At the Student Concerns meeting, a number of people were interested in having a panel to address our particular needs. Please add your suggestions and, if possible, your e-mail address so we can contact you when it is time to propose and organize a panel:
Employment opportunities outside academia
Funding sources for tuition and related costs and for fieldwork projects.
– Everyone has the grad school freakout moments. It’s normal
– Ask your colleagues if you’re confused. They are great resources and often have more up- to- date information than administrators.
– Be aware of the resources you can access.
– Socialize with your cohort!
– Communicate with your faculty advisors on a regular basis. Ask lots of questions, especially about exams.
-For reading assignments, read the intro and conclusions and selectively in between. Trying to read everything will drain your whole life.
We are pleased to share with you the official minutes from the meeting at the conference in Santa Barbara last February. Here is what we submitted to the Board:
February 28, 2014
Concerned students gathered in Geiringer Hall at 1:00 pm to discuss a variety of constructive projects. George Blake reported on progress made on the Student Concerns website which now features advice from seasoned students for the benefit of first-year ethnomusicology students. It was suggested that this contribution become an “invented tradition,” with material to be gathered annually at subsequent annual meetings. Attendees also notated and circulated their areas of research for purposes of sharing field work and research resources. Additionally, suggestions were given on possible topics for panel sessions of particular interest to students that could be developed for the 2015 conference in San Diego. Members provided contact information for follow-up on such topics as non-academic employment opportunities. The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
We are your representatives for the Student Concerns Committee of SEMSCHC. We look forward to sharing information with you over the coming months. In the meantime, take a look at some of the sage advice your peers shared. If you wish to comment or add your own advice, send us an e-mail.
Alex Blue, Audrey Coleman-Macheret, and Aviva Milner Brage
This is a space for linking researchers to other researchers doing fieldwork in the same geographic area.
Advice Fieldnotes from Grad Students:
“If you are doing domestic research, connect with the people in your state’s folk arts council (or similar organization) before you start fieldwork. Developing a relationship with these people can benefit your project and lead to funding/professional opportunities.”
“Although teaching and playing music can take up a huge amount of time, prioritize writing. Publishing is what matters most in your career.”
“It is challenging to provide a clear, simple definition of ethnomusicology…those in the discipline are still trying to define it.”
Your representatives are:
George Blake – firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey Coleman-Macheret – email@example.com