
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Hmm... I'm noticing a recurring theme here... I've printed off all the info about certification. smile Thanks for the push in that direction. It's an idea of toyed with for a while so perhaps it's about time to jump into it.

The workshop in Indiana looks good! It's not a bad drive, either. I'm going to have to put that on the calendar for next year. I'll be at a workshop at the end of July and I'm really looking forward to it.

Thanks for the input. I really do appreciate it.

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Originally Posted by kissyana
Hmm... I'm noticing a recurring theme here... I've printed off all the info about certification. smile Thanks for the push in that direction. It's an idea of toyed with for a while so perhaps it's about time to jump into it.

The workshop in Indiana looks good! It's not a bad drive, either. I'm going to have to put that on the calendar for next year. I'll be at a workshop at the end of July and I'm really looking forward to it.

Thanks for the input. I really do appreciate it.


That was something that I toyed with for many years but always pushed it off. Then when I was ready they revamped the certification process so I was told to wait. Now I'm back to pushing it off again lol!


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Re: Alternative to Master's Degree [Re: kissyana] #1924349 07/08/12 06:51 PM
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The Royal Conservatory Carnegie Hall Achievement Program has diploma programs that might interest you. At the "associate" level there is a three-stage pedagogy diploma that I have been considering. After the Associate Diploma, there is a Licenciate Diploma which, I believe, is similar in content to a graduate recital.


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You can do a post bachelor Artist diploma or certificate. Certificate is one year, diploma is two.

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Re: Alternative to Master's Degree [Re: kissyana] #1926221 07/13/12 09:28 AM
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Thanks for the input. I'm taking a very serious look at MTNA certification. It would be great to go back to school but I just can't swing it right now. It's just me so if I don't work, I don't eat (and neither do my pets).

Morodiene, I'm glad I'm not the only one who has been pushing it off! Now I don't feel quite as bad!

The other programs mentioned look interesting. I also play the flute, although it's been many years since I've played seriously. Maybe my next step will be to get my flute act together, get a diploma for that, and teach it, too!


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