Climbing the Ivory Tower: The Adventures of Two Women of Non-Traditional Age

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iUniverse, Aug 26, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 124 pages
This book is about two women in their early fifties who decide to return to graduate school to work toward a Ph.D. in musicology. They don't know one another, they don't have any idea how taxing it will be, and they have been out of touch with recent scholarship. One of the women has five children and the other has two, but all are frisky and imaginative kids who keep up their antics to their mothers' despair. Their tales of adjustment to academic life, their interaction with the professors and classmates, and their attempt to survive confrontations with their children are sometimes hilarious and sometimes tragic, to say nothing of the medical obstacle that bars their path.
 

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Contents

THE VISION
1
INITIAL VICTORIES
12
THE CLASSES
24
REQUIREMENTS
35
GRADUATE STUDENT AS PROFESSOR
48
TROUBLES ALONG THE PATHWHEN LIFE INTERFERES
54
THE DISSERTATION
64
THE END OF THE BEGINNING OR NOW WHAT?
85
CONCLUSION
97
RESOURCES
99
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This book is really an autobiography of a ten-year period in both of our lives. Although from very different backgrounds, we both shared this experience and approached with a deep love of music. Kathy English lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband Jim, a labor lawyer. They have five grown children and three grandsons. She has a PH.D. in Musicology from the University of Pittsburgh and is the Music Minister/Organist at St. Louise De Marillac Parish, a large suburban church just outside Pittsburgh. She also teaches private piano, organ, and theory and occasional classes in music history and theory. Sara Casey lives in Sewickley, Pennsylvania with her two sons. She is a vocalist and harpist and teaches both singing and harp to private students. She also earned a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Pittsburgh and is working on several articles on Irish chant and Irish saints. She teaches a class at the University that deals with women in music.

This book is really an autobiography of a ten-year period in both of our lives. Although from very different backgrounds, we both shared this experience and approached with a deep love of music. Kathy English lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband Jim, a labor lawyer. They have five grown children and three grandsons. She has a PH.D. in Musicology from the University of Pittsburgh and is the Music Minister/Organist at St. Louise De Marillac Parish, a large suburban church just outside Pittsburgh. She also teaches private piano, organ, and theory and occasional classes in music history and theory. Sara Casey lives in Sewickley, Pennsylvania with her two sons. She is a vocalist and harpist and teaches both singing and harp to private students. She also earned a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Pittsburgh and is working on several articles on Irish chant and Irish saints. She teaches a class at the University that deals with women in music.

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