Panel ideas for SEMSCHC Conference 2015

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.

 

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I wish I knew – more grad students advising grad students!

– 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.

 

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I Wish I Knew…

*How rigorous graduate studies actually are. I assumed it was more or less a continuation of undergrad, but that certainly isn’t the case!
*It is virtually impossible to have a social life outside of the classroom and fieldwork site.
*It is challenging to provide a clear, simple definition of ethnomusicology and that those in the discipline are still trying to define it.
*It is advantageous to pursue research areas that are the expertise of your faculty advisers in terms of getting connections, reading recommendations, etc., but this also means that your exams will be that much more difficult.
*During stressful times, a 9-5 job starts sounding ideal.

Nana Kaneko, third year doctorate student in ethnomusicology at UCR. My research area is Japan/Japanese America with interests in pedagogy, identity, community, trauma and recovery.

-Nana

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SEMSCHC Conference Student Concerns Meeting

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Audrey Coleman-Macheret

Student Representative

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Welcome, Student Ethnomusicologists!

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

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SEM Student News

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Fieldwork Contacts – SEMSCHC

This is a space for linking researchers to other researchers doing fieldwork in the same geographic area.

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I Wish That I Knew What I Know Now…Grad Students Advising Grad Students

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.”

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Welcome to SEMSCHC Student Concerns!

Your representatives are:
George Blake – gblake@umail.ucsb.edu
Audrey Coleman-Macheret – ecole002@ucr.edu

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