Ep 8: Ethnomusicology Programs with Vivek Virani

Today Scott is joined by Vivek Virani, who teaches Ethnomusicology and Music Theory courses at the University of North Texas.

If you really love music, and are passionate about how different cultures interact with music, this episode is perfect for you!

Listen in as Vivek Virani walks you through courses he teaches, reveals who exactly might make a good ethnomusicology student, and more.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Exactly what the field of “ethnomusicology” encompasses.
  • What career opportunities await ethnomusicology students upon graduation.
  • How to succeed in an ethnomusicology program.
  • Vivek’s recommendations for things to read to help you jumpstart you’re education if you’re going into an ethnomusicology program or class.
  • And much more!

University of North Texas

University of North Texas logo

The University of North Texas is one of the largest public research universities in the U.S., and has 101 bachelor’s, 82 master’s, and 38 doctoral degree programs. Their mission is to be a community of doers and dreamers, and are committed to advancing educational excellence and preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world. In addition to the UNT Emerald Eagle Scholars program, students also have access to tutors, academic advising, health services, and internship opportunities as well as an array of student clubs and organizations.

  • Year Established: 1890
  • Student Population: ~38,000
  • Location: Denton, TX
  • Mascot: Eagle

Ethnomusicology Degree from University of North Texas

The MA in Music, Ethnomusicology Concentration degree program at The University of North Texas gives students the opportunity to study and engage in music cultures, and prepares them for careers in academia and the public sector. Students in this program can take classes like Review of Jazz History, Music of Africa, Anthropology of Sound, and Ethnomusicology Transcription and Analysis.

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Ep 7: English Literature Programs with Ryan Poll

Ryan Poll

In this episode, Scott explores English degree programs (with a focus on English literature) with Ryan Poll, Graduate Coordinator and Assistant Professor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Learn what career paths you can pursue with an English degree directly from someone teaching the subject.

Listen in as Ryan Poll walks you through courses he teaches, reveals the skills and traits that make good students successful in English, and more.

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Ep 6: Game Design Programs with Mike Sellers

In this episode, Scott explores the exciting world of Game Design with Mike Sellers, Director of the Game Design program at Indiana University – The Media School.

Discover what career paths you can pursue with a game design degree straight from someone who has worked in the industry and teaches it!

Listen in as Mike Sellers walks you through game design courses and programs while also sharing the skills and traits that successful game design students should possess.

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Ep 5: Economics Programs with Robert Lemke

In this episode, Scott explores economics degree programs with Robert J. Lemke, Professor of Economics and Business Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Lake Forest College in Illinois.

Learn what career paths you can pursue with an economics degree directly from someone teaching the subject.

Listen in as Robert Lemke walks you through courses he teaches, reveals the skills and traits that make good economics students, and more.

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Ep 4: English Composition Programs with Jason Barr

In this episode, Scott explores English and english composition programs and classes with Jason Barr. Jason is an English professor at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, Virginia.

Learn how taking English classes, and possibly even pursuing a major or minor in English can transform your career. Studying English can help you develop your research and writing skills, and give you a solid base for entering the professional world or even graduate school.

Listen in as Jason Barr walks you through courses he teaches, covers the skills students need to have in order to succeed in English composition courses, and more.

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Ep 3: Political Science Programs with Coty Martin

Coty Martin

In this episode Scott has an excellent discussion with Coty Martin, Assistant Visiting Professor of Political Science at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Coty is also a PhD candidate at West Virginia University, studying comparative politics and international relations.

Discover how political science programs can prepare you for careers in a wide variety of professional settings, not just politics. Coty walks you through how he runs his classroom and fosters important discussion and critical thinking among his students. Skills in communication, research, and the ability to interpret data offer a wide range of benefits to any student and future professional!

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Ep 2: Music Production and Audio Programs with Ben Runyan

Ben Runyan

In this episode, Scott was able to chat with Ben Runyan, who is an adjunct professor of music technology at Rowan University. Ben walks you through how he runs his courses, and shares his vast musical experience.

If you’re thinking about making a jump into the music world, this episode is a must hear! You’ll discover how enrolling in music production and other audio programs can prepare you for a career in the music industry, either on the business side or the creative side.

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Ep 1: Pre-Engineering Programs with Dr. Chad Davies

Dr Chad Davis

In this episode, I chatted with Dr. Chad Davies who teaches Physics for students in the pre-engineering program at Gordon State College – located in Barnesville, GA. Dr. Davies also runs his own podcast called The Scientific Odyssey!

Listen in to discover how pre-engineering programs are structured and what they can offer prospective students. If you’re thinking about going down an engineering path, this episode will help you decide if it would be the right choice.

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YesCollege Podcast Coming Soon!


It’s no secret that we are passionate about higher education. But let’s face it, to get into college and do well, there’s a lot of information and it can seem overwhelming.

That’s why we’re excited to launch our YesCollege Podcast next month!

In just one month’s time, we’ll release the first three episodes on this website, iTunes, and Google Play Music. And if you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, you’ll see the episodes shared there too!

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Two of My Favorite Downloadable FAFSA PDFs

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Filling out the FAFSA is one of the most important things to do when it comes to financing your education. I’ve said it before, but even if you’re unsure that you’ll be eligible for any aid, you should fill out the FAFSA.

That said, it can often seem like a daunting process. Fortunately, there are a ton of great resources out there – especially those in the form of PDFs.

Here are a few of my favorites…

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