Finding the right graduate program
Date: July 29, 2014
Hello everyone. I am having a hard time finding the right kind of graduate degree for me. I want to find a program that will help me grow as a choral conductor. However, I also don't want to give up my elementary teaching job to do it, nor do I want to take an exceedingly long time to get it done.
Locally, I have two options. One option is quick inexpnsive and has good mentors. However, in order to complete the program, I would have to take a 50% leave of absence from my job. Financial consequences aside, I am currently a full time elementary music teacher at one building. It's not good to risk giving that up and being relegated to a traveling position. Option two is a program where all the coursework is done in the summer, but the program takes five years to complete and is hugely expensive. it is even more expensive to earn the degree than it is to take the classes a la carte.
I need some other options. Here is what I am looking for in a graduate program:
-Face time with a skilled mentor who would help me improve my conducting skills and rehearsal technique, with an emphasis on choral music.
-Completion of my program in 2-3 years.
I don't need the program to be top tier, but I would like something high quality. I understand that a mixture of online and traveling may be required to do this. Do you have any thoughts?