Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Grad School Application

I took the first step last night towards preparing for my graduate school application.  To say I'm beyond excited is an understatement.  To say I'm nervous is also an understatement.  Especially after finding out that SMU only takes 10-12 students in their program each year.

I've been videotaping myself teaching for a few months.  Mainly to prepare for the 20 minute video that I need to prepare.  I want it to be a true reflection of my teaching and to showcase what I am able to do with students.  I know that I work hard, teach well and love my job despite the days that are very difficult.  All a matter of whether I can get that to come across in 20 minutes.  I think I can, I think I can...

One of the items on my application is a Statement of Purpose.  I want it to reflect my belief in Music Education and why,how and what it is that I believe.

A few websites I'm using as references to think through how to write this paper:

Great ways to brainstorm and start writing: http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~natalia/studyinus/guide/statement/link4.htm

Tips:  http://www.syvum.com/gre/sop.html

Examples of younger student statements that might help me think:  http://www.studential.com/personalstatements/getpscourse.asp?type=37

To do and not to do:  "Ever since I was little..."
http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/writing-your-statement-purpose

Thoughts:
http://voices.yahoo.com/applying-graduate-school-tips-strong-statement-387862.html


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