I am applying for graduate schools…..again…..and I don’t know if I should get my doctorate or not. Odds are, I am much more employable as a teacher with a doctorate, but, am I less employable as a player with a DMA? Should I just go for the GPD or the AD, and forget about getting a doctorate? Am I doomed as a player if I pursue the “academic side” of music. My friend always says “God forbid we treat this as an actual profession instead of a labor profession. I mean, it’s too bad you can’t be good at your job, AND know a lot about it.” Which, he’s right… but am I committing professional suicide by getting a doctorate? Does it really matter in the end if I have a doctorate, if it means I play really well? Aren’t I allowed to audition for ensembles just the same as everyone else?
I ask these questions, because I wonder if it really is just me, or if it is this cosmic battle between professional musicians,and professional wanna-bes? It’s important to me, to be able to play well, regardless of whether I have a piece of paper that says GPD or DMA. I don’t think it should matter to anyone else either. Am I going to have to lie on all my resumes and say I just have a masters, just so people will hear me? I hope not.
I’m applying to Grad Schools regardless, and I guess I can make my decisions after I get all the paper work back….until then, we will just keep questioning.
I’ll keep you posted…. 🙂