Decided on a BMus, then a Grad Diploma and thats it! No MM and No DMA
Date: November 6, 2012
I recently made the decision to not do a full Masters degree in Music, and NOT do a DMA.
I have been doing work as an Organist Choirmaster since I was 18. I truly love it. But, I have also done work in Arts Administration.
Often, churches get my resume and feel that I am already...with NO degree..."OVER" qualified for their positions.
They think they won't be able to pay me enough. They think that I won't be interested in working with volunteer choirs. I can go on and on.
I feel like advanced degrees will make me even more overqualified for all of the part-time and 3/4 time Music Director positions that are the norm.
Most churches only have part time positions, and I don't want to spend extra money for the chance to probably get one of 5 full time church jobs that come open a year.
Repertoire is not a reason to go to Grad or DMA School. I already know how to play major works of Organ Music, like Dupre's Variations on a Noel, etc.
Are any of you battling with this decision-making process?
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