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Featuring Travis Weller '95

 

Graduate School: Duquesne University (M.Ed.), Kent State (Ph.D.)
Graduate Program: Master of Education in Music Education; Currently a philosophical doctoral candidate at Kent State University (graduating in Spring 2013)
Information on Travis's employment profile

Position: Instrumental Music Teacher
School: Mercer High School
Location: Mercer, PA

(Profiled: December 2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

♦  What influenced your decision to go to graduate school?
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How did you explore graduate schools?

♦  Do you have any tips related to the application process?

  Did you obtain a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship? If so, what was that application process like?

 

What influenced your decision to go to graduate school?

Public education has never been an end game for me. I want to contribute effectively to the profession, raise the standards, and inspire others that music education can be a powerful shaping force in the schools and in society. I can only do that through finding opportunities to expand my perspective and knowledge base.

 

How did you explore graduate school?

After turning down the GA position in Louisiana, I wanted to stay home and find a Master’s program that would allow me to remain in the area and continue teaching. Duquesne’s program fit well with my desire to maintain balance of family, work, and school. To keep my family here in Western Pennsylvania, Kent State was the option to pursue a Ph.D. in Music Education.

 

Do you have any tips related to the application process?

Examine the faculty. Examine the graduates from that school. Look at your own professional aspirations. Does studying at that school align you with the right pedigree in a field of research and study? It’s not just having a degree out of convenienceit’s about finding the degree that will serve you well over the course of your career.

 

Did you obtain a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship?  If so, what was that application process like? 

It was a while ago, but I did a writing sample, GRE, and submitted some video of my teaching and performance work as an undergraduate.

 

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