Are you thinking about applying to graduate school? If so, an important part of your application will be your personal statement, which expresses your professional aspirations and relevant experience. Done well, the personal statement helps to set you apart from other candidates with similar training.The personal statement is NOT a chronological retelling of your past and it is NOT a musician’s bio. Somewhat like a cover letter or personal essay, the personal statement is an organized and compelling document highlighting the experiences and ambitions that lead you to desire a more advanced degree.
Before you prepare, here are 3 important steps:
- Think deeply and identify your reasons for continuing your education; take notes about your values.
- Find the prompt. Schools ask for different topics to be addressed at different lengths.
- Read the following tip sheet for a helpful guide to get you started:
Graduate Applications: The Musician’s Personal Statement Tip Sheet
See additional prompt questions here: Purdue Online Writing Lab.