The Form, Rhythm, and Orchestration of an Academic Career: Cultivating and Navigating Inner Compasses within Institutional Terrains

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Abstract

The evolution of research careers is inherent to academic lives but rarely enters the research literature. In this autoethnographic paper, I reflect on composing, orchestrating, and performing my research journey. Shaped by intellectual and aesthetic pursuits, this journey is both experiential and conceptual, responsive to encounters with people and ideas that shaped my thinking and being. At the intersection of micro, macro, and meso contexts, the journey has been guided by inner compasses. While grounded within my own circumstances, the issues addressed in this article underlie academic trajectories. The article is written as an invitation to reflect on your own journeys and compasses; identify crossroads, blockages, and openings; and note evolving forms, changing rhythms, and nuanced orchestrations in the contrapuntal composition of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-20
Number of pages16
JournalResearch Studies in Music Education
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • arts education
  • career
  • curriculum
  • qualitative methods
  • research
  • research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music

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