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Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

I love this.
My professors at FSU were really good at explaining this hyper-narrowing of focus to me, in their own way. Still, I wish I'd seen Matt Might's explaination of the Ph.D. process then (or even better, before I'd left home for graduate school). I'm a bit thick-headed and, despite my professor's best efforts, maybe didn't totally get it until I was deep into the process.
If you are considering going and getting your Ph.D. or D.M.A., check this out. Maybe it will help you understand what you are in for.
on October 5, 2012 5:07am
So then, a Ph.D. is a pimple on the face of human knowledge?
on October 5, 2012 8:13am
I agree. THERE WAS NOTHING to outline ANYTHING in 1980 at Un of  Michigan. I was the first female in the DMA program. FINISHED all my course work, and then had a bump in the road. None of my choral directors had DMA or PHD but of course, years of experience. Then DMA were rather a new degree and no women earned them. Most were Ph D in Music Education. I would highly recommend using the illustrated guide before you give any more serious consideration to the next 3 - 4 years of your life.
Let alone the financial investment. THANK YOU!Carolyn Eynon
on October 5, 2012 3:24pm
soooo.....are you suggesting not bothering with a doctoral degree?
on October 5, 2012 8:34am
I recommend "How to Survive Your Ph.D." by Jason Karp. It is very readable and contains a wide variety of "I can't believe this is true" stories about what to expect, pitfalls to avoid, etc. It's available at Amazon or directly from the author at