Subject: Re: MFA vs. PhD
From: Jon Nelson (JNelson@music.unt.edu)
Date: Mon Oct 31 2005 - 21:11:19 EST
PhD (or DMA) is the way to go to get the best consideration for an
academic position. Unless there is an incredible track record of
performances and international prestige it is almost impossible to even
hire someone without a doctorate, much less get someone without a
doctorate through the tenure process.
hope this helps,
>>> firstname.lastname@example.org 10/31/05 8:02 PM >>>
Probably you know this, but in general the Doctorate is for "research"
which implies teaching college, and the Masters is for "practice". This
distinction does not always hold sway. In the arts it used to be that
practioners who were professionals were thought qualified to teach.
I don't really know the reality of the situation in EA -- this is just
basic idea in the university structure.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris DeLaurenti" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 6:40 PM
Subject: MFA vs. PhD
> Recently, I was part of a panel that fielded questions from students
> various aspects of sound art, electroacoustic music, and
> covered everything from field recording/phonography to doing sound
> for games to the annoying ubiquity of certain MAX/MSP patches.
> We came to an impasse when a music undergrad asked if she would be
> off pursuing an MFA or a PhD. Apparently both are "terminal" degrees,
> no one could agree. She makes electroacoustic music and is primarily
> interested in university/college teaching.
> For folks on the list: do colleges/universities hire MFAs to teach
> art or does the Ph.D still hold sway? Does one carry more "weight"
> I have no experience in the matter - apart from seeing job postings
> seeking "Ph.D or equivalent (experience)" - and kept mum while the
> (some of which seemed to be born of traumatic experience) flew.
> Perhaps the question (and answers from the wise souls who know) might
> of interest to others on the list?
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