For as long as I can remember, I was excited about summer break. Excited to not be in a classroom, excited to be able to get outside, excited that any work that I was doing was not being done with any deadlines in mind. . .and then this summer walks in - happily reminding me that I am, in fact, writing a dissertation proposal.
Although self-imposed, all of my work this summer is being completed with a strict deadline in mind. I have completed the bones for the first three chapters, which is basically broken down like this:
This is a lot of work - but it’s important work. It’s good work. And most importantly, it will assist those of us in music education to begin seeing our students beyond the stereotypical gender binary of male or female. Concepts of gender identity will no longer be dismissed as irrelevant to the classroom because, “topics of gender identity play no role in music teaching”. I am so hopeful that I am able to do this subject justice, especially since I am considering all of these things as an “insider” to the gender-expansive community . . .
But for now, I’m going to play on the Wii with Frankie and get back to work tomorrow.
Miranda (M.R.) Rowland
almost 3rd Year PhD student, music education
Note: The image used for this post is from a working weekend earlier in the semester. Frankie sent me to my office with his pal, Banana. Banana was clearly helping me to be productive.